April 23, 2014

Robinson reverses field again and rejoins Clemson’s class

Demarcus Robinson

Peach County High School coach Chad Campbell confirmed Monday morning that his star wide receiver Demarcus Robinson is once again a Clemson commitment. And Campbell said this time the decision is final. “He just said Clemson is where his heart was,” Campbell said.  Robinson committed to Clemson last July but last week switched to Florida after a visit from coach Will Muschamp and staff members. But three Clemson recruiters met with him later in the week and Campbell said then that it looked 60-40 Clemson. Robinson visited Florida over the weekend and he and his coach met Sunday to hash things out. Campbell contacted Florida’s coaches and informed him of Robinson’s decision. Robinson had 48 catches for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. “He’s explosive,” Campbell said. “He can do it all. He’s a dynamic player.” Robinson will be a mid-year enrollee at Clemson. Campbell said the Tigers are also showing interest in his junior OL Chavis Dickey (6-4 300).

LB Tommy Sanders of Butler County JC, KS wrapped up his official visit to USC Sunday morning and headed to his home in Cordele, GA. USC was his last official visit and he plans to have a decision by Wednesday. “Everything was good,” Sanders said. “I met with the players and the coaches. I hung out the most with Clowney. He’s a great guy. He told me it’s a great place with great support on and off the field. He said they have a strong team coming back and are shooting to win the SEC next year. They have five seniors (at linebacker) leaving so it’s a great opportunity for me to come in and play. I’m going to go back home and narrow it down and see which one best fits me.” Sanders also visited Ohio State, Texas A&M and Mississippi State and he’s only considering the schools he visited. He said there is no leader at this point and he’s not expecting any coaches to visit before the dead period begins Monday.

DB Adrian Baker of Hollywood, FL returned from his official visit to Oklahoma over the weekend and announced via Twitter that he was no longer committed to Florida State. “After lots of thinking and praying i have decided to decommitt from fsu. My final decision will come on National Signing Day!” Baker tweeted. Baker has visited Clemson and Oklahoma in the last two weekends. He had been wavering on his Florida State commitment ever since the departure of Mark Stoops for Kentucky. His decision appears to be down to the Tigers and Oklahoma.

OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC is down to Clemson and Georgia and will spend the next few weeks trying to figure things out. Clemson has been recruiting him the hardest but that has not been enough for the Tigers to put any separation between themselves and the Bulldogs. Crowder will visit both in January and go from there. “I want to see how the visits go and see what’s the better aspects of the whole thing,” Crowder said. “Clemson is really just recruiting me harder than Georgia.” Crowder has set his official visit with Clemson for January 11th. He’s not yet set his date with Georgia. He plans to wait until Signing Day before announcing a decision.

USC was the leader for WR Corey Cooper of Raleigh back in early April. But he visited Louisville and later committed to the Cardinals in July. “I visited Louisville and at the time I thought it was a beautiful place and the coaches were unbelievable,” Cooper said. “But Louisville is too far. It’s 10 hours away.” So, Cooper decommitted from Louisville last week. Saturday he talked with USC recruiters Joe Robinson and GA Mangus and learned his offer is still on the table. “They were about to go into a meeting so we’ll talk more this week,” Cooper said. “We just talked about my visit and they said they would love to have me. They don’t have any receiver commitments so if I commit I would be the first.” Cooper will take an official visit to USC and it likely will take place on the Gamecocks’ major recruiting weekend of January 18th. He said he will also look at North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina and Wake Forest and will visit each of them. He does not have a favorite at this point. Cooper finished his career as his school’s all time leading receiver. This season he said he had about 500 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns.

Clemson commitment WR Ryan Jenkins, who was offered by Tennessee last week, met with his family over the weekend to talk about making an official visit to Knoxville. Jenkins’ father played for the Vols in the early 80s. However, the result of those discussions won’t be revealed. “I”ve talked it over with my family,” Jenkins said, “but out of respect to Clemson, I’m not going to say if or when I will visit Tennessee. That will be between me and the coaching staffs.” Jenkins is scheduled to visit Clemson January 11th.

Junior OL Orlando Brown Jr. of Marietta, GA Sunday revealed his top eight schools. In no order, Brown called USC, Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Ohio State, Iowa, Florida and Georgia his current favorites. Brown is the son of former SC State and NFL offensive lineman Orlando Brown. He does not plan to make a decision until after his senior season.

OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD made his official visit to nearby Maryland over the weekend. He went into that visit with USC out front. “Things have to settle down a little bit for a couple of days after a visit,” Rodgers said, “but USC still leads. After every visit, you pretty much are ready to go there. They (Maryland) are just down the street and your hometown teams is always going to be up there. They were just talking to me about coming in and helping them with them going to the Big 10.” Rodgers has also visited Oklahoma, Nebraska and Washington and is scheduled to visit USC January 19th. But he will have made his decision by then. He plans to make the call at the Under Armour Game in early January. Maryland is expected to be the strongest competition for USC.

USC held its first bowl practice Saturday and junior DB prospect Darin Smalls of Summerville was on hand to take it in as part of an unofficial visit. “It went pretty good,” Smalls said. “I met some players and saw some new things. It’s a nice campus.” USC is Small’s first offer and he’s also hearing from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. And he has the Gamecocks as his current leader. “I really do like Carolina but I’m waiting it out right now,” he said. “They play five defensive backs coach my chances of playing would be high. The coverages are similar to what we do so I could fit right in.” Smalls plans to get to USC, Clemson and Georgia Tech for junior days. This season Smalls had 58 tackles and 5 interceptions. He had 6 interceptions as a junior.