DE JaMichael Winston will visit Michigan State this weekend and not North Carolina which made a late run at him. Winston also has visited Clemson and Arkansas. He has been committed to the Razorbacks. He will announce a decision on Signing Day at 11:30 AM Eastern Time.
Shrine Bowl RB Virgil Smalls of Goose Creek has committed to SC State. He had wanted to go to USC but was not going to qualify, so he looked at his JUCO options and SC State. This season Smalls rushed for 1270 yards and 40 touchdowns.
RB Ashton Heard of Abbeville has committed to North Greenville.
One of the top prospects scheduled to be at Clemson Saturday for the Tigers’ junior day is DE Tyquan Lewis (6-4 220) of Tarboro, NC. According to his coach, Lewis has been offered by the Tigers, East Carolina, Virginia Tech, Duke and Wake Forest. USC is also showing interest. Last season he had 63 tackles and 12 sacks. “He plays the game the way it should be played,” coach Jeff Craddock said. “He plays so hard. He loves to play football and plays wide open on every play. He’s tough to trap due to his strength. He’s hard to run around because he’s so fast.” Lewis has had Clemson among his early favorites.
Junior DE Devin Washington (6-3 225) of Orlando has offers from Central Florida, Cincinnati and Florida International with interest from USC, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Georgia Tech, Utah and Syracuse among others. “I’m pretty much hearing from all of the SEC schools,” Washington said. He visited Auburn this past weekend and came away impressed. “It went great,” he said of his visit. “They have a nice program, a nice campus and a good school.” Washington is hopeful of a trip to Columbia in February. “They want me to come up on February 5th for their junior day,” he said. “I’m going to try and catch a flight up there. I think it’s going to work out.” He has no favorites but is interested in the Gamecocks. “They’re a real good school,” Washington said. “They produce good football players. I got to see them in the Capital One Bowl and they have a great defensive line.” Other visits he plans to take include Florida for a junior day on February 18th and UCF on March 24th. As a junior he had 55 tackles, 11 for loss, six-and-a-half sacks with a forced fumble.
Junior QB Cord Sandberg (6-2 205) of Bradenton, FL has offers from Clemson, Auburn, Central Florida, South Florida, Baylor, North Carolina, Vanderbilt, Texas Tech, West Virginia, Iowa State and Cincinnati. Clemson running back coach Tony Elliott was down to see Sandberg Monday. “He came by and talked to me a little and they’re showing a lot of interest,” Sandberg said. “I don’t have any favorites but Clemson is definitely a school I am very interested in.” With baseball occupying much of his time, Sandberg has not had an opportunity to take many trips. “I was at Miami for an ESPN photo-shoot and there was a junior day going on while we were there,” he said. “Other than that, I haven’t been anywhere. When I get a chance to take my official visits during my senior year, I would guess that Clemson and Auburn are likely destinations.” Other schools interesting the quarterback are North Carolina and Baylor. “Coach (Larry) Fedora came by last week and offered me,” Sandberg said. “They’re going to run the spread offense so I want to learn more about them. I also talked to Baylor’s coach and want to know more about them as well. I don’t have any favorites but there are five or six teams that really interest me.” Sandberg is also a baseball prospect who believes there is a small chance he could be drafted. “My coach has coached others that have been drafted,” he said. “He says a good senior season for me could mean I could get drafted with a little bit of money. It’s like a two percent chance but it is something I have to consider.” He went on to say he loves college football and looks forward to playing at the next level.
Junior QB Brayden Scott (6-2 195) of Talhequah, OK has offers from Clemson, Arkansas, Missouri, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Purdue and Tulsa with interest coming from Florida State, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State among others. He is considering a trip to Clemson this spring saying, “I would love to…I might go to their spring game and check it out.” Scott would like some assurances before making a trip like that. “I would have to know that they are interested in me,” Scott said. “I don’t want to drive down there and get nothing out of it. It’s a long drive from Oklahoma.” He is familiar with Tigers offensive coordinator Chad Morris from his days at Tulsa. “I get mail from them a lot but I don’t think I’ve talked to a coach since the start of the football season,” he said. The schools showing the most interest in Scott are Tulsa, Purdue, Arkansas, Alabama, Oklahoma State and Tennessee. The Okie quarterback has upcoming visits to Florida State, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Tulsa. “That’s all I know for now,” he added. He does not have any favorites.
Three rising junior prospects from Bamberg-Ehrhardt will attend Alabama’s junior day Saturday according to coach Kevin Crosby. LB Kevin Crosby Jr., LB Marcus Moody and WR Aggadoria Bowers plan to be in Tuscaloosa. They were invited by head coach Nick Saban and recruiter Chris Rumph. Crosby, according to his coach and father, is very interested in the Crimson Tide.