South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney told Josh Kendall of The State Thursday afternoon he has made his college decision. Clowney said only his mother knows his choice which he will reveal Monday morning at 10:15. Clowney told Kendall in an in person interview Thursday before his basketball practice that he based his decision on “who I felt at home around the most and how I’m going to feel when I’m playing with the people.” Clowney said he took calls Wednesday from USC’s Steve Spurrier and Clemson’s Dabo Swinney. He also talked with an Alabama coach earlier in the week. Clowney said he’s not made plans yet to attend one of the basketball games Saturday at either USC or Clemson. “I might go to a game now that you say it,” he said. “I don’t know which one yet,” he told Kendall.
TE Justin Meredith (6-5 220) of T.L. Hanna has offers from USC, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke, and Cincinnati, according to his coach, Kenya Fouch. He is also hearing from several other schools. “He is an exceptional player,” said Fouch. “He puts in the work. He’s the strongest kid on our team and he is always preparing for tomorrow.” Meredith has been on unofficial visits to North Carolina and NC State and is planning to go to Florida on February 19th. “He’s been on USC’s campus a couple of times and camped there so there he is familiar with the school,” said Fouch. “He is going to visit some places he has never been.” Fouch says that though Meredith does not have any favorites, USC is intriguing. “This is just me talking but, from what I’ve heard him say, he likes the way they use the tight end position,” he said. Meredith had 24 receptions and three touchdowns as a junior totaling nearly 600 yards receiving. He had 26 catches in his sophomore campaign.
ATH Germone Hopper (6-1 175) of Charlotte already has an offer from Clemson and is hearing from USC as well, according to his coach, John Simmons. “He is going to South Carolina’s junior day next week and will go to Clemson’s after that,” he said. Hopper also has offers from North Carolina, NC State, East Carolina, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, Virginia, and Maryland. “He is a versatile athlete,” said Simmons. “He plays running back for us because that is where our need is but I think he’ll play slot receiver in college.” Other schools showing interest are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida State, Florida, and Tennessee. “We are going to try and go to junior day at Tennessee, but if we can’t, we’ll go to a spring practice there,” he said. “He is going to go to a lot of spring practices.” Hopper had over 2200 total yards last season. He had 1567 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns and added another 460 yards on 32 receptions with four scores. Hopper does not have a favorite.