#STRecruiting Notebook 1-2

New Year’s Day was cut down day for three top 2024 prospects being pursued by Clemson and USC. SAF KJ Bolden of Buford, GA, DT Hevin Brown-Shuler of Atlanta and DE KingJoseph Edwards of Buford, GA added their own recruiting fireworks to the holiday by identifying those schools that currently stand out the most to them at this stage of their recruitment. Each is a nationally recruited prospect.

Clemson and USC are in the top 15 with Bolden. The others are Georgia, Florida State, Michigan State, Oregon, Alabama, Ohio State, Colorado, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan, Ole Miss and Southern Cal.

Brown-Shuler has USC and Clemson in his top 13. The others are Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Colorado, Southern Cal, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Oregon and Virginia.

Edwards cut his list to 15 from over 40 offers. Making the list were USC, Alabama, Georgia, NC State, Southern Cal, Ohio State, Florida State, Oregon, Cincinnati, Texas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Michigan State, Pitt and Oklahoma.

Clemson CB offer Charles Lester IIII of Sarasota did not include the Tigers in his top 5 of Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, Florida and Georgia.

Transfer OL Marcellus Johnson, who has been offered by USC, picked up offers Saturday from Colorado and Auburn. Other recent offers include Virginia, Oklahoma State, Illinois, Kansas, Wisconsin and Missouri.

Daniel WR Eli Merck was offered a PWO opportunity at Oklahoma. For his career with the Lions, Merck had 171 catches for 3270 yards and 49 touchdowns. He also played in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl and had 4 catches for 59 yards including one for 35 yards.

USC basketball target 6-2 Elijah Crawford was offered by Mississippi State.

USC is in top 12 with 6-10 Ace Bailey of Powder Springs, GA. The others are Kentucky, Georgia, Rutgers, Auburn, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas, West Virginia, Arkansas and Oregon.

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