October 23, 2014

Smalls gets second offer, first from the ACC

Darin Smalls

DB Darin Smalls of Summerville picked up his second offer this week, and it was from Virginia Tech. USC was his first offer and he continues to favor the Gamecocks. He visited USC for their first bowl practice last Saturday. Smalls also is drawing the interest of Clemson, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame. This season Smalls had 58 tackles and 5 interceptions.

DE Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn has narrowed his decision to Clemson and Syracuse eliminating Florida. He visited all three.

DL Keith Bryant has of Miami has set official visits to Florida State January 12th, USC on the 19th and Oklahoma on the 26th. He’s also considering a visit to Miami on February 2nd. Bryant has visited Purdue. Bryant decommitted from Miami earlier this month.

Dutch Fork DE Jamar Winston has picked up an offer from Howard to go along with his initial offer from Charlotte. He remains committed to Charlotte.

DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, FL, who has been a Clemson target and has recently drawn the interest of USC, is now considering Auburn since the arrival of Charlie Harbison. He has taken official visits to Clemson and Texas A&M.

Rodney Garner’s departure from Georgia to Auburn could affect two Georgia defensive linemen pursued by Clemson. Montravius Adams and Carl Lawson were Garner targets for the Bulldogs. His leaving could hurt Georgia with the pair and help Clemson thought Lawson has been committed to Auburn.

Class of 2014 QB Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, GA remains strongly committed to Clemson. The dual-threat quarterback has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Vanderbilt and NC State. Watson is planning to visit each of these schools as well as Oregon, Southern Cal and Tennessee. “I’m going to go to Clemson,” he said. “I just want to see what’s out there.” Watson discussed his relationship with Chad Morris and says it is one of the main reasons he has committed to Clemson. “He talked to me each time he talked to another school,” said Watson. “He just told me he was looking to see what was out there but that he loves Clemson, his family loves Clemson and he wants to coach me at Clemson.” Watson acknowledged that if Morris were to leave for a head coaching position he would give the new Tigers offensive coordinator an opportunity. “I would have to open back up my recruitment but I would definitely listen to him,” he admitted.

Highly-touted DE Andrew Williams (6-4 245) of McDonough, GA has approximately 27 offers, including USC and Clemson, and has plans to narrow his list to five sometime in February. “If I don’t do it by February, I’ll have it down to five by the end of the month,” Williams said. His other offers include Georgia Tech, Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Michigan and Southern Cal. He visited Clemson earlier this season. “I like Clemson,” he said. “They were one of the first to offer me. I’ve formed a bond with their coaches. When I was up there, I loved the campus.” He has yet to visit USC but says he is planning a trip. “I’m going to get up there soon,” said Williams. “Their defensive coach (Lorenzo Ward) told me that I’m everything they’re looking for and by the time I got there, they would need me to play. I’ve been watching their defense…been watching Jadeveon Clowney…obviously they’re doing something right up there.” Other schools Williams has visited include Georgia (who has yet to offer), Georgia Tech, Florida, FSU and Notre Dame. He named Florida and Notre Dame as schools that stood out adding, “They’re new to me so they’re going to stand out. I like Georgia Tech a lot but since I’m a Georgia boy….I’m really familiar with them.” He totaled 81 tackles, 20 for loss and 18 sacks this past season. Williams does not have any favorites.

Basketball News:

Former Villanova PG Tyrone Johnson will choose between USC and Illinois according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports Network. Johnson has visited USC and George Washington, and Bill Gunter of TheBigSpur.com reported that Johnson will visit Illinois this weekend. Johnson was a highly touted recruit in 2011 for the Wildcats out of Plainfield, NJ. He averaged 3.3 points and 2 assists per game last season. He decided to leave Villanova at the start of this season. He has remained in school and has been working out with the team while exploring his options. Johnson will enroll in January and will become eligible next December.