ATH Marty Williams (6-2 210) of Fox Creek has Clemson in his top three with Florida leading the charge. “My top three are Florida, Clemson and Miami in that order,” Williams said. “I’m going to take official visits to all three. I will take all five but I’m not sure what the other two schools will be.” Williams is unconcerned with the stories coming out of South Florida. “I haven’t heard from Miami in a while but I’m not worried about it,” he said. He got his season off well Friday rushing for 272 yards and passing for another 167 as the Predators won their opener 18-0 over Branchville. Williams is planning to schedule his visits in the near future. He does not have a set date for an announcement.
DL John Atkins of Thomson, GA has set his announcement date. Thomson told Scout.com he will name his choice early in the morning of September 2nd. Thomson, who said he has made his decision, narrowed his choices to Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia and Auburn. He visited Auburn, Georgia and Georgia Tech earlier in the summer and watched Georgia practice this past Saturday. He had planned to get to Clemson during the summer but wasn’t able to make the trip.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto will decide on his five official visits Monday night and he says those will be his final five schools. Johnson is working off a list of eight right now…Clemson, USC, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, Connecticut, Florida and Baylor. He and his dad will decide on the official visits and Johnson said he will release that list on Thursday. He and his AAU coach, Dion Bethea, visited NC State and North Carolina Saturday. “They are different but they have some of the same things,” Johnson said. “The coaches just talked about if I come there what things they can help me with to get me to the next level. But I’m going on where I fit in the best.” Johnson said he would not be taking any more unofficial visits. He said he does not have a favorite.
One of the prospects USC checked out during the July scouting period was 6-10 forward Michael Hall of College Park, GA. Hall said he talked once with Gamecock recruiter Neill Berry but hasn’t heard from him since. “I’m not really sure what they had in mind,” he said of the Gamecocks who saw him at an AAU event. Hall has offers from Northwestern, George Mason, Harvard, Nebraska, Georgia State, Penn, Virginia Tech, Charlotte and Cincinnati. He’s also getting interest from Stanford. Hall will take an official visit to George Mason in early September and he also is planning one for Harvard later in the month. Last season he averaged 9 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game.
Clemson has been in touch with PG Madison Jones (6-1) of Raleigh, NC. Jones said he heard from the Tigers about two weeks ago. “They are interested and want to come to the school and watch my workouts,” said Jones who attended Clemson’s elite prospect camp last summer. This summer he visited Virginia and NC State. Jones has offers from Richmond, Charlotte, Georgia Southern and Seton Hall. He’s also getting interest from Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee. He does not have a favorite. Jones averaged 15 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds per game last season.
The USC baseball program added a heavily recruited outfielder to the 2012 class Friday with a commitment from Jamie Jarmon (6-3 205) of Millsboro, NJ. John Whittle of TheBigSpur.com reported Jarmon’s commitment Friday afternoon. Jarmon reportedly chose the Gamecocks over Clemson, East Carolina, Maryland, Virginia and others. Jarmon is a right-handed hitter with power who can play any of the outfield positions. He’s the only outfielder at this point in the commitment class for 2012.
The Clemson baseball team landed a commitment Saturday from 2B/SS/RHP Cody Smith (6-0 170) of Lexington according to DiamondProspects.com. Smith is the fourth in-state prospect to commit to the Tigers for the 2013 class.