RB Marlin Lane (6-0 205) of Daytona Beach will take an official visit to Miami this weekend and Florida State the next. He says he is still committed to Clemson but is looking around. “I am a little concerned about all of this unnecessary stuff going on at Clemson,” said Lane. “I loved the offense they ran with Coach (Billy) Napier. I love the spread. I want to see who they are going to hire (to replace Napier).” Lane will speak with Dabo Swinney and Jeff Scott this evening. He says he plans to go to the same school as high school teammate, DB Cortez Davis (6-3 194), who is also a Clemson commitment.
RB Mike Bellamy (5-11 182) of Punta Gorda, FL remains committed to Clemson, said his coach Binky Waldrop. Recent reports have indicated that Bellamy was concerned with the coaching changes taking place at Clemson. “We’re just holding tight to see who Coach (Dabo) Swinney hires,” said Waldrop. “I don’t think it will affect his commitment though.” Bellamy recently visited Tennessee but Coach Waldrop says the Volunteers are not a factor. As for other trips, “As of now, he isn’t planning on taking any other visits,” Waldrop confirmed. His coach says the commitment is firm.
DL Phillip Dukes of Manning was scheduled for an official visit to Alabama this weekend but will not make the trip then his coach said Wednesday. Robbie Briggs said Dukes will visit Clemson January 14th then go to Alabama that Sunday and Monday. He will visit USC January 21st and has no other official visits scheduled right now. Briggs said the move of Chris Rumph from Clemson to Alabama won’t affect Dukes’s decision. “It’s going to be about the best fit for him,” Briggs said. Alabama recruiter Burton Burns was by the school Tuesday. Clemson’s Dan Brooks and North Carolina’s Sam Pittman will visit with Dukes today. Briggs said USC remains out front for Dukes.
DB Cortez Davis (6-3 194) of Daytona Beach was planning an official visit to Miami with high school teammate and another Clemson commit, RB Marlin Lane (6-0 195). Davis now says he is reconsidering. “I was going to go because of what happened to Coach (Chris) Rumph,” said Davis. “I talked to Coach (Dabo) Swinney and now I don’t know if I’ll take the trip.” As for Lane, Davis is unsure if he plans to take the visit. “I was ready to go but now I’m not so sure,” he added. Davis says his commitment is still with the Tigers.
DL Leon Mackey (6-6 270) of Hinds JC, MS is meeting with coaches from his final three schools this week at his home in Delaware before returning to school. Friday, USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward will have his meeting with Mackey who is down to the Gamecocks, Tennessee and Mississippi State. He has visited USC and Tennessee and will visit Mississippi State January 14th. He’ll make his decision shortly after that final visit.