WR Stefon Diggs (6-0 185) of Olney, MD has cut his long list of offers to 15, and Clemson and USC are still on his list. Diggs told Rivals.com his final 15 schools are Clemson, USC, Alabama, Auburn, Cal, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgia. Diggs said he does not have a favorite and he will do another cut in another month or two. He has not decided on official visits but he did point out USC, California, Auburn and Florida as four possibilities. He does not plan to announce a decision until the Army All American Game at the earliest.
DE Kenderius Whitehead (6-5 210) of Monroe, GA currently has Georgia way out front for him. He attended the Bulldogs’ camp in late July but did not participate because of a sore hamstring. While many top prospects committed to Georgia on that Friday night, Whitehead held off doing so. That commitment might eventually come, but in the meantime other schools continue to work Whitehead. That includes USC. Whitehead and his mother made a visit to USC this summer and the Gamecocks remain on his list. Some of his other offers include Clemson, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Illinois, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Arkansas, Nebraska and North Carolina. Whitehead, who had 11 sacks last season, has not said when he plans to make a decision.
DL John Atkins (6-4 299) of Thompson, GA has visited Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech this summer and will visit Clemson and Florida before the season gets underway. His offers are from Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Massachusetts. “I like Clemson,” Atkins said. “They are a really young team.” Atkins admitted he is not too familiar with the Tigers but expressed interest in the school and their recent recruiting classes. He will make the move from the offensive line to the defensive line this year and is being recruited to play nose guard at the next level. Atkins will take his time in the recruiting process and is in no hurry to narrow his list or commit.
WR Chris Brown of Hanahan received an offer in track from Florida State recently and is waiting to hear if the football program will follow suit. “Most schools looking at me say I can do both (play football and run track),” Brown said. “FSU just offered me in track and the coaches told me they were going to see what they could do about football.” He has tentative plans to attend the FSU-Miami game this season. Brown’s top three are USC, Virginia Tech and Cincinnati and he plans to visit each school once the season begins. “I can’t say exactly when I’m going to visit them, but I definitely want to see them all,” he said. This summer, Brown attended camp at Florida and really enjoyed the trip. “It was real fun down there,” he said. “I liked it a lot. They have a great atmosphere.” His offers include USC, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Arkansas, Maryland, Marshall, East Carolina, Vanderbilt, Kentucky and Wake Forest. No favorites for the wide receiver.
Rising junior outfielder John Mulkey (6-0 150) of Emerald committed to Clemson last week according to DiamondProspects.com. Mulkey is described as one of the state’s “top speed guys.” He had 35 stolen bases last season.
DiamondProspects also reported that rising senior OF Drew Joiner of Riverside, LHP Chris Orlando of Carolina Forest, C Stephen Windham of Summerville, and RHP Billy Ferguson of North Myrtle Beach committed to The Citadel and rising junior catcher GK Young of Conway committed to Coastal Carolina.
USC recruit C Nick Ciuffo of Lexington was named tournament MVP as his Diamond Devil black team won a national championship in the 18 and under CABA tournament.