DL Gabe Wright (6-4 290) of Columbus, GA has Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, and Tennessee as his top four schools. He is planning official visits to each. Wright will be at Alabama on January 7th, Tennessee on the 14th, Clemson on the 21st, and Auburn on the 28th adding, “Auburn is going to be last.” He has not taken any of his official visits to date but did take unofficial visits to USC, Alabama, and Auburn. Wright has already received visits from Clemson, Florida, Alabama, and Auburn coaches and says coaches from Clemson and Tennessee will visit him in-home tonight. Auburn has an in-home scheduled for tomorrow. Wright says all four schools are even.
DB Pat Martin (6-0 192) of J.L. Mann committed to Tennessee back in August choosing the Vols over USC. He now says he could take an official visit to Arkansas. “It’s true,” he said. “I’m just looking at other places right now.” Another possible visit for Martin could be UCLA. He has an official visit scheduled to Tennessee in early January. Martin did not comment on the strength of his commitment to the Volunteers.
DB Brandon Ellerbe (6-1 210) of Wadesboro, NC has been committed to North Carolina and said Tuesday that commitment remains “pretty firm.” But he does plan other official visits including one to Clemson January 14th. Ellerbe said he also plans to visit NC State and North Carolina, and possibly West Virginia and Georgia Tech. North Carolina coach Butch Davis has had his in home visit with Ellerbe. Clemson recruiter Dan Brooks also has been in. Ellerbe had 45 tackles and 3 interceptions this season. He also rushed for 1031 yards.
DL Roderick Byers (6-4 262) of Northwestern continues to favor USC and Georgia Tech. He has already taken an official visit to Georgia Tech and will take one to USC in January. Last week, coaches from USC, Georgia Tech and West Virginia visited him in Rock Hill. He expects Oregon later this week. Byers is also planning to take visits to Clemson and Oregon but says he may not wait until he has finished his visits to commit. “I might commit but I will still take all of my visits,” said Byers. He says he is not favoring one particular school. No time frame for a commitment is set.
Marlboro County LB Lateek Townsend (6-3 207) of Marlboro County has put his recruiting activity on hold while playing with the Shrine Bowl team this week. Townsend has taken official visits to USC and Southern Cal. He’s planning to visit Clemson and LSU in January and is undecided on the fifth visit. “I’m really going to have things narrowed down by the end of this month,” Townsend said Tuesday. “I’ll focus on my books and be ready to go for next season.” Townsend has at one time or another favored USC or Clemson. Right now he’s not claiming a favorite. “When I sat down and wrote the good and the bad down, they were pretty much even,” Townsend said. He has not yet had his in home visits with Steve Spurrier and Dabo Swinney. Townsend said he could announce at the US Army Game or the decision might not come until Signing Day.
LB Travis Hughes (6-1 228) of Virginia Beach, VA is two days away from making his commitment. Hughes is down to Clemson, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. According to his father Tony, Hughes received his final in-home visit moments ago. “The whole Maryland crew was here,” said his father. “We had Ralph Friedgen and several other coaches here for about two hours.” Hughes father says they will begin to evaluate each program and decide tomorrow night. They will make the school they choose aware of the decision Friday evening. Hughes has also received visits from Clemson, North Carolina, and Virginia Tech. His father says Hughes really likes Dabo Swinney. “Coach Swinney is a really laid back guy,” he said. “They have a great program.” Hughes father says the visit from the Virginia Tech coaches was the most surprising. “They came in the Sunday after winning the ACC Championship game,” he said. “That was pretty impressive.” His father says all schools are even and Hughes does not have a favorite.
TE Jay Rome (6-6 240) of Valdosta, GA is a Georgia lean, according to his father, Stan Rome. “He also mentions Tennessee, then Alabama,” said his father. “He doesn’t talk about Clemson as much but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in it.” Rome took his first official visit to Georgia last weekend at it went well. “I think he got along well with the coaches and the players,” said Stan Rome. He says they will go to Clemson on January 28th but could move that up to January 15th. “We have a region basketball game that weekend but we might go up that night after the game,” he said of the possibility of taking the visit earlier. Stan Rome also said that Rome will visit Alabama but the date is still not set in stone. As far as Tennessee, his father is unsure if there will be time for Rome to take that visit. He says that his son will not commit until after his visits are complete.
OL Kaleb Broome (6-6 320) of Georgia Military JC signed his scholarship papers with USC today. Broome, a native of Aiken, committed to USC earlier in the season. Broome plays tackle and he knows what Gamecock line coach Shawn Elliott will be expecting from him from the moment he walks on campus. “They are planning on me coming in to start,” Broome said. “They have a lot of young tackles without a lot of experience. They need tackles to come in right away and get the job done. I enjoy the offense that they run. It’s a lot of fun. And it’s going to be fun playing for my home state.” Broome is the only junior college commitment USC has at this point. The Gamecocks continue to await word from DL Leon Mackey of Hinds JC, MS, but he’s not an early signee.