WR Sammy Watkins (6-2 191) of Ft. Myers, FL, regarded as one of the top receivers in the country, committed to Clemson Monday morning over Michigan. Watkins had been strong on Clemson since attending camp and making a seperate unofficial visit in the summer. “Number #1 and foremost (reason behind the decision) was the relationship he built with the coaches and players from going to camp,” said South Ft. Myers coach Grant Redhead. “He felt comfortable with all aspects of the football program.” The Clemson staff target Watkins early as someone who could come in and bolster their receiving corps, and Redhead believes he will do just that. “He’s a home run hitter, that’s what they’re getting,” he said. “Anytime this kid touches the ball….it’s the speed. And he’s big and physical. He’s a deep threat at receiver and as a kick returner.” Watkins is Clemson’s 23rd commitment for the 2011 class and 5th wide receiver.
TE Jerrell Adams (6-5 220) of Scotts Branch has his team in a state championship game Friday. Adams, who is playing quarterback, will lead his team up against Williston Elko in the 1A-Division 2 title game at Benedict College. Saturday Adams plans to be at Clemson for the USC game. It will mark his first game of the season at Clemson. He was at five USC home games this season and was at Florida for the USC game. Adams said Monday he still favors USC “by just a little bit” over Clemson. He has not set his official visits but he’s looking at the two in state schools along with Florida, Alabama and Auburn for trips.
After a brief flirtation with Clemson, USC and Middle Tennessee State, QB Tamyn Garrick (6-3 210) of Williston-Elko has decided the Big South Conference looks good enough to him. Garrick has committed to Presbyterian. He also had an offer from Newberry. The North-South All Star Game selection has passed for over 2000 yards this season and his team in the 1A Division 2 championship game Friday against Scotts Branch.
LB Travis Hughes (6-1 228) of Virginia Beach, VA will take an official visit to Clemson this weekend, according to his father. “We couldn’t have picked a better weekend then the South Carolina game,” said Tony Hughes. “We are looking forward to getting down there.” Hughes has already taken visits to Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina. His father said they were waiting to visit Clemson before making a decision. “We will announce on December 18th and Clemson is most definitely in it,” he said. “Their coaches have a done a good job in recruiting Travis.” Hughes will arrive in Clemson on Friday night. His father did not indicate a favorite.
LB Lateek Townsend (6-3 207) of Marlboro County said today that he has not made a decision on whether or not he will attend this year’s Clemson-USC game at Death Valley. “I’m still trying to decide,” he said. Townsend said that he does not have a favorite and continues to look at USC, Clemson, Southern Cal, LSU, and Florida. He has taken official visits to USC and Southern Cal and has not scheduled any other visits. “I don’t really know where I will go,” added Townsend. Townsend plans to announce his commitment at the Army All-American game in January.
DB LaQuentin Smith (6-1 208) of Orlando says USC remains high on his list. “They keep winning and proving everybody wrong,” said Smith. “Now they’re going to the SEC championship (game).” Smith says he plans official visits to USC, West Virginia, South Florida, and Cincinnati. Smith took his first official visit to Arkansas back in September and, along with the previously mentioned schools, said those are his top five. He had planned a visit to South Florida this weekend but did not make the trip. Smith does not have a favorite.
DL Leon Mackey of Hinds JC, MS completed his official visit to USC Sunday afternoon. Mackey, a former Gamecock signee, appears to be headed back to the Gamecocks if he can complete the necessary academic work to graduate and get accepted to USC. That will not be determined until the summer.
DE Jadeveon Clowney (6-6 240) of South Pointe will be in attendance for the Clemson-USC game this Saturday at Death Valley. He wants to make it an official visit. “That’s what I’m trying to do,” Clowney said. He added that the coaching staff is unsure if they want this visit to be his official visit to Clemson and said he has remained in contact with them about this weekend. Clowney also said he has not scheduled any other possible visits at this time. He did not indicate a favorite.