DL Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, NC could be nearing a decision. He has narrowed his list to LSU, Alabama, Florida and Clemson in that order. “Everything is in place for me to make my commitment by the end of the summer,” said Gilmore. He plans to visit LSU in early August, the one school his mother has not seen. “She hasn’t had an opportunity to experience the glory of LSU,” he kidded. “She’s been to the other schools I’m considering and I’m not going to choose a school she doesn’t approve of.” Gilmore has LSU out front slightly ahead of Alabama and Florida. He says if he does not commit prior to his senior campaign, the decision would come shortly after.
The New York Times has jumped into the fray on the Robert Nkemdiche story. The big defensive end and Clemson commitment from Loganville, GA created a stir last week when he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution an offer to another of his teammates, DB Ryan Carter, would cement his commitment to the Tigers. Nkemdiche implied in that story that because of his close relationship with Carter, he might look elsewhere if Clemson didn’t offer. Sunday night the New York Times reached Nkemdiche, and his position now is he’s a solid commitment to Clemson without regard to what happens with Carter. “Of course I would want to play with him,” Nkemdiche said of Carter in the interview with the Times. “But if it doesn’t work out, I’ll still go to Clemson. I didn’t give Coach Swinney an ultimatum about anything. I hope he doesn’t feel obligated to offer anybody a scholarship because of my commitment.” Clemson has three other Nkemdiche teammates set the join the program this season and next.
WR Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, GA announced a commitment to Clemson Sunday night while at The Opening in Oregon. Jenkins chose the Tigers over Oklahoma State and his decision will pair him with his brother Martin who is a Tiger defensive back. “Because my brother is there already I have a great familiarity with the program, the coaches and the players,” he said during his announcement on ESPNU. “There’s a comfort level there I don’t feel anywhere else. It was going to be hard to turn Clemson down.” Jenkins had 24 catches for 415 yards and 5 touchdowns last season. Some of his other offers were Louisville, Missouri, Wake Forest, UCLA, Mississippi State and Washington. He’s the Tigers’ 12th commitment for the 2013 class and the first wide receiver.
OL Lucas Crowley of Ponte Vedra, FL plans to visit North Carolina later this month and could stop by USC as well. He has attended camps at Tennessee and Florida this summer and would like to visit other schools before making a decision. “I need to call the coaches at South Carolina to let them know I want to visit,” he said. “I still get letters from them every week. I’ve been planning on calling and will probably do that later this week.” Crowley plans to narrow his list before the season begins and may do more than that. “At the very least, I want to narrow my choices before the end of the summer,” said Crowley. “I’d like to commit before the season. If not that early, soon after.” He had plans to visit West Virginia, Nebraska and Missouri but may wait to take official visits to those schools instead. Each aforementioned school has offered Crowley as has Kentucky. He does not have any favorites.
WR Tyree Harris of Marietta, GA says he has a top three of Clemson, Wake Forest and Mississippi State. He has no favorite.
RB Taquan Mizzell of Virginia Beach, VA says he has a top five of Clemson, Virginia, Notre Dame, Ohio State and West Virginia.
WR Richard Benjamin of Tampa is going to announce tonight and is down to South Florida, Central Florida and Vanderbilt. Clemson also was an offer.
USC added another commitment for its 2012 basketball class Saturday night with a commitment from PF Michael Carrera (6-6 208) of Venezuela. Carrera attends Montrose Christian Academy in Maryland and averaged 13 points and 12 rebounds per game last season. “I love the game of basketball and put all of my heart into it,” Carrera said. “I can play a lot of positions…the four, the three, the two. I’ve been working a lot this summer with my coach on my shot and my dribbling and I’m comfortable playing the three and the two.” Carrera was on the verge of signing with Richmond when a friend of his suggested he check out USC and new coach Frank Martin. “The next day, Coach Martin called me and I was amazed by how the coach talked to me,” Carrera said. “I said, wow, I would love this guy and I have to see the campus.” Carrera did just that over the weekend as he made an official visit from Thursday thru Saturday. “It’s a great campus, great people, great coaches,” he said. “My future teammates are great. I feel really comfortable, they are really good guys. I was looking for that place for a long, long time and I found it. It’s going to be a great four years at South Carolina.” Carrera also visited Gonzaga, Virginia Tech, George Mason, George Washington and Richmond. He plans to sign scholarship papers Monday or Tuesday, whenever they arrive, and will be the sixth member of the 2012 class.