#STRecruiting Notebook 12-13

The early signing period for college football begins Wednesday, and it’s on that day that most teams will sign the majority of their class. USC goes into the week with 19 commitments and Clemson with 12. Over the weekend, Dabo Swinney apparently changed his PWO offer to punter Jackson Smith of Saraland, AL to a full scholarship offer based on a tweet by Smith stating he will be signing Wednesday for a full scholarship. Smith made his official visit over the weekend. He’s ranked the #5 punter nationally in his class by Kohl’s Kicking Camps. He also was first team All-State as a receiver.

Clemson also had official visits over the weekend from committed prospects WR Antonio Williams of Dutch Fork, LB Wade Woodaz of Tampa and CB Toriano Pride of East St. Louis, ILL. Also on official visits were RB Trevor Etienne of Jennings, LA and DT Khurtiss Perry of Montgomery, AL. Etienne is the brother of former Clemson star running back Travis Etienne. He also has Florida and LSU on his short list. Perry only visited Sunday. Auburn and Alabama have been the top two with him.

USC landed a major defensive talent Saturday in Jaishawn Barham of Baltimore and hopes to follow up that recruiting win with another one Monday morning. LB Stone Blanton of Madison, MS is set to announce at 11:15 Eastern Time at his school. He has USC, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Texas A&M as his finalists. A stream of his announcement can be found at this LINK.

It’s possible the Gamecocks could hear some news from Chapin WR Zavier Short Monday. He has been committed to Appalachian State but since the Gamecocks offered him the first of the month, he has been giving them serious consideration.

Other high school prospects the Gamecocks continue to work going into this week include RB Ramon Brown of Midlothian, VA who has been committed to Virginia Tech; WR Camden Brown of Fort Lauderdale who took an official to Georgia over the weekend; DE James Pearce of Charlotte; TE Jack Johnson of Watkinsville, GA, a former LSU commitment, and DB DQ Smith of Spring Valley who also plays quarterback and wants to play that position in college. He’s looking at Georgia Southern for that.

USC continues to sort thru the Transfer Portal looking for immediate help. The Gamecocks have been in touch with former LSU QB Max Johnson, and they had an official visit this month from former Oklahoma TE Austin Stogner. Stogner took an official visit to Ohio State over the weekend. He also took an official visit to Iowa State. He also could end up returning to Oklahoma.

USC 2022 class:

  • KAJUAN BANKS CB 5-10 170 TALLAHASSEE
  • KEENAN NELSON CB 6-2 180 PHILADELPHIA
  • BRYAN THOMAS JR. DE 6-2 215 WINTER GARDEN, FL
  • FELIX HIXON DT 6-4 280 JACKSON, GA
  • JAMAAL WHYCE DT 6-4 250 MIAMI
  • DEMETRIUS WATSON DT 6-2 285 FORT DORCHESTER
  • D’ANDRE MARTIN DT 6-4 293 DURHAM, NC
  • DONOVAN WESTMORELAND LB 6-2 195 GRIFFIN, GA
  • NICK EMMANWORI LB 6-4 195 IRMO
  • JAISHAWN BARHAM LB 6-3 230 BALTIMORE
  • CASON HENRY OT 6-6 290 MARIETTA, GA
  • GRAYSON MAINS OT 6-5 265 SUWANEE, GA
  • RYAN BRUBAKER OT 6-6 280 STEVENS, PA
  • BRADEN DAVIS QB 6-5 185 MIDDLETOWN, DE
  • ANTHONY ROSE SAF 6-4 180 MIAMI
  • EMORY FLOYD SAF 6-1 165 POWDER SPRINGS, GA
  • PEYTON WILLIAMS SAF 6-0 180 ROCKLEDGE, TX
  • TYRESE ROSS SAF 6-2 185 TRANSFER WASHINGTON STATE
  • KYLIC HORTON WR 6-4 180 CLARENDON HALL
  • LANDON SAMSON WR 6-1 185 SOUTHLAKE, TX

Clemson likely will continue this week to work the three players who decommitted last week after Brent Venables left for Oklahoma…SAF Keon Sabb, DE Jihaad Campbell and CB Daylen Everette. Campbell and Everette took official visits to Alabama late last week, and Campbell also made it to Texas A&M.

Clemson 2022 class:

  • TORIANO PRIDE CB 5-11 172 ST. LOUIS
  • JEADYN LUKAS CB 6-2 175 MAULDIN
  • JAREN KANAK LB 6-2 210 HAYS, KS
  • BLAKE MILLER OT 6-6 315 STRONGSVILLE, OH
  • COLLIN SADLER OT 6-5 295 GREENVILLE
  • JACKSON SMITH P 6-6 225 SARALAND, AL
  • ROBERT GUNN PK 6-2 165 LARGO, FL
  • CADE KLUBNIK QB 6-3 178 AUSTIN, TX
  • SHERROD COVIL SAF 6-0 185 CHESAPEAKE, VA
  • JOSH SAPP TE 6-3 235 GREENVILLE
  • ADAM RANDALL WR 6-3 200 MYRTLE BEACH
  • ANTONIO WILLIAMS WR 6-0 185 DUTCH FORK

Greer native TE Jaleel Skinner of IMG Academy, an Alabama commit, visited Miami over the weekend.

USC 2023 target TE Ethan Davis of Suwanee, GA committed to Tennessee. He also drew interest from Clemson.

2023 LB Raylen Wilson of Tallahassee, who had offers from Clemson and USC, committed to Michigan last week.

Former Clemson SAF Ray Thornton will transfer to South Florida.

1 thought on “#STRecruiting Notebook 12-13”

  1. I kinda feel bad for Williams of DF. Dabo played him like a fiddle. If they had REALLY wanted him, they would have offered MUCH earlier. They missed on a couple of their prototype receivers and decided to take Williams to keep him from going to Carolina. He” be in the portal in 1 or 2 years.

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