WR Alton Howard of Orlando has his top six as USC, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Central Florida, Florida and Louisville. “I had Tennessee in there but I’m going to drop them and replace them with Louisville,” Howard said. He is hearing from Alabama now and could take a visit next week. “I’m just waiting to hear what they have to say before I figure out what I’m doing,” he noted. Howard plans to take all five of his official visits before November and then make a decision. “I’m graduating early so I’m going to enroll in January,” he said. “I need to make up my mind before then.” He remains uncertain as to which schools will receive visits and continues to speak with Jeep Hunter regularly. Howard does not have a favorite.
RB Todd Gurley of Tarboro, NC named his top six schools with Clemson making the list. In order, they are North Carolina, Georgia, NC State, Auburn, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Each school has offered. The recent dismissal of Butch Davis at UNC did not deter Gurley from naming the Tar Heels his favorite. “It was shocking to me but I’m not too worried about it,” Gurley said. “Coaches leave all the time. I like the school and everything about it.” He took a trip to Georgia this summer saying, “It went real well and I got a chance to meet the coaches. We walked around and saw the campus, the stadium…stuff like that.” He stopped by Clemson on the way home and took a peek at the school. “It was the nicest campus and facilities I’ve seen of any school I’ve visited so far,” he said. Gurley would like to take an official visit at Clemson but has not set a date.
DL Eddie Goldman of Washington, DC is sitting on 15 schools right now including USC and Clemson. But in the near future he plans to cut his list down to six or seven schools. “In about a week or so,” said Goldman’s coach Aazaar Abdul Rahim. “He’s finished with visits until his officials. He’ll start setting those up in a week or so.” The coach it’s hard to pin down Goldman on definite plans regarding his short list. “It changes a lot depending on where he’s been,” Abdul Rahim said. The coach said academics will be key with Goldman’s decision. “All are strong institutions,” he said. “It’s also the feel of the program and it’s important he has a good vibe with his defensive line coach. And he has to see himself at that school from a social standpoint.” Goldman won’t make a decision until after his official visits.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC plans to schedule four of his official visits with Clemson, USC, Alabama and Florida. He told Scout.com he’s also looking at Nebraska and Arkansas. Watkins, who had one point appeared to be on the fast road to a commitment, now says he will not rush into a decision.
DL Jonathan Bullard of Shelby, NC has set an official visit with Nebraska for the Ohio State game October 8th. Bullard has not cut his list but he plans to get down to 5-6 schools by the end of summer. USC and Clemson are among the other schools he has been considering.
OL TJ Jones (6-5 276) of Myrtle Beach committed Tuesday to Kentucky.
The Clemson women’s basketball team Monday gained a commitment from 5-8 Danaejah Grant of Piscataway, NJ. Grant was a first team all state selection last season after averaging 28 points and 13 rebounds per game. The Newark Star-Ledger reported Grant also had offers from Rutgers, Virginia, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Miami, Seton Hall, St. Johns and Pittsburgh. Grant said she picked Clemson largely due to the fact the Lady Tigers continued to recruit her despite an ACL injury in her freshman season.