August 23, 2014

Recruiting Report 2.24.12

RB Derrick Green (6-0 215) of Richmond, VA has strong interest in Clemson and will visit the Tigers in the future.  “I have definite interest in Clemson,” Green said.  “They use their running backs a lot.  I’ve got to learn more about the school.  But I’m building a good relationship with the running backs coach.” USC also offered Green a while back but he’s not heard from the Gamecocks since Jay Graham left.  Green has 21 offers.   Some of the others are Ohio State, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Rutgers, Purdue, North Carolina and NC State.  He will visit West Virginia in March and will also visit Clemson, Arkansas and Oklahoma.  He does not have a favorite and will wait until Signing Day before making a decision. 

USC became one of the newest offers this week for DB Von Bell (6-1 190) of Rossville, GA. Bell is a highly regarded safety who had 6 interceptions last season. His offer list also includes Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Maryland, Ole Miss, UCLA, Auburn and Oklahoma State. He has been to Alabama and plans to visit Auburn this Saturday for a junior day. He does not have favorites.

Clemson and USC are two of the schools strongly in the hunt for DE Isaac Rochell of McDonough, GA his coach said. Jonathan Gess said right now Rochell likes the Tigers, Gamecocks, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Florida the most. He has visited each of those along with Tennessee. He will go to Florida State Saturday and will also visit Florida again in the near future. Gess said there is no favorite. “He’s taking it real slow,” the coach said. “He’s feeling everybody out.” Last season Rochell totaled 97 total tackles with 7 sacks.

OL Austin Droogsma (6-4 310) of Gulf Breeze, FL has offers from USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech and South Florida with interest from Alabama, Miami, Florida, Central Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Oregon, Kentucky and Illinois among others. He has visited Clemson and USC with both schools in his top five. “We went to the Carolina-Clemson game,” his father Mike said. “We visited both schools. He absolutely loved Clemson’s campus. We have family in Columbia and Union so it makes it easy for us to get up there for visits.” Droogsma wrestled this season making it difficult to take visits. “We visited Georgia Tech too but he hasn’t really had the time to take any trips,” said dad. “He didn’t get to go to any junior days this year.” Droogsma has played at different positions along the line including center and long snapper. He plans to take more trips this summer. Mike Droogsma listed Clemson, USC, South Florida, FSU and Alabama has his son’s top five in no order.

ATH Mykal Moody of Conway remains in the dark about his offers but continues to receive interest. The most recent schools to contact Moody are Kentucky, Maryland, West Virginia and Missouri. His coach does not want to inform his players of their offers this early, according to Moody. “I talked to Maryland yesterday (Thursday) and they want me to come down for a visit,” Moody said. “They like me at wide receiver and some quarterback. Kentucky wants me to visit too and they like me at quarterback.” Missouri and West Virginia are sending mail encouraging Moody to visit. “I do like the offense West Virginia runs,” he said though he is unsure of visits to any of the previously mentioned schools. “I’m going to try,” he added. Moody will visit Georgia Tech this weekend and plans to visit NC State and Oregon in the future. He will attend Clemson’s spring game and a spring practice at USC. Though he does not have any favorites he did say, “I do like Oregon.” Moody voiced interest in the Gamecocks and Tigers as well.

OT Max Garcia was granted a full release by Maryland Wednesday meaning he can transfer to any school, including another ACC school, with no penalty other than sitting out the 2012 season. According to TigerIllustrated.com, Clemson contacted Garcia soon after he got his full release, and Garcia is interested in the Tigers. Clemson was one of his final choices before he decided on Maryland in December of 2009. Garcia said he has offers from Florida, Georgia and Ole Miss and will take official visits to those schools. He said he’s also looking at Auburn and possibly Clemson for visits.