Another Jeffery is headed to USC. ATH Shamier Jeffery of Calhoun County, brother of Gamecock All American receiver Alshon Jeffery, committed to the Gamecocks Monday afternoon. “They were his favorite all along,” said Calhoun County assistant coach Duane Wages. “He wanted to get it over with with his brother there. Coach Beamer recruited him hard all along.” Jeffery played quarterback at Calhoun County and might get a look at that position at USC, but that’s not an issue with him. “They promised him they’ll give him a chance at quarterback but that’s not an issue any more,” Wages said. “He’s going there to play receiver. This kid has all the “it” his brother has. He has everything Alshon has but is faster, not as big, but can jump higher. Alshon is a long strider, Shamier is a quick twitch. He gets to his full speed quicker. He’s a better open field runner.” Jeffery becomes the 25th commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2011 class.
DL Jeoffrey Pagan (6-4 250) of Asheville, NC has de-committed from Florida and is looking to stay closer to home, says his high school coach Danny Wilkins. “That’s part of the reason,” he said. “Also, Florida’s defensive line coach (Dan McCarney) left for the North Texas job.” McCarney is expected to be named head coach at North Texas in a press conference Tuesday at 2:00. Pagan recently had knee surgery after tearing his MCL and PCL knee joints earlier this month and has not received any visitors. Wilkins was not sure if any coaches would be visiting Pagan in the future. Wilkins says Pagan has scheduled an official visit to Clemson on January 15th and plans to take one to LSU as well. “I know he wants to take four but I don’t know where the other two will be,” said Wilkins. He did say Georgia and Tennessee are possibilities. According to Wilkins, he is unsure if Pagan is favoring a particular school.
Fresh off the win at Clemson and with practice looming the rest of the week for the SEC Championship game against Auburn, several USC coaches jumped on the recruiting trail Sunday, the first day of the contact period. Defensive line coach Brad Lawing met with defensive lineman Phillip Dukes of Manning. Dukes was at Clemson Saturday for the game. He’s had the Gamecocks out front ahead of Clemson, Miami and Alabama. He’s scheduled for an official visit to USC January 21st. Lawing also met Sunday with DE Gerald Dixon of South Pointe and DL Gerald Dixon Jr. of Northwestern. He and assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson ne with South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney Sunday night. Lawing also met with Northwestern defensive end Roderick Byers Sunday.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney will have his in home visit Tuesday with Alabama head coach Nick Saban. Saban will be the first head coach to have an in home meeting with Clowney and his family. “They neeed some pass rushers,” Clowney said of the Crimson Tide. Clowney said Monday he will be taking official visits to Florida State, Ohio State, LSU and Alabama. The Florida State visit will be the weekend after the Under Armour All American Game. He has already taken his official visit to USC. Clowney met Sunday with USC recruiters Ellis Johnson and Brad Lawing. “It went well,” Clowney said of the meeting. “We talked about how my season went.” Clowney maintains he has no favorite right now. “I’m going to go to the last minute,” he said. “It’s going to be which team I think I can play for right away. I want to play early.”
LB Travis Hughes (6-1 228) of Virginia Beach was in Clemson for an official visit over the weekend and had a good time. “It was a great visit,” said Hughes. “I loved the coaches, the players…everything.” Hughes plans to announce his decision on December 18th and says Clemson is very much in the mix. “Coach (Kevin) Steele has a good defense,” he said. “The atmosphere was electric. It was an awesome visit.” He says he is considering his top five schools and has already taken official visits to each. They are Clemson, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Virginia, and Maryland.
Five of Clemson’s targets for the 2011 recruiting class were on hand Saturday night for the USC game. Of course, LB Travis Hughes was in for his official visit. Manning DL Phillip Dukes, Marlboro County LB Lateek Townsend, LB Cedric Cooper of Lithonia, GA and DE Roderick Byers of Northwestern were in on unofficial visits. The Tigers had many of their 2011 commitments in the stands. Also on hand for the game was a top 2012 target, OL Andrus Peat of Tempe, AZ. He’s regarded as one of the best linemen nationally in his class.
The Dixon brothers of Rock Hill, DE Gerald of South Pointe and DL Gerald Jr. of Northwestern, met with USC recruiter Brad Lawing Sunday night. The Dixons hold offers from the Gamecocks and have been favoring them throughout the recruiting season. “It went well,” Gerald Jr. said of the Sunday meeting. “We talked about the state championship game and about them going to the SEC championship, and how they want us and stuff.” The Dixons have made several unofficial visits to USC and are planning to make their official visits during bowl practice. And Gerald Jr. said he and his brother have an idea when they want to announce a commitment. “We’re thinking about committing on the day of the Shrine Bowl,” he said. The Dixons are the sons of former USC linebacker Gerald Dixon.
WR Justin Scott (5-11 205) of Camilla, GA is committed to Georgia but still is considering taking other official visits. His only scheduled visit is to UGA on December 10th. Scott says Clemson is a school he would like to visit. “I haven’t scheduled anything yet,” he said. “It’s kind of hard right now because I’m busy with basketball. I have to find a school that will work around it.” Scott says he remains committed to the Bulldogs but will look at other schools. He was unsure of when he would look to visit the Tigers.
Clemson has been in touch with DE Chad Hannah (6-5 215) of Tampa and is evaluating film and information on him. “I’ve been hearing from coach Rumph,” Hannah said. “He actually came by my school when they were playing at Florida State. They are trying to figure out what they want to do. They are interested.” Hannah has been offered by Rutgers, Cincinnati and Bowling Green. He’s also hearing from NC State. He will take an official visit to Cincinnati this weekend and one to Rutgers the following weekend. He has a trip to NC State set for January 14th. Rutgers has been recruiting him the hardest but he doesn’t have a favorite right now.
QB Tanner McEvoy (6-6 205) of Oradell, NJ has one more game to play this season before turning his attention to recruiting. McEvoy has led his team to a state championship game this Friday. After that, he’s got four, maybe five official visits to take. He is set to see USC December 10th, Michigan on the 17th, North Carolina January 7th and Rutgers January 21st. If he takes a fifth visit, it might be to Boston College. McEvoy talks weekly with Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus and has a good feeling for the program. “South Carolina was one of my first schools with a quarterback offer,” said McEvoy who was a receiver up until this season. “I have family down in the area. I’ll get a good feel for it during my official.” McEvoy said his parents will join him on that visit. He’s not yet claiming a favorite. This season McEvoy has passed for 1987 yards and 29 touchdowns.
TE Craig Weick (6-6 220) of Byrnes has committed to Coastal Carolina. He also had an offer from Liberty.