Scotts Branch TE Jerell Adams (6-5 220) committed this morning to USC over Clemson per his coach Leonard Johnson. Adams made the phone call to his USC recruiter Shane Beamer around 11:20 and told him of his plans to sign with the Gamecocks at 10:00 AM Wednesday. Adams made an unofficial visit to Clemson Saturday. Adams played multiple positions at Scotts Branch but would prefer to play tight end in college. He caught three touchdown passes in the Shrine Bowl. He can also play defensive end. “He’s an excellent athlete, good blocker with good hands,” Johnson said. Adams is the 32nd commitment for this class though two commitments, DE Lorenzo Mauldin and LB Cedrick Cooper, are not yet totally firm.
USC commitment DE Mason Harris of Rossville, GA, who made an official visit to Miami over the weekend, will sign with USC Wednesday at 1:00 his coach said Monday morning. “I just talked to him on the phone and it’s a done deal,” said Mark Mariakis. “He’s going to be a Gamecock.” USC and Miami were the only two official visits Harris made. Harris had 120 tackles and 15 sacks last season.
Manning DL Phillip Dukes plans to announce his college choice Tuesday at 11:00 AM according to his coach Robbie Briggs. Dukes made an official visit to North Carolina over the weekend. He also took official visits to USC, Clemson and Alabama. Dukes’ decision is expected to come down to USC and Clemson. He has been favoring USC.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney made an official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He arrived early Saturday morning, went thru the normal official visit activities, and attended the basketball game against Florida State. It was his first real opportunity to look inside the Clemson program and apparently he liked what he saw. “He was impressed with Clemson,” said a source with knowledge of Clowney’s post visit comments. “He was sold on the fact they’ve had a lot of great defensive ends up there. He liked it.” The source could not say at this time if the visit was enough to put Clemson strongly in the mix with Clowney. USC and Alabama have been his front runners with his coach, Bobby Carroll, maintaining that USC is out front. Clowney doesn’t plan to sign until Valentine’s Day.
South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney is not announcing Wednesday and coaches can’t see him in person this week at his school or home, yet the pace for Clowney will still be frantic. He just came off an official visit to Clemson over the weekend but USC and Alabama remain his focus as he works on a decision for his February 14th announcement. This week a film crew which started working on a documentary on Clowney Friday will resume its work. A reporter from the New York Times plans to interview Clowney for a piece on recruiting as does Jamie Newburg of ESPN.com. And Wednesday Clowney will make an appearance live on ESPNU at around 4:00 PM as part of the networks Signing Day coverage. It’s also possible Clowney will take another official visit. North Carolina head coach Butch Davis met with him last week and is trying to get him in for a visit. The dead period which begins Monday ends Thursday. A quiet period begins Friday and during that time a prospect can make a visit to a campus.
LB Stephone Anthony of Wadesboro, NC has eliminated Florida from consideration his coach said Monday night. Anthony called Florida today to inform the Gators. Anthony is down to Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. He will announce Wednesday at 11:30 AM. His teammate, DB Brandon Ellerbe, has committed to North Carolina and his coach expects him to stick with that commitment and not switch to Clemson.
OL Spencer Region (6-5 335) of Cullman, AL took his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and came away very impressed, according to his coach, Mark Britton. “I assume it was a great trip because he was waiting for me this morning when I got to school,” said Britton. “They all had a great time. They really like Clemson.” Region officially received an offer from the Tigers on the trip and Clemson appears to be the team to beat for Region’s services. “In my opinion, I think he will commit to Clemson on Wednesday,” said Britton. “I don’t know that for a fact, but that’s my opinion.”
With National Signing Day coming up Wednesday, several other players around the state have made their college decisions.
Camden WR Alvonta Jenkins will sign with Miami of Ohio. Last season he had 45 catches for 890 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt RB Demetriuis Williams will sign with Gray Prep Academy in Columbia.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt WR Carl Williams is headed to Hutchinson JC, KS.
DB Justice Walker of AC Flora committed to Campbell University.
USC’s positioning with committed DE Lorenzo Mauldin of Atlanta improved from bad to good Sunday night. Mauldin made an official visit to Troy over the weekend and said early Sunday he was favoring the Trojans. He gave the split as 70-30 Troy. But late Sunday night, in a text message, Mauldin said he was once again favoring the Gamecocks. “My heart is where home is, that’s all I will say,” Mauldin said. He plans to make a final decision by Monday or Tuesday.
LB Tony Steward of St. Augustine, FL will make a decision between Clemson and Florida State sometime Tuesday and plans to notify both schools late that night. He will announce his decision on ESPNU at 10:05 AM Wednesday morning. Steward has talked to over the weekend with Clemson recruiter Jeff Scott and FSU recruiter Odell Haggins. The next two days will not be easy for him. “In all honesty, it’s dead 50-50,” said Steward’s coach Keith Cromwell. “He had a great visit with coach (Jimbo) Fisher Friday at school and later at his home. He’s been spending the weekend thinking and praying but he has not reached his decision. He’s torn, he’s struggling because he loves both places.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney also met with Steward last week and that visit went very well also.
WR Trey Ellis-Rice of Spartanburg committed to Newberry.
RB Keith Marshall (5-10 190) of Raleigh has offers from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, South Florida, Duke, Georgia, Georgia Tech, California, Notre Dame, Maryland, Minnesota, Southern Cal, and Virginia Tech. He is receiving contact from over 50 schools across the nation. As for junior days, the speedy back has not made any definite plans but is considering USC. He did not mention any other schools. Marshall rushed for over 1600 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior. He does not have a leader.
LB TJ Burrell (6-1 195) of Goose Creek has already received offers from USC and Clemson and is hearing from Alabama and Georgia Tech. “I’ve talked with coach (Burton) Burns (Alabama) and (Steve) Spurrier, Jr.,” said Burrell. The junior linebacker compiled 105 tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions in just 10 games this past season. Burrell says schools are looking at him to play a hybrid position. “I’m real quick and good in coverage,” he said. “They like me at a spur-type of linebacker. That’s where I want to play in the game.” Burrell plans to attend Clemson’s junior day and has been invited to the junior day at Duke. “I don’t think I’m going to make that one,” he said. He does not have any favorites.