April 24, 2014

Florida running back Scarlett says he will make an official visit to USC in the fall

Jordan Scarlett

Jordan Scarlett

Though he was unable to make the spring game at USC, RB Jordan Scarlett of Fort Lauderdale has plans to make an official visit to USC. Scarlett is committed to Florida Atlantic but continues to show interest in other schools.

He remains in contact with USC assistant coaches. “I talk to coach Grady (Brown) all of the time,” Scarlett said. “We’re building a good relationship.”

Scarlett said a track meet prevented him from attending the Garnet and Black Game this spring. He also named Wisconsin and UCLA as other destinations for official visits.

“I’ll take all five of my official visits out-of-state,” he said.  “I’ll still visit in-state schools but I won’t take any officials (visits) in Florida.”

His former teammate LB  Skai Moore has also spoken to Scarlett about the USC program. “He is just telling me how things work and how they’re working towards winning a national championship,” Scarlett said.

He remains committed to Florida Atlantic but did not name a leader. Scarlett is not sure when his official visit to USC will take place.

Virginia defensive end Hill got his first look at Clemson earlier this month

Trevon Hill

Trevon Hill

A week ago, DE Trevon Hill of Virginia Beach visited Clemson for the first time. It has been a trip he has anticipated and Hill was not disappointed.

“I got to meet some of the coaches but not all of them,” he said. “It was spring break so not everyone was there. I did meet coach (Marion) Hobby and coach (Brent) Venables.”

Hill was impressed with all that he saw but may have to return at a later date.

“I didn’t really get to feel what the atmosphere is like,”Hill admitted. “But I tried to imagine it. 85,000 is pretty strong. I bet it gets intense when they run down The Hill.”

His meeting went well with  Venables and it was an opportunity to learn a little about Clemson for Hill. He spoke to Venables about what is expected of the athletes on and off the field. “He shook my hand and we talked about what is allowed and what isn’t,” Hill said.

Prior to visiting Clemson, Hill traveled to Wake Forest. The trip did not leave the same impression on him.

“It was good and bad,” he said. “Some things were better than I expected but others weren’t as good as I expected.”

Hill has offers from Clemson, Virginia, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Old Dominion, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest and Norfolk State.

He does not have any favorites.

Erwin baffles Catamounts with a 13 strikeout performance (VIDEO)

Erwin was outstanding Wednesday night (File Photo)

Erwin was outstanding Wednesday night (File Photo)

Sophomore lefthander Zack Erwin struck out a career-high 13 batters to lead No. 20 Clemson to an 11-3 victory over Western Carolina at Doug Kingsmore Stadium on Wednesday night. The Tigers (25-16) split the home-and-home season series with the Catamounts (26-13), who defeated Clemson in Cullowhee on March 4.

Erwin (3-2) earned the win by tossing 7.0 strong innings in a starting role. The Duluth, Ga. native allowed only four hits, three runs and two walks along with his 13 strikeouts, the most by a Tiger since Daniel Gossett had 13 strikeouts against Winthrop on April 3, 2012. Erwin’s previous career-high total for strikeouts was seven. Catamount starter Bryce Danielson (0-1) suffered the loss.

Clemson scored seven combined runs in the first four innings. Steve Wilkerson’s two-run double in the second inning highlighted the uprisings. The Tigers, who scored in six of their eight innings at the plate, added three runs in the eighth inning to put the game out of reach. The Catamounts, who entered the game with a SoCon-leading .393 on-base percentage, scratched with three runs in the fifth inning.

The Tigers host No. 11 Miami (Fla.) in a three-game series beginning Friday at 6:30 p.m. on CSS and ESPN3.

Story by Clemson Sports Information

Box Score

 Zack Erwin talks about his outing

Gamecocks gear up for Alabama by rolling Upstate 6-1 (AUDIO)

Martin had four hits Wednesday night

Martin had four hits Wednesday night (File Photo)

USC took care of its midweek business in style in preparation for a huge SEC series at home this weekend against 8th ranked Alabama.  Tuesday night the Gamecocks took down Davidson 6-1 and Wednesday night they polished off USC Upstate by the same 6-1 count.  The Gamecocks are now 32-10 and they’ve won four in a row.

The only negative for the Gamecocks Tuesday night was star catcher Grayson Greiner being shaken up while sliding head first into third base in the fifth inning.  According to USC, Greiner “had his bell run” and was taken out of the game for further observation.

Upstate led 1-0 until the Gamecocks scored four runs after two were out  in the fifth.  Gene Cone delivered an RBI single, Greiner walked with the bases loaded for the second run,  and Spartans third baseman Brian Thompson dropped a popup off the bat of Patrick Harrington for a two run error.

The Gamecocks put the game away with two runs in the seventh.  Kyle Martin, who tied his career high with four hits, , laced a RBI double down the rightfield line, and Thompson misplayed a grounder by Harrington allowing another unearned run to score.

Matt Vogel started for USC but was lifted in the second after walking four batters.  Curt Britt pitched the middle innings allowing three hits over 3.2 innings.  Hunter Privette went three innings without allowing a hit and got the Gamecocks out of a bases loaded jam in the sixth.    Evan Beal got the final two outs.  Britt earned the win to go to 2-0.

Cone had a career high with three hits and Joey Pankake also had three hits in an 11 hit attack by the Gamecocks.

Box Score

AUDIO: Chad Holbrook [3:42]

Stoudt states his plans as Clemson’s quarterback in 2014

Cole Stoudt went before the media today at Clemson for the first time since being named the Tigers’ starting quarterback for 2014.

Stoudt is a fifth year senior,  the son of a NFL quarterback, and has spent the past three seasons watching as Tajh Boyd set numerous Clemson records.

He sounded confident in himself and his team as he talked about what is ahead this season.

Cole Stoudt Part One

Cole Stoudt Part Two