DE Gimel Presidentof Wando committed today to Auburn Thursday. President had trimmed his list to USC, North Carolina and Auburn. He visited each over t
he last week and made his call for Auburn. “Auburn feels like family,” President told the Charleston Post and Courier. “The players made me feel like I was at home. The coaches and the people who worked in the office made me feel like I was at home.” Last season he had 60 tackles and 6 sacks.
DL John Atkins of Thomson, GA is scheduled to visit Clemson Friday. This summer he has visited Auburn, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Florida and Georgia. Each of those schools has offered. Atkins played tight end and offensive tackle last season but will be primarily a defensive lineman this season. “He has a surprising aptitude for the game,” said is former defensive coordinator John Barnett. “He’s pretty athletic. He’s a good basketball player and also played some goalie on the soccer team. He also ran some track.”
DB Nate Smith of Warminster, PA is continuing to hear from USC which was one of his early offers. “They have a high interest in me most likely as a safety,” Smith said. “I talked to coach Mangus a couple of weeks ago.” Smith also has offers from West Virginia, Michigan State, Toledo and Temple. He has not taken any visits this summer and doesn’t have any planned at this point.
DB Trae Elston of Oxford, AL plans to visit Clemson again early next month. “I just want to get a closer look at them,” Elston said. “They are still interested in me. Clemson is still #1 ahead of LSU, Miami, Alabama, Oregon and Auburn.” Elson attended a recent Alabama camp where he worked out at receiver. “I just ran routes and tried to get better,” he said. “They said they liked me.” Elson is in no hurry on a decision saying he will wait until Signing Day. “I’m just taking it slow,” he said. “Whatever happens, happens.”
DE Tyler Knox of Myrtle Beach has set an official visit with Illinois for this fall. That’s the first official visit he has scheduled. He was invited to USC’s Showcase Camp but didn’t make it in. It appears at this point that USC and Clemson are cooling on him. NC State, Kentucky, Central Florida and Tennessee continue to show solid interest.
Clemson will not resign DB Ricky Chaney of Hutchinson JC, KS. Chaney signed with the Tigers in 2010 but did not qualify. He prepped at Battery Creek.
Two top juniors, who are committed to Georgia, made unofficial visits to USC Thursday. Goose Creek WR Tramel Terry and RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, FL visited the Gamecocks and spent the afternoon with recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. Terry is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state for 2013. He committed to Georgia at a camp earlier this summer but that decision is far from firm at this time. He was joined by another junior prospect on his team in LB Gerald Turner. Henry made the trip to USC with his teammate, TE Kelvin Rainey, who is a Gamecock commitment for 2012.