After failing to land RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh, Clemson has turned its attention to RB Mike Davis of Atlanta. According to Davis, he was offered by Clemson Thursday morning. Davis is the brother of former Clemson star running back James Davis. He had said earlier this week he had had no contact from Clemson and thus was not interested in the Tigers. That has now changed with the offer. Davis is a former Florida commitment but is no longer considering the Gators. He has taken an official visit to Tennessee and is scheduled to visit Florida State December 17th and USC January 21st. He also has offers from Alabama, Miami and Central Florida. Davis does not have a favorite and plans to take all of his visits. He rushed for 1900 yards and 21 touchdowns this season.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, NC received a visit from Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris and running backs coach Tony Elliott Sunday night. The Tigers remain a player for his services. “(The meeting) went well,” Gurley said. “They’re showing a lot of interest in me and they’re in my top four.” Those four schools are Clemson, North Carolina, NC State and Georgia. He has taken official visits to all but North Carolina. “I’m going to take one more visit to UNC and then I’m done,” he said. “I’m not sure when I’ll narrow my list but I’m going to announce on January 3rd.” Gurley will play in an all-star game that day and announce his decision during the event. He did not indicate a leader.
DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA has been meeting this week with recruiters from the final four schools on his list. Arkansas was in to see him Tuesday. Georgia was by the school Wednesday. Thursday USC and Vanderbilt will sit down with him. Elder will take his official visit to Georgia this weekend. He will take the ACT on Saturday then drive over to Athens after that. And he will visit Vanderbilt either in the middle of next week or next weekend. And there’s a possibility he will visit Arkansas after he makes his announcement January 3rd at the Under Armour game. USC has been the front runner for some time and that remains the case. “There’s been no change,” said Banneker High assistant coach Ryan Andrews. “He’s pretty set on where he’s going, it’s just a matter of announcing it.”
LB Keilin Rayner of Leland, NC has Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina as his top five. Of these, North Carolina is his leader. “I’ve already taken my official visit to UNC,” Rayner said. “I would have to say they’re my favorite. They offer everything I’m looking for and they treated me well on my visit.” UNC is his sole official visit to date. He has scheduled a visit to East Carolina for January 17th and would like to take visits to USC, Clemson and Duke. As for the Tigers and Gamecocks Rayner said, “I’m still waiting to talk to their coaches about that.” Rayner will represent the Tar Heels next week at The Shrine Bowl. He does not have a timeframe for his commitment.
LB Karl Joseph of Orlando has USC in his top four though he has not heard from the Gamecocks recently. He has taken official visits to UCF and Cincinnati and heads to West Virginia this weekend. “Those are my top three schools right now,” Joseph said. “I like South Carolina too and I would like to take a visit there. I’m not committed to anyone so I’ll listen to all schools.” As for Cincinnati, “I liked the campus and the stadium,” he said. “They’ve got a very good program. UCF is close to home so I’m really familiar with them. They are joining the Big East so they will get to play tougher competition.” Joseph does not have a favorite.