WR Quinshad Davis of Gaffney took his official visit to Wake Forest over the weekend but remains silent. “He told me he had a good time,” his coach Dan Jones said. “I haven’t talked to him yet because I was out of town. I just texted him and he said it went well.” Davis will visit North Carolina next and then Tennessee after that. “I don’t really know what school he is favoring,” admitted Jones. “He doesn’t really talk about it much. I don’t ask him either because I don’t want to press him. He has a lot of good schools to choose from and he’ll pick one on signing day.” Jones is unsure if Davis will take an official visit to USC. “They have been one of his favorite schools and he has already visited them like four times,” Jones said. “They definitely have a chance with him.” Jones also nixed the possibility that the offer from USC is a greyshirt offer. “That would end it right there,” he said. “With the offers he has, I don’t think he would entertain a greyshirt option. From what I am told, they offered him a scholarship.”
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, who was in Buffalo Monday to visit with committed quarterback Chad Kelly, was at Goose Creek High School Tuesday to meet with committed LB TJ Burrell. While there, Swinney also checked in on the Gators’ junior prospects including WR Tramel Terry. Terry made an unofficial visit to Clemson last weekend. Swinney is also interested in DE James Evans and LBs Gerald Turner and Jalen Stevens in the junior class, and sophomore RB Caleb Kinlaw.
Junior WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek spent last weekend at Clemson on an unofficial visit. Terry had been to Clemson before for games but this visit gave him a chance for a close up look at things. “I got a chance to sit down and talk with the players, especially Sammy Watkins,” Terry said. “We talked about why he picked Clemson. He said it was a good fit for him. We also talked about our hip flexors. He had the same problems I have.” Terry said he also talked with Tajh Boyd, Brandon Ford, Andre Ellington and head coach Dabo Swinney. Terry said he will try to go back to Clemson for the junior day January 28th. He’s also going to USC’s junior day in early March, and he will go to Georgia for a junior day. Terry said he has no favorites right now but “Clemson gained a lot of ground. It was good to see what Clemson was all about. It was my first time interacting with players.” Last season Terry rushed for 850 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 44 catches for 876 yards receiving with 10 touchdowns. Terry said he has not planned time frame for making a decision. “Just when it hits me,” he said.
With two spots left to fill in the 2012 class, USC has decided to look for one more defensive line prospect. With that in mind, the Gamecocks are trying to get back involved with DL Dalvin Tomlinson (6-3 270) of McDonough, GA. He is one of the top uncommitted prospects left in Georgia. The Gamecocks recruited him in the spring and made a strong push for him. They were one of his early favorites along with Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Alabama. “I know their defensive line plays with a lot of aggression,” Tomlinson said of the Gamecocks in the spring. “I’ve heard a lot of good things about coach (Brad) Lawing.” USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward met with Tomlinson Tuesday morning at his school. Tomlinson is a teammate of another Gamecock target, DB Chris Moody. Moody was not in school Tuesday morning because he was coming back from an official visit to Central Florida. Georgia and Georgia Tech have been the top two recently with Tomlinson. He had planned to visit Georgia Monday but did not make the trip. This is also wrestling season for Tomlinson who is a two time defending state champion. Ward is also looking at DE Josh Dawson of Tucker, GA and DE Kenderius Whitehead of Atlanta as he checks in on uncommitted defensive linemen in the Atlanta area.
USC commitment RB Mike Davis of Stone Mountain, GA said Tuesday morning he is not taking an official visit anywhere this weekend. He had scheduled one with Georgia before committing to USC. However, he did not dismiss the possibility of a visit to Clemson the next weekend. “I don’t know,” Davis said when asked if he might visit Clemson January 28th. Davis’ brother is former Clemson star running back James Davis, and he has been pushing his brother to make the Clemson visit even though the Tigers have not been recruiting his younger brother. Mike Davis committed to USC last Friday while on his official visit and has said the commitment is a firm one. Tennessee made an in home visit with Davis Tuesday night.
OL DeQuan Miller (6-2 270) of AC Flora has committed to Wofford according to his coach Dean Howell. Miller played in the SCADA North-South Game in December. He also had offers from The Citadel and Holy Cross, and he drew interest from Georgia Tech and Army.
Junior OL Joshua Outlaw (6-4 275) of Lithonia, GA has offers from USC, Florida, South Florida and Eastern Kentucky. He is hearing from Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Georgia among others. Outlaw likes both South Carolina schools but has yet to visit either. “I really like what (Steve) Spurrier is building at South Carolina,” Outlaw said. “He is making them an SEC power. I also like (Dabo) Swinney. He brings a lot of enthusiasm and excitement to the game.” He plans to visit both schools. “I’m really waiting on my coach to organize some trips for me,” he said. Outlaw has been to a junior day at Alabama and attended a game at Georgia Tech. He does not have any favorites but expressed an interest in the Gamecocks and Tigers.
Here’s the report from Monday night that was not posted:
Clemson had James Davis who became one of the Tigers’ all-time great running backs. Now, USC gets his brother. RB Mike Davis of Stone Mountain, GA revealed his commitment to the Gamecocks Friday night during his official visit. Davis, who had been committed to Florida, said he actually decided on the Gamecocks a week after dropping the Gators. He broke the news to Steve Spurrier Friday night. “South Carolina was one of the first schools to offer me and even though I was committed to Florida, they stayed on me heavily,” Davis said. “I like the fact they run the ball a lot. They don’t put their running backs in bad situations. I met with Coach Spurrier tonight and I think it’s going to be great. It’s going to be fun with the 1-2 punch of me and (Marcus) Lattimore.” James Davis is with Mike on his official visit. “My brother is happy for my decision,” Mike said. “But he’s a Clemson Tiger at heart.” Mike Davis also considered Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia and Clemson. He is USC’s 24th commitment for the 2012 recruiting class.
Davis said Sunday he has not totally ruled out the possibility of taking more official visits. He had been scheduled to visit Georgia next weekend and Clemson the weekend after that. “I don’t think so but I don’t know yet,” Davis said when asked if he’ll take more visits. Asked where he might visit, Davis said, “The same places.” Davis, the brother of former Clemson star running back James Davis, is considered to be one of the nation’s top running back prospects. He rushed for 1923 yards and 21 touchdowns last season.
Junior OL DJ Park (6-6 316) of Dillon committed to USC Saturday night while on an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks becoming their first commitment for the 2013 class. “It feels good,” Park said of his commitment. “I just think it’s the right place for me. My family can come and see me play.” Park attended several USC games last season and got a good look at how the offense line plays and how line coach Shawn Elliott works. “I like how hardly anybody misses their assignments,” he said. “And I like coach Elliott. He reminds me of my coach in high school.” Park also had offers from Clemson, Auburn, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, East Carolina, Tennessee, LSU and Virginia Tech. He was joined on the visit by his teammate, fellow 2013 prospect Joe Blue.
Shrine Bowl PK Kaleb Patterson of Byrnes committed Saturday to Miami of Ohio while on his official visit. This season Patterson was 10-19 on field goals with a long of 54 yards. He was also good on 89 of 91 extra points. He’s the fifth player from the state to commit to Miami of Ohio and recruiter Zac Willis.
Junior WR Tramel Terry of Goose Creek spent the weekend at Clemson on an unofficial visit. He joined his teammate, LB TJ Burrell, a Clemson commitment who was on his official visit. “Headed back from one of the best weekend I had in a long time,” Terry stated on his Twitter page. “I could mess with Clemson.” Terry has had Clemson among his favorites along with USC, Georgia and Alabama.
DE Darius English of Powder Springs, GA, a longtime USC commit, took his official visit to Columbia over the weekend. “It went great,” English said. “We spent a lot of time at the player’s hangouts around campus.” English had been wrestling with the idea of taking an official visit to Arkansas but decided against it late last week. “Just before I took my official (visit) to South Carolina, I decided that I wasn’t going to take any other visits,” he said. “I knew I was going to be a Gamecock so there was really no need to visit any other schools.” English is happy with the defensive coaching staff and said the departure of Ellis Johnson is not a concern for him. “I’m glad coach (Lorenzo) Ward is the defensive coordinator,” he added.
Clemson targets DE JaMichael Winston of Mobile, AL and DB Ronald Darby of Oxen Hill, MD took official visits to Arkansas and Florida State respectively over the weekend. Winston, who has been committed to Arkansas, told Richard Davenport of ArkansasPreps.com he had a very good visit with the Razorbacks and was surprised by what he saw in Fayetteville. Winston plans to visit Clemson and North Carolina before finalizing his plans. Davenport reported that playing in the SEC is a major factor with Winston. Darby told Mike Farrell of Rivals.com that he enjoyed his visit to Florida State. He is scheduled to visit Clemson this coming weekend but Darby said he’s not sure he will make the visit. He said Florida State and Auburn are his top two ahead of Clemson and his former favorite Notre Dame, but he added he does not have a leader.
DE Josh Dawson of Tucker, GA committed to Vanderbilt in June but is taking other official visits. He told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he might take a mid-week visit to USC. Dawson visited Georgia this past weekend and is scheduled to visit Vanderbilt this coming weekend. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward is expected to meet with Dawson this week while recruiting in the Atlanta area. Dawson said he is still committed to Vanderbilt at this point. USC has two scholarships to give and along with Dawson the Gamecocks are still involved with WR Quinshad Davis of Gaffney and DB Chris Moody of McDonough, GA. They would prefer to land Davis and another defensive lineman for the 2012 class.
QB Gunner Kiel reportedly backs out of LSU commitment. May be headed to Notre Dame.
Junior QB Eddie Printz of Georgia commits to UCLA. He’s a quarterback under watch by USC.