April 17, 2014

Auburn offer weakens Sumner-Gardner’s commitment to Clemson

Dylan Sumner-Gardner

Clemson committed DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, TX told the Auburn Rivals site there’s a 50-50 chance he’ll flip to Auburn after being offered by new Auburn and former Clemson secondary coach Charlie Harbison.  Sumner-Gardner said his strong relationship with Harbison would be the reason he would switch if he does.

Jim Baxter of SCVarsity.com reports the following commitments….OL Jonathan Boring of Lexington to Troy;  LB Byron Johnson of Swansea to Furman;   TE Alex Brown of White Knoll to Navy.

OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD is just a few weeks away from announcing his college choice and USC remains his favorite ahead of Maryland. “The lead is about the same,” Rodgers said. That lead will be tested this weekend, however, when Rodgers makes his official visit to Maryland with his mother and step-father. He visited Washington, his father’s alma mater, last weekend by himself. He also has been to Oklahoma and Nebraska and will visit USC January 18th. Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier made his in home visit with Rodgers earlier in the week. “It was pretty cool,” Rodgers said. “It was my first time sitting down and meeting with coach Spurrier and talking to him. They want me to come in and get plugged in anywhere.” Spurrier has been the only head coach to visit Rodgers to this point and he’s not sure when any of the others are coming in. Rodgers will announce his decision at the Under Armour Game in early January.

Clemson commitment WR Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, GA has been committed to Clemson since the summer. Things had been very quiet for him on the recruiting scene until new Tennessee coach Butch Jones offered him earlier in the week. “I’m still committed to Clemson, but the Tennessee offer was real cool,” Jenkins said. “My dad (who played at UT from 1979-83) use to take me up there for two games a year. I haven’t talked the new offer over with my family. We’re going to sit down and see if I should take a real interest in Tennessee. My dad is leaving it up to me.” Clemson recruiter Tony Elliott made an in home visit with Jenkins Wednesday night. “We weren’t talking about Clemson,” he said. “They (Clemson) know its ultimately my decision. They put in there two cents and leave it at that.” As for the strength of his commitment, on a scale of one to ten, Jenkins left no doubt. “I’m still a ten,” he said. “I’m not a soft verbal or nothing.” Jenkins said he and his family will discuss this weekend if he will take a visit to Tennessee. His Clemson official visit is scheduled for January 11th.