OL Mark Harrell (6-5 260) of Charlotte has an impressive offer list made up of Clemson, Michigan, NC State, Virginia, Kentucky, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Duke, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Harrell was at Clemson last Saturday for junior day. That was his second visit to Clemson. He was there for the USC game last November. “I like the school but I don’t have any favorites right now,” Harrell said. “I want to get the chance to visit all the schools and do my homework and make an educated decision.” He has upcoming visits planned for North Carolina, Auburn, Virginia, Michigan and Notre Dame. After these visits he’ll decide on a top three to five schools. Harrell plays tackle and is considered to be a very good drive blocker.
RB-DB D.J. Goodman (6-0 195) of Greenwood is ready to carry on the Eagles’ tradition of players to play at the next level. “D.J. is a special player for us,” said his coach Gene Cathcart. “He can do it all. He plays both ways for us and is dangerous as a kick returner. We run a Georgia Tech type of offense that kind of limited his carries but he averaged over eight yards a rush this past season.” Goodman has not received an offer but is hearing from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, and Georgia among others. According to Cathcart, Goodman does not have any favorites but has two former teammates at USC. “With Kelsey (Quarles) and D.J. Swearinger at Carolina, my guess is he might have a little more loyalty to the in-state schools,” said Cathcart. “We will find out during camps this summer which schools he is leaning towards.” Goodman plans to camp and Clemson and USC. As a junior, he rushed for over 700 yards and ten touchdowns. He caught eight passes for 168 yards and another score. On defense, Goodman had nine pass breakups and two interceptions and averaged 32.4 yards a return.
ATH Marty Williams (6-2 210) of Fox Creek was in attendance for Clemson’s junior day and was offered on the spot. “He really liked it up there,” said his coach Russ Schneider. “The offensive coach liked him at running back and the defensive coach liked him in the secondary. They were having a lot of fun with that.” Schneider says Clemson is Williams’ early leader but he is going to look around. “That’s the first place he has been so he is going to take other visits,” said Schneider. “(Clemson) was encouraging him to do so.” Arkansas has made a verbal offer to Williams and has plans to evaluate him more, says Schneider. Other schools showing interest are Georgia Tech, NC State, and Florida. As a junior, Williams rushed for 1902 yards and 20 touchdowns. He threw for 557 yards and another five scores. “He can do it all,” said Schneider. “He can throw, catch, and run. Since he is our playmaker, we want the ball in his hands. He plays quarterback for us.” Williams had four catches for 57 yards and three interceptions on defense.
DB Devontre Parnell (6-1 175) of Fairfield Central is one of three players hearing from several schools. “He is our best athlete,” said defensive line coach Scotty Dean. “He has all of the tools you want in a defensive back.” Parnell is hearing from Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, Illinois, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Penn State. He recently took a trip with his teammates, OL Ryan Raley and OL Iyan Roseborough. “One of our coaches took the three down to Clemson and they’ve been to Carolina too,” said Dean. Parnell scored four touchdowns on special teams and defense last season. “I know he ran a couple of punts back, a kick off back, and picked up a fumble and ran it back 85 or 90 yards,” Dean added.
OL Ryan Raley (6-3 300) is hearing from Clemson, USC, Maryland, Illinois, and NC State. “He is one of those players you don’t have to worry about finishing a play,” said Dean. “He will finish his block. He is a strong kid that plays with heart and emotion.”
OL Iyan Roseborough (6-4 300) is hearing from Clemson, USC, Maryland, Nebraska, Duke, Texas, and Central Florida. “He can move and is real quick,” Dean said. “He is a smart kid. He does all of the little things you ask of him and has good technique.” Dean was unsure is any of the three had a favorite.
QB Reese Hannon (6-3 205) of Greer is hearing from USC, Clemson, NC State, and Duke. “The folks down in Columbia are pretty excited about him,” said his coach Will Young. “I think Clemson wants to get a better look at him.” Hannon will attend several one-day camps this summer, according to Young. “He’ll go to Carolina, Clemson, NC State, and Duke as far as I know,” he said. “It’ll give him a chance to show them what he can do in person. He can throw the heck out of a football.” Young says Hannon will attend an Elite 11 camp as well. Hannon suffered a stress fracture in his foot last season but did play in eight games. He was 147 of 278 attempts throwing for 1858 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed for 581 yards on 113 carries. “He is getting a lot of looks but I think he would like to stay in-state,” added Young.
6-1 Jordan Roper of Irmo played his last game of his junior season at USC’s Colonial Life Arena last Friday. He helped lead Irmo to the 4A state championship that night. And now, the Gamecocks are showing renewed interest in Roper who averaged over 20 points and 4 assists per game this season. “USC just came back into the picture,” Roper said. He has offers from VCU, Tulane, Presbyterian and Tennessee State. Clemson also has been showing interest. “Clemson is trying to see what they are going to do with their 2011 class first,” he said. Interest also is coming from Tennessee, Winthrop and UNC Asheville. “I’m just looking for the best opportunity,” said Roper who has no timeline for a decision. He has visited USC and Clemson. This spring and summer he will play AAU ball for the South Carolina Hornets.