July 5, 2015

#STRecruiting: USC adds another JUCO pitcher; Jackson has USC & Clemson in final 10

Colie Bowers

Colie Bowers

Former Lexington High School and College of Charleston pitcher Colie Bowers (5-11 178) will join the USC program this season after pitching last season for USC-Sumter.  John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com reported that Bowers committed to the Gamecocks becoming the third junior college pitcher and 17th overall member of the class. [Read more…]

#STRecruiting: LB Kash Daniel will stay home and play for the Wildcats

Kash Daniel

Kash Daniel

LB Kash Daniel of Paintsville, KY decided his heart was in the home state and announced a commitment to Kentucky Saturday afternoon.  Daniel chose the Wildcats after strong overtures from USC, Louisville and Florida.

Daniel attended USC’s Showcase camp last month and he gave the Gamecocks strong consideration.  They may have even been his leader privately after the visit.  But after returning home and cancelling a visit to Florida, Daniel became more focused on the nearby Wildcats.  The chance to be an in-state grown talent contributing to the rebirth of Kentucky football was a very strong pull for him.

Daniel’s decision means USC and Clemson went 0-3 on commitments the last three days.  Thursday OL Parker Boudreaux of Orlando committed to Notre Dame over Clemson and others.  And Friday WR Brad Hawkins Jr. of Camden, NJ committed to Michigan over USC.

Next up on the commitment calendar, as far as targets how have announced a commitment date, is TE Nasier Upshur of Philadelphia.  He’s believed to be favoring Michigan at this point after a recent visit.   USC, Florida State, Maryland, Temple, Arizona State, Southern Cal and Alabama are the others on his short list.  However, USC and Clemson have recruiting events planned for later this month that could lead to commitments.

#STRecruiting: Clemson baseball adds one, loses one for 2015 class (VIDEO)

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

Clemson will have one of the nation’s top catchers in 2016 in junior Chris Okey. The Tigers added a little back up help for Okey with a commitment from catcher Chris Williams (6-1 205) of Golden West JC, CA.   Williams told Tigernet a friend of his contacted Clemson assistant Bradley LeCroy and that got the ball rolling.  He later talked with head coach Monte Lee and made his decision to join the Tigers after that.

Williams was a freshman at the junior college last season and will have three years of eligibility at Clemson.  Last season he batted .319 with 4 home runs and 32 RBIs.  He also threw out 24 of 50 base stealers.

Here’s some video of Williams from his high school days in Garden Grove, CA:

While the Tigers are adding Williams to the 2015 class, they are losing RHP Jackson Kowar of Charlotte. TheClemsonInsider reported Kowar has been granted a release from his letter of intent.  Kowar was one of the top recruits in the class and was a 40th round pick of the Detroit Tigers last month.

#STRecruiting: Michigan claims another USC target from New Jersey

Brad Hawkins

Brad Hawkins Jr.

WR Brad Hawkins Jr. of Camden, NJ Friday announced a commitment to Michigan. Hawkins had narrowed his decision to the Wolverines and USC.  His decision comes a little more than a week after his teammate DE Ron Johnson Jr. committed to Michigan.  Johnson also was heavily recruited by USC.  Both players attended USC’s Showcase camp last month.

Hawkins said Thursday one of the positives for him with Michigan was his relationship with new head coach Jim Harbaugh.  Hawkins said he had talked on multiple occasions with Harbaugh while his only conversation with USC coach Steve Spurrier took place at the camp.  Hawkins had been in regular contact with USC recruiters GA Mangus and Steve Spurrier Jr.

Despite the commitment to the Wolverines, Hawkins said this week he will take other official visits in the fall and USC is likely to receive one of those.

Hawkins’ commitment is the second in a stretch of three in three days impacting USC and Clemson.  Thursday OL Parker Boudreaux of Orlando committed to Notre Dame over Clemson and others.  Saturday LB Kash Daniel of Paintsville, KY will announce his choice with USC, Kentucky and Louisville the finalists.

#STRecruiting: Clemson in top 8 with Georgia lineman; USC lands young infielder

Tremayne Anchrum Jr.

Tremayne Anchrum Jr.

OL Tremayne Anchrum Jr. (6-3 270) of Powder Springs, GA is down to eight schools with Clemson in that group. The seven other schools on his short list are Georgia, Nebraska, Wake Forest, Missouri, Colorado, Virginia Tech and Boston College.

Anchrum said he hasn’t been to any camps and doesn’t have any plans to attend camps.  He did visit Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado in June.  Later this month he is considering attending either the Clemson or Georgia cook outs which are the same weekend.

Anchrum has never visited Clemson but he’s having regular contact with recruiters Tony Elliott and Robbie Caldwell.

“They really want me to come to that barbeque thing,” Anchrum said.  “They are trying to get me out there to meet the people right now.  They hit me up about every week.”

As for what’s caught his attention about the Tigers, Anchrum said, “The intensity in which they play, their consistency in the power rankings and just the tradition.”

Georgia, however, is recruiting Anchrum the hardest at this point.  He doesn’t claim to be a Bulldog fan but said he’s watched them a good bit over the years.

Anchrum said he he will further reduce his list by the start of the season and he wants to make his decision around the first of November.  There is no favorite at this point.

Baseball News:

USC picked up its seventh commitment for the 2017 class Thursday from shortstop McLendon Sears (5-11 165) of Wilson Hall in Sumter.  Five of the Gamecocks’ seven commitments for the class are from South Carolina.  Last season Sears  batted .340 with 12 stolen bases in 13 attempts.  On the mound he was 3-0 with a 0.31 ERA.   He helped lead the Barons to a state championship.  Sears is also the starting quarterback on the football team.