July 5, 2015

#STRecruiting: LB Kenneth Ruff remains on solid USC commitment watch

Kenneth Ruff

Kenneth Ruff

USC emerged as the clear leader for LB Kenneth Ruff of Fort Lauderdale in early June and he plans to be one of the prospects on commitment watch later this month when he attends the Gamecocks’ social gathering of prospects in Columbia.

“They have a lot of love me, they want me committed,” Ruff said.  “I think I’m going to wait until my visit but I would say they still lead along with Clemson.  Coach Venables came down a few times.  He came down for the spring game and he was pleased.  That’s something I look forward to moving forward and I would like to take a visit there, too.  I think those would be my first two official visits I take.”

But while he last talked with USC earlier this week, Ruff hasn’t heard from Clemson since his spring game.  He is, however, hearing a good bit from Illinois.  He’s also hearing from Rutgers, South Florida and Virginia.  But it remains USC out front.

“Seeing as how I haven’t taken a visit yet, I would say it’s a pretty good lead,” he said.  “But anything could change. They hit me up on Twitter, they make sure it’s known that they love me and they really want me, so that could scare some schools away.”

Ruff said his mother plans to join him on his USC visit along with teammate DL Aaron Thompson.

One camp Ruff attended last month was the Ohio State satellite camp at Florida Atlantic.  “They basically had a coach from Ohio State, their position coach,  along with the position coach from FAU,  and they would run the drills together,” he said.  “They were collaborating on everything and everything was done together with their recruiting and teaching us what we needed to know.”

Ruff added that from a recruiting standpoint, it was more of a sales job from Ohio State, and Buckeye’s coach Urban Meyer was there.

#STRecruiting: WR Diondre Overton to see Tennessee again this month

Diondre Overton

Diondre Overton

Clemson will stage its All-In Cookout July 17th and the Tigers hope to attract several of their uncommitted targets to campus.  One who will not be there is WR Diondre Overton of Greensboro, NC.  Overton said he will be at Tennessee that day.

But it’s not like he’s avoiding Clemson.  He spent three days for camp there last month and also was there for two days the weekend of the spring game.  Overton found the camp experience enlightening.

“The way Coach (Jeff) Scott interacted with us, it was good to have him around coaching us on the particulars of our game.  We were around him 24/7.   I loved that about the camp,” Overton said.  “I kind of  knew a lot (about Clemson) so I just went down there to get a better feel for it and get closer to the coaches and the players.”

Clemson, Tennessee, Nebraska, NC State and North Carolina make up Overton’s final five and it’s the Tigers and Vols residing at the top.

“Clemson and Tennessee have always kind of been at the top battling it out,” Overton said.  “Both of them are coming at me strong with all they’ve got and all they have to offer.”

As for what might be the deciding factor, Overton answered, “When it comes right down to it,  most likely it’s going to be the wide receiver coach that I’m around.  I’m going to be around the wide receiver coach 24/7.  He’s going to basically help me develop my full potential.  I would think the coach matters.”

Overton hopes to make his decision before the season.


#STRecruiting: Bunch says he’s headed to USC & another Clemson baseball commitment

Travon Bunch

Travon Bunch

6-11 Travon Bunch of Racine, WI, who committed to USC in early March, said Wednesday he is set to join the Gamecocks this month.  Bunch, who played last season at Score Academy in Chapel Hill, NC, has not been officially announced as part of the 2015 class by Gamecock coach Frank Martin.  Bunch needed to get a qualifying score on the entrance exam he took in early June and he said he achieved that.  “I’m still heading to South Carolina,” Bunch said.  “I’ll be attending the next summer school session.”  Bunch said he would be arriving at USC the second week of July.  If Bunch is actually in the fold, the Gamecocks would have 14 scholarship players at this point, one over the limit by the time schools starts in August.   Martin said earlier this week 6-4 signee Jamall Gregory is waiting on a final grade to be posted and won’t make it in before August.

Baseball News:

2017 INF Elijah Henderson of Blue Ridge committed to Clemson Wednesday. 4th commitment for class.  Last season he batted .429 with 2 homers and 16 RBIs.

Football Notes:

OL Parker Boudreaux of Orlando will announce his decision tomorrow.  Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma are considered the favorites with the Irish thought to be the favorite.

WR Brad Hawkins Jr. of Camden, NJ will announce a commitment Friday with USC and Michigan his top two.

2017 QB Lowell Narcisse Jr. of St. James, LA to announce July 27th…Clemson, LSU, Auburn, Alabama.

#STRecruiting: Clemson remains undecided on offer to Georgia tackle


Patrick Kearns

Patrick Kearns

OL Patrick Kearns (6-5 270) of Rome, GA holds some impressive offers like Florida, Kentucky, Virginia Tech, NC State, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana and Cal among his 19 offers.  And he feels Duke is close to offering.

Clemson has been showing interest in the tackle prospect but has yet to make an offer.

“I’m interested in them,” Kearns said.  “They came by the school during the evaluation period.  Coach Venables said they liked me on film but need to see min in camp before they offer.  They haven’t been recruiting me that hard but I’m interested in them.  It’s a great program.  Coach Swinney and all the coaches, from what I understand, are good, Christian men and that’s important to me.  They have a great following and it’s an all around great place to be.”

Kearns had considered going to Clemson’s camp in June but went to Duke instead.  He’s also been to Wake Forest, Appalachian State, Ole Miss, Georgia, LSU, NC State, Virginia Tech and Florida.  He is hoping to get to Clemson sometime this month.  “We will make every effort,” he said.

Kearns plans to make his decision by the end of summer.

#STRecruiting: Charleston tragedy hits close to home with Nyles Pinckney

nyles pinckney

Nyles Pinckney

Recruiting has not been on the mind of Whale Branch DL Nyles Pinckney the last few weeks, and for good reason. His cousin, state senator Clementa Pinckney, was one of the nine people killed in the Charleston church shootings earlier this month.

“I haven’t been thinking about recruiting,” Nyles Pinckney said.  “I’m just being there for my family.  It’s just hard to believe.”

However, life goes on for Pinckney and that means getting back into the swing of things from a recruiting standpoint. He is basically only considering Clemson and USC at this point with no favorite between them.  He last talked with Clemson recruiter Tony Elliott two weeks ago and he will attend the All-In Cookout July 17th.

“He’s been telling me how much they like me and how they really would like me at Clemson,” Pinckney said.

He’s also been in touch with USC recruiter Deke Adams.’

“He said they want me to visit more.  They want me to come in in July but we don’t have an exact date.”

Pinckney said he doesn’t have a timetable on a decision and has a simple idea for choosing a winner between the Tigers and Gamecocks.

“Wherever I feel is the best for me.”

Other Tuesday notes…

OL Chandler Tuitt of Sandy Creek, GA has a top five of USC, Ole Miss, Georgia, Tennessee and Florida.  He’s been talking the most with Ole Miss, Georgia and Florida and will make a decision sometime this week.

Basketball News:

The USC women offered 2019 5-8 Danae McNeal Pough who plays for the SC76ERS-Cubs AAU team.