OL Nick Davidson of Eden Prairie, MN plans to take an official visit to Clemson in January his coach said Monday. Davidson has visited Stanford officially, and coach Mike Grant said Clemson, Oregon, Ohio State and Colorado will get his other official visits. “He will take all of his visits,” Grant said. The coach said he has seen recruiters from Stanford and Colorado come thru his school to visit with Davidson who suffered a broken ankle late in the season and missed his team’s final drive to the state championship. His coach said he’s not aware of a favorite for Davidson.
DE Tyriq McCord of Tampa said Monday USC remains the team to beat as his announcement day approaches. Participating in an online chat for tampabay.com, McCord said, “Everyone’s even, but right now South Carolina is ahead of the game.” McCord plans to announce his final decision January 7th at the US Army All American game. He has taken official visits to USC and Miami and will visit Georgia this weekend. He is scheduled to visit Southern Cal January 14th. Florida and TCU also remain on his list. Among some of his other comments in the chat, McCord said of Florida…”Born and raised a Gator fan. Like what Muschamp is doing with a new legacy, just like what Jefferson (his school) is doing now.” McCord said he is real close to former teammate and Georgia freshman Ramik Wilson (“We’re like brothers”) and that will play a “big factor” in his decision. Asked what the impact of the possible departure of defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson from USC for a head coaching position would be on his thinking about the Gamecocks, McCord responded…’Still be there. they were the first school to offer me.” Asked why USC is his favorite, McCord responded…”First school to offer. G.A. Mangus is probably the best recruiting coordinator out of all the schools. The defensive scheme and how they want to use me with Clowney is a plus too.” McCord said USC has been his favorite visit so far, and he was asked which school he’s visited had the best game day atmosphere…”Have to go with South Carolina.”
Former USC signee DB Chris Payne of Columbia and Mississippi Gulf Coast JC could make a decision by the end of this weekend his former high school coach said Monday. Payne graduates from the JC this month and will enroll in January. Columbia High coach Kemper Amick said Payne had planned to sign with Illinois until the coaching change there. He has visited Michigan State and will visit South Florida Tuesday, Texas Tech on Thursday and Kentucky this weekend. Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville offered Payne in person on Monday.