No drama on signing day for USC, Clemson

Virgil Smalls


Signing day is Wednesday and unlike years past, there’s not a lot of drama building for South Carolina and Clemson fans.

The Gamecocks are sitting on 24 commitments and awaiting a decision from DB Chris Moody of McDonough, Ga., who made an official visit over the weekend. Moody committed a week ago to Vanderbilt but after visiting USC, he’s rethinking his plans. Moody does not plan to wait until Wednesday to make the decision.

Josh Dawson of Tucker, Ga., who had planned to make an official visit to USC over the weekend, canceled the visit and will choose between Georgia and Vanderbilt.

Gamecocks commitment DE Jhaustin Thomas of Decatur, Ga., made his official visit over the weekend and remains firm.

Clemson is at 20 commitments and is waiting on decisions from three prospects. LB Reggie Northrup of Jacksonville, Fla., made an official visit over the weekend. He has been committed to Miami but also visited Arkansas, Florida State and North Carolina. All five schools are under consideration. He will announce Wednesday at 9 a.m.

Defensive lineman DJ Reader of Greensboro, N.C., is deciding between Clemson and Maryland and will announce at noon on Wednesday. The Tigers appear to the favorite for the Shrine Bowler who also plans to play baseball in college.

And DE JaMichael Winston of Mobile, Ala., will announce Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. He’s been committed to Arkansas but is also considering Clemson and Michigan State. He visited East Lansing over the weekend.

Clemson missed on LB Cassanova McKinzy of Birmingham, Ala., who took an official visit to Clemson but decided to stick with his commitment to Auburn.

Three Gamecocks commitments enrolled at mid-term, so at this point, the Gamecocks will sign at least 21 on Wednesday.

Eight Tigers commitments enrolled at mid-term, so at this point they will sign at least 12 on Wednesday.

Around the state

Shrine Bowl RB Virgil Smalls of Goose Creek has committed to S.C. State. The Post and Courier’s All-Lowcountry Player of the Year rushed for 1,270 yards and 40 touchdowns for the state champion Gators.

WR Quinshad Davis of Gaffney is the last of the state’s undecided major prospects, and he made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend with his mother. According to his mother, the visit went well and Davis is now working on his decision, which he will announce Wednesday. Davis is down to Tennessee, Wake Forest and North Carolina, the three schools to which he made official visits this month.

Columbia High WR and Alabama commitment Casey Gladney made his official visit to Alabama weekend before last. His coach, Kemper Amick, said the visit went great and Alabama is going to take Gladney if he projects to qualify. If not, they would place him in a prep school in New York. Texas Tech has come on the scene of late with Gladney and according to Amick, is willing to sign him and take a chance on him qualifying. Texas Tech also would sign his teammate, LB Ky Tyler according to Amick. And Marshall would take both players and another teammate, LB Justin Miller.

Shrine Bowl OL Jonathan McLaughlin of Mauldin committed to East Carolina over Marshall.

Spartanburg DL Jaquille Oden committed to Newberry last week. He also had an offer from N.C. Central and interest from Elon and Purdue. Oden played in the North-South game and was a two-time all region performer.

RB Ashton Heard of Abbeville has committed to North Greenville.

Shrine Bowl DE TJ Terrell and OL JaVontey Stewart of JL Mann committed to North Carolina A&T.


OL Bryce King of Dillon made his way to Clemson’s junior day Saturday. King’s next visit will be to USC this Saturday. He is not unfamiliar with USC or Clemson, having visited each campus

several times.

Junior DE DeShawn Evans of Goose Creek is hearing from

Clemson, Alabama, Wake Forest, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Nebraska, among others, but has not yet been offered.

Evans named Clemson, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Alabama as his top four. Evans is planning several trips over the summer including a return visit to Clemson and will accompany coach Chuck Reedy to a junior day in Columbia. In his junior year he played linebacker and safety for his team totaling 82 tackles and seven sacks.

Junior DE Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, N.C., has been offered by Clemson, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke and Wake Forest according to his coach, and USC is also showing interest.

Last season, he had 63 tackles and 12 sacks. Lewis has had Clemson among his early favorites.

Junior DE Devin Washington of Orlando, Fla., has offers from Central Florida, Cincinnati and Florida International with interest from USC, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Utah and Syracuse among others. He is planning to take an unofficial visit to USC this Saturday. He has no favorites but is interested in the Gamecocks.

Junior QB Cord Sandberg of Bradenton, Fla., has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Central Florida, South Florida, Baylor, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State and Cincinnati. Clemson running back coach Tony Elliott was down to see Sandberg last Monday.

“I don’t have any favorites, but Clemson is definitely a school I am very interested in.” He said Clemson and Auburn likely would be two of his official visits.

Junior QB Brayden Scott (6-2, 195) of Talhequah, Okla., has offers from Clemson, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Purdue and Tulsa with interest coming from Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others. He is considering a trip to Clemson this spring. The schools showing the most interest in Scott are Tulsa, Purdue, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. He has upcoming visits to Florida State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Tulsa.

Sophomore LB Kevin Crosby Jr. of Bamberg-Ehrhardt made an unofficial visit to Alabama on Saturday and picked up an offer from Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban according to his father and coach. Crosby Jr. now has 17 offers. Some of the others are USC, Clemson, N.C. State, North Carolina, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech and Florida. He plans to visit USC this Saturday.