One signing period down, one to go for the 2018 football recruiting campaign. Last week saw a massive rush to sign by recruits across the country, but not all did, so there are still targets on the respective boards at Clemson and USC with which they will attempt to fill the remaining spots in their classes February 7th.
Clemson signed 15 last Wednesday accounting for all of their commitments. USC signed 20 including 2017 commitment Tyreek Johnson. The Gamecocks also have to count RB Ty’son Williams in the 2018 class and they have four prior commitments who did not sign last week.
Here are some of the players Clemson and USC will be recruiting into February keeping in mind new names could be added in the weeks to come:
DB Brendan Radley-Hiles of IMG Academy will be the first one off the board when he announces January 6th at the Army All American Game. He also has Florida State, Oklahoma and UCLA on his sort list.
DB Matthew Hill of Snellville, GA is committed to Auburn as a receiver but will take official visits to Clemson and Auburn in January. Hill said he’s not sure if he’ll wait all the way until February 7th before announcing his final choice.
OL William Barnes of Apopka, FL has had Florida, North Carolina, Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn and Georgia on his short list.
DB Leon O’Neal of Cypress Springs, TX is a former Texas A&M commitment. He’s also looking at Georgia and Oklahoma. He plans an official visit to Clemson in January.
WR Justyn Ross of Phenix City, AL also is considering Auburn and Alabama. He has taken his official visit to Clemson.
OL Nicholas Petit-Frere of Tampa also has Clemson’s interest. Michigan, Florida, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama also been involved.
DB Patrick Surtain of Plantation, FL has Clemson among his favorites with LSU, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Ohio State and Alabama. Florida State and LSU are perceived as the favorites.
The four unsigned commitments are DB Marlon Character of NW Mississippi JC, DB Bryce Thompson of Dutch Fork, WR Ronnie Jamision of Highland JC, KS and OL Lamarius Benson of Covington, GA.
OL Dylan Wonnum of Tucker, GA has USC, Georgia and LSU as three of his top schools. He has officials to USC and Auburn planned for January.
DE Dennis Briggs of Kissimmee, FL plans an official visit with the Gamecocks in January. He’s also the target of Florida State, Florida, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia, Oregon and others.
DE Jamarcus Chatman of Rome, GA was once committed to LSU and then to Tennessee but signed with neither. USC, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Florida are some that will recruit him in January.
DE Dorian Gerald of Florence and the College of the Canyons, CA remains a light Tennessee commitment. The interest with USC seems to have waned and Tennessee, Louisville, Texas Tech, Ole Miss, Florida seem the strongest with him.
DL John Mincey of Homerville, GA has been committed to Arkansas but did not sign and is looking at other options including USC with a potential visit in January. Kentucky, Georgia and Louisville are others still involved according to Richard Davenport of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
DL Rick Sandidge of Concord, NC is down to USC, North Carolina and will take official visits to each in January. Michigan and Florida did not make the cut with him. Sandidge saw four USC games this season and has family ties to the program thru his mother who is a grad. He tentatively is scheduled to visit Georgia January 12th, North Carolina on the 19th and USC February 2nd, but those dates are subject to change.