Clemson gains commitment from WR Thompson

Clemson picked up one commitment from their two targets visiting over the weekend, and South Carolina appears to have improved their positioning with defensive back of Lithonia, Ga., and DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda, both of whom made official visits over the weekend,

Shrine Bowl WR Trevion Thompson (6-3, 185) of Durham, N.C., committed to Clemson Sunday after completing his weekend official visit with the Tigers. Thompson announced his commitment on Twitter. He also had been considering Ohio State, N.C. State, West Virginia and North Carolina.

“The main reason was that I just had a good feeling about Clemson and being here,” Thompson said. “It was a feeling I had, like this is the place I should be. That was just the feeling I had, this big wow moment. I would say that the visits I took to games and spring games and over the summer, those really set Clemson apart. It was the right place for me.” This season Thompson caught 57 passes for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“He has that ability to get open,” said his coach, Anthony King. “He’s hard to cover despite not having blazing speed. But he knows how to get open and attacks the ball when he gets open.”

Thompson is Clemson’s 19th commitment for the 2014 class, including LB , who currently has a grayshirt offer. He’s the fourth receiver in the class.

DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, Ala., was the other non-Clemson commitment to visit the Upstate over the weekend. Thomas has been committed to Tennessee but said on Twitter that he had a great visit and is trying to figure out a decision.

Green is now favoring USC over Georgia coming off the visit. Green had been considering Ole Miss as a third option but has dropped the Rebels. He will take his official visit to Georgia on Jan. 31 and will announce a final choice on Signing Day.

Wideman is still committed to Florida State.

“Nothing has changed yet. I’m going to wait until after my visit (to Florida State) on the 31st,” Wideman said. As for the strength of his commitment to Florida State, Wideman said, “It’s still the same. The visit did move me some in (USC’s) direction, but I don’t want to say. I’m just waiting until after the visit on the 31st.”

In other recruiting news:

Goose Creek WR Jordan Barnes has an offer from Tusculum and is hearing from The Citadel and Presbyterian. And Gators sophomore DE Javon Kinlaw has an offer from USC.

DB Chris Lammons of Plantation, Fla., made his official visit to USC over the weekend and as expected did not make a commitment. Lammons also has visited Wisconsin and is going to decide between the Gamecocks and Badgers. Wisconsin recruiters were in to see him earlier this week, and USC is scheduled to be down this coming week. Lammons will wait until Signing Day for his announcement. “He’s very high on South Carolina,” said his coach, Steve Davis. “He’s developing a real good relationship with coach (Grady) Brown. There’s playing time there and the type of scheme they run in the secondary, he likes that. South Carolina has a really good chance.” As does Wisconsin at this point. “He has a former teammate there in Sojourn Shelton and he can get on the field there real early. He’ll have a better gauge when he gets back (from USC).”

OL Damian Prince of Forestville, Md., also was in at USC over the weekend. That was his third official visit. He’s also been to Florida State and Maryland. He is scheduled to visit Florida on Jan. 31. Penn State is now talking to Prince since James Franklin took over and is trying to get him in for a visit as well.

DB DJ Smith of Marietta, Ga., who is a USC commitment, made his official visit over the weekend and confirmed he is still committed to USC, but he will take his official visit to Tennessee this coming weekend. Smith made his commitment to USC on television last Monday night. “I feel like it was just the best fit,” Smith said after making his announcement. “Location wise it is very close to home, like two to three hours. Coach (Grady) Brown has been like a second daddy. He’s been there for me. He’s been truthful. I feel like he’s been straight forward with me from the get so. And I just feel like it’s my best chance for early playing time. So I feel like it’s my best decision.” Last season Smith was in on 77 tackles with two interceptions. “He’s a very good cover corner,” said his coach, Rocky Hidalgo. “He’s physical enough to play safety. I think he’s got a chance to be an exceptional player.”

DE Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, Ala., committed to USC after visiting last June and that commitment remains in place, but Mississippi State remains a threat to the Gamecocks. Stallworth made his official visit to USC over the weekend and will go to Mississippi State this weekend. “Mississippi State is coming on hard,” Stallworth said. “My commitment is still strong and I don’t think it will turn, but I’m still keeping my eyes open.” Stallworth had 60 tackles and six sacks this season. He played in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game and recorded eight tackles, two for loss and a sack.

Shrine Bowl WR Hunter Renfrow of Socastee made his official visit to Appalachian State over the weekend. He is deciding between an offer from the Mountaineers and a walk-on opportunity at Clemson. He will visit Clemson this weekend. “I enjoyed the visit,” Renfrow said. “The coaches were what I liked most about it. They were real down to earth. The facilities are nice. It snowed the whole time we were up there.” Renfrow said he remains torn between his two options and will wait until after his Clemson visit before making a final decision, which will come a few days after that visit. Appalachian recruiter Justin Stepp is scheduled to visit Renfrow after his Clemson visit. “They are still pretty even,” said Renfrow, who was a quarterback in high school but is being recruited as a slot receiver.

DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC in Mississippi said last week he was contacted by USC recruiter Deke Adams and was told his transcript was good enough for an official offer from the Gamecocks, so he committed right then and there. “I had told coach Adams if he made me the official offer I would commit on the spot, and when I got back to school he called and asked me if that still stands and I said yes,” Caldwell said. “I was probably more excited than he was.” USC recruited Caldwell out of high school in Atlanta, but he signed with Illinois. He spent two seasons there but left after the coaching change played this season at Pearl River. He will have two years to play two. “They need a guy that’s ready to play and I would add a little more versatility to their defense in my playing style,” Caldwell said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to attend the university and play SEC football.” Caldwell said he’s on track to graduate in May. “I only need a few more credits to get out and I just have to take a few more classes here at the JC.” He has set an official visit to USC for Jan. 24 and won’t take any other visits. Caldwell becomes the 18th commitment for USC’s 2014 class.

LB Jalen Williams of Blythewood remains committed to Clemson even though his offer right now is of the grayshirt variety. Williams said the coaches have told him they should know in about a month if he will come in with the 2014 class this summer or have to wait until August. Either way, Williams said he is a lock with Clemson and is not dealing with any other programs. He will take his official visit to Clemson next weekend. Williams played in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game and the Offense-Defense All American Game. This season he had 100 tackles and six sacks.

Shrine Bowl DL Arthur Williams of Fayetteville, N.C., spoke Sunday morning with USC recruiter Joe Robinson, and Robinson plans to meet with Williams at his home. Williams is a Florida State commitment but is still interested in the Gamecocks. “He (Robinson) said they’ve been talking about me all week and they’ve come up with a plan for me and he wants to talk to me about it,” Williams said. “I’m real anxious.” Williams did not take an official visit this weekend but is scheduled to visit Florida State next weekend and USC on Jan. 31. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is scheduled to make his in home visit Tuesday night. Williams said he’s still “pretty firm” with his commitment to Florida State but is giving USC a chance. His final decision is down to the Seminoles and Gamecocks.

RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, N.C., made his final official visit over the weekend to Florida and now will take a week to have final in-home visits and make his decision before announcing on Jan. 27 at his school. Scott also is considering USC and Tennessee. USC recruiter Deke Adams and Tennessee recruiter Robert Gillespie visited with Scott on Thursday. USC head coach Steve Spurrier will be in Jan. 23, a day after Tennessee coach Butch Jones. For much of Scott’s recruiting the feeling was that USC was the team to beat, but his assistant coach, Caleb King, disagrees with that assessment. “I don’t ever think there was a slam dunk. I think there was perception out there he was going to follow Pharoh (Cooper). They are very good friends. Of course he’s also very good friends with Kendal Vickers, who is probably going to be a starting defensive end at Tennessee next year.” King said Scott will keep his decision to himself until he announces his decision on Jan. 27. Tennessee has been reported as his leader.

RB Alvin Kamara has been given a release from Alabama and is looking at Clemson, Florida State, Oklahoma State and UCLA at this point. Kamara is from Norcross, Ga., and was offered by Clemson in high school. He was redshirted this season and was suspended for the Sugar Bowl.

USC and Clemson recruiters were among the coaches to visit Thursday with DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga. Joe Robinson from USC was in during the day and Clemson’s Marion Hobby attended Williams’ high school banquet Thursday night. Ole Miss recruiter Chris Kiffin also visited Williams on Thursday. Williams made his official visit to Auburn over the weekend and was very impressed with the Tigers. He’s going to Ole Miss this weekend and Clemson on Jan. 31. Right now USC is on the outside looking in on official visits.

WR Kameron Uter of Atlanta made an official visit to Wake Forest over the weekend. The former Vanderbilt commit is still scheduled to visit Vandy on Jan. 24. He’s talked with Clemson about baseball and USC contacted him after his decommitment but has not followed up.

WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville, Fla., made an official visit to Miami over the weekend. Miami is making a strong push now and has told him he can play football and basketball. USC and Virginia Tech also are working Ford, who is a former Louisville commitment. Ford also is still considering the Cardinals.

DB Derrick Tindal of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., committed to Indiana but plans to take the rest of his official visits. The cornerback was scheduled to visit Syracuse over the weekend. He has USC on Jan. 24 and N.C. State on Jan. 31. He also has offers from Cincinnati, Marshall, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Akron. He will announce a final decision on Signing Day. This season Tindal had 52 tackles and three interceptions.

ATH Dre Massey of Mauldin was offered by East Carolina on Saturday while on his official visit with the Pirates. Massey did not commit. He plans to visit Oregon State this weekend before making a decision.

Gaffney ATH Hyleck Foster also visited East Carolina over the weekend. Foster currently is committed to Marshall.

Some other notable in state prospects taking visits over the weekend include DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head to Texas, DB Cory Seargant of Northwestern to East Carolina, and DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe to Syracuse.

From Gray College in West Columbia:

WR Walter Vance and WR Jamil Hornsby have committed to Limestone College.

Punter Taylor Wilson has an offer from Chowan and is also considering walking on at USC.

RB Kevin Miller is getting a run from Charlotte, Gardner-Webb and Newberry.

DB Eric Baker has an offer from Glenville State, WVA.

WR Deion Kelsey and WR J.R. Leach are looking at Payne College.

Gray College has signed WR Shaikee Brooks of Irmo and Louisburg JC, NC.

The War Eagles also are recruiting Lexington QB Will Hunter and Gilbert QB Mitch Spires. Both played in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game.

LB Michael Roach (6-4 210) of Kenosha, Wis., has committed to Wofford, according to the Kenosha News. He also had an offer from North Dakota while Wisconsin and Northern Illinois talked to him about walking on. This season Roach had 13.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss.

St. Josephs RB Andre Stoddard (5-10 220) also committed to Wofford. This season Stoddard rushed for 1918 yards and 28 touchdowns. As a junior he rushed for 2775 yards and 40 touchdowns.


DB Terry Godwin of Hogansville, Ga., who holds an offer from Clemson, announced a commitment to Georgia. Godwin visited Clemson last season for the Florida State game and has been in regular contact with Tiger secondary coach Mike Reed. He’s Georgia’s third commitment for 2015.

DB Rico McGraw of Nashville also committed to Georgia. Clemson and USC were among his other offers.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables visited Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School on Friday and offered 2015 prospect DE LaSamuel Davis and 2017 prospect ATH Savalas Cann. Davis also has offers from Florida, N.C. State, North Carolina, Oregon, Kansas State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal and UCLA. Cann also has offers from USC, Florida and North Carolina.

Junior OL Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa, Fla., will attend Clemson’s Junior Day on Feb. 1. Clemson and USC have both offered. Michigan offered him Friday.

OL Brian Chaffin of Charlotte was visited by Clemson last week. He plans to attend a Junior Day at Clemson next month. He did pick up an offer from North Carolina on Thursday. The Tar Heels joined N.C. State, Wake Forest, Northwestern, Mississippi State and Charlotte as offers. USC also has shown some interest.

QB Marquane Goodman of West Florence has USC and N.C. State as his top choices. His sole offer is from Appalachian State with interest coming from USC, N.C. State, Arkansas and Tennessee. Clemson and N.C. State are two visits Goodman has made.

QB Lorenzo Nunez of Kennesaw, Ga., recently added Texas A&M to his offer sheet, bringing his total to six. The junior signal caller continues to show strong interest in Clemson, and Clemson, Tennessee, Charlotte, Kentucky and Ohio State are his other offers with interest from Florida State, Florida, Notre Dame and Miami.

RB Nyheim Hines of Garner, N.C., had perhaps the best offensive season of any non-quarterback in the Carolinas in 2013. Hines rushed for 3147 yards and 50 touchdowns. He averaged 10.5 yards per carry. He also had 600 yards receiving with eight touchdowns, passed for two touchdowns and had a pair of touchdowns on kickoff returns. All of that will make him one of the hottest prospects around for 2014, and right now Clemson and USC figure to be in the hunt. Hines said he’s in regular contact with the recruiters from both schools. Hines plans to visit USC, Clemson, Ohio State, Duke, Tennessee and Florida State. He’s also in regular contact with Duke, Florida State, Nebraska, Wake Forest. Tennessee and Virginia Tech are his most recent offers. Hines said he doesn’t have any clear favorites right now.

ATH RayRay McCloud of Tampa has been offered as a running back by Clemson and USC. McCloud has not visited USC but has been to Clemson twice. He says he is interested in both programs. Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are the other schools he has visited. He plans to visit Florida, South Florida and Southern Cal this spring. He does not have any favorites but said that USC, Clemson, Ole Miss, Kentucky and Florida are showing the most interest. All have offered. His other offers include UCLA, Ohio State, Louisville and Wisconsin.

RB Traveon Samuel of Phenix City, Ala., has Clemson in his top five. He named Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State and Clemson in that order. Florida offered last week and could become a factor as well. He plans to visit there for a junior day. He also plans to visit Clemson. His offers include Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, California, Tennessee, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Florida and Southern Miss. As a junior, Samuel rushed for more than 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns.

DB Mark Fields Jr. of Cornelius, Ga., has a top 10 list of Clemson, USC, Georgia, Tennessee, N.C. State, LSU, Ole Miss, UCLA, Florida and LSU.

OL Shaq Crouch (6-5 333) of Johnsonville is hearing from several schools but has yet to receive his first offer. Of those showing interest, Crouch named USC his favorite. Crouch is also hearing from Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State, Florida State, Tennessee and Alabama. He has visited USC and Clemson.