July 28, 2014

Clemson gets good reviews from weekend visitors

Carl Lawson

Carl Lawson

Clemson News:

DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend, a visit shortened because he didn’t arrive on campus until Saturday afternoon due to a SAT prep course he had Saturday morning. “He said it was fine, that he had a good time,” said Lawson’s coach Howie DeCristofaro. “I picked him up for weight lifting around 6:15 this morning and that’s about all he had to say about it.” DeCristofaro said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is due in this week for his in home visit. North Carolina coach Larry Fedora will be in on Tuesday. Lawson will visit Tennessee this coming weekend and North Carolina the following weekend. Lawson has been committed to Auburn and has said he will visit there the final weekend though his coach is not so sure that will happen. “Rodney Garner is the new defensive line coach there and he’s not a big fan of Rodney Garner,” he said. Lawson does not plan to announce until Signing Day.

DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA got to do what he wanted to do on his official visit at Clemson over the weekend, and that’s spend quality time with the players and coaches. “He had a great time,” said his coach Jimmy Hughes. “He got to spend some time with some of the players. That’s what he likes to do when he goes on these visits. His mom had a great time as well.” Adams has also visited Florida and will go to Alabama this weekend and Georgia the next weekend. For the final weekend he’s looking at a possible visit to Auburn or Southern Cal. Clemson recruiter Dan Brooks is scheduled to visit Adams on Thursday. ESPNU wants to televise Adams’ announcement so Hughes said plans are being made for that to happen on Signing Day. The coach said Adams has not told him of a favorite at this point.

DB Korrin Wiggins of Durham made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and told his coach this morning everything went well. “He really enjoyed it,” Anthony King said. “He enjoyed meeting everybody, the guys on the team, the older guys who played there and the coaching staff. He liked what they had to offer as a university.” Wiggins has been committed to North Carolina and will visit there this weekend. He has also visited Ohio State and his decision is down to those three schools. King said Wiggins will announce a final decision on Signing Day at the school at 9:30 AM.

Clemson WR target James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, FL made an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend and had a good time according to his coach. “He said the facilities were nice and Lincoln is a good town,” coach Lance Jenkins said. That was Clark’s third official visit. He’s also been to Northwestern and Purdue. Monday afternoon Clark was meeting with the offensive coordinator from Ohio State. He is currently scheduled to visit Clemson this coming weekend but the Buckeyes are pushing hard for that visit. “As far as I know right now, he’s still going to Clemson this weekend,” Jenkins said. Clark’s fifth visit is set for Florida next weekend.

Clark will have an in home visit tonight with Clemson recruiter Jeff Scott and will decide after that visit if he will make an official visit to Clemson or Ohio State this weekend. That’s a critical decision because he has taken three visits and is set for Florida next weekend, so the team he doesn’t visit will be out of contention. Clark met earlier in the day at school with his Ohio State recruiter. Clark said early this evening he was leaning towards visiting Ohio State this weekend. He has visited Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern.

Clemson is now involved with WR Jeff Badet of Orlando and will have an in home visit with him Tuesday night according to the Orlando Sentinel. Badet made an official visit to Wake Forest over the weekend. Iowa State offered him Sunday and Badet lists Kentucky, Clemson and Iowa State as his final three. He’s favoring Kentucky by a small margin at this point. Badet is scheduled to visit Kentucky this weekend and also plans to visit NC State. But those plans could change with the upcoming in home visit from Clemson and the new offer from Iowa State. Clemson will try to schedule him for a visit as well. This season Badet had 63 catches for 881 yards and 10 touchdowns. And Clemson has also been in touch with WR Taj Williams of Tallahassee according to his coach and is in the mix for an official visit. Williams has set an official visit to Louisville and is also looking at Florida State, Auburn, Washington State and California.

Clemson has added a quarterback and a receiver to its official visit list for this coming weekend according to tweets by the players Sunday night. QB Asianti Woulard of Winter Park, FL made an official visit to Kentucky over the weekend. He also has visited NC State. He was committed to South Florida until Skip Holtz was fired. He was chosen for the Army All American Game this year.

And WR Ky Preister, a NC State commitment, tweeted that he will visit Clemson this coming weekend. “It’s only right that I see what Clemson has to offer I have nothing to lose but a great experience!” Priester wrote. Priester was recruited to NC State by new Clemson secondary coach Mike Reed. Early in the recruiting process Prieseter was committed to Georgia.

DE signee Shaq Lawson was approved by Clemson today for eligibility and will start classes Tuesday.

 

USC News:

LB Yannick Ngakoue of Washington, DC is set for his official visit to USC this weekend according to Friendship Collegiate Academy assistant coach Mike Hunter. Ngakoue made an official visit to Florida State this past weekend. He has also visited Maryland and will visit Miami. Those are the four visits Ngakoue plans to make according to Hunter. Ngakoue was once committed to Maryland but is not indicating a favorite at this point.

LB Jonathan Walton of Mobile, AL decommitted from Penn State Sunday after returning home from an official visit to Tennessee. He had committed to the Nittany Lions in early December after a visit there. “Tennessee just came in Thursday and offered,” Walton said. “The visit went pretty good. I met the new coaching staff. I feel indecisive. I’m just weighing them out right now. Penn State is still in the mix. I just want to make my choice and stick with it. I’ll wait until Signing Day or after my last visit.” Walton will visit USC this coming weekend and Auburn the following weekend. He’s also been to Minnesota. He’s never been to USC. “I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “I’m excited about meeting the staff. They say they are like a family. I want to see how I can fit in that family.” Walton will make the trip by himself. This week he’s expecting coaches from USC, Penn State, Auburn, Mississippi State, Minnesota and Tennessee to come in for visits.

LB Quinton Powell of Daytona Beach, FL has set January 26th for his official visit to USC. Powell is a former Florida commitment. He is scheduled to visit Southern Cal this coming weekend and is set for Arkansas February 1st. Powell is also considering Florida and Miami and might get a visit in to Miami before deciding. He plans to announce his decision on Signing Day on ESPNU.

OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD rescheduled his official visit to Florida State from this weekend until weekend after next because the necessary paperwork was not processed in time for him to make the visit. Rodgers will take his official visit to USC this coming weekend. He will make that visit alone. Rodgers said his hosts at USC will be Jadeveon Clowney and Damiere Byrd. Rodgers talked to USC recruiter GA Mangus a couple of days ago and continues to favor the Gamecocks over Maryland. “It’s not that big of a lead,.” he said. “It’s really close right now. There’s no chance I’ll commit (on the visit). I’m going to wait until I take my last visit. Rodgers also has taken official visits to Maryland, Nebraska and Washington.

Junior QB Drew Barker of Hebron, KY Sunday named USC as his current favorite over Tennessee. “It’s because of my relationship with coach Mangus and coach Spurrier,” Barker said adding that USC and Tennessee have been recruiting him the hardest. “When I went down there for the game, I really liked how the offense was run and how the coaches handle the players, and the atmosphere and the vibe I got there.” Barker has ten offers at this point and is expecting one from Kentucky Wednesday. His other offers are Louisville, Purdue, North Carolina, Western Kentucky, Illinois, Cincinnati, Indiana and Louisiana-Lafayette. Barker said Tennessee is coming on strong with new coach Butch Jones. “I like coach Jones,” Barker said. “He was the second coach to offer me when he was at Cincinnati. He knows me well and I know him well.” Barker plans to visit USC again for the spring game. He won’t go to any junior days but will take other visits. He wants to make his decision in late April or early May. Last season Barker passed for 2072 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 1455 yards and 18 scores.

Other News:

WR Malcolm Means of Lewisville was in Raleigh this weekend for an official visit. While there, he saw NC State defeat Duke in basketball to top off the trip. “I liked it a lot up there,” said Means. “I like the campus and the facilities.” When asked if the Wolfpack were his leader he responded, “I guess you could say that.” Means is scheduled to visit North Carolina January 25th but it may never come to that. “If I decide to commit (to NC State), I won’t take any other visits,” said Means. “I’ll probably know in the next week.” Tennessee is another schools Means could visit. If he does make a trip to Knoxville, it will be in place of the scheduled UNC visit.

DE Jaylen Miller of Gaffney took an official visit to Georgia Tech this weekend and see the program differently. “I definitely look at them differently now,” Miller said. “I thought it was going to be one way and it was not what I expected. I got a chance to see it from the inside and how it would be if I went there.” Miller will visit Wake Forest, Maryland and Tennessee the next three weekends in that order. “If I can, I’m going to switch the Wake Forest and Tennessee visits,” he added. Nebraska recently offered Miller and has gotten into the picture for his services, but Miller is unsure of a visit. “I do want to take all of my officials and maybe a midweek unofficial,” he said. “I’m not sure if that’s going to work.” He does not have a leader saying, “I don’t think it would be fair to name one school ahead of another until I visit both.” Miller has not heard from Clemson or USC in some time.

Basketball News:

6-4 Keysheen Hinton of Gray Military Academy in Columbia committed last week to UNC Pembroke.