#STRecruiting Notebook 1-7

Transfer SAF Devonni Reed arrived in Columbia Thursday afternoon to begin an official visit with the Gamecocks, and three more transfer targets will be on campus Friday for official visits as first reported by Hale McGranahan of TheBigSpur. Those three are RB Christian Beal-Smith (5-9 190) of Wake Forest, DE Terrell Dawkins (6-4 235) of NC State and WR Antwane Wells (6-1 204) of James Madison.

Smith confirmed Friday afternoon that he was on the campus for a visit. He entered the Portal on January 3rd as a grad transfer after concluding his Wake Forest career with 1871 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. Tennessee and NC State are two others to get involved with the native of Winston-Salem.

Dawkins is a native of Concord, NC and he entered the Portal on December 30th. He began his career at State in 2019 by playing in the maximum four games before being redshirted. He led all ACC freshman in 2020 with 4.5 sacks and had 36 tackles. He was named the team’s top rookie. Dawkins had off-season surgery that kept him out of drills last spring, and this season he saw limited duty and recorded just 6 tackles with no sacks. He finished his career in Raleigh with 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. Dawkins took an official visit to Florida State earlier in the week.

Wells is a native of Richmond who entered the Portal on January 5th. He was one of the best receivers in the FCS this season as a redshirt freshman. He earned second team All-American honors after catching 83 passes for 1250 yards and 15 touchdowns. In his two seasons with the Dukes, Wells had 116 catches for 1853 yards and 21 touchdowns. Since announcing his transfer, Wells has picked up offers from Louisville, Auburn, North Carolina, UNLV, Coastal Carolina, ODU, Buffalo, ECU, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and Miami.

RB Dante Miller (5-9 185) is a transfer from Columbia University and plans to visit USC unofficially next week per the Rivals transfer Twitter account. . He’s a native of Rockingham. He was first team All-Ivy League this season rushing for 814 yards and 4 touchdowns. He rushed for 1281 yards and 6 touchdowns in his career. He has picked up offers from Sacramento State, Albany and Samford.

Clemson Thursday offered RB Andrew Paul of Dallas. The Tigers had been waiting on RB Trevor Etienne of Jennings, LA who will announce Saturday at the All-American Game with LSU and Florida the other finalists. Clemson must have gotten some indications Etienne was moving in another direction. Paul took an official visit to Colorado last month and is scheduled to visit Clemson January 21st. Washington, Michigan and TCU also have offered recently and are in the mix.

Clemson Thursday offered 2023 DL Darron Reed (6-5 260) of Columbus, GA. He also has offers from Miami, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Georgia, Alabama State, LSU, North Carolina, Auburn, Southern Cal, UCF and Michigan State.

Clemson target SAF Kylon Griffin of Montgomery, AL has named his top three as Clemson, Nebraska and Southern Cal. He has visits set with Clemson for the 14th and Nebraska the 21st.

USC transfer target LB West Weeks is on an official visit to Southern Cal which started Thursday. Weeks was offered by the Gamecocks earlier this week after a strong freshman season at Virginia.

Coastal Carolina DB Shi’heem Watkins, who prepped at Blythewood, has entered the transfer portal after finishing the 2021 season with 32 tackles and 2 pass deflections.

Former Clemson DT Darnell Jefferies was offered by Minnesota.

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