USC had success recruiting New Jersey for the 2011 class landing three of the state’s top prospects. The Gamecocks will be back in the Garden State for the 2012 class and one player they covet is DB Elijah Shumate (6-1 205) of Ramsey. He has offers from the Gamecocks, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Arizona, Colorado, Southern Cal, Pitt, Rutgers, LSU, Oregon, Boston College and Connecticut. He has been to Rutgers and BC and will visit Connecticut this weekend. Shumate has not visited USC but has interest in the Gamecocks. “It’s an up and coming program,” he said. “I would like to know a lot more about it and see the campus.” Shumate said Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest but he’s not claiming any favorites right now. He wants to decide before his season. Last season he had 63 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He will also play running back this season.
Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell made a visit to South Florida Sunday to coach his Tigers to a win over Miami. Tuesday he will make another trip to that part of Florida to visit with a player he feels can help his team next season. Brownell is scheduled to visit with 6-3 PG Chris Colvin of Palm Beach JC in Lake Worth. Clemson is one of several major schools in pursuit of the Chicago native who played a season as a backup at Iowa State before transferring to the junior college where he is coached by former Furman and Presbyterian coach Butch Estes. Colvin also has offers from Illinois, Cal, Arizona State, Miami, South Florida, West Virginia, Rutgers, Georgia and Tennessee. Estes is expecting coaches from Rutgers, Georgia and Tennessee to also visit Colvin this week. “Schools will come in and make their presentations and then he’ll decide on official visits,” Estes said. “The relationship with the head coach will be big…the ability to communicate and relate to the head coach.” Estes said Colvin will be ready to step in and help whichever team he chooses. “He really understands the game,” he said. “He has a great feel, a high basketball IQ. He’s capable of breaking defenses down and can make plays in the clutch.” Colvin is averaging 13 points and 6 assists per game on a playoff bound team that is 25-5. Colvin is on track to graduate this summer and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Clemson coach Brad Brownell will check out 6-10 Joell James of Palm Beach Gardens, FL Tuesday night. James holds offers from Clemson, USC, Miami, West Virginia, Florida State and Florida. Earlier Tuesday Brownell met for about 15 minutes with 6-3 point guard Chris Colvin of Palm Beach JC, FL. “It was a nice visit, very business like,” said Palm Beach coach Butch Estes. “He laid out the roster and talked to him about his opportunities. He wants him to come up for a visit after the season. He made a good impression.” Colvin actually was at Clemson’s game last Sunday at Miami. Colvin also has offers from Illinois, Cal, Arizona State, Miami, South Florida, West Virginia, Rutgers, Georgia and Tennessee. Brownell and Bruce Weber of Illinois have been the only head coaches to visit with Colvin so far.