Bamberg-Ehrhardt DL Martin Aiken and David DeLeon have made plans to announce their college plans their coach Butch Crosby said Monday. Aiken will announce his decision June 26th. DeLeon will announce on July 9th. Both announcements will take place at the school. Crosby said Aiken is down to Clemson, USC and Georgia Tech. He said Clemson has a slight edge at this point following Aiken’s attendance at Dabo Swinney’s camp last week. Also, former Tigers Ricky Sapp and Da’Quan Bowers, both B-E products, spent a few days with Aiken last week making a push for the Tigers according to Crosby who added that USC was out in front prior to last week. Aiken will visit USC Wednesday and Georgia Tech Friday then take the rest of the time to make his decision. DeLeon is at Miami of Ohio today. He will also visit Kentucky and Marshall this week, and he might take a trip to Texas Tech before deciding. He also has offers from East Carolina, Illinois, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Louisville and Minnesota.
QB Chad Kelly of Buffalo will announce his college decision Thursday afternoon at 5:00 PM at a news conference at his school. Kelly is visiting Alabama today and will be at Clemson Tuesday and Wednesday for a camp. He is traveling with one of his uncles who is helping advise him on his decision. Kelly has been strong on Clemson since an earlier visit with the Tigers. At one time he publicly had them out front. Most recently he has declined to name a favorite but most observers believe he will announce for Clemson on Thursday.
OL Javarius Leamon of Woodruff attended camp at Clemson last week. Today he went back for an unofficial visit with his parents along side. There was not commitment. Clemson appears to be the team out front for Leamon at this point. He has said he plans to visit USC this summer and attend other camps.
OL Bryce Kennedy of Southern Pines, NC has visited USC, North Carolina and Duke in recent weeks and is going to see NC State this Thursday. He has offers from those four schools along with East Carolina, Temple, Stanford and Florida International. “It’s hard to say,” Kennedy responded when asked if there were a favorite. He did say right now USC and North Carolina stand out the most with him. He does plan a return visit to USC this summer. He’s not sure when he’ll make a decision be he knows what he wants in a school. “I’m looking for good academics, a great program, and coaches that I know will have my back and can trust.” Kennedy plays offensive tackle in high school but expects to play guard in college.
OL James Hamilton of Orlando has a lengthy offer list that includes Clemson, Michigan State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Texas A&M, Syracuse, North Carolina, Kentucky and NC State. USC is among some of the others showing interest. Right now, Hamilton is claiming no favorites. “Everybody is still on the board,” he said. He was scheduled to be at Georgia this past Saturday for a camp. He also plans to get to Florida and Florida State. He’s not sure about other visits but said he might visit Clemson and North Carolina at some point. In the spring he visited Georgia, Florida, Central Florida and South Florida. Hamilton plays offensive guard.
DL Tyler Nero of Atmore, AL will camp at Alabama this week. That’s the only camp trip he has planned at this point. He does plan to visit Clemson this summer. The Tigers have offered along with Auburn, Alabama, Illinois, South Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Arkansas, Georgia and Arkansas State. Nero does not have favorites right now. “I’m focusing on my season and not pushing to make a decision,” he said. “I’ll see which school fits me the best and where I’m most comfortable.” Nero added that right now Auburn is recruiting him the hardest.
Hemingway WR Jabril Solomon went across the border earlier this week for a pair of visits. Solomon checked out East Carolina and NC State. He particularly liked ECU and was impressed by head coach Ruffin McNeil. Solomon continues to favor Clemson. He plans to visit Clemson and USC but dates haven’t been set. Solomon has offers from Clemson, East Carolina, Nebraska, NC State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.