South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney will make an official visit to Alabama this weekend and will likely take visits the final two weekends of the month. But based on information gathered Thursday from two separate, non-connected sources, it appears at this time Clowney is planning to sign with USC. Both sources said based on the information provided to them right now, Clowney is headed to USC. But Clowney will not commit early and will take his announcement to Signing Day. Clowney and his mother will fly out of Charlotte early Friday afternoon for Birmingham and will then make the short drive to Tuscaloosa. South Pointe coach Bobby Carroll will join them on the trip but will go on a different flight. Clowney will not meet with any recruiters Friday before his departure because there is no school that day. Once in Tuscaloosa, Clowney will meet up with good friend and USC commitment OL Brandon Shell of Goose Creek. Shell had not planned to visit Alabama but Clowney asked him at the Shrine Bowl to join him on the visit, so he agreed to go. Shell and his mother will drive up from the Lowcountry Friday. Shell’s visit, according to a source, is not expected to affect his commitment to USC.
Clemson informed committed RB Marlin Lane of Daytona Beach, FL Thursday that he’s no longer a part of its recruiting class David Hood of Tigernet.com reported. Hood reported that according to a source, Clemson decided to drop Lane after he would not firm up his commitment and cancel other official visits. Lane has visited Auburn and Miami in recent weeks. He was scheduled to visit Clemson this weekend but that visit has been canceled. Lane is expected to visit Tennessee this weekend. Paul Strelow of Clemson247.com also reported Clemson was concerned about a legal issue with Lane. Strelow reported Lane was arrested for possession of marijuana December 23rd. Lane’s teammate, DB Cortez Davis, remains committed to Clemson and will make his official visit this weekend. Davis told Hood Lane’s situation does not affect his commitment to Clemson.
USC recruiter GA Mangus will visit with QB Tanner McEvoy and DB Sheldon Royster Friday on a return visit to New Jersey. McEvoy said Thursday he’ll get together with Mangus before he leaves for his official visit to North Carolina. McEvoy said going into that visit, he’s got the Gamecocks out front. “You could say I’ve got South Carolina on top because I’ve done my official visit there. The bar is set and I’ll be able to compare schools.” McEvoy’s parents will join him on the visit to Chapel Hill. McEvoy said he hopes to have a decision next week between the Gamecocks and Tar Heels though it might take him until the following week to decide. Royster is down to USC and Rutgers, and McEvoy feels USC may have the edge with him, too. Royster plans to make a decision with his coach and family Monday but no announcement day has been set.
DL Leon Mackey of Hinds JC, MS will take an official visit to Mississippi State this weekend and will then make his call between the Bulldogs, USC and Tennessee. Hinds assistant coach Dwike Wilson said Thursday night Mackey will get together with his coaches at Hinds Sunday and Monday to work on his decision. Mackey is a former USC signee.
Clemson will stage its biggest recruiting weekend of the month this weekend. The Tigers are planning for 20 recruits to be on campus for official visits. 14 are Tiger commitments, the other six are uncommitted. Those six are DL Phillip Dukes of Manning, LB Tony Steward of St. Augustine, FL, LB Stephone Anthony of Wadesboro, NC, DB Brandon Ellerbe of Wadesboro, NC, DE Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville, NC, and TE Jerell Adams of Scotts Branch.
Dukes will leave Clemson on Sunday and go to Alabama for a visit thru Tuesday. He will also visit USC and North Carolina. Steward has Clemson and Florida State even on his list. He’s also considering UCLA. Anthony is also considering Florida, Virginia Tech and NC State. Ellerbe has been committed to North Carolina. Pagan also likes Georgia and Alabama. And Adams will visit USC next weekend and decide between the Tigers and Gamecocks after that.
Other visits this weekend by uncommitted players still on Clemson’s board: DB Geraldo Orta, Tennessee…DL Gabe Wright, Tennessee…DE Ray Drew, Miami….PK Ammon Lakip, Auburn…OL Xavier Ward, Florida…TE Jay Rome, Alabama
USC will not have any official visits this weekend. The Gamecocks will have their major recruiting weekend next weekend.
As for the visit plans this weekend for uncommitted players still on USC’s board….DL Phillip Dukes of Manning, Clemson and Alabama…TE Jerrell Adams, Clemson…TE Rory Anderson, Tennessee….QB Tanner McEvoy, North Carolina…DB Ahmad Christian, Louisville…LB Cedric Cooper, NC State…DL Leon Mackey, Mississippi State…DE Jadevon Clowney, Alabama, OL Brandon Shell (USC commitment), Alabama.
6-7 KJ McDaniels of Birmingham made an unofficial visit to Clemson last weekend for the Miami game and said Thursday night he’s considering making a commitment to Brad Brownell in the next few days. “I’m really thinking about committing soon,” McDaniels said. “The next time we talk to Clemson we might commit. I’m still thinking about it.” McDaniels said he may talk to Clemson recruiter Earl Grant Friday or Saturday. Missouri is the other program he’s thinking strongly about and plans to visit there January 28th even if he commits to Clemson. But right now Clemson is foremost on his mind. “I think that I can really fit in with their system,” McDaniels said. “I also like the academics and their support system. And I like the entire staff. We really clicked.” McDaniels also holds offers from Jacksonville, Ole Miss and VCU. This season he is averaging 30 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 8 blocks per game.