LB Dorian O’Daniel (6-2 205) of Olney, MD committed to Clemson Saturday night while on campus for the spring game weekend. O’Daniel had visited Clemson for a junior day in February and had been favoring the Tigers since that time. “When I looked at the whole picture, I knew it was for me,” O’Daniel said. “I am at home in Clemson, a home outside of home. Everyone is like family. I was just taking it all in, and it just feels right.” O’Daniel also had been recruited by new Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables while he was at Oklahoma, and having the chance to reunite with him was key. “Once he moved to Clemson I started showing more interest in Clemson,” he said. “And I am glad I did, because this is great how things have worked out. I brought my mom, and I wanted her to see what I saw on my first visit, and why I fell in love with it. And she did – she loves the coaches, the academic facilities and the campus.” O’Daniel committed to Clemson over more than 30 offers from the likes of USC, Michigan, Auburn, Ohio State, Southern Cal and West Virginia. Last season he had 38 tackles with 16 for loss and 5 sacks. “I can bring speed to the position,” he said. “I am a speedy defensive player, but I know when I get to Clemson I still have a lot to work on. I feel like Clemson is getting a player that has good character on and off the field, and I am a good leader. But I can run sideline to sideline and I can make plays in pass coverage. Clemson wants me as a SAM or WILL linebacker, someone that can come off the edges.” O’Daniel is the 7th commitment for the Tigers’ 2013 class.
ATH Jasper Sasser (6-2 185) of Jacksonville, FL committed to USC Saturday becoming the second commitment for the Gamecocks on the day of their spring game. Sasser did not attend the game and called recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. with his pledge after the game. “It’s more like family there and I’ve got a connection with them,” Sasser said. “I love the coaching staff. They graduated 26 seniors. That’s big! I just think it’s going to be the best fit for me out of every school in the nation.” Sasser said he’s not sure which position he will play. He plays defensive back, receiver and running back for Wolfson High School. “I’ll play wherever they need me,” he said. Sasser had been close to making a commitment to USC ever since visiting for a junior day in late March. He just had to get his mother to sign off on it. “She did her research and she gave in,” Sasser said. “She loves South Carolina, too.” Sasser joins OL Bryce King as commitments for USC on their spring game day. That gives USC six commitments for the 2013 class.
OL Bryce King (6-4 290) of Dillon committed to USC Saturday while on an unofficial visit for the spring game. King joins his teammate, OL DJ Park, as Gamecock commitments. King had made several previous visits to USC and grew up a Gamecock fan. He committed to USC over offers from Clemson, LSU, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech. King is the fifth commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2013 class.
QB Connor Mitch of Raleigh attended USC’s spring game Saturday. He planned to decide on his top teams after Saturday. USC has made that list. “Definitely in my top two,” Mitch said after the game. “I’m loving USC more and more each day.” Mitch said he’s not decided on his other favorites yet and will have a top three soon. Mitch spent time with USC head coach Steve Spurrier and quarterbacks coach GA Mangus after the game. Some of his other offers are North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Syracuse, West Virginia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and LSU.
DL Jaynard Bostwick (6-5 295) of Port St. Lucie, FL attended USC’s spring game Saturday and got an offer he said he was not expecting. “Everything was real nice,” Bostwick said. “I saw the weight room and the facilities. The coaches were real open about their program. I like the school a lot.” Bostwick said he talked with recruiter Grady Brown and defensive line coach Brad Lawing. He has also visited Miami and is not sure about his future visits though he’s looking at camping at USC this summer. Bostwick also has offers from Miami, Louisville, Illinois, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Florida State, Notre Dame and Florida. He’s also hearing from Oregon, Alabama and LSU. Bostwick said Miami and Oregon are his top two right now but he won’t make a decision until after his season.
OL Justin Martinez (6-3 285) of Port St. Lucie, FL spent Friday and Saturday at USC with his parents. He does not yet have a USC offer but he’s hoping for one. “If South Carolina offers me, there’s a very, very good chance I’ll be coming there,” he said. “It was amazing. The facilities were top notch, the best I’ve seen. The coaches are cool and it’s a family atmosphere.” Martinez had a meeting with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “He’s coming down for spring practice and the spring game,” Martinez said. “He likes me as a center. He wants me in camp and if I show him I’m athletic enough, they’ll offer.” Martinez had knee surgery in December for a partially torn ACL and torn cartilage, but he’s fine now. Western Kentucky and Florida International have offered and he’s also hearing from Arkansas, Miami, Wake Forest, Rutgers, South Florida and Appalachian State.
6-6 Sheldon Jeter of Beaver Falls, PA left Sunday afternoon for an official visit to Vanderbilt. He’ll return home Tuesday. Wednesday he will meet with Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan then shortly after that he will make his decision according to his father. Jeter is considering USC, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin and Penn State. Kansas State and Pittsburgh are no longer under consideration. Jeter’s father said USC has remained in regular contact. “Sheldon likes Coach Martin,” he said. “It’s a tough decision for him but he’s got to make it.” Right now there is no front runner.
Any thought that 6-8 forward Anthony Gill might return to the USC basketball team was squashed by Gill Sunday night. “I haven’t talked to Coach Martin so I don’t think that’s an option,” said Gill who has not been going thru the individual workouts with the new coaching staff. This weekend Gill took an official visit to Virginia. “It went well,” he said. “I got to know the coaches and players and hung out mostly with my former teammate Akil Mitchell.” Gill’s parents went with him on the visit. He will visit Ohio State this coming weekend and has no other visits planned after that. Gill said he’s undecided about future visits or a future school adding that he’s “taking things day by day.”
6-9 Michigan transfer Evan Smotrycz had included Clemson among his schools of interest when he announced he was leaving Ann Arbor. But he has decided to enroll at Maryland after visiting there over the weekend.