November 28, 2014

#STRecruiting Bullets: Comings and goings with Clemson visits and offers

Marcus Lewis

Marcus Lewis

Cory Fravel of Clemson247.com has a couple of interesting items regarding visits this weekend at Clemson.  First, DB Marcus Lewis of Washington, DC, who was down for an official visit to Clemson this weekend, is not coming in this weekend and now plans to visit December 13th.  And second, USC commitment DB Mark Fields Jr. plans to make an unofficial visit to Clemson for the game.

Clemson also has offered 2015 DB Mook Reynolds of Greensboro, NC.  Reynolds revealed the offer on his Twitter page.  He has been committed to Virginia Tech.

2016 WR Stephen Sullivan of Donaldsonville, LA, who is committed to LSU, tweeted that he’s also picked up an offer from Clemson.

#STRecruiting: South Pointe DB McCloud feels good about a USC offer

Nick McCloud

Nick McCloud

DB Nick McCloud (6-2 166) of South Pointe has the chance to be among the top 2016 recruits in South Carolina.  He has an offer from Appalachian State and is getting interest from USC, Auburn and Northwestern.  He was at USC’s last home game with South Alabama and was in Columbia for several games this season.  The Gamecocks have made a habit of pulling players out of Rock Hill and that would help them with McCloud if they decide to seriously pursue him.

“I’m close to the former Gamecocks from Rock Hill,” McCloud said.  “They (USC) told me to have a good season and have a good showing on my film.  That’s all they are waiting on.  They said I’ve made great progress and I’m coachable.  They are just waiting to see my junior film.”

McCloud is a cornerback and he’s heard positive reviews from Gamecock secondary coach Grady Brown.

“He likes how long I am and how gifted I am in playing press coverage,” he said.  “And how hard I work.”

McCloud has also been to Auburn and Appalachian State this season and likes both, but the strongest feeling would be for USC.

“I like that it’s close to home and I know the coaches and a lot of the players that played there,” McCloud said.  “It’s a nice place to play and staying in the state would be good for me.”

Though he’s being recruited for corner, McCloud has played mostly receiver this season.

Report: Clemson’s Morris to be new coach at SMU

Chad Morris

Chad Morris

Thanksgiving apparently turned out to be quite  bountiful for Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris.  According to reports on the 247Sports.com and Scout.com, Morris has agreed to become the new head coach at SMU.

Reporter Chip Brown of  Austin, TX, who writes for the Scout site HornsDigest.com, has some pretty strong details on the story he released on Twitter:

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Gamecocks pull away late for 89-75 win over Bulldogs (AUDIO)

Chatkevicius led USC with career with 17 (File Photo)

Chatkevicius led USC with career high 17 (File Photo)

USC went on a 13-0 run during a three minute stretch midway thru the second half and defeated UNC Asheville 89-75 Wednesday night at the Colonial Life Arena.  The Gamecocks even their record at 3-3.  The Bulldogs fall to 2-3.

The Gamecocks led 59-52 with just under nine minutes to play then reeled off 13 unanswered points during which they forced 4 Asheville turnovers.  A dunk by Sindarius Thornwell capped the run and gave USC a 72-52 lead. with 5:58 to play.

The Bulldogs made a run themselves to get back to within 10 with :51 to play but that was as close as they would get.

Five Gamecocks scored in double figures with Laimonas Chatkevicius recording his first career double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds.  Demetrius Henry added a career high 15 points and 8 rebounds.

The Gamecocks shot 51.7% and it 8 three pointers.  They had 21 assists on their 31 baskets.  Defensively they forced 22 turnovers and blocked 10 shots.

Asheville guard Andrew Rowsey led all scorers with 30 points including 6 three pointers.

AUDIO: Frank Martin [8:17]

Final Stats

 

 

#STRecruiting: WR Deablo keeping USC and Clemson among his top five

Divine Deablo

Divine Deablo

USC and Clemson have made the top five for junior WR Divine Deablo of Winston-Salem. North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia Tech round out that list with all schools equal.

Divine visited USC twice and Clemson once this season. He was in Columbia for the Texas A&M and Tennessee games and at Clemson when the Tigers hosted North Carolina.

USC has shown more interest in Deablo of late.

“I really haven’t heard from Clemson much lately,” he said. “I am building a good relationship with the coaches at South Carolina. They throw the ball a lot so I really like their offense.”

Deablo has two visits planned for this weekend, but neither will be to Clemson.

“I’m going the Virginia-Virginia Tech game on Friday and the North Carolina-NC State game on Saturday.”

Though he did not name a favorite, Deablo did say he would like to announce his decision, “sometime this off-season.”