Highly regarded WR Zac Brooks (6-1 180) of Jonesboro, AR said Thursday night he will announce his college choice on his brother’s birthday of September 23rd. And he will choose from Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame and Arkansas. Brooks plays receiver, running back and defensive back. Clemson likes him as a receiver. And he likes Clemson. “I just feel like I can trust them,” Brooks said. “I just like Clemson. The coaches are great coaches. Coach (Chad) Morris is a beautiful guy, I love him.” Brooks said there’s no leader among his final four. “They are all riding the same horse,” he said. “I asked myself, can I see myself playing for this school. That’s how I evaluated them.” Brooks, who has family in South Carolina, plans to visit Clemson June 12th or 14th. He will also visit Notre Dame this summer.
DB Chaz Elder of College Park, GA visited USC Friday. USC remains one of his favorites along with Clemson, Georgia and LSU. DB Kyle Fleetwood of Stone Mountain, GA and DE Kenderius Whitehead of Monroe, GA are scheduled to visit USC over the weekend.
OL Javarius Leamon of Woodruff will get his summer camp season underway next week when he goes to Clemson Tuesday thru Thursday. Leamon had planned to visit USC this Saturday but has had to postpone the visit due to a death in the family. He might go into Columbia the next Saturday. Leamon has offers from USC, Clemson, East Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Marshall. Georgia and Florida are also showing interest. Leamon, who grew up a Florida fan, said he has no favorite right now and is not going to make an early decision. All the schools which have offered him had recruiters come thru this spring.
TE Kelvin Rainey of Yulee, FL was speeding towards a decision thru much of the spring but has downshifted a bit as summer approaches. “Things are heating up,” Rainey said. “Some schools have come by and are turning my head. I had to slow down. I’m taking my time and looking around. I’m still big on South Carolina, but things are slowing down.” Rainey said the emergence of Arkansas and North Carolina on his list has given him reason to look around a bit more. USC, Georgia and Miami are the other top schools on his list. And there is no order to the schools right now. Rainey, who talked with USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. last weekend, plans to visit USC, Arkansas, North Carolina and Miami. A decision may not come before September. Rainey is being recruited for tight end and linebacker. He prefers tight end and that’s the position USC is recruiting him for.
OL Jonathan McLaughlin (6-5 280) of Mauldin added Marshall and Florida International to his offers bringing his total to four. His first two offers were from Wake Forest and East Carolina. “He has a lot of schools coming by to see him,” coach Doug Shaw said. “Most schools in the ACC have been by. Clemson, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame( and) NC State.” USC and Clemson have visited McLaughlin as well, according to Shaw. “I think he is going to go to a camp at Virginia Tech in July,” Shaw said. “Bud Foster (Hokie defensive coordinator) came down to see Jonathan himself.” Shaw expects McLaughlin to camp at Clemson and USC this summer as well. As for favorites Shaw said, “I asked him that the other day and he really doesn’t have one. He did tell me that he likes Wake Forest and East Carolina because they are recruiting him the hardest. He is going to take his time in making a decision.”
Clemson wide receiver signee Martavis Bryant, the former Calhoun Falls and TL Hanna standout. used his Facebook page early this Thursday morning to report he has qualified for eligibility. “Finally got qualified last night at 12… Glad the stress is ova thank God,” Bryant wrote. Bryant would still need NCAA Clearinghouse approval and admission by Clemson before he could join the Tigers this summer.