DE Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4 250) of Asheville, NC committed to Clemson Sunday as he wrapped up his official visit with the Tigers. Pagan picked the Tigers over Georgia and Alabama. He once was committed to Florida but backed off that following the coaching change. “He used the word ‘great’ to describe the visit,” said his coach Danny Wilkins. “He made it sound like he had a great time. He is a great kid, and he has a lot of work to do. He is a naïve kid in a lot of ways, a boy in a man’s body. I think he would tell you that. But he is going to be a good one.” Pagan was picked for the Shrine Bowl but couldn’t play in the game due to a knee injury he suffered late in the season which required surgery. When healthy, his coach says he’s tough to block. “His quickness, speed and athletic ability at his size set him apart,” said Wilkins. “He has tons of potential. He has only played with his hand on the ground for two years now. He is an explosive, quick, big guy. I think he is going to do well in the classroom at Clemson, and he is going to be a great player for them.” Pagan also plays tight end and played some wide receiver. He’s the 24th commitment for Clemson.
DE Jadeveon Clowney of South Pointe made his official visit to Alabama over the weekend. His mother and coach also were on the visit though his coach traveled separately and did not participate any of the meetings. “It went well,” Clowney said. “He did have a great time,” said his coach Bobby Carroll. “He liked it and his mother liked it.” Asked if he had a favorite right now, Clowney said, “I don’t really have one.” Carroll said he asked Clowney after the trip if there were a difference in his feelings between USC, Alabama and Florida State. “He said there was no difference,” Carroll said. Clowney said he is planning to visit Florida State this coming weekend. He also said over the weekend he will visit Clemson January 28th. Ohio State has also been trying to get that last visit. Coaches from all the contending schools are expected to meet with Clowney this week. And Clowney apparently is now thinking about not announcing on National Signing Day. His birthday is February 14th, and he is considering waiting until then to make a decision.
USC’s GA Mangus has put the Gamecocks in strong position with LB Marcquis Roberts and TE Rory Anderson of Powder Springs, GA and will try to seal the deal with the duo when he meets with them Monday. Roberts appears all set to join the Gamecocks and has been that way for a few months. Anderson is now giving Tennessee some thought after visiting Knoxville over the weekend. Roberts has let it be known he plans to make his announcement Wednesday. It’s not yet known if Anderson plans to join in with an announcement of his own at that time.
DB Cortez Davis (6-3 194) of Daytona Beach, FL took his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and reconfirmed his commitment to the Tigers. “It went great,” said Davis. “I’m not taking any other visits.” Davis visited Miami the previous weekend with high school teammate and former Clemson commit, RB Marlin Lane. “It went alright,” he said. “I’m not involved with Miami anymore.” Davis and Lane had planned to go to the same school but with Clemson no longer pursuing Lane, Davis says that will not happen.
QB Tanner McEvoy (6-6 205) of Oradell, NJ has USC and North Carolina as his final two schools and will make his decision public on Thursday. In a text message from his mother, Tina McEvoy, she said, “Tanner has decided to announce on Thursday after his midterms are over. He will do interviews afterwards.” The announcement will come sometime after 6:00 PM. McEvoy took his final official visit to North Carolina this past weekend. He has already visited USC. No indication of a leader was given.
DB Sheldon Royster of Jersey City, NJ plans to announce his college decision Thursday night at 8:30. Royster is deciding between USC and Rutgers.
OL Xavier Ward (6-7 260) of Moultrie, GA took an official visit to Middle Tennessee over the weekend and says it went well. He had planned to visit Florida this weekend but went to Murfreesboro instead. This weekend, he still intends to go to Auburn, but said, “I don’t know if that visit is still going to happen.” Ward also said he wants to take an official visit to Clemson but has not heard from the Tigers recently. As for other visits, he says he could go to Mississippi State or Georgia Tech. “I don’t really know right now to be honest with you,” added Ward. He does not have a favorite and is unsure of a commitment date.
WR Stanton Seckinger of Porter Gaud made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and remains firmly committed to the Tigers. Seckinger said his visit went great but he didn’t get clarity on if an scholarship will be available in the fall. Seckinger knew when he committed he could be a greyshirt in 2011. However, the Clemson coaches told him they are confident things will work out so that he’ll be able to go on scholarship this fall. Seckinger plans to enroll in summer school and work out with the team. If he has to greyshirt, he plans to remain in school and do as much work around the team as is allowed under NCAA rules.
DE Roderick Byers of Northwestern did not take a visit this past weekend. He plans to take one this coming weekend, to either USC or Oregon. And soon after the visit, he plans to make a commitment. But he’s not planning to go public with the commitment right away. Byers expects to meet Monday with USC recruiter Ellis Johnson and later in the week with his recruiter from Oregon. Clemson had been involved but he said he hasn’t heard from the Tigers in a while, and with them getting a commitment from Jeoffrey Pagan, he believes they don’t have room for him. Byers said right now things are even between USC and Oregon, and the distance to Eugene is no factor with him. “I’m going to do what’s in my best interest,” he said. “I’m going to be homesick no matter where I go.”
DE Mason Harris (6-3 205) of Rossville, GA will receive an in-home visit Monday from Steve Spurrier. “I’m looking forward to it,” said Harris. “I am a little nervous,” he added. Harris is a USC commit and will take an official visit to Columbia this upcoming weekend. He will also take a visit to Miami the following weekend. “I’m still committed to USC but you never know what could happen,” he said. “I really like my recruiter, coach (Michael) Barrow. If they’re all like him down there, it’s probably a pretty cool place.” Harris says these are the only two visits he plans to take. “I thought about going to Kentucky but changed my mind,” he said. Coach Barrow visited Harris last week.
TE Jay Rome (6-6 240) of Valdosta, GA is the son of former Clemson great, Stan Rome, but has officially dropped the Tigers from his list, according to his father. “He is down to Georgia and Alabama,” said Stan Rome. “He will not take his official visit to Clemson (on January 28th).” Rome has already taken his visits to Georgia and Alabama and will not take any other visits. According to his father, Rome continues to favor Georgia. He did not give a timeframe for a decision.
DE Ray Drew of Thomasville, GA made his official visit to Miami over the weekend. “It went well,” Drew said. “I got down there to meet the coaches and see what they were all about. Coach Golden seems like a coach who is very hungry.” Drew will make his official visit to Clemson this coming weekend and that will be his final visit. He also has visited LSU, Auburn and Georgia. He said he has no favorite among the five. Clemson coaches will visit with him Monday. He’s expecting new defensive ends coach Marion Hobby and recruiter Danny Pearman to be in.
PK Ammon Lakip (5-11 175) of Alpharetta, GA did not make his official visit to Auburn over the weekend and is focused primarily on Clemson and Georgia Tech because they have made him full offers. Auburn wants him as a walk on. Lakip has moved up his Clemson official visit to this coming weekend from January 28th. He’s going to Georgia Tech Tuesday to visit with their coaches. Clemson recruiters Jeff Scott and Danny Pearman will be in to see Lakip this week. He said he could make a decision after his Clemson visit. This past season Lakip was 14-20 on field goals with a long of 51. And he was 65-66 on extra points.
DL Leon Mackey of Hinds JC, MS made his official visit to Mississippi State over the weekend. “He told me he was enjoying it,” said assistant coach Dwike Wilson who talked with Mackey during the visit. “We’re going to talk tonight and Monday and he’ll have a decision Tuesday.” Mackey is down to USC, Mississippi State, Texas Tech and Tennessee. Coaches from all four schools are due in Monday and Tuesday to visit with Mackey including USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward.
TE Rory Anderson of Powder Springs, GA made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend with his mother. “We enjoyed it,” Anderson’s mother said. “We had a good time. I told him to sit back and take a couple of days. We’ll sit down and talk. The final decision will be his.” That decision is expected this week. USC head coach Steve Spurrier will make his in home visit with Anderson this week. Anderson and his teammate, LB Marcquis Roberts, have been favoring the Gamecocks and have said they want to go to the same school. Anderson confirmed he and Roberts “both like USC but I’m still looking at Tennessee.”
LB Tony Steward of St. Augustine, FL made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He arrived early Saturday morning along with his mother and little brother. It was his second visit to Clemson but the first for his mother. She said she enjoyed the visit and got a lot of information she needed about the school. Steward, likewise, enjoyed his weekend. “It was a good weekend again,” he said. “We enjoyed our time. I’d seen everything before. There was nothing bad about the visit except for the lack of sleep. I hung out with coach (Jeff) Scott and coach Steele the most.” Steward has had Clemson and Florida State at the top of his list and that remains the same. “They are still pretty even,” he said. “I’m still looking for that one aspect that stands out to separate the schools.” Steward will visit Florida State next weekend. He has also visited UCLA but the decision is between the two ACC schools. He’s expecting coaches from Clemson and FSU to visit him this week. He plans to announce on signing day.
RB Mike Bellamy of Punta Gorda, FL made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. Bellamy made the visit with his grandmother. He has been committed to Clemson and has fought off strong overtures from other schools. His coach talked to him while he was on his visit and said everything remains status quo. “He was having a good time,” Binky Waldrop said. “He was just going thru the routine of the visit. Everything is still firm with Clemson.” And Waldrop believes that message has gotten out to the other schools because they seem to have backed off. “We haven’t seen anybody else for a while,” he said. “People understand he’s solid.” Bellamy also has visited Tennessee but has no other visits scheduled.
TE Jerrell Adams of Scotts Branch made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He was joined on the visit by his cousin Marcell Adams who is helping him with the recruiting process. They arrived at Clemson Saturday morning and headed back home Sunday morning. “It went well, he felt good about the visit,” Marcell Adams said. “There was a lot of academic stuff and football stuff. He really loved it and they treated him well. We met with coach Swinney this morning for about 30 minutes. He just waid he wants to see him stay in state.” Adams said his cousin left Clemson without a favorite in mind. “He’s going to wait until after the USC visit (next weekend),” he said adding a decision could come soon after that or it could be closer to signing day. Adams also is scheduled to visit Arkansas January 28th but his cousin said he’s not sure if that visit will take place.
DB Ahmad Christian (5-10 195) of Jacksonville, FL has set an official visit to USC for next weekend. Christian also has set a visit with Tennessee for January 28th. He’s also considering Auburn and Miami, two schools he’s visited unofficially. But right now the Gamecocks are the group to beat for Christian. “I’m just feeling them the most right now,” Christian said adding a commitment on the visit is not out of the question. But a commitment from Christian won’t mean he’ll be on hand in the fall. He’s also a highly touted shortstop and said scouts have told him he could be a top five round pick this summer. But his goal right now is to play both sports in college. “We’ll see how it all plays out,” Christian said. USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. is to visit with Christian Tuesday. USC likes Christian as a cornerback though he can also play safety.
Williston-Elko LB Dexter Staley will enroll at Georgia Military JC in the fall, but the question is, which major school will he sign with in February. It’s been long thought Staley would sign with USC and eventually enroll there. That might still happen. But this week Staley and his coach indicated that Georgia had become a major factor. He has scheduled an official visit to Georgia for January 28th. He has not scheduled a visit with USC. Staley said he remains very interested in USC and would like to end up a Gamecock. He would like to visit USC January 21st but nothing has been scheduled. Staley’s coach, Dwayne Garrick, said he doesn’t expect USC to sign Staley because of numbers and he likely will sign with Georgia. But he said once Staley goes to GMC, he’ll be open and could end up anywhere including USC or Georgia in two years.
Furman and Presbyterian have picked up recent verbal commitments. Picking the Paladins were OL Justin Floyd (6-5 287) of Cartersville, GA, DE John Mackey (6-2 240) of Chattanooga and DE Ira McCune (6-2 250) of Powder Springs, GA. And committing to PC was LB Alonzo Jackson (6-2 225) of Jacksonville, FL.