DL Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, NC named his top five in order with Clemson at number four. LSU leads with Florida, Southern Cal, Clemson and Alabama rounding out the top five. “It’s really tough because I know these are all good schools,” Gilmore said. “They have good traditions and I’ve got good relationships with all of their coaches.” Clemson was by to visit Gilmore Monday and it’s status quo. “They’re pretty much telling me the same thing,” he said. “They’ve got a couple of guys leaving and they need people like me to step in and keep things rolling.” In June he will visit Florida on the 9th, Alabama on the 16th and Southern Cal on the 26th and 27th. Clemson will receive another visit while LSU will not. “I’ve seen everything I need to see there,” he said. “I’ve been liking them for a while now. The next time I go there, it’ll be an official visit.” Each school in his top five will probably get an official visit from Gilmore. No time frame for a decision.
DE Frank Herron (6-5 230) of Memphis has cut his list to a final five of Clemson, Memphis, Mississippi State, LSU and Tennessee. There is no favorite but Clemson is strong on his mind thanks to the recruiting effort of Marion Hobby. “Coach Hobby is a great man,” Herron said. “We talk a lot. They have developed some great defensive ends and they can get me where I need to be.” Hobby and the recruiters from the other top five schools have been thru to check on Herron who will take official visits to all five. He has never been to Clemson. Last season Herron had 54 tackles with 7 sacks and 7 tackles for loss.
Clemson target OL Brandon Kublanow of Marietta, GA Wednesday committed to the Georgia Bulldogs. Clemson and USC were among his offers but Clemson, according to Kublanow, had been showing more interest than the Gamecocks. Kublanow chose Georgia from more than 20 offers.
RB Greg Bryant (5-11 200) of Delray Beach, FL committed to Oklahoma last month. He is strong on the Sooners but says there are three schools he could visit. “Right now, I’m not planning any visits but I haven’t made up my mind yet,” Bryant said. He has several offers including USC, Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Notre Dame, Georgia, Southern Cal and Penn State. The Gamecocks, Gators and Auburn Tigers continue to show a lot of interest in Bryant. “South Carolina came to some of my practices,” he said. “They’re telling me that I could play early. They run the ball a lot so that’s a good thing.” A visit to Oklahoma convinced him to commit to the Sooners. “I liked the facilities and the city a lot,” he said. “They run practices a lot like we do at my school. It’s a good atmosphere and I just felt comfortable there.” Florida and Auburn are the other two schools he would consider visiting.
ATH Mikal Moody of Conway currently has three offers from Ole Miss, Kentucky and NC State with interest from Clemson, USC, Missouri, North Carolina and Purdue among others. “I really don’t know if anyone else has offered me,” Moody said. “The coaches don’t really tell us. I hear from both schools (USC and Clemson) a lot and they both tell me they really like me.” Moody reciprocates the interest in the two instate schools but does not have any favorites. He does plan to camp at each as well as NC State this summer. “My dad and I were just talking about visiting Ole Miss and Kentucky,” he added. “I may get some of my friends down here to go with me.” One of those could be CB Chocolate Wilson. Moody says the timing of his decision will depend on whether he decides to enroll early. “It’s going to depend on whether I play basketball or not,” Moody said. “We’re going to decide what is best for me and if I decide to graduate early, I’ll make my decision much earlier.”
For a lot of the recruiting season Clemson has been at or near the top for DE Robert Nkemdiche of Loganville, GA. But in somewhat of a surprise, Nkemdiche no longer is considering the Tigers among his top six schools. Nkemdiche said in an interview with an ESPN high school website reporter after his spring game May 18th that his top six schools are Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas. Mississippi State and Texas are newcomers to the list. Nkemdiche said he will visit LSU, Alabama and Mississippi State before he makes his decision which he said will come within the next two months.
DB Chucky Williams of Hialeah, FL will play in his spring game Wednesday and USC recruiter Grady Brown plans to be in attendance. “I talked to Coach Brown today,” Williams said Tuesday night. “He’s telling me he’s going to be at the spring game. He wants me to come up to camp.” And Williams plans to attend a Gamecock camp this summer. Right now, he feels USC is making the strongest push for him. Clemson also has offered and Williams said he last talked to recruiter Brent Venables 2-3 weeks ago when he came thru the school. Williams has not narrowed his list and will get down to five schools later in the summer after he takes visits. He plans to see USC, Georgia, West Virginia and Indiana. Some of his other offers include Illinois, South Florida, Louisville, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Boston College, Indiana, Cincinnati and Arkansas. Williams said he does not have a favorite.
DE Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, NC has offers from Clemson, USC, Ohio State, LSU, Ole Miss, North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee and Minnesota among others. He remains very interested in the Tigers. “They came by to see me twice this spring and are telling me they really like me,” Lewis said. “I’ve already visited four or five times and I’m going to go back. I really like it there.” USC has not contacted him recently. “I haven’t really heard from them lately but I liked it when I visited,” he said. Recent Gamecock commit QB Connor Mitch has talked to him about joining him at USC. “He tells me to come and play with him in the SEC,” said Lewis. Lewis will visit Ohio State June 10th. “It’ll be my first visit there,” he said. “They say that if I go there, I could play for a national championship.” LSU and Ole Miss are other schools he would like to visit this summer. Lewis plans to narrow his list by July but was unsure of how many teams will make that list. He did not name a favorite.
WR Mike Williams of Lake Marion named Clemson, USC, Georgia and Alabama has his top four in no order. He is not limiting himself to these schools but did say these are the programs that most interest him. “I like them both a lot,” Williams said of the Tigers and Gamecocks. Both coaching staffs had made Williams feel he is a high priority. “They both keep telling me how much they want me and that I can play early,” he said. He visited the two programs during spring ball and plans to camp as the two as well. He will also attend camps at Georgia and Alabama. “I like the coaches at Georgia,” he said. “They get you ready for the next level. What can you say about Alabama? You go up against the best each day in practice and you win championships.” Williams wrapped up spring practice Monday with coaches from USC, Clemson, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama and Marshall visiting him. He plans to take official visits to each of his top four and would like to commit prior to the end of his senior season. Williams does not have a leader.
College recruiters have been thru Spartanburg High School this spring to eyeball several prospects led by LB Justin Bridges-Thompson. He has offers from Pittsburgh, NC State and Wake Forest. Bridges-Thompson has visited USC, Clemson, NC State and North Carolina and has also been to several combines. “His recruiting is still wide open,” said Viking coach Freddie Brown. “He’s trying to find the best academic fit and athletic fit. The coaches want to see his senior film because he’s moved from inside to outside linebacker.” Bridges-Thompson sat out spring practice due to a quad muscle strain in his left leg. Brown said recruiters also showed interest in RB Simeon Byrd (5-9 185), OL Justin Fox (6-4 272) and OL Jemarcus Means (6-3 275). Brown said USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott has expressed interest in Means.