DE Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, NC said after the Shrine Bowl Saturday afternoon USC head coach Steve Spurrier never did make it to his house this week to visit with his parents while he was in Spartanburg. He did say Gamecock defensive line coach Brad Lawing did visit the house as did assistants from Clemson and Florida. Clemson’s Dabo Swinney was the only head coach of the final three schools to make an in home visit. Bullard said the fact Spurrier and Florida’s Will Muschamp did not make it in to see him is not a factor in his decision. “I’m not worried about that,” he said. “I’m going to be with my position coach the most, so that’s what I care about.” Bullard said all three remain in the running. Last Monday Bullard said he was about 70 percent sure of his decision, and Saturday he said that remains the case. “I always take into consideration what my mom thinks,” Bullard said. “I’m going to go home and see how she feels, and if we’re on the same page, then we’ll know where we’re going.” Bullard said he did not talk to any recruiters this week. “I just took the week off just to get my mind straight and have fun.” Bullard postponed an announcement for Wednesday and will now wait until the New Year.
Tarboro, NC RB Todd Gurley put on a show in North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl victory Saturday. Gurley rushed for 119 yards including a 15 yard touchdown run where he exhibited the power, balance and speed that has made him one of the most coveted backs in the country. Gurley has a final four of Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and NC State and he said Saturday no one is out in front. He plans to make his decision in early January after he returns from the Semper Fidelis All Star Game in Phoenix. “I haven’t really been thinking about recruiting too much,” Gurley said. “I had to come in here and learn a lot of plays and came in here just to have fun. Eventually I will have to start thinking about that. I’ve just been relaxing on the recruiting thing.” Gurley said all four schools have similar traits and that’s what makes them attractive to him. “The great programs, the coaches, the environment, academics and everything,” he said. “I just have a gut feeling about those schools.” Gurley has taken official visits to Georgia, Clemson and NC State, and he’s been to UNC unofficially.
USC commitment WR Kwinton Smith and his junior teammate OL DJ Park were at USC’s practice Sunday along with 2014 prospect DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe. At its practice Saturday, Clemson had junior OL Brandon Smith of Kernersville, NC, junior OL Taylor Chambers of Irmo and 2014 QB Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, GA.
LB Nick Dawson of Charlotte took an official visit to Louisville over the weekend returning home with a strong impression of the Cardinals program. “It went great,” Dawson said. “Everything about it, I liked. I like the family environment, the coaches and the players. I love coach (Charlie) Strong.” It was Dawson’s second official visit having visited NC State earlier in the season. He will visit Kentucky on January 13th and is hopeful of a Clemson visit in the future. Dawson plans to announce on January 7th but did say it would affect future visits. “I haven’t heard much from Clemson lately but I am still interested in them,” he said. Dawson has not narrowed his list and says all schools are still on his list. He does not have a favorite.
RB Mike Davis of Stone Mountain, GA made an official visit to Florida State over the weekend. “It went well,” Davis said. “I had a great time with the players. I just enjoyed myself being around the players.” Davis met with head coach Jimbo Fisher and the offensive coaches and got a good feel for their plans for him. “I thought they could use me well,” he said. “They showed me all the typical stuff. I know the coaching staff well. They showed me a good time.” Davis also has taken an official visit to Tennessee. He will visit USC, Clemson and Georgia officially in January. He hasn’t talked to Clemson since the Tigers had their in home visit, and he hasn’t heard recently from USC. Davis said there is no favorite and he will not announce a decision until Signing Day.
Clemson has picked up its interest in DE Jamichael Winston (6-5 235) of Prichard, AL. Winston committed to Arkansas in October and says it’s still a solid verbal, but he will visit Clemson in January. “I kind of like Clemson,” Winston said. “Coach Marion (Hobby) came in about the sixth game of the season and started recruiting me after that. I want to get up there and see the place so I can evaluate where I’m going to be for the next four of five years.” Winston will visit Arkansas January 14th, Clemson on the 21st and Michigan State on the 28th. Arkansas is still the team to beat. “I liked how the Arkansas defensive coordinator came and talked to me and explained the program to me,” Winston said. Winston missed all of his junior season after pre-season shoulder injury and he said Alabama and Auburn stopped recruiting him because of that. So, it’s his plan to leave the state. This season he had 103 tackles with 17 sacks. He played in the recent Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game and was his team’s leading tackler. He will play in the O-D All Star Game in January.