September 23, 2014

#STRecruiting: Mack makes first official visit and gets back to USC Tuesday

Tevin Mack

Tevin Mack

6-5 Tevin Mack of Dreher was back at USC Tuesday for an unofficial visit. Mack made his first official visit over the weekend to Georgia and got the chance to take a closer look at the Bulldog program under Mark Fox. He toured the campus and spent a lot of time with the players.

“They showed me some film on the wings, especially Caldwell Pope and how they used him, and I kind of got a feel for how I’d be able to play.”  Mack’s mother went with him on the visit.

This weekend he goes to VCU followed by Clemson the following weekend. Connecticut is a recent offer for Mack and he might take a visit there, and he is scheduled to visit USC October 17th.

Clemson was down last week to watch him work out and showed him film on their wings like KJ McDaniels. USC also was in last week and they also showed him film of one of Frank Martin’s players at Kansas State. VCU coach Shaka Smart has also been in for his visit and Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie is scheduled to meet with him Wednesday.

Mack said there is no favorite and he plans to sign in November.

Talking Tuesday: Swinney still can’t believe Tigers lost to Florida State (AUDIO)

CJ Davidson's late fumble was one of the mistakes Swinney cited for the FSU loss

CJ Davidson’s late fumble was one of the mistakes Swinney cited for the FSU loss

Three days after the fact, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is still grappling with the overtime loss to Florida State.  During his Tuesday press conference, Swinney squarely laid the blame at the feet of his own team.  Though proud of the effort, Swinney said their own mistakes cost them the program’s first win ever over a #1 ranked team.

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SportsTalk is back in Columbia and proud to be part of The Point

Keven Cohen of The Point

Keven Cohen of The Point

Monday night marked a return to the Columbia airwaves for SportsTalk.

For the first time since the end of January, SportsTalk could be heard on the radio in the Capital City on The Point,  95.9 FM and 1470 AM.

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Morris, Watson review tough FSU loss & look foward to Tar Heels (VIDEO)

The Tigers will try to move forward this week from the memory of Karlos Williams' game winner at Florida State

The Tigers will try to move forward this week from the memory of Karlos Williams’ game winner at Florida State

The country got its first extensive look at Clemson’s heralded freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson in Saturday’s overtime loss at Florida State, and there’s more to come.  Watson is now the starter and will be in the shotgun with the first team against North Carolina Saturday.

Watson did many good things at Florida State giving offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chad Morris a lot to build on moving forward.  Monday Morris and Watson met with reporters to talk about this past Saturday as well as the approaching game.

Chad Morris

Deshaun Watson

There are other changes on the offensive depth chart for the North Carolina game.  Jay Jay McCullough will start at tight end and Kalon Davis will move from right guard to right tackle with Reid Webster starting at right guard.

#STRecruiting: Lower Richland receiver Larry Collins Jr. on the rise

Larry Collins

Larry Collins Jr.

The Lower Richland program has resurged under the guidance of Daryl Page.  Two years ago Clemson signed DB Marcus Edmund and now recruiters are becoming very interest in junior receiver Larry Collins Jr. (6-3 190).

“He’s extremely athletic,” Page said of Collins who also is a member of LR’s 4 x 100 relay team and basketball team.  “He has a big body and can go up and get the football.  He makes tough catches in traffic but he’s still working on body position and taking advantage of his size.”

USC and Clemson have offered Collins.  Some of his other offers include Tennessee, Auburn, Florida State, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina and Appalachian State.

Collins was at USC for the Georgia game.  “The game was great and they played great,” Collins said.  “They are telling me to keep doing what I’m doing.”  He was at Florida State over the weekend for the Clemson game.

The Tigers also are keeping in touch with Collins who grew up in Jacksonville as a Florida fan before moving to South Carolina in 2006.  “Clemson tells me how they are a family,” he said.  “They have a great offense, great quarterbacks and receivers.”

Collins said all the schools are recruiting him about the same and he has no favorites.  He’s not sure when he’ll make his decision.

Collins has played some fill in quarterback this season but at receiver he has 15 catches with 5 for touchdowns.