April 24, 2014

Nation’s top ranked player highlights Korn’s latest recruiting column

DE Robert Nkemdiche might take his many talents to Clemson

DE Robert Nkemdiche of Loganville, GA, rated the top player in the country by most recruiting services, has set May 18th for his announcement date.  That is the day of his team’s final spring scrimmage. “I’m ready to commit because I know where I want go,” Nkemdiche told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.  His top five schools, in no order, are Clemson, LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss.  He visited LSU this past weekend.  He does not have any other visits planned but is considering return trips to Alabama and Georgia for a spring practice.

Clemson has two aces in the hole in dealing with Nkemdiche in his teammates RB Wayne Gallman and DB David Kamara.  Those two have stated Clemson as their favorite and the three players have said they would like to play together in college. 

DE Tashawn Bower of Somerville, NJ cut his list of over 30 offers down to ten, and USC is one of the survivors. The rest of the list is Florida State, Ohio State, Rutgers, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Michigan, LSU, Miami and Michigan State. Bower visited USC in February.

DE Devin Washington of Orlando will visit USC, Georgia Tech, Duke and NC State this week during his spring break. It will be his first trip to each school with the exception of Georgia Tech. “I’m going to narrow my list to 10 after spring ball and South Carolina is up there with me right now,” Washington said. “After my visit, they could be even higher. USC and Central Florida are recruiting the hardest.” Washington’s offer sheet has grown to 16 with USC, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, South Florida, SMU, West Virginia, Rutgers, Cincinnati, Louisville, Duke, Kansas, Florida International, Illinois and Central Florida among them. He hopes to have his list down to five by the beginning of the summer. He did not name a leader.

DE Devin Bellamy (6-5 215) of Chamblee, GA took in USC’s scrimmage Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.  Bellamy is also a basketball prospect as a combo-forward. He has been offered by USC and the Gamecocks wants to take a closer look at him in camp this summer. LB Jalen Stephens of Goose Creek also attended the scrimmage,

ATH Chucky Williams of Hialeah, FL has offers from USC, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Illinois, Western Kentucky, Purdue, Bowling-Green, Bethune-Cookman, UMass, Louisville and South Florida with interest from Wake Forest. Williams has visited Clemson and USC. “If I could play for two schools I would play for Clemson and South Carolina,” Williams said. “If I had to choose one I would probably say South Carolina. I really like Grady Brown. He really impressed me with the way he teaches the position.” Williams says the Gamecocks are recruiting him strictly as a cornerback while the Tigers are looking at him to play anywhere in the secondary. His other visits were to Miami and Florida International and he will visit USF in the next two weeks. He had approximately 40 tackles as a junior. Williams threw for nine touchdowns adding 13 more on the ground. He does not have a favorite but plans to make a decision sometime this summer.

QB Jeremy Johnson of Montgomery, AL visited LSU for a second time this past Saturday.  Tuesday he will visit Ole Miss and then Thursday he will be at USC.  Last season he passed for 2380 yards and 22 touchdowns.   

  USC will have another junior day this Saturday and among the prospects expected to attend is QB Connor Mitch of Raleigh.  Mitch could leave with an offer from quarterbacks recruiter GA Mangus.  Mitch has offers from LSU, NC State, North Carolina, Rutgers, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, West Virginia, South Florida, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.  He has visited LSU, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, East Carolina and Maryland. 

Boeing Brown of Brookfield, CT is another quarterback who plans to be at USC this weekend.  Brown is drawing looks from a number of major programs and is visiting as many as he can.  He has not yet been offered.  He has visited USC in the past and also has been to Penn State, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Illinois.

QB Kevin Olsen of Wayne, NJ will visit USC next month in the week leading up to the spring game. Olsen visited Miami last Thursday. Olsen’s brother Greg is a former Hurricane tight end. Olsen has visited Miami in the past. He’s also been to Florida State, North Carolina, Rutgers and East Carolina. He’s also got Auburn, Arkansas and Wisconsin on his travel agenda. Olsen has not expressed a favorite and wants to make his decision before the season.

DB Von Bell of Rossville, GA was offered recently by Clemson. He was also offered recently by Missouri and Virginia Tech. His other offers include Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Maryland, Ole Miss, UCLA, Auburn, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. Bell has visited Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee and plans to take some visits during his spring break, but he’s not sure where. He does not have favorites and wants to make his decision before his season.

RB Khris Francis of Durham, NC has offers from Clemson, North Carolina and Syracuse. He is committed to UNC but plans to visit Clemson with several teammates. He says though he is committed, he plans to take several visits. “I would say my commitment is solid,” he added. “It would take a lot to change my mind.” Other schools showing interest in Francis include Missouri, Duke, Alabama, Maryland and Penn State.

RB Marquez Grayson of Lexington, NC says he’s been running track and working out for football in recent weeks. He’s not taken any recruiting visits recently since attending Clemson’s last junior day. Grayson said he’ll visit the North Carolina schools, and he’s pretty sure he’ll visit Tennessee. He and Vols running backs coach Jay Graham have developed a good relationship. He’s also looking at visits to USC, Clemson and Ohio State. “USC and Clemson were my top schools along with Virginia Tech. When Coach Graham left (USC), that kind of stunned me, but I know that’s part of the profession. The biggest thing for me is finding a place close enough so that my mother can see me play.” Grayson has family in South Carolina and that’s another reason USC and Clemson are appealing. Grayson has offers from Clemson, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, NC State, Tennessee, North Carolina and Duke.

DL Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, NC recently named Clemson, LSU and Florida as his top three with LSU the outright favorite.  He was scheduled to visit LSU over the weekend. He plans to visit Florida April 6th and 7th. Gilmore also plans a return visit to Clemson sometime during spring practice. He currently has 20 offers with expectations of Georgia to join the list.

DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA already has offers from Clemson, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Florida State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State, Mississippi State, UCLA, and Southern Cal among others.  Adams does not have any favorites but named Clemson and USC as schools of interest. Adams was scheduled to visit Auburn over the weekend and has also been to Clemson, Georgia and Florida.   Tennessee is next after Auburn and he’ll probably get back to Clemson this spring. 

OL Joshua Outlaw of Atlanta has been to Clemson, USC, Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Alabama and Georgia Tech. He plans return visits to Clemson, USC, Florida and Georgia, and he will also get to Tennessee and Virginia Tech. “I’m going to take more visits and then narrow my list down to about eight or ten,” he said.

USC has made an offer to OL Marcell Lazard (6-6 293) of Bloomfield, NJ. Lazard also holds offers from Florida, Miami, Maryland, Connecticut, Boston College, Michigan, Ohio State, South Florida, Virginia and West Virginia. He has a current top five of Miami, West Virginia, Ohio State, Florida and Connecticut. He has visited Penn State, West Virginia and Connecticut. Lazard would like to make a decision before his season.

OL Bryce King of Dillon was at a recent USC practice and continues to take things slowly with his recruitment. King says he has not narrowed his list and does not have any favorites. His offers are from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and LSU. He has not scheduled his next visit but plans trips to Clemson and Virginia Tech. King could revisit USC this spring.

DB Tre Bell of Jersey City, NJ has offers from USC, Florida, Connecticut, Ole Miss, South Florida, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Michigan, Temple, Rutgers, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Wisconsin. He visited Notre Dame last week.  Bell continues to show a great deal of interest in USC, the first to offer him, and will visit Columbia April 14th. Bell will visit Florida and West Virginia in April as well. Bell said USC has a good shot at an official visit. 

LB Gerald Turner of Goose Creek has visited USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech and North Carolina but has not taken any recent visits.  He plans to be at USC for a spring practice, and will go to Georgia for a visit with some teammates.  Turner has offers from USC, Clemson and North Carolina.  He does not have a favorite but said he won’t go further than four hours from home.

Spartanburg LB Justin Bridges-Thompson visited Auburn Saturday for a junior day.  He has offers from Arizona, NC State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest and is also getting interest from Clemson and USC. 

USC has contacted OL Joey Bloomfield of Louisville and wants him to come in for a visit. Bloomfield has visited Clemson and the Tigers want him back for a camp, which he plans to attend. He also has visited Virginia, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville and Illinois. He has been offered by Kansas. He’s also drawing interest from Wisconsin, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Texas A&M and Houston.

OL Brandon Smith (6-7 325) of Kernersville, NC has an offer from East Carolina with interest from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Connecticut, Notre Dame and Minnesota. Smith said he will get to a spring practice at Clemson and a camp this summer in hopes of landing an offer.   He has ECU out front. Of the schools that have yet to offer, NC State is showing the most interest in the lineman.

DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA committed to Auburn Saturday while at a junior day.  Clemson was also one of his offers. 

Former Maryland OL Max Garcia visited Ole Miss and Georgia last week.  He has plans to visit Florida and Vanderbilt for two more officials, and is considering Clemson and Southern Cal for the final visit with a lean to the Trojans for that trip. 

 

Baseball News:

Clemson picked up a commitment from infielder Shane Kennedy (6-2) of Sante Fe JC in Florida. This season Kennedy is batting .360 with 8 home runs and 30 RBIs. He was a freshman All American last season at North Florida.