DL Jonathan Bullard of Boiling Springs, NC will take in his first college game of the season tomorrow when he makes an unofficial visit to Clemson. Next weekend he will be in Columbia for the USC-Auburn game. Bullard has one official visit set with Nebraska for October 8th and has not decided on the others. “I’m still holding with the same eight schools,” said Bullard who has Clemson, USC, Nebraska, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Miami on his list. He is keeping in touch with Clemson and USC. “I talked to Coach Swinney Thursday,” he said. “We just talked about the visit and how he’s going to be glad to see me. I talked with Coach Spurrier two days ago about coming down.” Bullard plans to make his decision in late October or early November. Bullard said he has no favorites despite speculation USC and Florida are out front. “That’s just people talking,” he said. Bullard will be at Clemson with Saturday with his close friend DL Carlos Watkins. Bullard said his decision and Watkins’ are not connected. And he senses a decision by Watkins has been made. “I know but I can’t say,” Bullard said. Watkins is set to announce October 14th.
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC will make another visit to Clemson tomorrow for the Florida State game. This will be his third game this season at Death Valley. According to his coach Daniel Bailey, Watkins is focused on two schools but is still going to look at others. Watkins is going to announce a commitment October 14th. “He’s narrowed it down to two schools, Florida and Clemson, but he wants to be sure,” Bailey said. “He will take some other visits after he commits. He’s looking at Alabama, Clemson and USC (for other official visits). He wants to give everybody the chance on game day.” Watkins has set an official visit with Florida for the Alabama game October 1st, and he has a visit set with Nebraska for the following weekend. Florida coaches were at the school today. Clemson was in two weeks ago. And Bailey said Watkins has been talking with USC recruiter Shawn Elliott about setting up a visit with the Gamecocks. Bailey said Clemson is out front at this point. “Location is one thing,” the coach said. “Being closer to home, the family can come in more often. But, he’s still considering the SEC.” Watkins is averaging eight tackles and two sacks per game this season.
WR Chris Brown of Hanahan committed to Notre Dame last weekend while on his official visit. But his father said Thursday night an absolute decision on a college has not yet been made. “I was shocked,” Joe Brown said of his son’s sudden pledge to the Irish. “I knew he would like it. He made be committed to Notre Dame, but to me a verbal commitment is like a hand shake. It’s always been our intention to take his scheduled visits. He’s not going to make his decision until he has the entire bowl of information. Our intention is for him to take his official visits. I’m not going to allow him to make his decision without seeing everything on his plate.” Brown is scheduled to visit Virginia Tech October 8th when the Hokies face Miami. He plans to visit LSU sometime after the Virginia Tech trip. No other visits are planned right now though Joe Brown wants to get feedback from USC. “I haven’t talked to any South Carolina guys but it’s my intention to see if he can use one of his official visits there,” he said. Chris Brown suffered a broken collarbone in week two of the season. His father said he is progressing well and is expected to miss another three to four weeks.
6-8 junior forward Quinton Stephens of Atlanta is scheduled for an unofficial visit to Clemson Saturday for the Tigers’ football game with Florida State. Stephens is regarded as one of the top players in Georgia for the 2013 class. He has offers from Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, UAB and Georgia Tech. He’s also drawn interest from USC, Auburn, Temple, and George Mason. Also planning to visit Clemson Saturday are 2012 commitments guard Jordan Roper and forward Josh Smith, and 2013 commitment big guard Patrick Rooks.
USC has one official visit for basketball scheduled this weekend in 6-8 Tyrone Haughton of Florida. Gamecock commitments guards Ian Baker and Carlos Morris also are planning to come in for Saturday’s game on unofficial visits.
Class of 2013 PG D.J. Brooks (6-1 170) of Hillcrest recently took a visit to Mercer and picked up an offer from the Bears on the trip. “I really enjoyed myself,” Brooks said. “It’s a nice campus. Everything is up-to-date.” Furman and Jacksonville had already offered. Brooks continues to receive interest from USC, Winthrop, The Citadel, East Carolina and Tulane among others. “The Citadel and Winthrop are visiting at my school tomorrow,” he added. Brooks has three scheduled visits in the next month. He will travel to Winthrop on September 22nd, East Carolina on the 29th and USC on October 8th. He does not have a favorite.