Speedy WR Germone Hopper (6-1 175) of Charlotte committed to Clemson Friday while attending spring practice, and his assistant coach first tells the South Carolina Radio Network that LB Nick Dawson (6-3 220) will commit to the Tigers the first of next week. “He’s going to wait until the weekend is over,” John Simmons of Berry Academy said. “His dad wants him to wait and go thru the whole weekend. He’s got a track meet Saturday and combine Sunday. It probably will be Monday.” Dawson also holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee, North Carolina, Maryland, Illinois, NC State, Auburn, Miami, Vanderbilt and others. He had 113 tackles and an interception last season. “He’s big and rangy and moves well for a kid his size,” Simmons said. “He has a lot of weight to put on. He’s going to be a monster once he puts it all together.” Hopper also had offers from North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Kentucky and Maryland. But Clemson had long been out front for him. “It was the first school that really gave me an offer,” he said. “The academic people here help you out and they really stress academics here. And Coach Morris showed me how he would use me. He put together a DVD. That really showed that this is the place for me.” Hopper will play slot receiver at Clemson. As a running back last season he rushed for 1567 yards and 16 touchdowns. He accounted for 2200 total yards. Hopper is the third Clemson commitment for the 2012 class.
WR Stanton Seckinger of Porter Gaud and QB Morgan Roberts of Charlotte learned today they will go on scholarship this fall at Clemson and will not come in as greyshirts. Seckinger and Roberts were at Clemson today to watch spring practice when Tigers’ head coach Dabo Swinney gave them the news. “He told me he had known for a while but wanted to tell me in person,” Seckinger said in breaking the story to the South Carolina Radio Network. “It’s nice to know I’m going to be coming in for sure. It all worked out.” Seckinger said he would not have enrolled at Clemson until January if he was going to grey shirt. Seckinger said he looks forward to competing with the other receivers this fall but feels a redshirt year would be good for him. Roberts also expects to redshirt.
DE Tyriq McCord (6-3 217) of Tampa will visit USC over the summer with his high school coach. “I know we’re going to Cincinnati, North Carolina, and South Carolina,” McCord said. “I’m not sure what other schools we will visit.” He has received 15 offers including USC, Miami, Florida, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Texas Tech, and South Florida. McCord is the cousin of USC DL Aldrick Fordham and has another connection to the Gamecocks. “Stephen Garcia played at my high school,” he said. McCord says he is somewhat familiar with USC and is a fan of Steve Spurrier. He compiled 82 tackles, 21 sacks, three forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery last season. McCord says he does not have any favorites.