Clemson received a commitment from one of the top prospects in Georgia on Monday with LeAnthony Williams, a 6-0, 180-pound cornerback from Roswell, choosing the Tigers over Georgia, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Florida. He becomes Clemson’s eighth commitment for the 2017 class.
“When I started to narrow down the schools and figure out who was giving me the most attention and all that, that’s when I came down to Clemson,” said Williams, who attended Clemson’s junior day in January. “Clemson was the place I wanted to be. It definitely felt like home.”
Williams’ high school teammate, linebacker Tre Lamar, enrolled at Clemson in January and is expected to compete for early playing time this season. Williams said he was impressed with head coach Dabo Swinney and secondary coach Mike Reed.
“It was just Coach Reed and the coaching staff,” Williams said. “Coach Swinney is just always there, and they showed me a lot of attention. I’m excited to play for Coach Reed. He’s a player’s coach, and he knows how to put a player where he’s comfortable. I wanted to play for Coach Swinney because of what I heard from Tre and other people.”
Wando wide receiver OrTre Smith is one of the jewels of the 2017 recruiting class in South Carolina. He has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida State, Louisville, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, N.C. State and Tennessee. He has already hit the junior day circuit at USC and Clemson, and he plans to check out more schools in the weeks ahead.
Smith’s most recent visit was to USC earlier this month and he got his first full exposure to Will Muschamp and the new coaching staff.
“The coaches were more lively and attentive and there was a better vibe in the room, a better atmosphere in the room,” said Smith, a 6-4, 212-pound junior. “I enjoyed myself. In the past times I went there I enjoyed myself but this time it just felt different.”
Smith was also impressed with Clemson after attending the Tigers’ junior Day in January.
“The atmosphere is a family atmosphere and that stood out a lot. Their players all say the same thing about the atmosphere, it’s like a family,” Smith said. “And my mom really enjoyed how they handled things.”
Smith is also looking at Georgia, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Alabama, N.C. State and Tennessee for possible future visits. Smith plans to get his list down to five or six schools by the end of the school year but he’s not sure when he’ll make the final decision.
TJ Moore, a 6-6, 275-pound offensive lineman from Charlotte was among the players to attend USC’s junior day and appears to be solidly in the Gamecocks’ corner for their 2017 class. Moore said USC is at the top of his list and it’s not really close right now.
“I just like South Carolina a lot, and it’s close to home,” Moore said over the weekend. “I like the community and all the people around it. They are a lot further (ahead of the field). s before. I think it’s going to be a good place for me.”
He said North Carolina, N.C. State, Kentucky, Miami and Florida State are other schools of interest to him right now. He’s also hearing some from Clemson.
Moore is not ready to make an immediate commitment saying he wants to wait until the start of his senior year.
Defensive end Brad Johnson (6-3, 225) of Pendleton has burst on the scene as one of the state’s best for 2017.
“He has a great upside,” his coach Paul Sutherland said. “He’s 16 years old and won’t be 17 until the middle of August. He won the state triple jump last year and has high jumped six feet-four inches.”
Sutherland took Johnson to Georgia Tech for an unofficial visit last week and on Saturday he went to Wake Forest. This weekend he’s going to N.C. State. He also was at USC’s junior day and came away with a favorable impression.
“He had a great time, he and his mom loved it,” Sutherland said. “He was very impressed with Muschamp.”
Johnson has offers from USC, Wake Forest, Duke, Colorado State and Miami of Ohio. Clemson is also showing interest but has not yet offered.
Running back Davijuan Dean (5-11, 180) of TL Hanna is an emerging prospect in the state after rushing for 1,200 yards and scoring 20 touchdowns last season. Old Dominion has offered and USC has taken notice. He attended USC’s junior day. Dean said his next visit would be to Troy this week he plans to return to USC Mar. 19 for a spring practice.
Offensive lineman Summie Carlay (6-5, 280) of Laurens was not all that well known in recruiting circles until this month when USC coach Will Muschamp gave him his first major offer. Carlay was a tight end who played on the offensive line for the first time as a junior. After reviewing his film, Muschamp and offensive line coach Shawn Elliott concluded he’s SEC material.
“It was great to get down to Columbia and meet with Coach Muschamp and Coach Elliott,” Carlay said. “Both are really intense, yet approachable and easy to talk to. I’m really excited about the offer.”
Offensive lineman Eric Douglas of Charlotte was back at USC for junior day, the latest in a number of stops he’s made in Columbia over the past year. He camped there last summer and has also been to games in Columbia. But this was his first chance to meet with new coach Will Muschamp and get an idea about the direction of the program.
Douglas went to North Carolina and Florida last week. He plans to make his decision within a month or two with USC, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina and N.C. State on his list. He said he does not have a favorite at this point.
Defensive back Yusuf Corker (6-1, 175) of Stockbridge, Ga., was highly impressed by USC during his visit for junior day and said he has USC and Wake Forest tied at the top of his list. He said Clemson and Kentucky would rank next, followed by North Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Tight end Drake DeIuliis (6-6, 210) of Charlotte attended USC’s junior day and left with an offer in his pocket from Muschamp. The Gamecocks joined Duke, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest as offers for DeIuliis who made his first visit to USC on Saturday. He has also visited Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina. He plans to visit Georgia soon.
USC handed out several more offers last week, including two to quarterbacks. The Gamecocks already have an offer out to 2017 quarterback Jake Bentley of Opelika, Ala., the son of running backs coach Bobby Bentley. Thursday they offered Hendon Hooker (6-4 190) of Greensboro, N.C., and Jelani Woods (6-7, 225) of Ellenwood, Ga. Both are considered pro-style quarterbacks. Hooker’s offer list also includes N.C. State, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, East Carolina, Syracuse, Virginia and Wake Forest. Clemson also offered him but the Tigers already have two quarterbacks committed in the class.
Woods also has offers from Michigan, Louisville and South Florida.
Kyran Bowman, a 6-2 point guard from Havelock, N.C., is on the USC recruiting board. He also was a football prospect for the 2016 class and at one time was a North Carolina commitment. But basketball became his top interest and he’s pursuing that for college now. Bowman also has offers from Boston College, East Carolina, Western Kentucky, Buffalo and North Carolina Central. This season Bowman is averaging 22 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists per game.