November 23, 2014

Clemson looking for commitments this weekend

Marcus Edmond #4

Marcus Edmond #4

New Clemson secondary coach Mike Reed has already turned one of his former NC State recruits to Clemson and this weekend he will gain a second for the Tigers at the Wolfpack’s expense. DB Marcus Edmond (6-1 175) of Lower Richland committed to State last June, but last weekend Reed contacted him with a Clemson offer and he scheduled an official visit with the Tigers for this weekend. And Edmond said Thursday night he plans to flip to the Tigers. “I would say its very strong,” Edmond said of the likelihood of a Clemson commitment. “Clemson was always a place I wanted to go. And coach Reed, he recruited me first and North Carolina State. And coach Reed went to Clemson and wanted me to come with him, so I’m coming with him.” Edmond has not officially committed to Clemson but that will happen this weekend. On a scale of 1-10 as to the likelihood he will commit, Edmond said, “I would say a 10.” Edmond said he’s made several visits to Clemson including one for a junior day last spring. His parents will join him this weekend. Edmond played mostly quarterback last season and passed for 1230 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 858 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 46 tackles and 4 interceptions on defense. Clemson likes him as a cornerback. “He has loose hips and turns on the ball well,” said is coach Darryl Page. “He has tremendous athleticism.. He had to play quarterback this season and was the catalyst for a lot of things we did.”

Four more names have been added to Clemson’s official visit list for this weekend. DB Ryan Carter of Grayson, GA tweeted early this afternoon that he was making the trip and he arrived on campus around 5:00 PM. Carter unwittingly became a center of controversy when his prized teammate DE Robert Nkemdiche, who was committed to Clemson at the time, was quoted as saying he wanted Clemson to offer Carter and implied that would help the Tigers’ chances with him. Nkemdiche has since decommitted and appears headed to Ole Miss. Clemson still hasn’t offered Carter but wants to take another look at him this weekend. Carter has visited Clemson unofficially in the past. He has offers from Ole Miss, East Carolina and some smaller programs.

DB TJ Green (6-2 189) of Sylacauga, AL also reported via Twiitter today that he is taking an official visit to Clemson this weekend. Green has been committed to UAB but picked up an offer from Clemson last week. Green also tweeted today he received an offer from Auburn. He’s also considering Cincinnati and California. He visited Cincinnati last weekend.

Also making an official visit to Clemson this weekend is TE Zach Riggs of JL Mann. The North-South All Star is the son of former Clemson and NFL tight end Jim Riggs. Clemson has talked with him about a grayshirt opportunity. He’s also been hearing from Furman and Elon.

Also visiting Clemson will be WR Adrien Dunn of Daniel who has accepted an invitation to walk-on with the Tigers, and walk on prospect DB Seth Ryan, the son of New York Jets coach Rex Ryan.

USC will have two official visits this weekend in DL Keith Bryant of Delray Beach, FL and LB Tyrell Lyons of Jacksonville, FL.  Bryant also has visited Florida State and Miami and will decide from one of those three schools.

Lyons is committed to Florida State but plans to take an official visit to USC this weekend. He’s been committed to the Seminoles since February and visited there two weeks ago. Some of his other offers are Louisville, North Carolina, Miami, Ohio State, West Virginia and Ole Miss.

LB  James Hearns (6-4 230) of Tallahassee was committed to Florida until ending that relationship this week. He talked with USC linebackers coach and recruiter Kirk Botkin a couple of weeks ago. “Now that I’m not committed I’m going to give them a call,” Hearns said. “Coach Botkin told me they need linebackers and he can see me fitting well into their defense. I’m definitely, definitely interested. It’s a great team and a great program.” Hearns will visit Kentucky this weekend. He visited Auburn last weekend and is also looking at Louisville and Houston. Hearns suffered a torn ACL as a junior but said he had no problems with the knee last season.

LB Yannick Ngakoue of Washington, DC considered an official visit to Miami this weekend but it will not happen. “He’s not taking any more visits,” his coach Azaar Abdul-Rahim said Friday morning. “He’s going to lay low the next couple of weeks.” Ngakoue is choosing from USC, Maryland and Florida State. All three head coaches have been in and there is no favorite at this point. “All are pretty even,” the coach said. “He’s looking at the position he’s going to be used and playing time.” Ngakoue will announce on Signing Day with the ceremony to begin at 10:30 AM at his school.

USC coach Steve Spurrier and recruiter GA Mangus did meet with DL Deadrin Senat of Immokalee, FL Thursday but Senat has not made a final decision according to Immokalee athletics director Tony Allen. “He’s still up in the air with his thinking process,” Allen said. Senat had indicated before the visit he might be ready to commit. He is taking an official visit to NC State this weekend Allen confirmed. Senat also has visited USC and South Florida. He has been favoring the Gamecocks.

Hilton Head QB Michael Julian committed today to Toledo according to the Beaufort Gazette.  The paper reported that Clemson offered the Shrine Bowler last night but he was already set to go with the Rockets.  He also had offers from Wisconsin, NC State and Boston College.

Scheduled official visits this weekend (subject to change)

KEITH                 BRYANT               DL        USC

LARENZ             BRYANT               LB        USC

ALAN                  KNOTT                 OL        USC

TYRELL              LYONS                 LB        USC

 

RYAN                 CARTER               DB        CLEMSON

MARCUS            EDMOND           DB        CLEMSON

TJ                       GREEN                 DB        CLEMSON

ZACH                 RIGGS                  TE        CLEMSON

ADRIEN            DUNN                   WR      CLEMSON

SETH                 RYAN                    DB        CLEMSON

Others on USC’s board:

DAVID                JOHNSON           DE        VANDERBILT

DEADRIN           SENAT                  DL        NCST

JONATHAN       WALTON              LB        AUBURN

JAMES               HEARNS               LB        KENTUCKY

Others on Clemson’s board:

ASIANTII            WOULARD           QB       UCLA

MACKENSIE      ALEXANDER        DB        AUBURN

JAMES               CLARK                  WR      OHIO STATE

MONTRAVIUS   ADAMS                 DL        GEORGIA

 

Junior LB Christian Miller of Spring Valley will attend a junior day at Alabama Saturday. It will be his second trip to Tuscaloosa after attending the Texas A&M last season. “I’m just looking forward to getting down there and spending more time with my recruiting coordinator, Chris Rumph,” said Miller. He is considering attending a junior day at Florida State in February. His offers are from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Houston, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Duke. As for junior days at USC or Clemson he said, “I haven’t heard from either school about a junior day so I guess I’m not going.” Miller does not have any favorites.

Class of 2014 RB Treyvon Paulk (5-9 195) of Alpharetta, GA has offers from Tennessee, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Florida, Maryland, Western Kentucky, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Ole Miss and North Carolina. USC and Clemson are both showing interest. “Clemson talks to me all of the time,” said Paulk. “Coach (Tony) Elliott stops by the school to see how I’m doing. They’ve already got two running backs committed for my class so I don’t know what the situation is with them.” USC assistant G.A. Mangus recently dropped in on Paulk. “He came by my school and let me know they will be coming back to talk to me,”he said. Paulk has only been on one visit taking in Ole Miss’s spring game last year. He is planning trips to North Carolina, Tennessee and Ole Miss with Vandy a possibility. “I don’t really have any favorites,” Paulk said. “I just want to play somewhere in the Southeast that is close to home.” As a junior he rushed for over 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has expressed interest in the Tigers and Gamecocks.

Class of 2014 OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll will visit East Carolina this weekend and Ole Miss the next. Both visits will be for junior days. Taylor has offers from Coastal Carolina and NC State with interest from Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, Michigan, Duke, LSU, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and Wake Forest among others. “Vandy came by my school this week to invite me to a junior day,” Taylor said. “I don’t think I’ll go, honestly, because I’m trying to visit schools that I’m interested in.” He named Clemson, USC, LSU, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, UNC and NC State as these schools.” Taylor has been invited to attend junior days at Clemson, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina, NC State, Michigan and Duke and has yet to decide which schools will receive visits. He did not name a leader.