July 25, 2014

Clemson coaches give Terry more to ponder

Tramel Terry

Clemson recruiters Chad Morris and Tony Elliott were at Goose Creek High School Monday to visit with ATH Tramel Terry. Terry has been committed to Georgia but is  thinking hard about Clemson. He was at Georgia last weekend. “They’ve done a good job of showing him how they would use his abilities,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said of the Tigers. “Georgia worked him on the idea of being a running back. But he knows they have those two freshmen coming back. He’s still committed to Georgia but Clemson has given him some things to think about. He had a good visit with the Clemson coaches.” Reedy said Terry asked Morris about his future plans and was told he’s happy at Clemson and is not actively pursuing other jobs. Terry will be an early enrollee and Reedy expects a final decision from him soon.

DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, FL has set an official visit to Clemson for December 7th. Baker has been committed to Florida State since early July but he wrote on his Twitter page that he will take the visit to Clemson which was in his final five before making the commitment. “Looking forward to meeting my favorite player, Sammy Watkins,” Baker wrote. This summer, Baker indicated a strong interest in the Tigers. “Clemson is an academic environment and that fits my character,” he said. “The opportunity at Clemson is great. There’s a chance to come in and play early,”

RB CJ Fuller of Easley made the short ride up U.S. 123 Saturday for the Clemson-USC showdown. “I thought Clemson was going to win but USC came out on top,” Fuller said. “I was pulling for Clemson.” Fuller has an offer from the Tigers. He also visited for the NC State game where he had a chance to chat with Dabo Swinney. “He said it was up to me, basically saying they made their decision and it’s up to me if I want to come,” Fuller said. “I’m favoring them a little bit but I’m keeping my options open. I want to see what other offers I get.” Fuller also went to games at USC and North Carolina, and he wants to go back to Chapel Hill to talk to the coaches. Fuller is also getting interest from Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, LSU, North Carolina, Auburn, Duke, Mississippi State and Georgia. This season he rushed for 2044 yards and 19 touchdowns.

OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC was at Clemson Saturday for the USC game and will be back for an official visit in January. “He liked it pretty good,” Crowder’s brother Charles McManus said. “He’s visited Clemson a few times.” Crowder went with some friends to the game. North Carolina was the only other game visit he made this season. “He was really focused on his season,” his brother said. “He wanted to be sure he left it all on the field and had no regrets, be a leader.” Crowder will play in the Shrine Bowl and the Under Armour Game. He will schedule his official visits after that with Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina, his final three schools. “All things are equal,” McManus said. “Clemson is recruiting him a little harder than most. Georgia is still very interested.” McManus said there’s one key factor his brother will be looking for on his visits. “He’s going to want it to feel like home.”

DB Shaq Wiggins of Tyrone, GA is committed to Georgia but will take all five of his official visits. One of those will be to USC. Monday he received a visit from USC defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward. “He came by to talk about my upcoming visit and stuff like that,” Wiggins said. “I’m still firmly committed to Georgia but I am looking around. South Carolina is looking pretty good right now.” Wiggins has already visited USC and was impressed with what he saw. “Everything is really nice there,” he said. “I really like the defensive coaches. Their DB coach (Grady Brown) is really cool and the whole staff is easy to deal with and I love their style of play.” He visits USC on January 8th. The other schools he will visit are Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M and Ole Miss. “I don’t remember all the dates but I think I visit Georgia on December 6th or 8th…something like that,” said Wiggins. Florida and Ole Miss were the other schools he mentioned that were strong with him. This season, Wiggins has 22 total tackles and three interceptions with his teams still alive in the playoffs.

DB Riyahd Jones (6-0 186) of Garden City JC, KS has narrowed his list to three but that could change should Clemson contact him. “They were one of my favorite schools coming out of high school,” admitted Jones. “I haven’t heard from them lately though. They’re supposed to contact me during bowl practices-that’s what my coach told me-so we will see.” He is favoring Ole Miss, Kansas State and West Virginia but when asked if that could change should the Tigers get involved, he responded, “Most definitely. It’s close to home and I really like coach (Charlie) Harbison a lot.” He took his first official visit this past weekend to Ole Miss. “It went wonderful…two thumbs up!” he said. “I know all officials (visits) are supposed to be cool and all of that, but I could really feel the love there.” He heads to West Virginia on December 7th and Kansas State on December 14th. “K-State was the first to offer me this past summer and they have stayed in touch with me ever since,” he said. “They’re losing two starting DBs this year so I could go in and start. I’ve always like West Virginia ever since I was little.” Jones had 24 tackles, 11 pass deflections and a forced fumble this season. He did not name a leader.