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DB Travis Blanks of Tallahassee has been a Clemson commitment since June and will remain so. Blanks made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and reaffirmed his plans to sign with the Tigers. Blanks told Scout.com he has shut down his recruiting and will not take any more official visits. He made an unofficial visit to Georgia the previous weekend and had said he might take an official visit there depending on how his weekend at Clemson went. Apparently, it will well enough to convince him to stick with his pledge. Blanks also is close friends with Clemson linebacker target Keith Brown of Miami of also visited over the weekend.
Junior WR Tramel Terry (5-11 170) of Goose Creek committed to Georgia in July but is reconsidering. “I’m still committed but I want to slow down and think about it,” Terry said. “I think I may have made my decision too quickly.” Terry was at the USC-Vanderbilt game over the weekend and now has some thinking to do. “It just felt like home,” he said. “Everybody knew me…even the fans. They didn’t play too good but it was a great time.” He will return to Williams-Brice this Saturday for the Auburn game. “I’ll go to Georgia the weekend after that and then I’m going to go to Clemson.” Terry says that Clemson, USC and Georgia are his top three in no order and Florida State is in the mix as well. He has not de-committed from Georgia but did say the commitment is a soft one. “I grew up a Georgia fan and I just committed before I had a chance to look around,” he admitted. “I want to see what else is out there.”
LB Rafael Kirby (6-2 218) of Stone Mountain, GA is likely to take an unofficial visit to USC this season. Kirby is committed to Miami but considering other visits. “I think it’s going to happen sometime,” he said. “I should know by Wednesday when I’m going to visit South Carolina.” Kirby took a trip to Georgia last weekend and enjoyed his time in Athens. “We got to see a good game and just had a good time,” Kirby said. Other schools Kirby could visit that continue to show interest are Vanderbilt, Southern Cal and Stanford. He will take an official visit to Miami and has not scheduled any other official visits. Through four games, Kirby has nearly 50 tackles, eight-and-a-half sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception for a touchdown.
Miami committed LB Keith Brown of Miami made an official visit to Clemson over the weekend, and the visit has given him something else to think about. So much so, Brown will decide by the middle of this week whether or not to de-commit from Miami. “Clemson is at the top right now if I de-commit,” Brown said. “I’m contemplating it. I liked everything. Everyone is like a family, everybody is supportive.” Brown spent most of his time with lead recruiter Jeff Scott. He also talked with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and head coach Dabo Swinney. And he paid a visit to Vickery Hall. Brown said he kept a close watch on the Clemson linebackers. “I can see myself going in there and plugging holes and making tackles,” he said. “I can see myself going in there and making some noise.” Brown said he will schedule other official visits with Nebraska, Penn State, LSU and Illinois. He will take unofficial visits to Florida State and Miami. He talked with Miami Sunday. “They called to see what the situation is,” Brown said. “I’m going to take all of my visits. I don’t know what’s going on at the school (with the NCAA investigation). Brown will make his final decision in mid-December because he plans to enroll in college in January.
Gaffney WR Quinshad Davis has been a major reason the Indians are undefeated and ranked #1 in the state. Davis is averaging 137 yards per game. That has caught the attention of Clemson and USC. Both looked past Davis during the summer commitment binge. And for his part, Davis was not going to be rushed into a decision. But Gaffney coach Dan Jones said Sunday the Tigers and Gamecocks have rekindled interest in Davis who attended Clemson’s game with Florida State Saturday. “Clemson was at our Byrnes game and knows somebody better sign him and not let him get out of the state of South Carolina,” Jones said. “I’m hearing the same thing out of Columbia.” A receiver spot is about to open up at Clemson with the expected transfer of Bryce McNeal. However, Jones does not expect Davis to change his thinking with the renewed interest from the locals. “I don’t think he’s necessarily a Gamecock or a Tiger,” he said. “Wake Forest came in Tuesday and they want him really bad. He’s going to go up with his mom for a game there. But right now he’s concentrating on his senior season and he thinks things will work out in the end.”
DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC has been a regular visit to Death Valley this season. Saturday he went with his mom and his high school coach Daniel Bailey. “It went great,” Bailey said. “He went down to the locker room afterwards and talked to coach (Dan) Brooks. It was a great game for him to go to. His mom was with him and she really enjoyed it. She loved the environment. He was down with his friend Jon Bullard and they sat and talked for a while about Clemson. I really think it’s between Florida and Clemson. He really likes the game day atmosphere at Clemson.” Florida scouted Watkins last Friday and he will take an official visit to Florida for this weekend’s game with Alabama. His parents plan to join him on the trip. “I think he’s waiting to see what it’s going to be like at Florida,” Bailey said. “He wants to see the game day environment.” Bailey said USC, Alabama and Nebraska also are possible visits for Watkins who will announce a commitment October 14th at his Senior Night game.
South Aiken DL Josh Brown did not make it to Clemson Saturday breaking a streak of three straight weeks in Death Valley. Instead, he went with his defensive line coach Ben Anderson to Atlanta for the Georgia Tech game. Anderson played at Tech and wanted Brown to get a good look at the program. “He liked it at Georgia Tech,” South Aiken head coach Jeremy West said. Clemson has been his favorite and that’s not changed. “The Clemson lead is pretty big,” Brown said. “I feel like I’m at home a little bit.” Brown said Kentucky, Duke, Marshall, Maryland and NC State are other schools which have been in touch and he plans to work in some visits to those schools. Brown will not make a final decision until after his season.
SHADRACH THORNTON RB 6-0 190 HINESVILLE, GA KENTUCKY
KADEEM THOMAS LB 6-0 226 TALLAHASSEE KENTUCKY
BLAKE TIBBS WR 6-1 167 LITHONIA, GA GEORGIA
STEFAN HOUSTON LB 6-1 195 CLARKSBURG, MD MARYLAND
AMARI COOPER WR 6-1 185 MIAMI ALABAMA
6-9 Tyrone Haughton of Miami made an official visit to USC over the weekend and the Gamecocks are in strong position with him though he will make more visits before deciding. “I loved everything there,” Haughton said Sunday night. “I really feel I could fit in. I can see myself going there. I did not commit. My coach doesn’t want me to commit after one visit.” Haughton will also take official visits to Alabama, Virginia Tech and Connecticut before deciding. Haughton said he was made to feel very much at home in Columbia. “The team took care of me,” he said. “They seem like brothers. They carried me everywhere. And I like how he (Darrin Horn) coaches. It’s just like my high school coach. And I loved the arena and the locker room.” Haughton is a major target for USC as it appears at this time 6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto will sign with an out of state program.
RAEMOND ROBINSON 2G 6-2 GOOSE CREEK THE CITADEL