Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney along with assistants Jeff Scott and Kevin Steele will make their final visit with LB Tony Steward of St. Augustine, FL on Wednesday. They are to arrive at the school around 1:45 and meet with Steward and his coach there. Swinney is also going to fly over to Daytona Beach to meet with Cortez Davis Wednesday afternoon then will fly back to St. Augustine for an in home visit that night with Steward’s family. Steward met last night with UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel and while the Bruins are still in it, his coach says it’s a two team race between Clemson and Florida State. “He told me yesterday he was very close (to a decision),” Keith Cromwell said. “I tried to get it out of him. He hasn’t exactly made up his mind. By this weekend after Swinney and coach (Jimbo) Fisher visit, he will have a decision. It’s neck and neck.” Fisher and the Florida State staff will make their visit Friday. Cromwell says the decision will come down to one point. “He spent a lot of time with the players at Clemson and Florida State,” he said. “He’s basing a lot on how they acted and what they said about the coaches and the schools.” Steward plans to contact the schools he did not choose in advance of his announcement which will come on ESPN on Signing Day.
Manning DL Phillip Dukes will see USC coach Steve Spurrier and assistants on Wednesday and Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and assistants on Thursday. And he will take his official visit to North Carolina this coming weekend. After that he’ll get together with his coach and mother and have an announcement on Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning. Spurrier will be in at 11:30 Wednesday and Swinney is scheduled for 3:00 Thursday. Dukes visited USC last weekend. He’s also been to Clemson and Alabama. He was favoring USC going into last weekend and his coach says that appears to still be the case. “He’s said nothing that would indicate a change,” Robbie Briggs said. “Everything is the same as it was prior to his visit and USC was the favorite.”
LB Cedrick Cooper of Lithonia, GA apparently committed to Arkansas last night after an in home visit with Razorback coaches a source said Tuesday morning. Monday night a source close to Cooper said he was expecting him to sign with USC based on what Cooper was saying coming off his USC visit this past weekend. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward is scheduled to see Cooper Wednesday. Cooper also is scheduled to visit Ole Miss this weekend.
Blythewood DE Avante’ Harris (6-6 248) and DE James Robinson (6-5 230) committed to Appalachian State. Both had offers from SC State and Hampton.
Gaffney Shrine Bowl QB DeEdward Burris will make an official visit to Hinds JC, MS Tuesday. He’s also considering East Carolina, SC State and Appalachian State.
USC’s Steve Spurrier will be the last head coach to get a home visit with TE Jerrell Adams of Scotts Branch and his family. Spurrier is scheduled to visit on Wednesday evening. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney made his in home visit last week. Martell Adams, who is Jerrell’s cousin and is helping him with his recruiting, said they are not expecting any Clemson coaches to visit this week. But he said the Tigers are still even with the Gamecocks. “The Clemson official visit really helped them out,” he said. “They showed him a lot more in depth about the school.” Adams made his official visit to USC this past weekend. He might visit Alabama this weekend but nothing has been planned at this point. Adams plans to announce his choice on Signing Day.
Junior LB Adam Ah Ching (6-0 215) of Greer has already received offers from Oregon, BYU, Utah, and Colorado. He is hearing from Clemson, USC, LSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Auburn among other schools. Ah Ching says he is planning to attend junior days at Clemson, LSU, and Tennessee. “Hopefully, I can go to Tennessee and I definitely want to go to LSU,” said Ah Ching. “I don’t think Clemson has had theirs yet. I think it’s a week after signing day so I will try to go to it.” As a junior, Ah Ching totaled 153 tackles, 87 for loss and forced three fumbles with two recoveries. He also had five sacks. Ah Ching does not have a favorite.
Junior LB Daron Blaylock (6-0 205) of Marietta, GA already has an offer from Louisville and says Kentucky is close to offering. He also expects an offer from USC in his near future. “They want to see my 40 time at the scout.com combines,” said Blaylock. “They said they could offer after that.” Blaylock is hearing from Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Auburn, and Oregon as well. He plans to go to Georgia Tech this weekend for their junior day and has been invited to Florida’s junior day which he plans to attend. His twin brother Zack, a defensive back, is being courted by the same schools. “We plan on going to the same school,” he said, “but that is not written in stone.” Blaylock had 73 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and an interception in his junior season. He plays safety for his high school but says most schools are looking at him as a linebacker. He does not have any favorites.