Clemson added heavily recruited RB Zac Brooks (6-1 180) of Jonesboro, AK to its 2012 recruiting class Monday night. Brooks, who can also play receiver, picked the Tigers over Auburn, Notre Dame and Arkansas. Brooks spent much of last week at Clemson for camp and his time there convinced him it was the right place for him. “I think God placed it in my heart,” Brooks said. “I felt the instant connection with the people I was with. I talked to the players, coaches, staff and I just felt comfortable talking with everybody.” Brooks has 4.4 speed. Last season he rushed for 1300 yards and 17 touchdowns and caught 32 passes for 200 yards and 2 scores. From a football standpoint, he believes Clemson will get the most out of him. “I feel it’s a great opportunity for me bettering myself and trying to play pro football,” he said. “From what Coach (Chad) Morris tells me, it will be very hard to shut that offense down. “ Brooks is the 11th commitment for Clemson’s 2012 class. He will enroll next summer and he said this is a firm decision on his part.
Lexington WR Shaq Roland returned to Columbia Tuesday from an unofficial visit to Florida. He was joined on the visit by his coach Scott Earley. “He toured, he got the red carpet treatment,” Earley said. “He was impressed but I don’t think anything has changed. He’s going to Athens Saturday and that will be it for visits.” Earley said Roland continues to favor USC with Alabama, Georgia and Florida the next three schools in order. Roland will visit Georgia Saturday with his basketball coach Bailey Harris who is going there for a camp. Earley said Roland has made numerous visits to USC and is there today for a basketball tournament. Earley said Roland will announce his commitment in August before the start of his season.
DE Tyriq McCord (6-3 215) of Tampa visited USC last week and came away impressed. “I like the coaches,” McCord said. “I saw the field…the facilities and stuff. Everything is really nice.” McCord does not have any favorites but did say, “Everyone is even right now but Florida and South Carolina are the two main (schools).” An official visit to Columbia is in McCord’s future. He has offers from USC, Florida, Miami, South Florida, Southern Cal, Notre Dame, Oregon, Ole Miss, Texas Tech and Georgia among others. McCord is unaware of what his plans are for the summer. “I know I’m going on vacation with my family,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll visit more schools but I really don’t know which ones. I’m really just working on getting bigger before football starts.” McCord did not name a favorite.
DB Will Redmond (6-0 179) of Memphis has offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Memphis, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Virginia, North Carolina, Illinois, Louisville, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Purdue among others. Last week, Redmond visited Clemson. “It was great,” Redmond said. “I want to go somewhere that feels like home. They do a good job of making you feel like a part of the family.” Redmond has not narrowed his list but is very interested in several schools. He named Clemson, Mississippi State, Tennessee and North Carolina, in no order, as schools that would make his list. Redmond has taken visits to Mississippi State, Ole Miss, UNC, Miami, Florida Atlantic and North Carolina and will visit Notre Dame, Virginia, Louisville and Kentucky this summer. UK has not offered but he is expecting one soon. Redmond does not have a favorite.
QB Greyson Lambert (6-5 200) of Jesup, GA visited USC Saturday and was impressed with what he saw. “They showed us the stadium and told about some of the changes coming soon like the new Jumbotron,” Lambert said. “They showed us the locker rooms, the weight room, the new training facilities and the meeting rooms. It was all top-notch.” This was his first visit to USC. “It was one of the most beautiful campuses I’ve ever seen,” he said. “They showed us the academic center and the dorms where a lot of the football players stay. I really liked it there.” Lambert visited NC State on Friday and said the visit, “went great”. He will visit Arkansas on July 16th, Alabama on the 18th and return to USC on the 21st. Lambert will also attend an MVP camp in Columbia on the 25th. He has not narrowed his list. “My senior year is really important to me so I doubt I’ll make any decisions during the season,” he added. His offers include USC, Clemson, Alabama, Louisville, NC State, Miami, Boston College, Purdue, Mississippi State and Virginia. Lambert does not have a favorite.