July 23, 2014

Former Clemson commitment has a new favorite

Dylan Sumner-Gardner

Dylan Sumner-Gardner

Former Clemson commitment DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, TX has a new favorite, and it’s much closer to his home. Sumner-Gardner said Texas A&M now leads for him. “I like the atmosphere in College Station,” he said. “I like the coaches and players and the defense they run.” Sumner-Gardner has been to junior days at A&M and Baylor. He is going to Texas February 23rd and will also visit Texas Tech. He talked to Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables a week ago. “He called just to catch up and see how everything is going,” he said. Sumner-Gardner says while he’s favoring A&M, he’s by no means closing in on another decision. “I’ll probably take it slow and take some official visits,” he said. “They (A&M) have a big lead, but not that big a lead because I’m just looking around.” Sumner-Gardner said he hopes to get back to Clemson this summer.

DL Quaven Ferguson (6-4 280) of Easley is waiting on his first offer but is garnering interest from Georgia Tech and Maryland among others. He says these two schools are showing the most interest. “I don’t know too much about Maryland right now,” he admitted, “But I do like Georgia Tech a lot. I like the environment and the atmosphere in the stadium. I like their coaches a lot.” Ferguson called Tech his favorite but is planning to visit Maryland as well. “Yeah, I want to get up there to learn more about them,” said Ferguson. He named Central Florida as another possible visit. Ferguson has heard from USC and Clemson but says it has been some time since either school has contacted him. “I’ll probably camp at USC this summer,” he said. “I don’t know about Clemson.” He is planning to camp at several other schools as well.

TE RJ Tyler (6-3 230) of Wagener-Salley is hearing from USC, NC State and Vanderbilt but has not received his first offer to date. This Saturday he heads to NC State for his first junior day. “I really don’t know too much about them,” Tyler said. “I’m going up there to learn more. I know it’s a good football program but that’s about it.” USC and Vandy are two other schools he would like to visit. “USC keeps sending me letters letting me know that if I keep working hard, maybe there will be an offer,” he said. “I definitely want to visit.” He plans to camp at USC and Clemson this summer among others. Tyler does not have any favorites.

Northwestern QB Mason Rudolph has offers from LSU and Virginia Tech, offers he’s had for a while, and is awaiting new offers.  Rudolph said Vanderbilt has been in touch recently and film has been sent to the Commodores.  Rudolph said he’s not sure if he’ll got to any junior days but he will make a number of visits.  USC, Georgia North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama also have shown some interest.

OL Jake Whitley of North Augusta has not yet been offered.  He’s hearing from North Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest.  He plans to visit all three.  Right now he’s not hearing much from USC or Clemson.

Basketball News:

USC is making a strong pitch for 6-6 Elgin Cook of Northwestern Florida State JC in Niceville, FL.  Frank Martin and his assistants have been down multiple times to scout Cook according to his coach Steve Forbes.  Cook is the son of former Arkansas and NBA player Alvin Robertson.  He signed with Iowa State out of high school and did not qualify.  He enrolled at a prep school for a semester and redshirted, and then enrolled at the junior college and redshirted a semester.  So, he has three season of eligibility remaining.  This season he is averaging 15 points and 6 rebounds per game while shooting 62% from the floor.  He will take official visits to Oregon and Gonzaga next weekend and will decide on his other official visits after his upcoming tournaments.  USC, New Mexico, Virginia Commonwealth, Arkansas, Illinois and TCU are the schools he’s considering for those last three visits.