April 23, 2014

Pringle says he’s ready to move forward with decision

Naquez Pringle

Naquez Pringle

DL Naquez Pringle of Carvers Bay said Sunday night he’s made a college decision and will reveal the choice sometime this week. He has offers from USC and Clemson and has visited both several times. Pringle said he talked with USC about a week ago. “I was just checking on them to see how they are doing,” he said adding it’s been a few weeks since he last talked to Clemson. “Both have great teams. I’m just looking for the best defense right now, the best choice for me. South Carolina, I like the atmosphere and I love their campus. And Clemson is basically the same.” Pringle was at USC’s junior day last month. He camped at both schools last summer and both offered him then.

Florida State offered DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda over the weekend according to his coach Doug Painter.  Wideman also has offers from USC, Clemson, Michigan, Florida and Ole Miss.  He has not made any visits for junior days thus far and does not have any visits scheduled.  He has been favoring USC.

DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head made an unofficial visit to Tennessee Saturday. He was joined on the visit by his coach BJ Payne. “It was very nice,” Payne said. “He has an offer there.” Ford also has offers from USC, Illinois, Kansas State, Arkansas, Arizona, Georgia Tech, Missouri, Michigan, Louisville and Purdue. He and his coach had thought about stopping by USC on their way back from Knoxville but didn’t. Ford has been favoring USC. Ford will be going to some combines and plans to visit as many schools as he can in the weeks ahead. Payne said Ford will visit USC again sometime during spring practice. The coach was not sure Ford would visit Clemson since he doesn’t have an offer from the Tigers.

LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA tweeted his ‘new top ten’ last week of USC, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Wisconsin and NC State in that order. “I picked my top ten by the schools that were showing me the most interest,” he said. “I’ve built a good relationship with the coaches so that’s why I chose them.” Since then, things have gotten more complicated. “As soon as I put that out there, some schools that weren’t in my top ten started hitting me up,” said Allen-Williams. “Clemson is one of those schools and they’re moving up (my list). I talked to the coaches and they want me to come up one Saturday so they can tell me their plans for how they’re going to use me.” The Gamecocks, however, still lead for his services. “It’s going to be hard to knock them off because they were one of the first to offer me and they’ve been on me from the beginning,” he said. “I’ve got a real good relationship with coach (Lorenzo) Ward.” He plans to visit Alabama this weekend and USC March 23rd. Allen-Williams still plans to make his announcement in August.

OL Justin Falcinelli of Middletown, MD told Rivals he is basically down to Clemson and Maryland at this point. He also has offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Rutgers and Penn State. Falcinelli was at Clemson’s junior day last month. He plans to visit Clemson and Maryland again and make a final decision this summer.

One time Clemson commitment DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, TX Saturday committed to Texas A&M and declared his recruiting officially over. “Committed To Texas A&M Today. Officially Done With The Recruiting Process,” Gardner posted on his Facebook page. He had committed to Clemson last June after attending one of Dabo Swinney’s camps, but he decommitted January 21st.

Clemson Friday offered highly recruited LB Dwight Williams (2-1 212) of Gardena, CA. “This is HUGE,” Williams tweeted about the offer. Williams is closing in on 30 offers. Some of the others are Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, UCLA and Washington.

Basketball News:

6-4 Chad Frazier of Gulf Coast State JC, FL committed to Texas A&M over the weekend while on his official visit. Frazier, a Charlotte native, had narrowed his decision to the Aggies and USC. He had planned to visit USC after the A&M visit. Frazier averaged 16 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds per game last season.