Five-star quarterback Ty Simpson of Martin, TN announced a commitment to Alabama Friday afternoon over Clemson and Tennessee. Martin cited the seven national championships Nick Saban has won, the school’s proximity to his hometown and the chance to play for Saban as primary reasons he chose Alabama.
Clemson had made Simpson its first priority at quarterback for the 2022 class. The Tigers then moved quickly on four-star QB Cade Klubnik (6-3 186) of Austin, TX offering him minutes after Simpson declared. Klubnik has been in communication with the Tigers for months. He said Friday morning he and his parents had a 35 minute Facetime session with Dabo Swinney Thursday night. He also spoke three times this week with quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter, including last night. The Tigers, North Carolina, Texas and Florida have emerged as his favorites at this point. But Clemson seems to be in a strong place with him. “I love them a ton,” he said.
USC and Clemson target Oscar Delp of Cumming, GA was offered by Miami and UCF.
USC target QB Drew Allar of Medina, OH was offered by Illinois, Notre Dame, Louisville and Ole Miss.
USC target OG Qae’shon Sapp of Leesburg, GA plans to name his top 8 Sunday. Some of his other offers include Duke, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Florida, Georgia, Penn State, Florida and Auburn.
USC and Clemson made the top 10 with SAF Edric Weldon (6-5 210) of Hallandale, FL. The others on his list are Alabama, Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Miami, Maryland, Virginia Tech and UCF.
CB Jaeden Gould of Oradell, NJ has Clemson in his top six along with Notre Dame, Michigan, Rutgers, Southern Cal and Penn State.
Clemson target SAF Jihaad Campbell of IMG Academy was offered by Missouri and Texas A&M.
Clemson target SAF Xavier Nwankpa of Altoona, IA was offered by Alabama.
Greer WR Jaleel Skinner was offered by Ole Miss.
USC offered 2023 DT Jaeden Jackson (6-3 285) of Skippervlle, AL. Michigan also is an early offer for him.
Greenville DB Ashton Whitner was offered by Furman and Coastal Carolina.
Daniel DE Jahiem Lawson has picked up offers from East Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Western Kentucky and Liberty.
Spring Valley NG Coby Cornelius (5-10 225) committed to Presbyterian.
2023 OT Monroe Freeling of Oceanside Collegiate was offered by Notre Dame, Penn State and Florida State.
2023 QB Carson Black of Nation Ford was offered by Virginia Tech.
6-6 Alden Applewhite of Memphis, who has Clemson in his final five, will make his college commitment Friday afternoon at 5:00 PM. Mississippi State, Iowa State, Wake Forest and St. John’s are the others on his short list. Almost all projections are for Mississippi State.
OF Wilson Galvan of Howard JC, TX committed to USC. He batted .341 in 18 games last season.
RHP Cal Herndon of Lexington committed to Clemson.