Tayquon Johnson, a 6-3, 275-pound defensive lineman from Williamsport, Md., committed to Clemson on Monday, giving the Tigers their 12th commitment for the 2019 football recruiting class.
Johnson, who becomes the first defensive lineman in Clemson's 2019 class, chose the Tigers over nine other teams. Among is top programs were Penn State, Maryland, Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas A&M, Georgia, Rutgers, Temple and Virginia. He visited Clemson twice in the last two months, including last Friday.
Johnson also plays on the offensive line in high school but Clemson recruited him strictly as a defensive lineman. Last season he had 87 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and eight sacks. Adding Johnson to the commitment list gives the Tigers six pledges on defense, five on offense and one specialist.
South Carolina picked up its third commitment for the 2020 football recruiting class last week when offensive lineman Issiah Walker of Miami announced his intentions to play for the Gamecocks.
Walker (6-4, 265) also has offers from Florida, Kentucky and South Florida.
“I picked South Carolina because I feel the most comfortable there,” Walker said. “What I like about Coach Wolf (OL coach Eric Wolford) is that he gives off a good vibe when you are around him and I can play for someone like that."
The Gamecocks were not the early leader. Walker said in February Florida was his favorite and he was one of the first players Gators’ coach Dan Mullen visited in January. He said his decision came down to the Gamecocks and Gators. But, despite the public pledge, he does not consider his recruiting completed.
“This will not be shutting down my recruitment,” Walker said. Walker joins running back Mecose Todd and offensive lineman Tyshawn Wannamaker as 2020 commitments for the Gamecocks.
Offensive lineman Jakai Moore of Nokesville, Va., already has taken an official visit to USC and now Clemson could see him down the road. The Tigers are his latest offer with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell getting that word to him on Thursday.
Like his counterpart at Clemson, USC offensive line coach Eric Wolford likes Moore a lot and he’s been working him hard as well. Moore also is having regular contact from Virginia Tech, Penn State, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia and Boston College. Along with Clemson, Moore also has recent offers from UCF and Pitt. He plans to be a December signee but not an early enrollee.
Clemson offered offensive lineman Jake Hornibrook of Malvern, Pa., and he recently visited the Tigers. Some of the other schools recruiting Hornibrook are Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, North Carolina and Boston College. He does not have a list of favorites but he’d like to make his decision in late May or early summer. His teammate, linebacker Keith Maguire, is a Clemson commit and his brother is the quarterback at Wisconsin.
USC was one of the early offers for offensive lineman Jaelin Humphries of Lawrenceville, Ga. That offer list has grown over the months to include Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Kentucky, Miami, North Carolina, Nebraska, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and several others. USC has been keeping up the contact with Humphries and is still in the game with him.
Humphries visited USC in February and he said it’s possible he’ll schedule an official visit with the Gamecocks for later in the year. He said USC, Miami, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi State and Nebraska were the schools standing out the most to him right now. Humphries went to Georgia for the spring game and he’s also seen LSU, Florida and Tennessee.
Linebacker Jahmar Brown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is down to USC, Miami and Stanford. Brown was among the recruits on hand for USC's spring game March 31. Brown visited Stanford over the weekend and he also plans return visits to USC and Miami before making his decision in July or August.
“South Carolina is up there,” he said. “I’m thinking of three schools, Miami, Stanford, South Carolina. Everybody is neck and neck.” Brown said he will sign in December but he will not graduate early.
Defensive back J.R. Walker of Elizabeth City, N.C., released a top five of USC, N.C. State, Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. Walker, who is a safety, said the Gamecocks remain second on his list right behind N.C. State.
Defensive back Jalen Catalon of Mansfield, Tex., has Clemson in his top eight along with TCU, Texas, Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Ohio State.
USC and Clemson offered Miami commitment 2020 defensive back Henry Gray of Hollywood, Fla.
USC commitment defensive end Rodricus Fitten was offered by Nebraska.
USC commitment QB Ryan Hilinski was offered by Ohio State, UCLA and LSU.
Dorman WR Jacoby Pinckney was offered by Alabama.
Dorman OL John Gelotte was offered by Pitt.
Spring Valley DB Jalen Geiger committed to Kentucky.