WR Ky Priester of Snellville, GA has been committed to NC State since October but that status could change in the next couple of weeks. “I’ll most likely turn,” Priester said noting that two of the assistants he was closest with at NC State are gone. One of those is new Clemson secondary coach Mike Reed. Reed recruited Priester to State and is doing the same now for Clemson. Priester will visit Clemson this weekend. “Clemson is in it basically because of coach Reed,” he said. “We had a good relationship and he recruited me to State. Coach Reed, coach Elliott and coach Scott, a good relationship is already there. And they throw the football. Nuk (Hopkins) is leaving so a spot is open. There’s opportunity.” But don’t look for a Clemson commitment this weekend. “I don’t want to say that (I’ll commit),’ he said. “I’m going to visit Ohio State the next weekend and then decide.” Priester originally committed to Georgia before breaking that. This season he had 56 catches for 1000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA has scheduled an official visit to Florida for this weekend. Nkemdiche had previously said he was down to Ole Miss and LSU. He is scheduled for his official visit to Ole Miss next weekend. He has not yet set a date with LSU.
Clemson paid a visit Tuesday afternoon to Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington, DC to visit with uncommitted linebacker Yannick Ngakoue according to coach Azaar Abdul-Rahim. The Tigers along with Alabama, Tennessee and Auburn are among the schools trying to get into the running for Ngakoue who right now is primarily focused on USC, Maryland and Florida State. USC is to visit with him Wednesday and he will take his official visit to Columbia this weekend. Ngakoue visited Florida State last weekend. He is scheduled to visit Miami January 26th but his coach is not sure he will take any more visits after this weekend. Ngakoue has not indicated a favorite.
WR James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, FL said Tuesday he will visit Clemson this weekend but will still consider Ohio State in his final decision. Clark was visited yesterday by coaches from both as well as Florida. Clark has vsaited Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue. He will visit Florida next weekend.
QB Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park, FL will take a fifth official visit to UCLA January 25th. Woulard firmed up the trip Monday night. He has been to NC State, South Florida and Kentucky. This weekend he will visit Clemson.
Lake City LB Devaris Brunson has been committed to East Carolina but says he is “still open to all the schools showing interest in me.” USC, in its search for linebackers, has looked into Brunson thru his coach Jim Rowell. “My coach has been telling me they are supposed to be giving me a call,” Brunson said. “I’ll wait to hear from them. I’d be interested if they showed interest.” Brunson also has an offer from NC State and is hearing from Louisiana-Lafayette. Brunson is scheduled to visit East Carolina this weekend and NC State the next weekend. This season the Shrine Bowler totaled 89 tackles with 4 sacks and 2 interceptions, both returned for touchdowns. He also rushed for 850 yards.
DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, FL named Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Auburn as his top five in no order. He took his official visit to Clemson in early November. “I had a lot of fun and I really liked it,” said Alexander. “I got a chance to spend a lot of the time with the coaches and players.” Alexander takes his officials visits to Alabama and Georgia over the next two weekends in that order. He has already visited Florida and has not scheduled a visit to Auburn a of yet. “I’m not sure I’ll visit Auburn,” he added. Alexander does not have a leader and plans to announce his decision on National Signing Day.
OL Parker Collins of North Augusta and LB Kennan Gilchrist of Abbeville committed to Appalachian State.
Junior OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll has offers from NC State and Coastal Carolina and continues to draw a lot of interest. He talked recently with Ole Miss and East Carolina and will probably visit both. He’s also been hearing from Tennessee. USC remains in touch and he plans to get to a basketball game there. He visited USC for a bowl practice. He’s also been talking with Clemson, Duke and North Carolina. “Coach Caldwell (Clemson) likes my film and wants me to come up for all the games,” Taylor said. Vanderbilt was by his school in December and he’s expecting Clemson, USC, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Duke and East Carolina to come by. And he continues to hear from NC State and the new staff said the offer is still on the table. Taylor doesn’t have a favorite and is waiting for his first SEC offer. “If USC offered, it would be phenomenal for me,” he said. “I grew up a fan and love them to death. Part of me wants to commit and part of me wants to see what else is out there.”
Junior DL Peyton Newell of Hawatha, KS is up to 22 offers and will be one of the most hotly pursued defensive tackles in the 2014 class. His offers include USC, TCU, Baylor, Iowa, UCLA, Nebraska, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Colorado and West Virginia. He will narrow his list to a top five this summer. Newell was offered by the Gamecocks last summer and will make his first visit to the school the first weekend in February. “I’ve always been interested,” Newell said of USC. “The SEC is a great conference. They are doing a lot of great things with the defensive linemen.” Newell was tuned in to USC’s bowl game and like most everyone else, he was amazed by the Clowney Hit. But for him, that play said as much about USC’s coaching on the defensive line as it did about Clowney. “It was a big hit but it also showed technique,” Newell said. “It was a legal hit and it shows how great the coaching staff is down there.” This past season Newell had 63 tackles with 35 for loss and 10 sacks.