Clemson is in strong shape to land DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta as he moves closer to making his announcement in early January his coach said Friday. Coach Mike Carson said Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby met with Whitehead earlier in the week and has the Tigers in good position to land Whitehead. “I think it would be Clemson,” Carson said. “It’s been Clemson, Georgia and NC State in that order for some time. He likes the fact they would allow him to play down at defensive end and be a rush end. That’s most important. He likes the type of football Clemson plays. They had a very exciting year and he wants to be a part of it. And they always are putting out good defensive linemen.” Whitehead has taken official visits to North Carolina, NC State and Georgia and is scheduled to visit Clemson January 14th. But Carson said he expects Whitehead to announce his commitment at the Semper Fidelis All Star Game in Phoenix January 3rd.
Clemson also is showing interest in Whitehead’s senior teammate DB Jordan Moore (6-1 205). Moore is a safety who has offers from TCU, East Carolina, Central Florida, Ohio State and Wake Forest. Coach Carson said Clemson is very interested but he’s not sure if the Tigers have offered. Carson said Moore probably will set up a visit with Clemson. Right now he’s leaning towards TCU, East Carolina and Ohio State. Hobby has also been by to check on Moore who is the defending state champion in the 110 hurdles and ranked #2 in the country according to Carson.
USC’s Steve Spurrier got the final in home visit with DB Jordan Diggs of Ft. Myers, FL Wednesday, and he got the chance to answer some questions that had been floating around in Diggs’ head. “I’m glad he came down,” said Diggs who had previously had in home visits with the head coaches from Tennessee, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Nebraska. “I got a chance to ask him questions about him. I also asked him to sign three footballs for my principals at school, old Gator fans.“ Diggs said he was satisfied with what Spurrier told him about his coaching future. Assistants John Butler and GA Mangus were also at the meeting along with Diggs’ mother and siblings. Butler, who coaches the spur safety position, was asked some direct questions by Diggs. “He really broke down the spur position,” Diggs said. “I was worried about it not showcasing all of my talents. A lot of peoples said it’s just a nickel (back), but it’s a hybrid safety, the heart and soul of that defense. There’s not a lot of depth at that position, so there’s a chance for me to play right away and make an impact on the #3 defense in the country. Coach Butler had me at ease telling me they won’t put me just at spur. They would move me around if I’m a guy that can play all three (safety) spots. They are going to put me in the best position to have success.” Diggs said he will reduce his list from five to three around the time he leaves for the US Army All American Game January 1st. “I have a lot of things to think about,” Diggs said. He will announce his decision during the all-star game.
Junior OL Cory Helms (6-3 295) of Alpharetta, GA attended games at USC and Clemson this season and is impressed with both programs. The Tigers and Gamecocks are showing interest in the Georgia lineman along with Boston College, North Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi State, UCF and Louisiana Tech. “I like Clemson because they’re all about family,” Helms said. “My old teammate Martin Jenkins plays there and he talks about it all of the time. They really preach family.” On USC Helms said, “South Carolina is electric. They’re both electric but South Carolina is really electric. They play in the SEC and I’m all about playing against the best.” His top five are Clemson, USC, Alabama, Kentucky and Georgia in no order. Other schools Helms has visited include Georgia, UCF and Kentucky. The young man is very proud of his prowess in the weight room saying, “I live in there. I bench 400 (pounds) and squat 500.” He did not name a leader.