October 20, 2014

#STRecruiting: Elite junior tight end Isaac Nauta sets a commitment date

Isaac Nauta

Isaac Nauta

One of four teams will get an early Christmas present from TE Isaac Nauta of Buford, GA.  The heavily recruited Nauta has his list down to USC, Florida State, Ole Miss and Georgia.  Sunday night he tweeted that he will announce his decision on December 15th.

Nauta was at Florida State this past Saturday for the Notre Dame game.  He’s also been to games at USC and Georgia this season and plans to get to Ole Miss as well.

Nauta actually lived in Jacksonville until moving to Buford four years ago, and he will be moving back to Jacksonville for his senior season.

 

#STRecruiting: Miami cornerback Fenton keeping his interest in USC

Rashad Fenton

Rashad Fenton

If USC decides to add another piece to its 2015 secondary recruiting haul, Rashad Fenton of Miami could become a target.  The Gamecocks offered Fenton several months ago but his last contact with secondary coach and recruiter Grady Brown came early in the season.

“The interest is still there,” Fenton said of his view of the Gamecocks.  “A lot of people have committed.  I’m just seeing if there will be some open spots.  I have to progress and see how it goes into Signing Day.”

Fenton has not been to any games this season and has talked with Brown about visiting USC in January but nothing has been firmed up on that.  He does plan to reach out to Brown after his next game to find out where things stand.   He said he will take official visits to Arkansas and Central Florida.

In seven games this season Fenton has 5 interceptions matching the number he had as a junior.  He’s also scored 4 touchdowns this season.

Saturday’s win at Boston College proves costly for Tigers (AUDIO)

Jordan Leggett will be out several weeks with knee injury

Jordan Leggett will be out several weeks with knee injury

Clemson has put yesterday’s win over Boston College in the rear view mirror and is now focused on the first ever visit to Death Valley by Syracuse.  The Orange and Tigers will clash Saturday night.  Clemson is a 15.5 point favorite.

On his conference call Sunday evening, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney revealed that running back Adam Choice suffered a torn ACL and is out for the season, and tight end Jordan Leggett suffered torn meniscus in his knee and will be out several weeks.  He will have an MRI Monday.

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#STRecruiting: Official visits are done, now Mack is working on decision

Tevin Mack

Tevin Mack

6-5 Tevin Mack of Dreher made his final official visit over the weekend to USC.  He’s also been to Clemson, Georgia, VCU and Connecticut.  Mack’s mother joined him on the visit with the Gamecocks.

“It was nice,” Paula Mack said of the visit.  “We especially enjoyed the football game and talking with the coaches.  Everything they said was legit.  They talked about academics and the facilities.  We also went to the scrimmage Friday night.”

Now that visits are finished, Ms. Mack said her son wants some time to himself to think things thru.

“He’s taking a break for a day or two to think on it,” she said.  “I’m hoping for a decision this week.  He’s still trying to figure it out.  I’ll just be glad when it’s over.”

The fact USC is just a few miles down the road from their home in Hopkins is not a factor in the decision according to Ms. Mack.

“The five schools he chose are right here. on the East Coast.  I’m fine with that.”

Morris, Venables find plenty to like in win over Boston College (AUDIO)

Stoudt make big plays with his arm and his legs

Stoudt make big plays with his arm and his legs

Clemson extended it’s winning streak to four Saturday with a 17-13 win at Boston College.  For the second straight week, the victory wasn’t secured until the Tiger defense stopped the opposition on downs deep inside their territory.

And for the second straight week, against one of the top defenses the ACC has to offer this season, the Clemson offense got by.

The running game wasn’t much of a threat though CJ Davidson did break off a 32 yard touchdown run that turned out to be the winning points.  But quarterback Cole Stoudt hit some big passes while completing a career high 29.

Here’s what coordinators Chad Morris and Brent Venables had to say following the game:

AUDIO: Chad Morris [2:43]

AUDIO: Brent Venables [1:32]