Dorman OL Patrick Destefano, one of the state’s top prospects for this season, had set Monday as the day to announce his short list. But now he plans to announce his final decision at a news conference at his school at 2:00 PM. Dorman coach Dave Gutshall said he told Destefano there was no reason for a news conference just to announce his finalists. Plus, he said Destefano has reached the point where he’s ready to get this over. “He loved the recruiting process and then all of a sudden he did not,” the coach said. Speculation has centered on Clemson being the favorite. Gutshall said he doesn’t know Destefano’s choice but Clemson would be a logical bet. “I think that too, but I don’t know that,” he said. “They’ve done a good job recruiting him but Shawn Elliott (USC) has done a good job, too.” What Gutshall does know is that Destefano contacted Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Florida and Alabama and told those schools they were out. “It will be somebody local,” he said. “Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee.” Clemson was by the school earlier this week. USC, Georgia and Tennessee have also been in. Dorman will stage its spring game tonight.
OL JJ Denman of Fairless Hills, PA, who held an offer from USC, committed Wednesday night to Penn State. Denman had close to 30 offers. USC was among his early schools of interest but his final decision came down to Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan.
LB Darreon Herring of Stone Mountain, GA committed Thursday to Vanderbilt. Clemson had offered him and USC had shown some interest.
USC recruiter Brad Lawing checked in on LB Keilin Rayner (6-3 210) of Leland, NC Thursday and left him with a Gamecock offer. Rayner also has offers from Clemson, Duke and East Carolina. He has been favoring Duke. Rayner is considering camping at USC and plans to visit Clemson and NC State. Last season he had 127 tackles with 5 sacks.
USC continues to set the pace for WR Jody Fuller of Monroe, NC. “That’s the place that wants me the most right now,” Fuller said. He has over 25 offers and has not narrowed his list but said USC, North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Tennessee do stand out with him right now. “I’m still pretty open,” he said. He plans to narrow the list this summer. Recruiters from all his top schools have been in this month and he talked with USC’s Jay Graham last weekend. Fuller said he will visit Miami in June and does plan to return to USC for a visit this summer. He plans a decision before his season or early in the season.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis was offered by Wake Forest giving him four offers. The others are USC, Clemson and NC State. He is also getting interest from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Nebraska and Alabama. USC and Clemson recruiters have been thru the school along with recruiters from most of the other schools showing interest. Davis has not indicated a favorite.
OL Patrick Miller (6-7 270) of Palm Beach Gardens, FL has offers from USC, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Oklahoma among others. “I’ll be honest,” Miller said. “I can’t remember them all. My top three schools are LSU, Florida and Auburn.” Miller has taken three visits and they were to his top three schools. “I’m really trying to limit my visits because the recruiting process can get so ridiculous. I could visit another school but it would depend on some things. If I see a school that has a need and I can click with their offensive line coach, I will probably take a look.” Miller has no plans to camp this summer and remains uncertain of future visits. He was at the Florida-USC game at The Swamp last season and is familiar with the Gamecocks saying, “I am very aware of what they’re capable of.” He could visit schools outside of the SEC but says he will most likely play in the league. Miller did not name a leader.
QB Kaleb Nobles (5-10 175) of Fitzgerald, GA was offered months ago by Clemson. But that was when Billy Napier was quarterback coach for the Tigers. Now that Chad Morris is running the offense, Nobles is not sure the offer is on the table. “I haven’t really talked to them so I’m not really sure,” Nobles said. “I’m going to visit there and go to camp. My dad talked with coach Swinney earlier this spring but we haven’t heard from coach Morris.” Nobles is hearing from Murray State, Troy and East Carolina.