Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and new defensive ends coach Marion Hobby made their in person visit with South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney Tuesday afternoon at the school. “Clowney enjoyed it all,” said his coach Bobby Carroll. He liked Coach Hobby. They hit it off real good.” North Carolina’s new defensive line coach Brian Baker also met with Clowney Tuesday. Clemson and North Carolina were the only schools to visit Clowney at the school Tuesday. Clowney will take his official visit to Florida State this weekend and he is still set to visit Clemson January 28th. And he has confirmed his plan to wait until February 14th, his birthday, to announce his choice. “That will give him two more weekends to make visits,” his coach said. Clowney has also visited USC. “USC is still out front,” Carroll said. Clowney will get a visit Wednesday from LSU.
QB Morgan Roberts (6-4 205) of Charlotte Tuesday accepted a greyshirt offer from Clemson. He will go on scholarship in January and count towards the 2012 class. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney talked with Roberts and his father last weekend and followed up with the offer today. “He wanted to play big time Division 1A football,” said Roberts’ coach Bob Witman. “They showed a lot of interest in Morgan. He wanted to play at as high a level as he could. He’s a confident young man and not intimidated by the talent around him.” Roberts passed for 1970 yards and 22 touchdowns and rushed for 780 yards and 14 touchdowns this season running the spread. And he’s familiarized himself with the offense Chad Morris will run at Clemson. “He’s done his homework,” his coach said. “He really liked the offense. He’s a spread quarterback. He has an extremely strong arm and and quick feet, and he knows how to read a defense.” Roberts had offers to sign this year with Ball State, Elon, Marshall, Harvard and Dartmouth.
Junior DL Martin Aiken Bamberg-Ehrhardt has picked up two new offers…North Carolina NC State. Illinois coach Ron Zook will be by the school tomorrow to check on Aiken and also have an in home with committed DB Zeph Grimes.
DL Gabe Wright (6-4 290) of Columbus, GA has scratched Clemson from his list of possible destinations, according to his coach, Dell McGee. Wright has visited Alabama and Tennessee and will be at Auburn this weekend. “When he is done with his visits, he will make a decision,” said McGee. McGee says he is unaware of any clear favorite for the defensive lineman but confirmed that he is no longer involved with the Tigers.
The official visit to Alabama last weekend by Goose Creek OL Brandon Shell will not change his commitment to USC. Shell’s mother told the Alabama fan website BamaOnLine that her son enjoyed his trip to Tuscaloosa but will be signing with USC next month. “He’s comfortable there and it’s close to home,” Cherron Shell said. Shell will make his official visit to USC this weekend.
DE Leon Mackey has been thru the recruiting process before, perhaps more than any major college recruit in history. When he signs with someone in February, it will be the fourth time he’s made a college decision. It was Virginia Tech out of high school. It was Clemson out of Hargrave Prep, but that changed to USC when the ACC wouldn’t allow him to sign with Clemson. And it will be either USC, Texas Tech or Tennessee out of Hinds JC, MS with Mississippi State a long shot. Through all his recruiting travels, Mackey has logged 12 official visits, most likely an NCAA record. Mackey met with Texas Tech Monday. USC recruiter Lorenzo Ward may be down to see him Wednesday and Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is scheduled for Thursday. Mackey would like to make a decision by Friday though Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville is scheduled to meet with him early next week. Right now there is not a leader among the top three teams.
DB Sheldon Royster of Jersey City, NJ has made his decision between USC and Rutgers. “He has not told everybody,” his mother Kissy Royster said Monday night. “He has not officially told the schools. I love both schools. I’m good with either one. I told him to choose the school wherever he feels more comfortable with getting his education. He’s ready now. I’m proud of him.” There has been no definite date set for an announcement. Ms. Royster said Thursday is a possibility but they are trying to contact as many family members as possible, and she said the announcement could come as late as January 29th. She hopes to get an announcement date and time confirmed by Tuesday. The announcement will be made from their home, and if it comes during the week, it likely will be made after 9:00 PM because of Ms. Royster’s work schedule.
DE Ray Drew of Thomasville, GA has moved his announcement date up to January 28th. He will visit Clemson this weekend. He’s also been to Georgia, LSU, Auburn and Miami.