TL Hanna TE Justin Meredith committed Tuesday night to North Carolina. Many thought he’d end up at Clemson as he grew up a Tiger fan. He also had strong interest in Duke, LSU, Tennessee and Auburn.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt DE Martin Aiken said Tuesday night he’s looking at a date in July for making his commitment. “I’m close to setting a date,” Aiken said. “I’m going to narrow to a top five soon, me and David (DeLeon)…sometime in June.” Aiken said he’s most interested in Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee, the schools he’s visited thus far. As for the in state battle, Aiken said there’s no leader. “I’m going to stay open to both of them. They are both real good schools. That’s going to be a tough decision to make, which of my in state schools is going to be a leader.” Aiken said he will try to visit Miami of Ohio, Illinois, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech this summer. And he said he could leave the state just as easy as staying within the borders. He said the primary factor for him in choosing a school will be the atmosphere. “In Bamberg, it’s a family atmosphere and that’s what I want to find,” he said. “I want to be where there will be some blue-collar workers, guys not afraid to get dirty.”
RB Auctavius Bennett (5-6 170) of Clarksville, MD missed his junior season with a hip injury and is anticipating picking up his first offer during next season. “I’m back at a 100 percent and ready to go,” Bennett said. “A lot of coaches are saying they want to see me camp and see the film of my first two games before they offer.” He has plans to camp at Pitt, Duke, North Carolina, North Texas, Michigan State, West Virginia and Virginia. Bennett said he would camp at Clemson if they get back in the picture with him. “I haven’t heard from them lately,” he said. “I talked to coach (Chad) Morris early on but haven’t really heard from them since. I still want to contact them and would camp there if they’re interested.” Bennett named Mississippi State as his favorite saying, “They’re recruiting me pretty hard. Travel is kind of expensive to get there so I don’t think I can camp there. I will try and visit them later.” Middle Tennessee is showing interest after Bennett visited last Friday. They want him to attend camp as well.
DE Korey Harris (6-4 230) of Jacksonville, FL has offers from NC State, Cincinnati, West Virginia, Troy and Western Michigan and is hearing from Clemson, Arkansas, Purdue, Tennessee and Wake Forest. “I am definitely interested in Clemson,” Harris said. “My sister is good friends with (former WR) Jacoby Ford.” Harris has received some letters from the Tigers and is interested in attending a camp there this summer. Other camps he would like to attend include Florida State, NC State and Wake Forest. “FSU is a family favorite,” he added. As a junior, Harris compiled 55 tackles and 11 sacks. He did not name a favorite.
LB Reggie Northrup (6-2 218) of Jacksonville, FL has offers from USC, Clemson, Miami, Auburn, North Carolina, West Virginia, South Florida, Florida International, Tennessee and Georgia Tech among others. Northrup, who visited USC earlier this spring with First Coast teammates Shaquille Beverly and Chris Black, plans to return over the summer. “I’m going to try and get back up there this summer but I’m definitely going to take an official visit there,” Northrup said. He liked the facilities and the area in Columbia. Other summer visits he plans to take are Miami, Tennessee and North Carolina. Northrup camped at Clemson last summer and likes the campus and surrounding area but in unsure if he will return for another visit. He does not have any favorites.
USC Tuesday offered DB Lucas Thompson (6-1 185) of Winter Garden, FL. USC recruiter Jeep Hunter was recently by the school to check on Thompson and made the offer. Thompson plays safety. Some of his other offers are Miami, Purdue, Southern Miss, Ole Miss, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, East Carolina, SMU and Washington State.
Clemson has made a strong move with DB Will Redmond (6-0 180) of Memphis. “I hear from coach Brooks weekly,” Redmond said. “He’s very interested. He’s telling me they are really interested in me and can’t wait to get me up and show me around.” That will happen either June 13th or 14th when Redmond stops by Clemson as part of a multi-school tour. He plans to see the schools which have offered, and that includes Vanderbilt, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky, Memphis, Mississippi State, Purdue, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Arkansas State. Clemson and Vanderbilt are his top two at this point. “I always watched Clemson play when I was smaller,” he said. “When they offered me, it was like, that’s a team I used to watch.” Redmond plays quarterback and defensive back and said Clemson likes him as a rover back type of player, someone who can play corner and safety. Last season he passed for 886 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 1862 yards and 11 scores. He plans to make a decision in mid July.
DL Jhaustin Thomas (6-6 233) of Decatur, GA has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida, Auburn, Georgia, Penn State, Ole Miss, Virginia and Oklahoma State among others. He has USC, Clemson, Florida and Alabama at the top. “Nothing has really changed,” Thomas said. “Those are still my favorites.” Several schools stopped by his school during spring practice including Clemson, USC, Florida, Alabama and Ole Miss. “I can’t remember them all,” Thomas added. This summer he plans to visit the Tigers and Gamecocks but was unsure of other visits he plans to take. He did not name a leader.
DB D.J. Singleton (6-3 205) of Jersey City, NJ has added Michigan State, Temple, Syracuse, Illinois and Indiana to his offer sheet, according to his father Dwayne Singleton. “I know he has gotten more but I can’t remember them all,” his father said. His other offers include North Carolina, Miami, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan. USC has shown interest but Singleton’s father does not believe they have made an offer. “We would love to get an offer from them,” he said. “My wife grew up about 45 minutes from campus. If they want us to come visit, I’ll take him down there.” Singleton’s father has plans to visit UNC, Michigan and Michigan State with his son this summer. He did not name a favorite.