October 4, 2015

#STRecruiting: 6-10 Dewan Huell set to begin official visits this weekend

Dewan Huell

Dewan Huell

6-10 Dewan Huell of Miami will take the first of his three official visits this weekend when he makes the short ride to Coral Cables to spend time with the Hurricanes.  October 9th he will visit Florida State and his final visit will be to USC October 16th.

According to Huell’s coach, USC talks with the player at least three times a week.  Gamecock assistant coach Lamont Evans was in for a visit Monday.

“He likes them,” said Norland High School coach Lawton Williams.  “There’s a chance to play early and Coach Martin and I have similar styles.  He has a great relationship with them and they’ve shown him they can put players to excel depending on their ability.”

Williams said the other two schools also continue to recruit Huell strongly.  Right now the plan is for Huell to wait until the spring to make his decision though his coach said that could change at any time.  There is no leader for Huell as he goes into his visits.

#STRecruiting: JUCO OL Ashton Julious picks up another SEC East offer

Ashton Julious

Ashton Julious

Florence native OL Ashton Julious of Lackawanna JC, PA picked up an offer from Florida Wednesday night.  That’s his second offer from the SEC East with USC the other.  And it’s the only offer he’s added since the season started.

Julious has been in touch with USC as recently as Tuesday exchanging comments with line coach Shawn Elliott via Twitter.

“They still have a little interest in me and I still have interest in them,” Julious said. “He was just asking if I still have interest in them.”

Julius has an official visit scheduled to Oklahoma October 24th.  He’s also trying to schedule one to Arizona State November 14th and he will visit Florida after the season. He as no plans to visit USC at this point but he’d like to take one of his official visits there.

Other notes….

WR Dre Massey of Holmes JC, MS was in touch with USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr.  earlier this week after sending him a new transcript and film.   “He had already seen one (transcript) and he just wanted to see an updated one to make sure I was a December guy,” Massey said.  Massey said Spurrier Jr. told him he will be out to see him October 19th.  It’s expected that USC will offer Massey during that visit and he said the Gamecocks will become his favorite at that point.   Massey said he talked with Purdue Wednesday and he’s also talked this week with Mississippi State and Cincinnati.   He has not scheduled any official visits.

2017 WR James Robinson of Lakeland, FL will be at Clemson Saturday.


Swinney shares his final thoughts on team and Irish (VIDEO)

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

Wednesday night after practice was the last opportunity for the media to talk with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney prior to Saturday’s showdown with Notre Dame at Death Valley.

Swinney updated the playing status of Ammon Lakip, Dane Rogers and Ryan Norton.  He also talked about his team’s peformance in practice this week and how he hopes they have improved in their kickoff coverage.  [Read more…]

Shawn Elliott downplays enhanced role in play calling duties (AUDIO)

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

The University of South Carolina football team (2-2, 0-2 SEC) worked out at their new practice facility on Wednesday afternoon as they continue preparations for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division showdown with the Missouri Tigers (3-1, 0-1 SEC). The battle for the Columbia Cup will be televised on the SEC Network beginning at noon ET with Tom Hart and Andre Ware in the booth and Laura Rutledge working the sidelines.

Once again, the Gamecocks will be playing a team that has a reputation for putting a strong defensive line on the field. “They’re fast. They’re physical. They’re so relentless. They play with great effort,” said offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “That’s the No. 1 thing I always see from those guys from the first time they stepped in this conference. They play with great effort. I respect that.”

Elliott was pleased with how true freshman center Zack Bailey performed in his first starting assignment. “He did ok. He has some things he can get better on. When you put a freshman in there snapping to a freshman, probably the first thing you have a little bit of concern is snapping the football. His snaps were on point. He did a good job. He didn’t get overwhelmed. He played with confidence and played with poise,” added Elliott. “I thought he did a pretty good job.”

One of the changes the Gamecocks made last week in the win over UCF was moving wide receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. to the field with quarterback coach G.A. Mangus going to the press box. Spurrier Jr. said it had been six or seven years since he’s watched from the sidelines. “It’s a lot different,” noted Spurrier Jr. “When you’re in the (press) box, you can’t move. You know what the play is and you watch everything happen and there’s very little emotion. When you’re on the field there’s action, there are things moving, it’s live, you’re into the game a little more, so it’s different. Your vision is different. You can communicate a little better (with the players).”

Among those who did not practice on Wednesday were tailback Brandon Wilds (ribs), wide receiver Deebo Samuel (hamstring) and offensive center Alan Knott (ankle).

With Wilds likely sidelined for a second-straight week, running backs coach Everette Sands said Shon Carson would make his second straight start, but he also hopes to get Rod Talley some work. “I want to see what (Talley) can do when he gets in there,” said Sands. “I’m going to try to get him a few carries this week.”

The Gamecocks will practice again on Thursday afternoon.

AUDIO: Shawn Elliott

AUDIO: Pharoh Cooper

#STRecruiting: WR Kelvin Harmon’s coach sets stage for Thursday announcement

Kelvin Harmon

Kelvin Harmon

WR Kelvin Harmon of Palmyra, NJ is set to announce his college choice Thursday at 2:30 at his school.  He has USC, NC State, North Carolina,  West Virginia, Temple and Rutgers on his short list.  He visted all of them with USC and NC State getting official visits.

His USC visit was last weekend and afterwards Harmon begged off interviews wanting to save all of his comments for after his announcement Thursday.

“It’s been tough for him I think,” said Harmon’s coach Jack Geisel.  “He’s had a lot of choices.  Typical of any 18 year old, it’s a life experience hopefully you’ve enjoyed.  My feeling has been since the middle of the summer he was probably leaning towards South Carolina or NC State.  Other than that, your guess is as good as mine.”

Geisel said NC State was in to see Harmon last week and Rutgers was due in on Tuesday.

Harmon had to sit out the first game of the season and in game two he had 8 catches for 100 yards.

Some other notes….

Former Clemson commitment LB Rahshaun Smith of IMG Academy plans to be at the Notre Dame game.

2018 QB Trevor Lawrence of Cartersville, GA plans to be at Clemson Saturday.

2017 LB Victor Heyward from Hoschton, GA was at USC Saturday for UCF game.

2017 DB DJ Brown of Fairburn, GA plans to be at Clemson this weekend.

USC WR commitment Tre Jackson of Baton Rouge, LA suffered a torn ACL in his game last Friday night and will miss the rest of the season.