#STRecruiting Notebook 8-30

Clemson is in the top five with DE Shemar Stewart (6-5 265) of Opa Locka, FL He named a top five of Clemson, Texas A&M, Ohio state, Miami and Georgia.  He’s a five-star prospect and ranked the #1 defensive end prospect and the #2 prospect overall nationally in the class in the 247Sports Composite.  He made numerous unofficial visits in June with teammates including a stop at Clemson June 17th

CB Nick Cull of Donalsonville, GA, who had a USC offer and took an official visit there in June, committed to Ole Miss.

Clemson and USC target DT Gabriel Brownlow-Dindy of Lakeland, FL narrowed his list to Texas A&M and Oklahoma. Among the others cut from his previous list were Florida, Nebraska, Southern Cal, Ohio State, Pitt and LSU. 

SAF Alfonzo Allen of Miami Central decommitted from Arizona State. USC and Clemson were on his short list when he committed in March.  Others on that list included Florida State, Southern Cal, Alabama, Miami, LSU and Texas A&M. The Gamecocks have a commitment from his teammate SAF Anthony Rose, and he said Rose has been talking up the Gamecocks to him. Allen said he’s not had contact from the Gamecocks or Tigers since he announced the decommitment. He has heard from coaches from Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi State, USF, LSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Greenville QB Pro Franklin said Sunday night he remains in constant contact with USC OC/QB coach Marcus Satterfield. Franklin, who has thrown for over 500 yards and 8 touchdowns in the first two games, said there’s a good chance he’ll be at USC Saturday.

Clemson target 2023 WR Nathaniel Joseph of Miami plans to announce his college commitment on September 11th.  The others on his short list are Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Texas A&M. 

USC offered 2024 RB Stacy Gage (5-11 200) of IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

Lauren’s WR Jayden McGowan committed to Vanderbilt.

6-8 Elijah Saunders of Phoenix named a top five of the top five of USC, San Diego State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Miami. He made an official visit to San Diego State over the weekend and will visit each of the others over the next four weekends.  USC will get the final visit on September 24th

Clemson target 2023 6-5 Caleb Foster of Oak Hill Academy, VA was offered by Texas.

RHP Logan Plasencia (6-4 225) of Weston, FL committed to USC. Perfect Game had this scouting report on him: Big and strong build. Compact arm action from a high 3/4’s arm slot, plenty of upper body lean to let his arm through, has very good arm speed, some energy at release, gets good downhill angle to his pitches. Fastball topped at 93 mph, gets nice arm side running life at times and works down in the zone consistently, primary fastball pitcher. Threw a soft curveball as his breaking ball, likely to develop a slider at the next level as arm action not conducive to a curveball. Strike thrower who works quickly.

INF Jack Reynolds of AC Flora, who decommitted from USC last week, committed to Clemson.  Scouting report from Perfect Game: Slender young middle infielder’s build with plenty of room to get stronger. 6.71 runner in the sixty. Has nice polished actions in the middle infield on defense, nice footwork that give him good balance and put his hands in position to be soft and sure, compact arm action with a quick release on his throws, can make plays on the move, may profile best at second base at the next level. Left handed hitters, loads his hands tight and has a short contact oriented swing, moves the ball around the field with a line drive swing plane, bat speed will continue to improve with additional strength and more separation through contact.

2023 LHP Justin Leguernic (6-5 175) of Dix Hills, NY committed to Clemson. Perfect Game had this scouting report on him: Extra-large, athletic frame with square shoulders and a high waist, long limbs with room to fill throughout moving forward. Ran a 7.18 60-yard dash. Primary first baseman, takes short steps off of the bag, works on top of throws and shows accuracy on throws; performed well in the outfield, worked behind the ball and shows looseness to arm with balanced actions, projects well moving forward. Also pitched, worked exclusively out of the stretch, simple delivery with a high leg lift up past belt; loose arm action through the backside and creates angle at release. Fastball topped out at 81 mph, short life to the arm side from a higher three-quarters release point. Filled the zone, maintained release well on changeup with fading life to arm side; mixed a slider with short tilt, tends to slow arm action at release. Righthanded hitter, begins with an even stance and a high hand set and back elbow at the plate. Keeps hands inside swing, has timing components to swing and shows carry off the barrel when creating separation and hitting the ball out front. Gets to front side early at times, has tools to project upon.

Hilton Head RHP/INF Julian Mlodzinski committed to Florida Southwestern State College. His brother Carmen was a star pitcher for USC and the 31st pick in the 2020 draft.

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