LB Isaac McDonald (6-6 205) of Hialeah, FL Wednesday committed to Clemson. He also had offers from USC, Florida State, North Carolina, Louisville, Notre Dame, Purdue, Stanford and West Virginia. In fact, USC was the first school to offer him when Jeep Hunter was still with the Gamecocks. McDonald took in a Clemson practice when the Tigers were at the Orange Bowl and that got him thinking hard about the Tigers. He was at their junior day last Saturday and that convinced him to commit. “That junior day visit took it to the next level,” McDonald’s coach Mike Tunsil said. “Plus, he’s originally from Georgia and has family in South Carolina.” McDonald played free safety as a sophomore then moved to outside linebacker last season. He had 89 tackles with 5 sacks and chased people down from all over the field. “You don’t find guys 6-6 who can run like that,” his coach said. “When he gets to college he’ll put on the weight to play defensive end. Right now he’s at outside linebacker, but I could see him playing defensive end.” McDonald is on pace to graduate in December. He’s the third commitment for Clemson’s 2013 class.
OL Cory Helms of Alpharetta, GA continues to wait on that first offer and expects several this spring. He was unable to visit Clemson’s junior day this weekend because of a weightlifting meet. “I’m definitely going to get up there in April for a spring practice,” Helms said. Several schools have shown interest including Clemson, USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, UCLA, Cal, Louisiana Tech and Central Florida among others. “There is a question about my feet but I’m not really sure why,” he said. “I guess they’re waiting for my spring practice to answer some questions. I’ve lost 15 pounds and gotten a lot quicker. My feet is all I’ve been working on.” Helms has a lot of confidence and is anticipating an offer from Kentucky soon. “Both of my coaches played there,” said Helms. “I think they might be ready to offer soon.” He plans to take in spring practices at Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Kentucky. He named Alabama, Kentucky, Clemson and Georgia as his top schools in that order.
LB Gerald Turner of Goose Creek was at Clemson over the weekend for a junior day and had a good time. “It went pretty good,” Turner said. “I’ve pretty much seen everything up there because that was like my third or fourth time visiting.” He has offers from Clemson, USC and North Carolina and though he does not have any favorites, he did name these three as schools of strong interest. He plans to visit Georgia soon with two of his teammates. WR and UGA commit Tramel Terry and LB Jalen Stevens will make the trip to Athens with Turner. Turner will attend USC’s spring game as he put it, “More than likely” and plans to camp at USC and Clemson this summer. “I’m going to USC’s showcase camp,” he said. “I go to that every year.” As for interest in other schools he said, “It depends on how they want to use me…hand-up or hand-down.” He prefers to play in an Eric Norwood type of role. No leader for Turner.
DB Brendan Langley (6-1 187) of Marietta, GA has offers from USC, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Vanderbilt with interest from Miami. He named USC, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida as his top five in no order. He did, however, name Bama and Georgia as his top two. “Those are the only two schools I’ve visited so far,” Langley said. He will visit Tennessee Saturday, Florida during spring break and plans to visit Columbia in the near future. “I like South Carolina and the way they play,” he said. “It’s definitely DB University with all of the players they have in the league. I like that they play six DBs and that would increase my chances to play.” Most teams are recruiting Langley to play defense though Georgia has told him he can play both ways. “Alabama and Tennessee are recruiting me to play on special teams too,” he added. As a junior, Langley totaled 60 tackles, six interceptions, two fumble recoveries and five pass deflections. He had eight touchdowns on offense, two on defense and three on special teams. He did not name a leader.
RB Derrick Green of Richmond, VA took his first visit to Clemson over the weekend and loved what he saw. “It went great,” Green said. “I was the last person to leave.” He was impressed by the campus and facilities. “My two favorite things were running down the hill and talking with the coaches,” he said. “When we ran down the hill, I got a chill I haven’t gotten at any other school. I loved sitting down with coach (Tony) Elliott and coach (Dabo) Swinney. I told coach Elliott I was going to get back down there.” He plans to take another visit to Clemson and attend the spring game. “I want to take more visits and meet more coaches before I narrow my list but after that visit to Clemson, I’m very interested in them,” said Green. He visited North Carolina and NC State Friday and plans to visit Oklahoma and Wisconsin next. Those trips have not yet been scheduled. He does not have a favorite.
DE Jaylen Miller of Gaffney attended Clemson’s junior day last Saturday. “I’d been thru the junior day routine before,” Miller said. “I wanted to talk to the coaches and build a relationship with them. I met with the coaches and toured the facilities.” Clemson hasn’t offered Miller and he said he wasn’t given any indication of their thinking regarding one. Miller was offered by Wake Forest Saturday. He also has offers from North Carolina, Duke, Furman and Alabama State. He plans to take more visits for spring practices and does not have a favorite.
Hammond point guard Seven Woods (6-1 160), who is in the 8th grade now, made a visit to North Carolina recently for the Maryland game. Hammond coach Mark McClam said Woods and his family were given a tour of the facilities and met with head coach Roy Williams. “Coach Williams told the parents he would be around long enough to coach Seven during his career at UNC,” McClam said. Williams also asked for Woods’ AAU schedule. He will either play for CP3 or the North Carolina Diamonds. Last season Woods averaged 15 points, 6 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 5 steals and 2 blocks per game. He made the all-region team but was too young to make the all-state team which requires you be at least in the ninth grade.