According to his coach, the decision of RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, NC likely will come down to Clemson and Georgia. Coach Jeff Craddock told Michael Burns of The Greenville News that while NC State is still involved, it’s the Tigers and Bulldogs who are at the top. North Carolina was the fourth school Gurley considered but he eliminated the Tar Heels earlier in the week. Gurley will announce his decision Friday at his school at 2:00 PM.
There’s been another change and an addition to RB Mike Davis’ plans regarding his college announcement. The Stone Mountain, GA standout said Tuesday night he will now wait until National Signing day to reveal his decision which he has already made. He had earlier set January 31st for his announcement. He also said he will make his decision public thru a taped video interview with Chad Simmons of Scout.com. Davis will visit USC this weekend, Georgia the following weekend and Clemson January 28th. He has visited Tennessee and Florida State.
DB Ronald Darby of Oxen Hill, MD has switched his official visit for this weekend from Clemson to Florida State according to Potomac High School assistant coach Donnell Douglas. Darby might visit Clemson January 21st but the coach said that is not yet definite. Darby, a one-time Notre Dame commitment, has taken official visits to Notre Dame, Maryland and Auburn. Darby made an unofficial visit to Clemson over the summer and does have interest in the Tigers according to Douglas. “He liked the facilities and he’s also interested in running track,” he said. “He’s still open. There’s no front runner.” Douglas is expecting recruiters from the five schools to come thru this week. He said Darby will be a Signing Day decision.
Clemson remains in the picture with LB Cassonova McKinzy of Birmingham though his coach is not sure if he’ll schedule an official visit with the Tigers. McKinzy has been committed to Auburn since March but Woodlawn High coach Bruce Breland said two other schools remain a factor. “He’s always liked Clemson and Florida State from the beginning,” Breland said. “Clemson has such a great atmosphere and a campus similar to Auburn. Coach Cheese (Harbison) has done a great job of being respectful but letting him know Clemson is always there. Auburn was in on him early, since his junior year. He’s always had those ties, but Clemson and Florida State are always in the back of his mind.” McKinzy took his official visit to Auburn in December and his coach is unaware of any other scheduled visits at this time. This past season McKinzy had 113 tackles with 21 for loss.
Junior DE/LB Corey Vereen (6-2 230) of Winter Haven, FL has offers from South Florida and Minnesota with interest from Clemson, Miami, Florida State and Georgia Tech among others. Vereen has visited Clemson and liked what he saw. “I know they have a good engineering program and I like the layout of the campus,” Vereen said. “It’s a nice community. I like coach (Marion) Hobby too. They’ve got really good coaches that will get in your face and get you mentally prepared to do what you have to do.” He also visited USC. “I really liked the facilities and the coaches there,” he said. He has not received as much interest from the Gamecocks. “I guess I thought I might get a little more,” he admitted. USF tops his list. “I love the coaches and the facilities,” he said. “They have already told me I where I will play. They want me as a defensive end/linebacker type and that’s what I feel I do best. They’re the only ones to tell me that so far.” Other schools Vereen has visited include Georgia Tech, Florida, FSU, Tennessee and Duke. As a junior, Vereen compiled 105 tackles and a school-record 16 sacks. He plans to visit Miami and USF for their junior days.
Junior DE Robert Knemdiche (6-5 267) of Loganville, GA has over 50 offers which include USC, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Oregon, Southern Cal, Tennessee, LSU, Florida State, Texas, Oklahoma and Notre Dame. He named USC, LSU, Alabama, Florida and Oregon as his current top five. “I like South Carolina’s D-Line coach (defensive line coach Brad Lawing) and they have a real good defensive line,” Knemdiche said. This summer, he plans to visit the Gamecocks along with Oregon and LSU. “I’ve already been to Alabama and I really liked it,” he said. “I like Kirby Smart and Nick Saban.” His other visits have been to Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech. “I’m taking it (recruiting process) kind of slow,” he said. “I’m not in any hurry.” He also plans to visit Clemson with his teammate, DB David Kamar. Knemdiche does not have a leader.