DE Noah Spence (6-4 240) of Harrisburg, PA will take his time in the recruiting process. With several offers that include USC, Auburn, Southern Cal, Florida, Penn State, Rutgers, Pitt, NC State, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Maryland and Virginia, Spence may wait until the end of summer before he begins to narrow his list. “I may get it down to around seven by August,” Spence said. “South Carolina will probably be on the list.” Spence will not take any visits this summer and does not plan to attend any camps. “I’m just going to practice and get ready for the season,” he said. Spence plans to take all five of his official visits with USC in strong contention for one of those trips. He does not have a favorite.
DE Evan Duke (6-2 220) of Wake Forest is hearing from Clemson, USC, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest and Maryland among others. He has not received his first offer but is confident that will come soon. Clemson, NC State and Maryland have shown the most interest in Duke thus far. “They’re the ones recruiting me the hardest,” Duke said. “Clemson likes me as a bandit and NC State and Maryland like me at defensive end.” He thinks highly of the Tigers. “They have a family-like atmosphere,” he said. “They get very personal with the players. I like that.” Duke has camped at each of these schools and will camp at Wake Forest and USC later this summer. He goes to Wake Forest on July 17th and has not set a date for the Gamecocks. Duke did attend a junior day in Columbia earlier this year. He does not have a favorite.
DL Carlos Watkins (6-4 285) of Forest City, NC has offers from USC, Clemson, Alabama, North Carolina, NC State, Duke, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Florida, Miami, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Maryland and Vanderbilt among many others. Coach Daniel Bailey has an idea of which schools Watkins is showing the most interest. “He doesn’t have a top five, per se,” Bailey said adding, “The schools he talks the most about are South Carolina, Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida and Miami.” Watkins recently returned from a visit to Notre Dame where he felt very comfortable. “He loved the tradition and the history there,” Bailey said. “They aren’t very flashy and neither is Carlos. He said, ‘coach, they make being unflashy cool.” Watkins will likely visit Clemson, USC and Florida this summer and save his official visits for schools further away from home. “He grew up a Miami fan but I don’t think that will factor into his decision,” his coach said. Bailey went on to say that he felt distance to home may be the deciding factor when Watkins announces his choice. “He has a great family and a great support system at home,” said Bailey. “He has a younger brother and sister and he may want to be closer to them.”
OL Joe Harris (6-4 285) of Lithonia, GA has offers from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Minnesota, Louisville, South Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Purdue. He recently attended camp at Alabama and came away thinking highly of the Tide. “I hope they offer,” Harris said. “That’s a place I could see myself playing. I learned a lot there and I got to talk to coach (Nick) Saban. He said he really liked me. They play hard and they play fast.” Harris, who visited Clemson earlier in the month with his parents, will go to Oregon State on July 4th. He could take other visits this summer but is undecided as to where. Though Harris expressed interest in ‘Bama, he does not have a favorite. He plans to make his decision before the start of the football season.
OL Graham Shuler (6-4 272) of Brentwood, TN had planned a trip to Clemson earlier this month but it fell through. While looking for a time to reschedule, he chose to visit Stanford instead. The trip would end his recruitment as Shuler chose to play for the Cardinal next season. “I really felt comfortable with coach (Dan) Brooks at Clemson so I’m partially disappointed (I did not visit) but I’m at peace with my decision,” Shuler said. “Stanford had every aspect of what I was looking for. I prayed about it and talked to my parents and decided this is where I wanted to go.” Shuler committed on Monday and will not take any other visits. He had offers from Clemson, Stanford, Duke, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Purdue, Louisville, Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Syracuse.