July 31, 2014

Swinney visits the Big Apple for big defensive end

Ebenezer Ogundeko

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney visited Monday night with DE Ebenezer Ogundego of Brooklyn for about two hours. “It went good,” Ogundego said. “We just talked about regular stuff and how he wants me at Clemson. He talked to my mom. It was pretty good. I like Coach Swinney a lot. He talked about what relates to me. We talked about me playing the Jack position. That appeals to me.” Ogundego played mostly defensive end in high school but can also stand up and play outside linebacker. Florida coach Will Muschamp will visit him next week. Right now Ogundego is focused on Clemson and Florida though he will visit Syracuse this weekend. There is no favorite. He plans to announce December 21st if he can. If he hasn’t reached a decision by then, he’ll announce at the Under Armour game.

Freshman quarterback Avery McCall, who led Dillon to the 2A-Division 1 state championship last week, has his first offer. Dillon coach Jackie Hayes said Monday McCall has been offered by East Carolina. Hayes has compared McCall to former Myrtle Beach and current Notre Dame quarrterback Everett Golson. In the state championship game victory over Fairfield Central McCall passed for 128 yards and three touchdowns. Hayes expects him to be one of the top recruits in the nation by his senior season.

Hayes said junior LB Joe Blue has offers from USC, Florida, LSU, Southern Cal, Tennessee, NC State, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Alabama. Clemson also is showing interest and Tiger recruiter Robbie Caldwell was by the school last week. East Carolina also was in last week and USC scouted him last Friday in the state championship game. Blue has named USC and Florida as his favorites right now.

And Dillon junior DL Jaylen Washington is drawing interest from USC, Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech and East Carolina. He has not been offered.

Class of 2014 DB Chris Murphy (5-10 178) of Marietta, GA has offers from North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Purdue with interest from Clemson, USC, Florida, Oklahoma, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa among others. Clemson was by his school recently. “I don’t really talk to them that much,” admitted Murphy, “but they did come by my school to check on me. I’ve already visited them once.” USC has shown a little more interest. “I do talk to coach (G.A.) Mangus and coach (Grady) Brown,” he said. “They’re telling me they want to see a little more from me because I didn’t get much passing action my sophomore year.” Murphy says he did get more action this season with three interceptions and 12 pass deflections. He has visited Columbia twice. “The last time I was there was for the spring game,” said Murphy. “I pretty much like everything about it. They have a good coaching staff and a good team. It’s somewhere I think I could thrive.” His other visits include UNC, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Vandy and Duke. Murphy does not have a favorite.

Junior ATH Charles Nelson (5-9 170) of Daytona Beach has offers from Duke, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Temple, Georgia Tech, Memphis and Michigan with interest from Clemson, USC, Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Florida, Oregon and Southern Cal among others. He is showing interest in Clemson and USC, though he does not know much about either school. “I haven’t really done my research on all of the schools yet but I know they’re good programs,” said Nelson. “They send me mail and messages on Facebook inviting me to games.” Nelson did not make any games this season. “I tore my ACL this season and I just had surgery,” he admitted. “I’ve just kind of been chilling.” His plans for future visits remain uncertain. Before his injury, Nelson played in six games. He totaled 38 rushes for over 400 yards with 23 receptions for another 400-plus yards and 10 total touchdowns. He added two inceptions on defense. “Some schools are recruiting me on offense and some on defense,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter to me.” Nelson does not have any favorites.

Stratford coach Ray Stackley said his junior quarterback Jacob Park now has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina and NC State. He’s also getting interest from USC, Alabama, Georgia and Notre Dame. Stackley said even though USC has offered junior Drew Barker of Kentucky, the Gamecocks continue to recruit Park who passed for 2700 yards and 25 touchdowns this season. USC was by the school this week.

Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said his junior DL Naquez Pringle has offers from Clemson and USC and was at the rivalry game last month. Both schools have had recruiters come by the school this week. LSU, Alabama, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Ohio State were by the school in the spring and are showing interest.

Summerville junior DB Darrin Smalls was seen this week by recruiters from Clemson, USC and Virgina Tech. He visited USC during the season and was at Clemson for a camp last summer. He was offered Saturday by USC. Smalls intercepted six passes as a sophomore and five this season. He also returned two punts for touchdowns and one kickoff for a touchdown.