April 24, 2014

Clemson signs two on first day of early signing period

Austin Ajukwa

The early signing period for college basketball and other sports except football commenced Wednesday. Clemson announced the signings of previously committed players 6-6 Austin Ajukwa of Cardinal Newman and 6-3 Patrick Rooks of Charlotte. “We feel really good about the signing of Austin and Patrick,” Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. “We’ve tracked them the last couple of years, and both players can really score the basketball. Both are good students and come from great families, and we’re excited to have them at Clemson.” Last season Ajukwa averaged 21 points and 9 rebounds per game. “Austin is an athletic wing that can play a variety of positions,” Brownell said. “He had a very good junior year, followed by an outstanding summer. He will be a very good player at Clemson because he can do a lot of different things on the court. He has an ability to create his own shot, and can use his athleticism to make difficult shots at times.” Rooks averaged 14 points per game last season and shot 37% from three point range. “Patrick is an outstanding shooter with a quick release and deep range,” Brownell said. “He will help us stretch defenses, and will play with the scoring mentality that you need from a few guys on your team. He’s a good pull-up jump shooter. He is a young man who has followed this program for several years and always wanted to wear orange. That is exciting to me.” USC is expected to sign 6-4 Justin McKie of Irmo, 6-4 Sendarius Thornwell of Lancaster and Oak Hill Prep, VA and 6-9 Desmond Ringer of McDonough, GA. Presbyterian signed point guard Markus Terry of John’s Creek, GA. He was the region player of the year last season. He’s averaged 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds per game for his career. And 6-5 Davaris McGowens of Eastside signed with High Point.

6-8 Tavario Miller of Houston had a big Tuesday on and off the court. On the court, he scored 42 points and had 22 rebounds in a victory for his Wheatley High School team. Off the court he picked up offers from Texas A&M and Oregon according to his coach. Miller said the Aggies are now a factor with him. “Texas A&M is in there now,” said Miller who visited USC last weekend. “I will consider them. I’ll make a decision next week.” Miller said USC, Tulsa and Illinois State are the others under consideration. He also took official visits to Louisiana Tech and South Alabama. Miller’s coach plans to sit down with him this week and talk about the decision. “He’s confused,” Willie Patrick said. ‘He’s got to grow up and make this decision on his own.” Miller said there is no favorite among his finalists.

Football News:

OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD made an unofficial visit to USC this past Saturday with his father and older brother. It was his third unofficial visit to USC this season, and now his mother, stepdad and father have had a close up look. “It was good for him to be able to take a look around,” Rodgers said. “It was the first time for him and my brother, and they really liked it.” Rodgers said he talked with Steve Spurrier, Shawn Elliott and GA Mangus while on the visit. Rodgers has taken an official visit to Oklahoma and is set to visit Nebraska this weekend. He will visit Maryland December 8th, and his USC visit will be his last one in late December or January. USC is still the leader. “It’s about the same,” he said. “Nothing’s really changed that much.”

Clemson commitment DE Elijah Daniel of Avon, IN has set an official visit to Mississippi State for this weekend and one to Ole Miss the following weekend.  He has taken an official visit to Marshall.

DB David Kamara of Grayson, GA Tuesday night announced a decommitment from Clemson following by a few days the decommitment from the Tigers by his highly acclaimed teammate DE Robert Nkemdiche. “I just wanted to take my visits everywhere to make sure that I was making the right decision,” Kamara told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Kamara joined Nkemdiche for an unofficial visit to Ole Miss last Saturday and the teammates are now being viewed as strong Ole Miss leans. Clemson also has a commitment from a third Grayson player, RB Wayne Gallman, and he appears to be holding firm with is pledge to the Tigers.