A four person Clemson contingent led by head coach Dabo Swinney met with DL Montravius Adams and his mother Friday afternoon in Vienna, GA. Dooly County coach Jimmy Hughes said Swinney along with Brent Venables, Dan Brooks and Robbie Caldwell spent more than three hours with Adams making their final pitch for the highly touted defensive tackle. “They (the coaches) said it went fine,” Hughes said. Alabama coaches Kirby Smart and Chris Rumph also met with Adams Friday. Adams and his mother left Friday afternoon for his official visit to Auburn. Hughes said Adams is down to Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn. “Where he ranks them, I don’t know,” he said. “He hasn’t told me and I haven’t asked him.” Adams will announce his decision on ESPNU on Signing Day at 9:45 AM.
LB Yannick Ngakoue of Washington, DC remains up in the air with his decision between USC, Maryland and Florida State and will take this weekend to talk things over with his parents. “He’ll make his decision with his parents Tuesday night or Wednesday morning,” said Friendship Collegiate assistant coach Mike Hunter. Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus had one of the final in person visits with Ngakoue on Thursday. “They had a pretty good conversation,” Hunter said. “He’s not given out any indication. He’s not leaned one way or another. He’s not giving any indication, good, bad or indifferent. He’ll take this weekend to sort things out.” Ngakoue is scheduled to announce at his school Wednesday morning at 9:45 AM.
WR James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, FL will take an unofficial visit to Florida this weekend and then work on his final decision which he will announce at 9:30 AM on Signing Day. Clark made official visits to Clemson, Ohio State, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue. Clark’s coach Lance Jenkins said Friday all the schools are still in it with Clark though he had personally not heard from Clemson, the only school not to contact him. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did not make his in home visit with Clark this week leading to speculation the Tigers are out of the running for the speedy receiver.
ATH Mykal Moody of Conway will take an official visit to East Carolina this weekend, his first. Moody has East Carolina and Marshall as his top two but will not visit Marshall. “I was supposed to go last weekend but I couldn’t make it so I’ve just been talking to the coaches,” said Moody. Moody did not disclose a leader but says he will make his decision Wednesday. As for East Carolina he said, “I talked to the coaches last night and now I’m going up to see what it’s like. We’ll see how it goes.”
The announcements of four Clemson targets and one for USC on National Signing Day will be televised via ESPNU. Clemson fans can watch as Montravius Adams, Mackensie Alexander, Carl Lawson and Tyrone Crowder reveal their choice. USC fans will be tuned in to watch Keith Bryant make his call on NSD as well.
Here’s the schedule of Signing Day announcements on ESPNU as released by ESPN.
7:35 a.m. DE Robert Nkemdiche No. 1
9:10 a.m. DE Carl Lawson No. 2
9:15 a.m. OLB Matthew Thomas No. 6
9:20 a.m. OT Denver Kirkland No. 144
9:35 a.m. OT Laremy Tunsil No. 5
9:45 a.m. DT Montravius Adams No. 13
10:05 a.m. S Vonn Bell No. 50
10:20 a.m. WR Jordan Cunningham No. 107
10:45 a.m. S Antonio Conner No. 24
11:05 a.m. WR Stacy Coley No. 47
11:15 a.m. CB Mackensie Alexander No. 4
12 p.m. DT Dee Liner No. 26
12:15 OLB Quinton Powell No. 99
12:30 p.m. QB Asiantii Woulard No. 143
1:30 p.m. DT Keith Bryant No. 135
2 p.m. OLB Jermaine Grace No. 138
3:35 p.m. RB Alvin Kamara No. 32
4:05 p.m. OG Tyrone Crowder No. 125
DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, TX decommitted from Clemson Thursday night after receiving a flurry of offers including Nebraska and Texas. “That was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do,” Sumner-Gardner tweeted. He had just met on Wednesday with Clemson recruiter Chad Morris. Sumner-Gardner had committed to Clemson in June after attending a camp there. Some of his other offers are Auburn, TCU, Texas A&M and Ole Miss.
Clemson is not giving up on trying to sign a quarterback for this class. After apparently missing on Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park, FL who is expected to sign with UCLA, the Tigers have offered Arizona State commitment Josh Dobbs of Alpharetta, GA according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dobbs coach told the paper Clemson recruiters Tony Elliott and Jeff Scott were by the school earlier this week and are trying to get Dobbs in for a visit this weekend. Tennessee also has offered Dobbs late and is trying to get in the picture. Dobbs passed for 3265 yards and 29 touchdowns with 11 interceptions last season. He committed to Arizona State in June. At the time he also had offers from Duke, Boston College, Yale, Princeton and Illinois.
2014 LB Bryson Allen-Williams (6-2 220) of Ellenwood, GA has a top three of USC, Alabama and Florida with USC as his favorite. His offers include USC, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Southern Cal, Tennessee, Indiana, West Virginia, Washington, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Boise State and Missouri among others. “I really like South Carolina because I’ve built a good relationship with coach (Lorenzo) Ward and coach (Kirk) Botkin,” said Allen-Williams. “My mom really likes coach Ward and so do I. My first game there was when they played Georgia and the fans were awesome. They stayed engaged the entire game. It is my favorite visit.” Allen-Williams was at Clemson for the NC State game. “It’s a really loud environment and the fan base is crazy,” he said. “I really liked it there too.” Allen-Williams is set to announce August 9th and plans to see as many schools as possible prior to his announcement. “I want to make sure I pick the right school so I want to make sure I check to see what’s out there,” he said. As a junior he recorded 99 tackles and 18 sacks.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta tweeted Friday morning he had received an offer from Notre Dame, his 15th offer to this point. It’s safe to say he’s the first football player from Latta to ever receive an offer from the Irish. Some of his other offers are USC, Clemson, LSU, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Florida, Ohio State and Southern Cal. Stanley plans to attend USC’s junior day Saturday.
2014 LB Shaun Hamilton (6-1 230) of Montgomery, AL plans to attend Clemson’s junior day Saturday. He has offers from Clemson and USC along with Auburn, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, Arkansas, Arkansas State, Memphis, Louisiana-Lafayette, Kentucky and Duke among others. He attended Alabama’s junior day and plans to go to Auburn and Florida after his trip to the Palmetto State. “I’ve been to Clemson twice and built a good relationship with the coaches,” he said. “It’s a good program that is on the rise.” Hamilton has heard from the Gamecocks and Tigers that early playing time is very possible. “Both programs think that I can come in and contribute immediately.” As for USC he said, “They play in the SEC and have a great defense. I think they are a good program that is very underrated.” Hamilton will graduate early and plans to enroll next January. He does not have any favorites.
USC has offered DB Grant Haley (5-9 171) of Atlanta joining Florida on his offer list. He’s also getting interest from Georgia and Michigan. Both of his parents are doctors and went to medical school at Michigan.
2014 DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe continues to hear from Clemson, USC, LSU, North Carolina and NC State. Rodney does not have any favorites but is considering a visit to Clemson in the near future. “I might go to a junior day,” said Rodney. “I went to Carolina last year so I think I’ll go to Clemson this year.” He had planned to visit LSU’s junior day February 18th but a schedule conflict will not permit the trip. “I really wanted to go but I have a banquet that I have to attend,” he said. Rodney is still waiting on his first offer but said he feels USC and North Carolina are the closest to offering. He does not have any favorites.
2014 DL Dakota Shook (6-2 295) of Hendersonville, NC is garnering interest from Clemson, LSU, Purdue, Ohio State, East Carolina, Western Carolina, North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee, Alabama and Oregon among others. Shook named Ohio State and Clemson among his favorites. “To be honest, I really like Ohio State,” said Shook. “I love to hunt and they have a lot of big deer in Ohio.” Shook loves the outdoors and is very familiar with Lake Hartwell. “I’ve been fishing there many times,” he said. “If I went to Clemson, I’d be fishing every chance I got.” Shook is also impressed with the Tiger program. “It’s right up my alley, “Shook said. “Death Valley is a hardcore place to play football.” Shook added that he is interested in any program showing interest. “If I can’t go to one school, I’ll go to another,” he said. “I just want to play football. I love the game. I’ve been playing since I was big enough to hold a football and it’s all I know.” Shook is unsure of junior day visits but says he would like to attend as many as possible.
Junior DL Naquez Pringle (6-1 280) of Carvers Bay will attend USC’s junior day Saturday with his parents and siblings. USC and Clemson are his two offers and Pringle said the Gamecocks have been pushing for him a little more to this point. “Coach Spurrier (Jr.) is on my case,” Pringle said. “Every time he sees me he’s like all down on me.” USC and Clemson coaches have been by the school to check on Pringle who is also drawing interest from LSU and Georgia Tech. Clemson has also invited him to a junior day. Pringle said he has no favorite between the in-state schools but likes the fact he has the option to stay in state. “It’s a pretty easy decision about where I want to go so I can be close to home,” he said. Pringle is not sure when he’ll make a decision. “It’s got to be a special moment when I feel the time is right,:” he said. “I’m just waiting to hear the right words. I can’t say what the words are, but it’s something that I’m waiting on.” Pringle did not rule out the possibility of a USC commitment this weekend though he indicated that was not likely.
2014 WR Jaylen Barbour of Monroe, NC continues to favor USC. His offers include USC, Duke, North Carolina, Appalachian State, East Carolina and NC State. “I haven’t heard much from South Carolina lately but I figure they’re finishing up with their 2013 class and then they’ll focus on my class,” Barbour said. “They were the first to offer me and they’re still my leader.” Barbour plans to attend USC’s spring game this spring. “I went down there last year for the spring game and I loved it,” he said. “I’ll definitely go back this year.” He plans to attend a junior day at Charlotte this weekend and still has Clemson, Wake Forest and Duke as likely destinations. The Blue Devils are making a strong push for Barbour. “They’re always telling me to call them and are showing me a lot of love,” said Barbour. “I’m going to the Duke-(North) Carolina basketball game in February. I went to the Duke-UNC football game this past season and it was a really loud. I had a good time.” Barbour does not have a time frame for a commitment.
JUNIOR DAY VISITS:
BRYSON ALLEN-WILLIAMS DE CEDAR GROVE ELLENWOOD GA
JOE BLUE LB DILLON DILLON SC
BLAKE BONE WR WOODRUFF WOODRUFF SC
ORLANDO BROWN JR OL PEACHTREE RIDGE SUWANEE GA
SHAQ DAVIDSON WR GAFFNEY GAFFNEY SC
DESHAUN DAVIS LB VIGOR PRITCHARD AL
KJ FORD DL BLUFFTON BLUFFTON SC
POONA FORD DL HILTON HEAD HILTON HEAD SC
DENZELL FRANKLIN DB PACE ATLANTA GA
TERRY GOOGER WR WOODWARD ATLANTA GA
GRANT HALEY DB LOVETT SCHOOL ATLANTA GA
TYLER JONES OL STEPHENSON STONE MOUNTAIN GA
CALEB KINLAW RB GOOSE CREEK GOOSE CREEK SC
CORTEZ MCDOWELL DB LOCUST GROVE LOCUST GROVE GA
PEYTON NEWELL DL HIAWATHA HIAWATHA KS
NAQUEZ PRINGLE DL CARVER’S BAY HEMINGWAY SC
DALLAS RIVERS RB STEPHENSON STONE MOUNTAIN GA
DONTAVIUS RUSSELL DL CARROLLTON CARROLLTON GA
DERRELL SCOTT RB HAVELOCK HAVELOCK NC
DARIN SMALLS DB SUMMERVILLE SUMMERVILLE SC
DONNELL STANLEY OL LATTA LATTA SC
STANTON TRUITT ATH MONROE MONROE GA
DEXTER WIDEMAN DL SALUDA SALUDA SC
ANDREW WILLIAMS DE EAGLES LANDING MCDONOUGH GA
JEB BLAZEVICH TE CHARLOTTE CHRISTIAN CHARLOTTE NC
ANDREW BROWN DL INDIAN RIVER CHESAPEAKE VA
GEORGE CAMPBELL WR EAST LAKE TARPON SPRINGS FL (2015)
MASON COLE OL EAST LAKE TARPON SPRINGS FL
JUSTIN FALCINELLI OL MIDDLETOWN MIDDLETOWN MD
LORENZO FEATHERSTON DE PAGE GREENSBORO NC
CJ FULLER RB EASLEY EASLEY SC
JEFFERIE GIBSON ATH GRAY’S CREEK HOPE MILLS NC
SHAUN HAMILTON LB CARVER MONTGOMERY AL
TAYLOR HEARN OL WILLISTON ELKO WILLISTON SC
ELIJAH HOOD RB CATHOLIC CHARLTOTE NC
TODD KELLY JR. DB WEBB SCHOOL KNOXVILLE TN
DEMARRE KITT WR SANDY CREEK TYRONE GA
JACOB MCCRARY WR CORAL REEF MIAMI FL
RAEKWON MCMILLAN LB LIBERTY COUNTY HINESVILLE GA
JAE’LON OGLESBY RB DANIEL CENTRAL SC
MILAN RICHARD TE CALVARY BAPTIST SAVANNAH GA
KALAN RITCHIE TE GOOSE CREEK GOOSE CREEK SC
ZEEK RODNEY DL SOUTH POINTE ROCK HILL SC
ARTAVIS SCOTT WR EAST LAKE TARPON SPRINGS FL
DJ SMITH DB WALTON MARIETTA GA
DESHAUN WATSON QB GAINESVILLE GAINESVILLE GA
CHRIS REGISTER LB DUDLEY GREENSBORO NC
KEVIN CROSBY JR TE BAMBERG EHRHARDT BAMBERG SC