Long time Clemson commitment RB Marlin Lane of Daytona Beach, FL took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and said afterwards he’s not sure which team of Tigers he will sign with. Lane told the Auburn website AuburnSports.com that the lack of depth at running back at Auburn makes those Tigers appealing to him. Lane said it would be a tough decision for him but is giving Auburn a chance. However, Lane told the Clemson website CUTigers.com today he’s still 100% committed to Clemson. He is scheduled for his official visit to Clemson January 14th and after that he said he would list the pros and cons of both schools and make a decision around February 2nd or 3rd.
Several standout players for South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl remain undecided about college as the recruiting campaign rolls towards January. And that includes South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney who earned Defensive MVP honors for the Sandlappers. Clowney is scheduled to visit Florida State, Alabama and Clemson. LSU, Ohio State and Auburn are trying to get that final visit. He’s already been to USC officially. Clowney put on an impressive show in the Shrine Bowl. Neither double teams nor flagrant holding could slow down Clowney who registered three sacks and numerous quarterback pressures. “I’ll make my decision on Signing Day,” Clowney told reporters after the game. “I’ll make my decision based on how I feel about the teams. I’m going to have fun with it. Nothing’s change. Everything is about even. I’m just ready to take the rest of my visits and make my decision.” There is one more football game for Clowney to play before he gets down to the rest of his recruiting business. He will be in Orlando next week for the Under Armour All American Game which will be played on New Year’s Eve.
Several other Sandlappers will face the tough decision making process over the upcoming weeks. Those include TE Jerrell Adams of Scotts Branch, DL Gerald Dixon of South Pointe, DL Gerald Dixon Jr. of Northwestern, DL Phillip Dukes of Manning, and LB Lateek Townsend of Marlboro County.
Adams, who caught three touchdown passes Saturday, is scheduled to visit Arkansas, Clemson and USC in January. Dukes, who had four tackles and two sacks in the game, is set to visit Alabama, Clemson and USC. The Dixons combined for five tackles and two sacks. They have been favoring USC but plan to take other visits in January. Townsend (6-3 207) 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. Townsend said he could announce at the US Army Game or the decision might not come until Signing Day.
DB Ahmad Christian (5-10 195) of Jacksonville, FL has USC in his top five and still plans to take an official visit to Columbia. “I talked to Coach Spurrier (Jr.) last week and I think I’m going to visit,” said Christian. “I haven’t scheduled it but it should be soon.” Christian has not scheduled any of his visits and is unsure which schools he will visit. His top five are Florida, Miami, USC, Louisville, and Auburn in that order. He received visits from coaches representing USC, Southern Miss, Tennessee, and Florida Atlantic. He is unaware of other possible visits. Christian does not have a time frame for announcing his decision.
RB Dominique Cooper (6-1 200) of Darlington has offers from SC State, East Carolina, and North Carolina Central and has recently received visits from SC State, East Carolina, and Appalachian State. Cooper said he will likely visit these three schools. “I was supposed to visit East Carolina earlier this year but I couldn’t go,” said Cooper. “I think I’m going to go up there soon. ” He has not planned any of his trips nor does he have a time frame for his commitment. Cooper said he does not have a favorite.
WR Hakeem Flowers (6-3 189) of Wade Hampton was scheduled to visit Oregon this past weekend but did not make the trip. “I had to go to the Carolina Panthers game this Sunday to be recognized for the ‘USA versus The World’ game,” said Flowers. “I’m going to go in January, I think.” Flowers says his only other visit will be to UCLA. He received visits from Michigan, Michigan State, and NC State last week but says he will not visit those schools. “I have already visited Michigan,” he said, “but I don’t think I’ll go to Michigan State of NC State for visits.” Flowers said he does not have a favorite.