September 21, 2014

Weekend visits earn Clemson two more 2013 commitments

Marcus Edmond

Marcus Edmond

DB Marcus Edmond (6-1 175) of Lower Richland went into his official visit at Clemson this past weekend with plans on committing, and he did. Edmond said last week he would flip to Clemson from NC State and he did that Sunday morning at the conclusion of his visit. “Clemson was always a place I wanted to go. And coach Reed, he recruited me first at North Carolina State. And coach Reed went to Clemson and wanted me to come with him, so I’m coming with him.” Edmond made several earlier visits to Clemson including one for a junior day last spring. 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 his 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.”

Clemson picked up another commitment Sunday when ATH TJ Green (6-2 189) of Sylacouga, AL made his pledge at the conclusion of his official visit. “I’m real excited about it,” Green said. “It’s a winning program and I’m coming into a team you know that’s going to win and try to get a national championship, that’s what they are getting close to.” Green said he will start out on kick returns and the coaches will later decide if he will be a receiver or safety though he said most colleges talked to him most about playing receiver. Last season he averaged over 22 yards per catch with 9 touchdowns. He also had 25 tackles with 4 interceptions returning one for a touchdown. Green had been committed to UAB prior to this weekend’s visit. He also visited there and Cincinnati. He was also recently offered by Auburn but said that won’t be a threat to Clemson and he’s firm with his commitment. He’s the 18th commitment for Clemson’s 2013 class.

Former Clemson and NFL tight end Jim Riggs will have the pleasure of watching his son wear the orange and white. TE Zach Riggs (6-5 248) of JL Mann decided during his official visit over the weekend he, too, wants to play for the Tigers. Clemson had offered him a greyshirt opportunity a while back and he is going to take that rather than pursue offers from FCS schools. “The weekend made me realize how much of an opportunity it is,” Riggs said. “It’s the family atmosphere and that’s what I was looking for. I’m just very excited to be a part of it.” Last season Riggs caught 34 passes for 610 yards and 4 touchdowns. He could end up playing offensive tackle or center at Clemson.

DB Ryan Carter of Grayson, GA made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and left without making a commitment to the Tigers. Carter did not have an offer from Clemson going into the visit and did not receive an offer over the weekend. He has also been considering East Carolina and Ole Miss.

DL Keith Bryant of Delray Beach, FL made his official visit to USC over the weekend and couldn’t have enjoyed things more. “It was nice, better than my two unofficials,” Bryant said. “I got to enjoy the players, get to know them better, and the atmosphere and being around the coaches. They show mad love to the football player.  They’ve given me something to really think about. There is no leader but South Carolina is up there. They helped themselves a lot.” Bryant is down to USC, Miami and Florida State but said he will visit Florida Atlantic this coming weekend which is about five minutes from his house. He will not announce until Signing Day.

LB Tyrell Lyons of Jacksonville, FL made an official visit to USC over the weekend.  Lyons has been committed to Florida State and said that has not changed. “I did not commit (to USC),” Lyons said. “It was alright, it was sweet,” he said of the visit. Lyons has been committed to the Seminoles since February. This season he had 63 tackles with 5 sacks and 5 tackles for loss.