Clemson got the better of Auburn on Saturday night and hopes to repeat that in recruiting junior linebacker Shaun Hamilton (6-1, 225) of Montgomery, Ala.
Right now, Hamilton has Clemson and Auburn up front. He has visited both, with his stop at Clemson coming on July 19, the day before the All-In Cookout.
“It was real nice,” Hamilton said. “I was very impressed with the coaching staff. The facilities were real nice. “I talked to Coach Venables for two hours. He wants me to be the strong point on the defense. He broke down film and showed how he would make me the best linebacker. He said no other linebacker coach could coach me like he could,” he said.
Hamilton will also be back at Clemson for the Virginia Tech game. He will also go to an Auburn game.
Hamilton plans to make his decision after his junior season. Last season, he had 123 tackles with 16 for loss.
In other recruiting news:
Junior WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia, N.C. State and Wake Forest, with interest from Florida State, Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame. “My top four are South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio State and Georgia, in no order,” he said.
USC is one of the early offers for WR Jaylan Barbour (5-10, 175) of Monroe, N.C., and he currently has the Gamecocks at the top of his list. “I believe if I had to choose now, I would choose them,” he said. “But I have a lot of time left, so I don’t really know. They throw a lot, and I’m a receiver, so that’s what I want to do.” Barbour was at USC’s spring game and hears regularly from recruiter Shawn Elliott. Last year, Barbour had 84 catches for 864 yards and 10 TDs.
LB DeShawn Evans of Goose Creek has offers from Newberry, S.C. State, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Charlotte, Youngstown State, North Carolina and N.C. State.
6-4 Justin McKie of Irmo made an official visit to Murray State last month with his father, former USC star BJ McKie. He has an offer from USC and has also been talking toApp State, Memphis and Wake Forest. Each has offered. McKie said he’s not decided on his other visits and he does not have favorites. He’s not sure when he will make his decision.
6-9 Tyler Roberson of Roselle, NJ has a list of ten finalists with USC among those schools. “I’ve been speaking with Coach Martin and Coach Figgers a lot,” Roberson said. “They’ve been telling me about the program and how I would fit in.” Roberson actually talked with Martin Tuesday night. The other schools on his short list are Alabama, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU, Syracuse and Villanova. All but Kentucky have offered. Roberson has visited Seton Hall, Rutgers and Villanova and will make an unofficial visit to USC September 7th. Three of his official visits will be Syracuse, Kansas and SMU. And he’s still considering USC for an official visit as well. Roberson said he doesn’t have a favorite and he’s not yet sure if he will sign in November.
6-2 transfer LaShay Page has started classes at USC and will be eligible this season. The Gamecocks are still waiting on a final determination for high school recruits guards Tarik Phillip and Thaddeus Hall who remain at their homes in New York.
Clemson transfer guard DeMarcus Harrison is in school and is still awaiting a decision on his request on a waiver for eligibility this season.