DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC is expected to commit very soon according to his coach Daniel Bailey. Clemson and USC are heavily involved. “He mentions Clemson, South Carolina, Florida and Alabama the most to me,” Bailey said. “He likes Clemson a lot. If he goes to an ACC school, it would be Clemson.” Watkins visited the Tigers a couple of weeks ago and really likes the school. Bailey believes that Watkins could commit within the next two weeks even before he completes his official visits. “He is getting ready to start scheduling his official visits,” Bailey said. “I think he’ll visit the four schools I mentioned. I don’t know who will be his fifth visit.” Watkins does not know if Watkins has a leader but did say they Gamecocks and Tigers are very much in the picture.
OL Patrick DeStefano and OL Javarius Leamon committed to Clemson this summer and have confirmed their decisions. “I’ve shut it down (the recruiting process),” DeStefano said. “I’m 100 percent a Tiger. I won’t take any other visits.” Leamon echoes DeStefano’s comments. “I still hear from other schools but I’m not interested,” he said. “I’ll go to some Clemson games and take my official visit there. I won’t visit and other schools.” Each player said they are now focused on their senior seasons and their studies. DeStefano plans to graduate early and enroll at Clemson in January.
LB T.J. Burrell of Goose Creek is committed to Clemson but is considering a visit to Georgia Tech. “I don’t know what I am going to do right now,” Burrell said. “As of now, I’m only going to visit Clemson for my official (visit) but I don’t want to say I won’t take any other visits. If I do, it would be to Georgia Tech.” Burrell went on to say it is the only other school he would consider. He continues to hear from other programs but says that has slowed down since his commitment. “It’s not like it was as far as phone calls,” he said. “I still get some calls but mostly it’s just letters.” His commitment to the Tigers is strong and since making the decision, Burrell has turned his focus away from the recruitment process. “I am really paying attention to my grades and getting ready for football,” Burrell said. Burrell’s mom added Wednesday night that her son is firm with Clemson and will be signing with the Tigers.
WR Mark Irick of Calhoun County committed to Virginia Tech back in July and is very happy with his decision. “After I talked to coach (Walt) Wilson, I felt like it was the right fit for me,” Irick said. Though he is strong with the Hokies, he is not ruling out anything. “I can say I am really happy with them but I don’t want to say I wouldn’t look at other schools,” he admitted. Irick had offers from USC, Kentucky and Auburn before committing to Virginia Tech and did acknowledge that he is unsure if his coach continues to receive inquiries about his services. “I really don’t know if any schools are still showing interest, to be honest,” he said. “Coach hasn’t really told me anything.” Irick is considering taking in some games this season. “I would love to go,” Irick said. “But I really don’t know what I’m going to do.” He would like to attend games at Clemson and USC.
SETH LANCASTER SS/2B HANAHAN USC (2014)
Lancaster batted .302 with three home runs last season.