Jadeveon Clowney is to be with his basketball team for games tonight and Saturday night. He also has his football banquet Saturday afternoon at South Pointe High School. A source said Friday afternoon Alabama seemed to be fading with Clowney and it is now a USC-Clemson battle for him. USC head coach Steve Spurrier is expected to make his weekly phone call to Clowney Saturday. And Clowney reportedly will make an unofficial visit to Clemson February 12th for the North Carolina basketball game. Clowney is to make another appearance on ESPNU Thursday. He plans to announce his decision February 14th.
A source close to South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney of South Pointe said Thursday night Clowney has basically made his decision but is not 100% there yet. The source said Clowney knows where he wants to go but is still checking on things to make absolutely sure. The source said Clowney doesn’t want a repeat of what OL Cyrus Kouandjio went thru on Signing Day. Kouandjio announced a commitment to Auburn on ESPNU but has yet to sign with the Tigers after having second thoughts. Clowney’s coach Bobby Carroll has said in recent weeks he believes Clowney has been favoring USC. A second source said Thursday night that that remains the case.
The letter of intent from WR Damiere Byrd of New Jersey arrived at USC Friday afternoon making the speedster the 27th signee for the Gamecocks’ class. Byrd is in Japan for a track meet and it took a few extra days for the LOI to be signed by he and his parents and faxed in to the USC football office. Byrd is one of the fastest players in the country. He’s run a 10.42 100 meters and a 21.90 200 meters. Last football season he accounted for more than 1500 offensive yards.
OL Jay Guillermo (6-3 287) of Maryville, TN gets his first offer and it comes from Clemson. The Tigers immediately become the team to beat, according to his coach, George Quarles. “He has always been a Clemson fan,” said Quarles. “This is a case where he recruited them.” Quarles says he expects more offers for Guillermo. “This is usually how it happens,” he said. “Once they get their first offer, they start rolling in.” Quarles says Alabama and Tennessee are also looking at Guillermo. Guillermo plays center for his squad and Coach Quarles says he is special. “He played on the state championship team last year and, without Jay, I don’t think we would’ve won,” said Quarles. Guillermo has visited Clemson four times and new Tigers offensive line coach, Robbie Caldwell, is handling his recruitment.
OL Patrick Destefano (6-6 280) of Dorman has several offers which include Clemson, USC, Stanford, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, Maryland, Duke, and Wake Forest among others. His coach, David Gutshall, says he is also hearing from Notre Dame. “He has a big time motor,” said Gutshall. “He plays as hard as any kid we’ve ever coached here (at Dorman).” Gutshall says Destefano has already been to junior days but was unsure of which ones he attended. “He is such an involved kid, he would probably go to all of them,” kidded Gutshall. As far as favorites Gutshall said, “He is an outstanding student so I know he likes schools like Stanford and Notre Dame. I don’t think he has any favorites though.”
DL Gimel President (6-4 250) of Wando has six verbal offers and is looking for more. USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, and Tennessee have already offered, according to his coach,Jimmy Noonan. “He’s a strong kid,” said Noonan. “He has a big frame with all of the tools.” According to Noonan, President has already been to junior days at Clemson and USC. “He’s been up to those two schools quite a bit,” he added. As a junior, President had 60 and a half tackles, 39 solo tackles and 43 assists. He also had six sacks, three tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and an interception. Noonan says President does not have any favorites.
DB Elijah Shumate (6-1 205) of Ramsey, NJ has compiled several offers already and added USC and Notre Dame today. His other offers include North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Arizona, Colorado, Southern Cal, Pitt, Rutgers, LSU, and Oregon. Shumate has 16, in all. Shumate has met with USC assistant coach G.A. Mangus and says Mangus “said the magic words”. He went on to say, “He told me I would be at home in South Carolina and he is coming after me hard.” Shumate is good friends with current Gamecock signee, DB Sheldon Royster. “He has told me a lot of good things about the school. He is part of my family,” said Shumate. Shumate has been invited to junior days at USC, Notre Dame, Penn State, Boston College, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. “I want to try and go to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Wisconsin (for their junior days),” he said. As a junior, Shumate had 65 tackles, five and a half sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery. He says his top five schools are USC, Georgia, North Carolina, Rutgers, and LSU.