USC continues to mine the talent rich Rock Hill area. Tuesday afternoon the Gamecocks publicly landed the commitments of DE Gerald Dixon (6-4 260) of South Pointe and his brother DL Gerald Dixon Jr. (6-2 270) of Northwestern. They are the sons of former USC and NFL linebacker Gerald Dixon and were long thought to be headed to USC. “He’s got football in his blood,” South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll said of Dixon. “Friday nights, when they cut the lights on, he gets after it.” Dixon Jr. is described as “a good run stopper and very strong,” according to his coach Jimmy Wallace. He’s the oldest of the boys by about six months. The two played in the Shrine Bowl last month. The commitments from the Dixons give the Gamecocks 28 in this recruiting class.
The departure of Clemson defensive end coach Chris Rumph to Alabama Tuesday has led to a change in plans for South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Clowney was scheduled for an official visit to Clemson January 21st primarily due to his relationship with Rumph, but he’s now canceled that visit according to his coach. Clowney, who has taken an official visit to USC, will make his official visit to Alabama January 14th where Rumph, no doubt, will be his primary recruiter. This weekend Clowney will be in New York for an ESPN photo shoot. And he plans to visit Florida State probably January 21st. His coach said last night he’s not sure if Clowney will make a decision by Signing Day.
Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and fellow recruiter Jeff Scott flew down to St. Augustine, FL Tuesday to visit with LB Tony Steward (6-2 220). Steward would have been at the Army AA Game this week had it not been for a knee injury he suffered late in the season. He had surgery for a torn ACL in mid-December. Steward’s coach Keith Cromwell said the meeting at the school went very well and Clemson and Florida State remain 50-50 for Steward. “He said he’s glad National Signing Day isn’t this week because he couldn’t choose between the two,” the coach said. Steward will take his official visit to Alabama this weekend. He will go to Clemson on the 14th and to Florida State on the 21st. And Florida is trying to become a factor. New Gator head coach Will Muschamp will visit with Steward tomorrow. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will have his in person visit the week before signing day.
QB Tanner McEvoy (6-6 205) of Oradell, NJ will not take his official visit to Michigan, according to his mother, Tina McEvoy. The firing of head coach Rich Rodriguez sealed the deal for McEvoy, who is keeping an eye on coaching changes at the schools he is considering. North Carolina will make an in-home visit with McEvoy this evening. Miami is in tomorrow and USC later in the week. The Gamecocks remain strong for his
TE Jay Rome (6-6 240) of Valdosta, GA is scheduled to visit Alabama this weekend but his father, Stan Rome, says he is unsure of they will make the visit. “Right now, I would say it’s about 50-50 that we make that trip.” said his father. “Jay is wearing down and wanting to make a decision. I’m still encouraging him to take all of his visits but it is tough on him.” Stan Rome also says they are scheduled to visit Clemson on 28th of this month but Jay could commit before then. “He is so busy with these all-star games and he has also made a commitment to basketball,” he said. “I may just step in soon and say, ‘let’s make a decision.'” Tennessee is also in the picture but Stan Rome says that a visit to Knoxville is “unlikely”. His father confirmed that Rome is a Georgia lean. He did not indicate when they will make a commitment.
Marlboro County LB Lateek Townsend said earlier this week from the Army AA Game in San Antonio he would announce his college choice on Saturday. But his high school coach said Tuesday that may not be the case. “He wants to visit one more place and may hold off,” Dean Boyd said. Townsend has set a visit to LSU for January 21st but his recruiter John Chavis has told him he doesn’t want him to visit if he’s made a commitment. Townsend has visited USC and Southern Cal officially and Clemson unofficially. Boyd said if Townsend were to make a decision and announce Saturday, it would be one of the in-state schools. “I would think it would be USC or Clemson with a strong lean towards Clemson,” he said. “I still think his strongest lean is towards Clemson. That’s nothing he’s told me. He’s not told me anything.” Townsend was a standout performer in the Shrine Bowl. This season he had 134 tackles and 11 sacks.
DL Roderick Byers (6-4 262) of Northwestern has USC, Clemson, and Oregon as his top three schools now and says Georgia Tech is no longer a factor. Byers spoke with Clemson assistant Jeff Scott today and will take an official visit to the Tigers campus on January 21st. “I’m going to visit USC as well,” he added. Byers said he wants to take a visit to Oregon and will commit before National Signing Day. He has offers from each school except for Clemson but that offer could come soon. Byers does not have a favorite and says these three schools are even.
RB Mike Bellamy (5-10 185) of Punta Gorda, FL is at the Under-Armour All America Game this week and spoke with Chris Nee of Rivals.com telling Nee that he is still “100 percent for Clemson”. That, however, depends on whom the Tigers hire as their new offensive coordinator. On Sunday, Billy Napier and Andre Powell were fired from the Clemson coaching staff causing some unease with Bellamy. “I talked to coach (Dabo) Swinney last night and he was just telling me that he is doing what is best for the team,” Bellamy told Nee. “All I can do is respect that, so I am pretty much just sitting and waiting to see what happens,” he added. Bellamy went on to tell Nee that he will remain committed to Clemson and will wait to see who is hired adding, “If they bring in a coach I don’t think will fit my needs then I will de-commit.”