September 15, 2014

Irish emerge as team to beat for Rochell

Isaac Rochell

DE Isaac Rochell of McDonough, GA has Notre Dame out front with Clemson in contention for his services. He has Notre Dame, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Georgia and Georgia Tech has his favorites in that order. Over the last two days, Rochell has received coaches from several programs at his school. “There are so many schools coming by that it’s hard to remember them all,” he joked. Clemson, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, Pitt and Georgia Tech were among his visitors. “The recruiting process is pretty much over,” said Rochell. “I’ve gotten all the offers I want. It’s about making the decision now.” He continues to build a strong relationship with the Tiger coaching staff. “I asked coach (Marion) Hobby what he thought would be a big game for me to take my official visit there,” he said. “I’m already going to Notre Dame when they play Michigan and I want to be at Clemson for a big weekend.” He had originally planned to attend the Clemson spring game but was unable to make the trip. “The only spring game I went to was Georgia Tech’s the following weekend,” he said. Rochell plans to take his official visits early before making a decision.

DE Joe Jones, Jr. (6-2 225) of Hialeah, FL is receiving interest from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Miami, Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Indiana among others. He has USC among his favorites. They are Miami, USC and Georgia in that order. As for the Gamecocks Jones said, “I really like the way they play defense. They’re good. They work hard and come after you. One of my favorite players is Jadaveon Clowney. I like them a lot.” Jones plans to visit USC in the future. He has already taken a trip to Clemson. “It’s a great campus,” he said. “It would be a nice place to live. They have a great atmosphere. The people there welcomed me with open arms and want me to come back this summer for a camp to see if I can earn a scholarship.” Jones has plans to camp at several schools but is allowing his coach to schedule the trips. “We’re going to go to a lot of places as a team so I’m not sure where I’ll be going yet,” Jones said. He has visited Miami, FIU and FAU along with Clemson. He has not received his first offer.

OL Cory Helms received his first two offers Thursday. South Alabama and Troy are the first two schools to jump on board with Helms. South Alabama offered Helms and his teammate, OL Josh Harris. Helms is garnering interest from Clemson, USC, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, UCLA, Cal, Louisiana Tech and Central Florida among others. Clemson remains high on his list.

DB Desmond Lawrence of Charlotte committed to North Carolina three weeks ago and is firm with his decision. “I don’t think I’ll visit any other schools,” Lawrence said. “They have everything I want. It’s a great environment and with the education you get there, it’s the full-package.” He chose to attend UNC with several other players including DB Brian Walker of Charlotte and DB Korrin Wiggins of Durham. “There are several other guys going with us that haven’t committed yet,” he said. “Now I’ve become the recruiter.” He has no plans to visit any other school. USC and Clemson have offered Lawrence with USC being his first offer.

OL Joshua Outlaw of Lithonia, GA committed to Florida in early April but that hasn’t ended the contact from other schools. Outlaw said he’s talked recently to recruiters from USC, Clemson, Miami, Arkansas and Tennessee. “They are trying to keep in touch with me and pushing forward to recruit me,” Outlaw said. “Coach Ward (USC) said he’ll be down to watch my spring practice. And Coach Hobby (Clemson) was by the school. He said he was a little disappointed (that he committed) but he will keep at it. You never know. I don’t have a plan on turning away (from Florida), but you never know. I wouldn’t put anything out of the question.” Outlaw made two visits to Clemson earlier in the spring and he also attended a junior day at USC.

USC and SMU are the two offers thus far for OL Kyle Schafenacker (6-4 275) of Fort Lauderdale. Schafenacker was at USC’s spring game and got a good look at the school and the program. “Great campus, the coaches and fan support are great and amazing facilities. The weight room and locker room are real nice,” Schafenacker said. He is planning to visit SMU over Memorial Day. USC and the Mustangs are his favorites and he’ll make a decision after his spring practice. No coaches have been by thus far this spring.

OL Taylor Chambers of Irmo visited Virginia two weeks ago and could be closing in on an offer from the Cavaliers. He expects them to visit him during spring practice. “They told me they really liked my film and they were coming down to see me,” Chambers said. “They said they would know very quickly whether or not I deserved an offer.” Chambers would welcome the opportunity and was impressed with the school. “The campus and the facilities were definitely top-notch,” he said. “I met with some of the players and the coach (Mike London) and I like what they’re doing there. They’re building men.” Southern Miss offered Chambers on Monday.  The Irmo product continues to hear from Clemson and USC and has an offer from Wake Forest. He plans to visit Southern Miss and Wake Forest this summer. Chambers did not name a favorite.

 

Basketball News:

6-6 Sheldon Jeter of Beaver Falls, PA took an official visit to Penn State Thursday thru Saturday and will have a decision this week. USC, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt are the other school schools under consideration. “It’s his decision and he’s going to take a few days to think about it,” Jeter’s father Carliss said Sunday afternoon. “All four schools are in it. He’s talked to all the coaches since he got back home.” Sheldon Jeter has targeted May 3rd for a decision though his father said it could come at any time.

Spencer Collins, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Easley School, signed a national letter of intent Monday to play basketball with Wofford College. Collins ended his career with a 44-point performance against eventual state champion Gaffney in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs.  Collins, rated as one of the top prospects in the state, has been a starter for the Green Wave since his freshman year.  Collins also played AAU basketball with the the Carolina Express. That team lost in the national championship game last year to the Louisiana Roundballers, 72-65. Collins led all scorers in that game with 17 points.