DE Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, NC made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and while he says there’s no order to his final four schools, he did say Clemson made a move with him. “It definitely elevated them,” Bullard said. “I saw some things I didn’t know. They moved up a lot. I felt at home. I got to know some of the players. I liked the players and the atmosphere and how they respect Coach Swinney. They support him.” Bullard also has taken an official visit to Nebraska. He will visit USC officially this coming weekend and will wrap up his official visits the following weekend at Florida. Bullard said there is no favorite at this point. “I’ll get in the next two visits and then I’ll know,” Bullard said. “I’ll make my decision about a week or two after the Florida visit.”
Yulee, FL High School head coach Bobby Ramsay said Monday morning he has not had an in depth discussion with TE Kelvin Rainey about his visit to USC over the weekend, but from what he has been told by Rainey the commitment to USC is still in place. “Nothing has changed as far as his commitment,” Ramsay said. “We haven’t had a real serious discussion. But he said he enjoyed the game. Ahmad Christian was his host and he got the chance to talk with Jadeveon Clowney, which was good.” Arkansas is the other major player. Rainey visited Fayetteville for the USC game. “They’ve done a nice job recruiting him, hanging in there with him after he committed,” Ramsay said. “The way they throw the football is attractive.” Rainey is on track to graduate next month so he wants to firm his plans soon. Ramsay talked to Rainey again this evening and said that “he is just weighing everything. We’re going to see how this week goes and focus on the playoff game. He’s definitely considering Arkansas.”
The recruiting fallout from the Penn State scandal is growing. OL Joey O’Connor of Windsor, CO is the latest Nittany Lion commitment to drop the pledge. “It’s unfortunate I had to de-commit but I’m not ruling Penn State out,” O’Connor said. With the door open, O’Connor has welcomed USC and several others back into his space. He’s talked to USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. and is considering USC for an official visit. “I’m keeping my options open and will try to figure out what I want to do after the season,” he said. “I haven’t scheduled any visit. I’m concentrating on my season for now.” O’Connor has taken an official visit to Penn State so he has four more to set up. Among the candidates are USC, Notre Dame, Utah, Tennessee and Purdue. And he said he will be looking for some of the same things that first attracted him to Penn State when he committed last June. “Their tradition was a huge part and the integrity of the coaches,” he said. “The whole campus and the university as a whole is amazing. That’s what drew me to Penn State. I’ll be looking now at the tradition and the brotherhood of the football program and the coaching staff.” O’Connor has taken unofficial visits to Utah, Colorado, Colorado State and Penn State.
DB Eli Shumate of Ramsey, NJ will be on his official visit to USC until Monday. His mother said Sunday night Eli and his father did not arrive in Columbia until Saturday. Shumate’s mother said from what he’s told here, all has gone well. “He’s enjoying it, he likes it,” she said. “He said they have a nice facility and the school is beautiful. The people seem nice.” Shumate will take other official visits and has been looking at Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Rutgers and Notre Dame for other possible visits. But USC has been in good shape with Shumate and appears to be the leader at this point.
DE Ty McCord of Tampa made his official visit to USC over the weekend with his family and the Gamecocks remain in strong shape with him. His mother, in particular, had an enjoyable time while in Columbia. McCord has had the Gamecocks at the top of his list and that remains the case. He does plan to continue with official visits to Florida, Miami and Georgia.
Clemson will be one of the official visits for DE Dante’ Fowler of St. Petersburg, FL Fowler said Sunday night. Fowler has been committed to Florida State and said he remains so, but he has decided on his other four official visits. Those will be Clemson, Florida, Southern Cal and LSU. He will take one visit in December and the rest in January. Fowler was at the Miami-Florida State game this past weekend and will go to the Florida State-Florida game in two weeks. Fowler said he talked with Clemson recruiter Jeff Scott about ten days ago. “He talked about how they would use me and how they want me to come up and check them out,” Fowler said.
Clemson commitment DB Marty Williams of Fox Creek was injured Friday night for the second consecutive week. He was taken off the field on a stretcher for the second straight week. His coach, Russ Schneider, said Sunday night Williams has torn muscle next to his spine. “He will be in a neck brace for the next couple of weeks,” Schneider said. “We’re hoping he’ll be okay for the Shrine Bowl.” Schneider said the injury this past Friday was a continuation of the previous week’s injury though Williams had been cleared to play from what was called “a neck sprain.”
PK Nick St. Germain of Marietta, GA made an unofficial visit to USC Saturday for the Florida game. “It went good,” he said. “We went thru all the facilities. I talked to all the coaches. They are saying they want to come see one of my games or if not see me kick in December.” He has not been offered by USC but does have offers from Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee State and South Alabama. St. Germain said he will be back in Columbia next Saturday for The Citadel game.
DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA made an unofficial visit to USC Saturday along with a couple of his coaches. Elder has been favoring the Gamecocks for some time and his day with the Gamecocks appears to have done nothing but helped the Gamecocks’ cause. “He had a very good time and it helped what he’s been thinking for a long time,” said Banneker assistant coach Ryan Andrews who was with Elder on the visit. “He visited with the players and with Coach Ward. He’s pretty strong with them. He’s South Carolina’s to lose.” Georgia and Vanderbilt remain in the picture as well. Elder will be back at USC for an official visit for the Clemson weekend. He has no other visits planned. Elder had visited USC before but this was his first game in Columbia. Andrews said Elder is looking at making his announcement at the Under Armour Game but it is possible it could come earlier than that.
One of Clemson’s few remaining targets for 2012 is OL Nick Davidson of Eden Prairie, MN. He plans to visit Clemson soon. He’s also been considering Stanford, Ohio State, Colorado and Oregon. However, his recruiting may have to take a back seat for the time being. In a playoff game Friday night, Davidson suffered a leg injury. He was taken to the local hospital and did not return. The extent of the injury has not yet been revealed.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, NC made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and told TigerIllustrated.com he had a great visit. He’s also been to Georgia and hopes to make one more visit to either USC, North Carolina or NC State before he announces January 3rd at his all star game.
Clemson has picked up a baseball commitment for the 2013 class from lefthander Alex Bostic (6-3 195) of Monroe, NC according to Paul Strelow of Clemson247.com. Bostic picked the Tigers over Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina and NC State. He reportedly is considered the top lefthander in North Carolina.