DE Dane Rogers (6-3 245) of Shelby, NC will follow his cousin Carlos Watkins to Clemson. Rogers committed to the Tigers Tuesday deciding it was time to do what he had been planning to do all along. “I really wasn’t looking toward anybody else,” Rogers said. “I didn’t visit anyone else. They had two highly rated defensive linemen commit in the past few days and they’ve been trying to get me down there as soon as they can. My cousin is down there and I’m very excited for him. It will be great for both our families.” Rogers played opposite Florida bound Jonathan Bullard last season and had 120 tackles and 5 sacks. He feels Clemson’s defense is a match for him. “They run the 4-3 and I’m real familiar with that,” he said. “I love the 4-3. I fit in perfectly with their defense. I like finding the ball and chasing tackles. That’s what I had to do when Bullard was here because they would run away from hm. I’m just going to continue to get better at it and work hard at it.” Rogers first called his recruiter Dan Brooks and then talked with head coach Dabo Swinney. “He was pumped up, very, very excited,” he said. Rogers is Clemson’s 11th commitment for the 2013 class.
WR Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, GA is weighing his options between Clemson and Oklahoma State and is sticking with his plans to announce on ESPNU during The Opening in Oregon July 5-8. Jenkins camped this month at both schools and said it’s a dead head in his mind at this point. “They are right beside each other,” Jenkins said. “It will just be the place I feel like is the best fit for me. I’ll know it when I see it, a place that feels like home.” Jenkins’ brother Marty plays at Clemson but he said that’s not a factor in his final analysis. Jenkins said the camp experiences at both schools were good. “It’s always fun to get out there and compete,” he said. “I had a good talk with Coach Swinney, Coach Morris and Coach Scott and they told me they wanted an opportunity to coach me. They want to take three receivers. Oklahoma State, I love those coaches and the offense they run. I’m going to try to visit there again this month.” Jenkins said he won’t make another trip to Clemson before making his decision.
DL Michael Hill of Pendleton will make one more visit to USC and Clemson before he trims his list to a final two or three next week. According to coach Paul Sutherland, Hill will be at USC this Wednesday and Thursday, and he will visit Clemson the first of next week. Hill has been to all eight schools he’s considering…Clemson, USC, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida and LSU. Next week Sutherland will meet with Hill and his father and they will reduce the list to 2-3 teams. Ohio State has been his favorite.
RB Derrick Green of Richmond, VA is not ready to narrow his list but plans to get it down to ten this summer. Clemson remains strong with Green and could make the cut. “I would say they have a good shot,” Green chuckled. “It’s a nice school and I have a good relationship with the coaches and my positions coach. I like what they do on offense and I know they’re going to run the ball. They have really nice facilities.” Over the past months, Green has taken several visits that include Clemson, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Tennessee and NC State. He heads to Auburn, Alabama and Ole Miss in July. “I was at Penn State yesterday (Sunday),” he said. “I checked out the weight room and talked to some of the coaches. It was my third trip there and it went well.” Green plans to take all five official visits before making a decision. “I don’t really know which schools I’ll visit yet,” he admitted. “I’m still building relationships and learning about different schools.” There are no leaders for Green.
DL Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, NC has eliminated Southern Cal from his top five leaving him him with four schools on his list. He named LSU his leader, slightly ahead of Florida and Alabama, with Clemson rounding it out. He has camped at Florida and Alabama this summer. “It was my first time at Florida and I absolutely loved it,” Gilmore said. “I loved everything about it. My mom loved the academic side and the direct flight there.” As for Alabama he said, “I went to the O-line/D-line camp and got personally coached by Nick Saban and Chris Rumph. That’s really big to get personally coached my them when there is over 300 guys at the camp. ” Though the Tigers are among his leaders, Gilmore has some reservations about Clemson. “I had a good relationship with my recruiter, coach (Kevin) Steele,” he said. “I want stability in a coaching staff and they fired the guy recruiting me. It’s hard to build that relationship again. Obviously I like them because they’re in my top four, I’m just not sure where they stand.” Gilmore is considering visiting NC State this weekend to “hang out” at a camp. “If I don’t like a school, I’ll tell them I’m not interested,” said Gilmore. “NC State has been recruiting me the longest and I think I need to give them a chance.” He does not have a time frame for his decision.
OL Brad Henson of Toms River, NJ has narrowed his list to USC, Tennessee, Miami, Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin. He recently attended camps at USC and Tennessee.
7-1 Jordan Dickerson of Alexandria, VA is scheduled for an official visit to SMU Wednesday. That will be his fourth official visit. He has also been to USC, Providence and Auburn. Dickerson has said Auburn was his best visit so far and he had the Tigers out front after making that visit. Dickerson wants to make a decision by the end of the month.