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Highly recruited DB Travis Blanks (6-1 180) of Tallahassee, FL committed to Clemson Friday. Blanks attended Clemson’s camp earlier this week. He also made an unofficial visit to the campus in January. In fact, he visited Clemson four times before making his decision. “I had a thorough process and evaluated everything about it,” Blanks said. “I prayed about it and this is where God led me. I love Coach (Charlie) Harbison and Coach (Kevin) Steele. They believe in my game.” And Blanks has a lot of game. He had 104 tackles and 4 interceptions last season. He also caught 37 passes as a receiver. “I can play strong safety, free safety, cornerback and nickel,” Blanks said. “I’m versatile. I can play any position in the secondary. I can jam, and I can cover a receiver or a tight end. Their system fits me perfectly.” But football wasn’t the primary reason Blanks chose Clemson over offers from he likes of USC, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Southern Cal, Ohio State and Notre Dame. “It’s the relationships I have,” he said. “Coach Harbison, I feel like I can talk to him about anything. I felt welcomed and I felt like a family member.” Blanks is Clemson’s third commitment of the week and the 7th for the 2012 class.
WR/TE Jay Jay McCullough (6-5 235) of Nation Ford made an unofficial visit to USC Friday with his family for a closer look at the program. The visit also allowed the Gamecocks to take a closer look at him, and he left Columbia with an offer from USC. “I met with Coach (Ellis) Johnson and Coach (Jay) Graham,” McCullough said. “We had a little tour of the football facilities. I thought it was nice. I liked it.” McCullough said it’s the third for fourth trip for him to USC. He said the coaches did not specify a position for him saying he could play receiver, tight end, running back or slot in their offense. Earlier in the week McCullough was at Clemson’s camp. “I got to hang out with the coaches and get to know them more,” he said. “I got to know the campus more. It was fun being down there. They’ve offered me as an H-Back.” McCullough also has offers from Miami, Kentucky, Duke, NC State, Connecticut, East Carolina and Miami of Ohio. He wants to visit Miami this summer but is not sure when. And he has no favorite. “I’m just letting the process go on and see who wants me and offers me,” he said. McCullough added he has no lean right now between USC and Clemson. “USC just started recruiting me and I want to see how it is with them,” he said. He’d like to make his decision before the season. Last season McCullough had 35 catches for 300 yards and 6 touchdowns. He also rushed for 544 yards and 9 touchdowns.
OL Javarius Leamon of Woodruff spent three days at Clemson’s camp this week showing Tiger offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell his talents. “It felt like a regular practice,” Leamon said. “I did well in the one on ones. I talked a lot with Coach (Jeff) Scott. We talked a lot about life and what we had done that day.” Leamon said he’ll attend some other camps but he’s not sure where. He also plans to visit USC but doesn’t have a date for that. Leamon has offers from Clemson, USC, East Carolina, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Marshall. He does not have a favorite and said his camp experience at Clemson didn’t affect his opinion about the Tigers.
OL Joey O’Connor (6-5 285) of Windsor, CO said he was recently offered by USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. “He said I have a scholarship offer waiting for me there if I want to come there,” O’Connor said. “He’s been saying we’ve got to get you out here, it’s a perfect visit for you and you’ll love it.” O’Connor will visit Utah Monday and he’s going to Penn State in two weeks. No other visits are scheduled. He wants to take a visit to USC but he’s not sure when. O’Connor said Utah, UCLA and Penn State stand out the most with him right now but he’s keeping his options open. He also has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Arizona State, Arizona, Tennessee and Washington State.
DE Keilin Rayner of Leland, NC has not had a chance to see many schools but that will change over the next few weeks. Rayner has been to Duke, East Carolina and NC State, and he continues to favor Duke. He plans to visit USC, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He will attend a USC camp in July. “After visiting South Carolina and North Carolina, I might like them,” he said. Rayner has offers from USC, Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, NC State and Wake Forest. He said he might visit Clemson as well at some point. He plans to make his decision after the season.
LB Adam Ah Ching (6-0 220) of Greer will take several visits over the summer including one to USC. The Gamecocks have not offered but that could be in Ah Ching’s future. “They said they want to see me in person first,” Ah Ching said. “They scheduled for me to come down at the end of July to get to know me.” It will be his first trip to the Columbia campus. Ah Ching is headed to Nebraska Wednesday and to Utah from there. “I’m going to camp at Utah,” he said. “It should be a lot of fun.” July has Ah Ching taking several trips including Penn State, Rutgers, Ohio State and Michigan. His offers are from BYU, Utah, Oregon, Georgia Tech and Colorado with BYU, Utah, Oregon and Georgia Tech as his favorites.
Interest in Eau Claire DBs Marquise Jones and Marquise Boyan continues to grow according to their coach Ronnie Baker. Jones recently visited Georgia Tech. He now has offers from Duke, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Furman, SC State, Newberry, Toledo and Army. And Boyan has offers from Furman, Georgia State, Arkansas State and Clark-Atlanta. He’s also getting interest from Marshall, Toledo, Citadel, Wofford, Gardner-Webb, SC State and Charleston Southern.