#STRecruiting: Four-star defensive end plays #Clemson a visit Tuesday

Nyjalik Kelly

The parade of highly ranked talent making their way thru Clemson this month continued Tuesday with an unofficial visit from four-star DE Nyjalik Kelly (6-4 240) of Fort Lauderdale. Kelly is the #15 ranked defensive lineman nationally n the 247Sports Composite and the #12 prospect in Florida per the 247Sports Composite.

Kelly said he met up with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and a good time on his visit.

‘I just toured their facility and took pictures,” Kelly said. “I liked it.  I liked the whole visit.  Coach Venables said I could be an elite pass rusher.  Our relationship has always been good.”

Kelly has had a busy June with official visits to Indiana and LSU and other unofficial visits to Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia and FAU. He will take an official visit to Oregon this weekend. Kelly said the plan is for him to return to Clemson for another visit in the fall, but he doesn’t know when. He does not plan to make a decision until Signing Day in December.

Last season in six games Kelly had 35 tackles with 21 tackles for loss and 13 sacks.

Other Notes:

An unofficial visitor for camp at USC last Saturday was Alberta, Canada native DT Ebenezer Bedada (6-5 240). He is just now picking up American football and will play this season at Clearwater Academy in Florida. He found the stop at USC most beneficial. “It was a great experience. Coach mike Peterson was very inspirational. I took all the things he told me to thought and will definitely implement it into my game. I can definitely see myself going to that program. Bedada said his coach Jesse Cinchar informed the Gamecocks about him. The next step is for the coaches to see him in action this fall. “We have to get to know each other better and when the season starts and they see me play American ball, we will be able to move further with an offer.” Bedada said he’s also visited West Virginia. He’s not picked up any offers at this point.

Bedada’s teammate, 2023 OT Lucas Simmons (6-7 300), who is a native of Sweden, made an unofficial visit with the Gamecocks Tuesday. The Gamecocks offered him early in the month and many more big-time offers have come in including Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Arizona State, Louisville, Florida State, Penn State, Oklahoma (his father’s alma mater), Oklahoma State, Kentucky and Minnesota. Simmons is part of the PPI Dreamchasers Tour comprised of European prospects and making stops at several camps across the country.

LB Deuce Caldwell (6-1 210) of Mauldin took his official visit to North Carolina last week.  He said he loved his time in Chapel Hill and the Tar Heels are going to be hard to beat for him.  “They set the bar high. I really love everything Coach Brown and the rest of the coaching staff are doing with their program.  They are on the come-up.  They are not afraid to speak their mind.  They keep it 100% with me.  They kept it at 100% the whole time I was at North Carolina.” Caldwell has been to Clemson unofficially and for a camp. to Georgia for a 7-on-7 tournament, and Thursday he will be at USC for a 7-on-7 tournament. He said the Gamecocks have not given him any indication of recruiting interest at this point. Caldwell had been scheduled for an official visit to UCF this coming weekend but he said he’s not going anywhere this weekend. Caldwell’s newest offer came Monday from Kansas. He also has offers from Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Baylor, Minnesota, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, East Carolina, West Virginia and others.

North Augusta PK Drew Stevens received PWO offers from USC and NC State Tuesday night. He also has a PWO offer from Iowa. Stevens has kicked at numerous camps this summer including USC, Clemson, NC State, Iowa, Maryland, Ball State, Coastal Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and Old Dominion. He’s ranked the #33 kicker in the class by Chris Sailer Kicking.

DT Nick James of IMG Academy plans to announce his commitment July 3rd. He has said he will visit USC this weekend. He has taken an official visit to Ohio State and unofficial visits to Florida and UCF. He named a top six May 1st of USC, Ohio State, LSU, Florida, Texas A&M and Oregon.

2023 Spartanburg QB Raheim Jeter was offered by Kentucky

2024 QB Jadyn Davis of Catawba Ridge was offered by Ohio State.

6-2 MJ Collins of Westminster Catawba in Rock Hill is on an official visit to Clemson that started Tuesday. He also has taken an official visit to Virginia Tech. Oklahoma and Providence are recent offers. He also has offers from Wake Forest, Radford, Xavier and Elon.

Clemson offered 6-4 AJ Brown of Orlando. He averaged 14 points per game last season. He’s rated a three-star and ranked the #28 shooting guard nationally in the 247Sports Composite. Penn State, Alabama, Texas A&M and VCU are among his other offers.

Clemson offered 6-8 Fray Nguimbi of the Congo and Orlando. Alabama, Dayton, Georgia Tech, Illinois and Iowa State are some other offers.

6-8 2023 Gregory Jackson of Ridge View made an unofficial visit to USC Tuesday. He also was offered by Florida Tuesday night. He picked up an offer from Duke Monday after visiting.

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