October 30, 2014

#STRecruiting: Punter may hear something from USC early next week

Sean Kelly

Sean Kelly

USC will be in need of a punter after this season and the Gamecocks could be close to filling that void.  Former Florida Atlantic punter Sean Kelly (5-10 180) could hear from USC  admissions as early as the first part of next week regarding his application to the university his father said Thursday night.

“He met with the compliance people at South Carolina when he was on his Furman trip to make sure he was in compliance,” Kelly’s father said Thursday night adding that he thinks that where his son want to go.   “The academic people have his transcript and are working with him and coach Robinson to verify his eligibility. I think he’s going to decide as soon as he knows if he’s going to be academically eligible at South Carolina.  He connected well with coach Robinson.”

Kelly also visited USC for the Georgia game.  He was supposed to go to Auburn last weekend but his dad was sure if he made that visit.  Florida State also has been talking with Kelly who is in a program at Tallahassee JC which will automatically enroll him at FSU once he gets his AA degree in December.

Kelly played his first two seasons in college at Florida Atlantic.  In 2013 he averaged 42.7 yards per punt with 19 of them traveling 50 yards or more.  26 of his punts were downed inside the 20.  He went to FAU as a walkon and earned a scholarship for is season season. He is not playing football this season leaving him three years to play two.

Kelly also played quarterback in high school in Winter Garden, FL and drew interest from Catawba College as a quarterback in his senior season.




#STRecruiting: Clemson legacy starting to attract interest, including Clemson’s

Dexter Davis

Dexter Davis

Dexter Davis was one of the best cornerbacks in Clemson history and went on to a six year NFL career with the Cardinals and Rams.  Following in his footsteps is his son Dexter (5-8 155) who is a junior in Kennesaw, GA.

According to the elder Davis, Clemson is now showing interest in his son who has offers from Army, Hawaii and Georgia State.   He’s also getting interest from Oregon, Southern Cal, Illinois, Stanford, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Purdue and Harvard.

This season Davis has 24 tackles, including 7 for loss,  and 2 interceptions.  He’s also broken up 4 passes.  “He ‘s been compared to Earl Thomas, Tim Jennings and Brent Grimes,” his dad said. “He plays bigger than 5-8.”

The Davis’ plan to attend the Army-Navy game at the invite of the Black Knights.  They’ve also been invited to Georgia Tech, Oregon, Mercer, Georgia State, Purdue and Illinois.  His top schools right now are Army, Georgia State, Hawaii and Oregon.

Davis has been invited to the US Army Combine and the Georgia Rising Seniors All Star Game in December.

#STRecruiting: Defensive end Kinlaw names a favorite and a top three

Javon Kinlaw

Javon Kinlaw

DE Javon Kinlaw (6-7 270) of Goose Creek has a new favorite.  USC was his first offer and had long been #1 with Kinlaw but Wednesday night he said new offer Florida now is his favorite with USC second on his list and Clemson third.

“I like Florida a lot,” Kinlaw said.  “I’d been waiting on their offer a long time.  It’s just the intensity of their school.  I can’t wait to get down there to see what it’s like. Coach Lawing really and truly believes I can be a defensive end.”

And that’s big to Kinlaw.  Some schools he says, like Clemson, like him as an offensive tackle, a position he’s never played.

“I’m not an offensive tackle,” he bluntly said.  “I don’t play nothing else but defensive end.  I don’t even play that (offensive tackle).

Kinlaw will make another trip to USC Saturday for the Tennessee game.  Though no longer the favorite, USC is still in a good position with Kinlaw.

“It’s 60-40 between Florida and USC,” he said.  “South Carolina is just a good atmosphere, lots of friendly people and a good coaching staff.”

Kinlaw is in no hurry to make a decision saying he’ll likely wait until Signing Day 2016.

This season he has 55 tackles with 4 sacks and 1 fumble recovery.


UNC’s Roy Williams explains his role in academic scandal (VIDEO)

The University of North Carolina basketball program is under the bright spotlight of the NCAA regarding fraudulent classes and grades for over a thousand athletes, including basketball players.  How hard will the NCAA come down on the Tar Heels?  Will games, and possibly championships, be forfeited?  And how much did head coach Roy Williams know about the non-existent classwork?  Williams was at the ACC Media Day in Charlotte Wednesday and we caught a few minutes of his position statement to a group of writers.

#STRecruiting: OL Sean Pollard slowing the recruiting process way down

Sean Pollard

Sean Pollard

At one one point earlier this season OL Sean Pollard of Southern Pines, NC was close to making a commitment.  That day is long forgotten now.

“I don’t need to focus on this right now,” Pollard said about recruiting.  “It’s all about my high school right now.  I have my favorites but I’m not saying.  That’s between me and my dad.”

Pollard hasn’t made his decision and plans to wait until this summer to do so.  He has offers from Clemson, USC, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Miami and Penn State.  He expects more offers to roll in during the off season.

Pollard was at Clemson for the North Carolina game and might return for the USC game.  He’s also been to Duke for a game and is going to NC State in November.

Pollard said  he talks with Clemson line coach Robbie Caldwell about once a week and he’s also talked with USC line coach Shawn Elliott.  “We have good conversations when we talk,” he said.