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It’s apparent Clemson quarterbacks coach Chad Morris would like to have QB Chad Kelly of Buffalo in his system. Morris made a big impression on Kelly and his family when they visited for the spring game. Wednesday Morris was in Buffalo to check behind the scenes on Kelly at his school. “I couldn’t really talk to him but I was working out this morning and ran into him with my coach,” Kelly said. “He (Morris) met with everybody. He was trying to get a feel for how I am in school.” Clemson was the only school to check in on Morris Wednesday. He’s expecting Tennessee, NC State and Michigan to be in Thursday and Friday. Kelly said Clemson continues to set the pace with him, something that’s been the case since his visit. “My parents still love them,” he said. Kelly added that USC could come into the picture. One of his trainers attended USC and they have sent film to Steve Spurrier and GA Mangus for review.
LB Noor Davis (6-4 225) of The Villages, FL added USC to his offers last week. The Gamecocks offered Thursday, Auburn offered last night and LSU offered him this morning. “Steve Spurrier, Jr. came by the school yesterday as a matter of fact,” Davis said. “I am very familiar with South Carolina. I’m good friends with (former USC shortstop) Bobby Haney and he has told me a lot of good things about the school. We actually watched their bowl game at a New Year’s party together.” His other offers include Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Southern Cal, UCLA, Georgia, Nebraska, Ohio State and Pitt. “I’m going to take a trip out west this summer and when I get back, I want to narrow my list to five,” he said. “I know Florida and Notre Dame are two of the schools on that list. I just need to decide on the other three.” As for visiting USC he said, “It will depend on my family’s travel plans. If they make my top five, I will definitely take an official visit there.” As a junior, Davis compiled 101 tackles, eight sacks, five pass deflections, two fumble recoveries and a touchdown. He will serve as the starting quarterback this season to go along with his duties on defense but did say, “I won’t play special teams this year.” He did not name a leader.
DB T.J. Davis (6-1 173) of Tallahassee has over 30 offers that include Clemson, USC, Oregon, TCU, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State, Nebraska, Alabama and Auburn. He is in the second day of spring practice and has had several schools stop by to see him. “Nebraska, TCU, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Southern Miss have already been by,” Davis said. “Nebraska and Ohio State are coming Thursday.” Davis believes USC and Clemson could visit him as well. He plans to visit both schools in the future. “I have to see Howard’s Rock in person,” he said. “South Carolina is real close. They came up just short last season.” Other visits are likely but not yet planned. Davis does not have any favorites.
DB Dwayne Norman (6-0 185) of Jacksonville, FL has an offer from Duke and is drawing interest from USC, Georgia Tech, South Florida and Stanford. USC likes Norman as a safety and recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. has been by to check on him. “He wants me to come to a camp this summer,” said Norman who has visited USC three times. He was there for a game last season, junior day this spring and a spring practice. “I feel like they are going to offer,” he said. Norman is favoring Duke “because I like being up there. It feels like home. And I like the players and coaches.” Norman wants to make a decision by the end of spring. Norman played outside linebacker last season and had 75 tackles and 2 sacks.
DE Michael Moore (6-4 255) of Hyattsville, MD has offers from USC, Clemson, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Boston College, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State and Tennessee among others. Moore would like to narrow his list to five soon. “I hope I can get it down to five before school ends,” Moore said. “Then I want to make a decision before school begins.” Moore is unsure if Clemson or USC will make the cut but does like both schools. “The thing I liked about South Carolina is that I could compete for playing time early,” he said. “I met with the defensive end coach (Brad Lawing) and he showed me their depth chart and who I would be competing against. Most of them would be my age. I was at the Clemson spring game and got a chance to see how their defensive ends play.” Moore wants to talk to his parents before narrowing his list. He has visited USC and Clemson. Other schools he has visited include Miami, FSU, Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Notre Dame, Penn State and Rutgers. He did not name a favorite.
The powerful Byrnes football program is in a bit of a lull from a senior talent standpoint, but the Rebels no doubt will be retooling in the years to come and once again producing high major talent in big numbers. Clemson recruiter Robby Caldwell was by the school late last week. The Rebel’s top senior prospects are RB Shakeem Wharton (5-10 210) and PK Kaleb Patterson (5-10 150). Wharton rushed for over 1500 yards last season as Byrnes won a 10th state championship. He’s getting interest from Clemson, USC, East Carolina, Wake Forest and Georgia Southern according to Byrnes assistant coach Bobby Bentley. Patterson hit field goals of 48 and 49 yards last season and 80% of his kickoffs reached the end zone. Clemson, USC and Georgia Southern are showing interest. Schools will also be checking out Byrnes junior WR Akia Booker (6-1 195).
6-8 Jared Guest of Columbia and Charis Prep in North Carolina remains unsigned. He has just been offered by Oklahoma State and will take an official visit there this weekend. VCU also remains very interested and appears to be his other best option. Georgia and Maryland also were involved at one point.