March 6, 2015

#STRecruiting: RB CJ Freeman lands Thursday night West Coast offer

CJ Freeman

CJ Freeman

RB CJ Freeman of Greensboro received a late night phone call Thursday.  It was from a recruiter at Washington State, someone he knew from the coach’s days at Michigan.  And the call resulted in another offer for Freeman who rushed for 2000 yards and 28 touchdowns in a championship season in 2014.

Freeman also has offers from USC, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wake Forest.  At one time, he had USC and Virginia Tech together at the top of his list, but right now he has not single favorite though he views USC, Virginia Tech, Auburn, West Virginia and Washington State as his top five from the schools showing him the most interest.

Freeman attended USC’s junior day in January and he will be back in Columbia for another junior day and spring practice March 28th.

“South Carolina has definitely showed me they want me,” Freeman said.  “Coach Sands told me I’m a top priority back, a game changer as a running back.  We talk daily.  He’s one of my favorite recruiters as of right now.  I feel comfortable at South Carolina.  It’s a really good place.  I like how they are on me, on me hard.”

Freeman has also visited Virginia Tech, Duke, Wake Forest, Auburn and Georgia Tech.  He plans to visit West Virginia and Vanderbilt soon and will go out to Washington State this summer.

Freeman said he will be joined on his next visit to USC by his cousin, Simeon Gatling, who is a junior cornerback from Greensboro and who is also getting strong interest from the Gamecocks.  Gatling also has a Clemson offer.

Freeman said he will graduate early so he will make his decision during the football season.


#STRecruiting: OL Pritchett won’t be able to make Clemson’s junior day

Tyler Pritchett

Tyler Pritchett

Clemson invited several major offensive line prospects to its junior day this coming Saturday and many of them are coming in.  Tyler Pritchett of Auburn, AL was one of those invited and he had hoped to come in but he said Thursday night he’s not going to make it.

Pritchett said he was offered by the Tigers a couple of weeks ago and since then they have kept up the interest in him.

“I really like Clemson,” Pritchett said.  “I have a great relationship with coach Caldwell.  They really want me up there.  It’s a wait and see game.  I’m going to try to get there for a visit.”

Pritchett also as an offer from USC but he hasn’t heard from the Gamecocks in several weeks. He did attend their junior day in late January.   He also holds offers from Mississippi State, North Carolina, Indiana, Cincinnati, Missouri, Louisville, Arizona, Florida, Syracuse, NC State and several non-Power 5 conference teams.

Pritchett said he’s been talking the most recently with Clemson, NC State, North Carolina and Syracuse.  He doesn’t have any future visits planned because he’s more concerned about his future as a player.

“I’m focused on trying to be the best player I can be for my senior year,” he said.  He does not yet have a favorites’ list.

#STRecruiting: Pinckney won’t make Clemson Saturday but will visit later

Nyles Pinckney

Nyles Pinckney

DL Nyles Pinckney of Whale Branch attended USC’s junior day at the end of January, but he won’t make it to Clemson’s this Saturday.  He does plan to ride up to Clemson for a spring practice.  He also plans to visit Georgia Tech during his spring break and he wants to get to Georgia at some point.

Pinckney remains in contact with his USC and Clemson recruiters.  He talked with USC recruiter Deke Adams Tuesday and Clemson recruiter Tony Elliott last week.

Pinckney’s only visit thus far was to USC for that junior day and that turned out to be a good experience for him.

“It was good just visiting and seeing the academics for the first time,” he said.  “I got a tour of the new condos for the football players and the new practice fields.  Coach Adams showed us film of the schemes they run and he wants us to come back.”  He plans to revisit USC this summer.

Pinckney said he does not have favorites yet but he wants to make a decision before his season.  He said USC, Clemson and Georgia are the three recruiting him with the most effort.  He’s not sure yet if he’ll graduate early.

Last season Pinckney had 98 tackles with 22 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.  He also forced 10 fumbles and recovered 8.


#STRecruiting: USC basketball program lands commitment from big man

Travon Bunch

Travon Bunch

USC basketball coach Frank Martin picked up a commitment Wednesday night from 6-11 center Travon Bunch, a native or Racine, WI who attends Score Academy in North Carolina.  The commitment was first reported by AllMetroHoops citing Bunch’s coach for the information.

Bunch began this academic year at Georgia Prep in Atlanta but when the school suspended its first basketball season, he transferred to Score Academy.  Prior to Georgia Prep, he attended Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, NC and reclassified from the 2014 class to the 2015 class.

At Mt. Zion, he reportedly averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game and held offers from Marquette, Iowa State, Kent State, DePaul, Texas Tech, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Illinois-Chicago.

While at Georgia Prep, he picked up offers from Tennessee, Florida International, Indiana State and Old Dominion  He was regarded as one of the top unsigned prospects in Georgia while there.  He played his AAU ball for the Atlanta Celtics.

Bunch is the third commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2015 class joining 6-7 PJ Dozier and 6-9 Chris Silva.



Swinney, Venables review Wednesday’s Clemson spring practice (VIDEO)

Clemson is looking to replace the likes of Vic Beasley on defense

Clemson is looking to replace the likes of Vic Beasley on defense

Clemson continued with its spring football practice Wednesday with session #2.  Tiger head coach Dabo Swinney was effusive in his praise of backup quarterback Nick Schussler who is running with the first team in the absence of starter Deshaun Watson.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables is a little more guarded about things on his side of the ball knowing he has to replace nine major contributors from last season’s nationally top ranked defense, but he, too, is seeing progress with his young guys.

Swinney and Venables met with the media following Wednesday’s practice.

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