DE Jhaustin Thomas of Decatur, GA has reached his decision and could make it public this weekend according to his coach Mario Allen. Thomas will attend the USC-Auburn game and will choose between the two schools. “That’s why he is going to the game,” Allen said. “Both schools have already been notified of his decision.” Allen added that he is aware of Thomas’s choice and is confident we will make it known during his visit. “If I were a betting man I’d say he’ll commit this weekend,” he said. There was no indication by Allen of which school Thomas has chosen.
DL DJ Reader of Greensboro, NC is looking hard at the ACC and Clemson is one of the schools that stand out with him. “I like that the coaches are young and they are getting things turned around,” Reader said. “It’s a program on the rise.” Reader plays the offensive and defensive line and said Clemson is recruiting him for both. “They’ll let me decide which one (to play) when I get there,” Reader said. Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell is recruiting Caldwell and recently scouted him. Reader also likes North Carolina, NC State, Maryland and Virginia Tech from the ACC. Outside of the league he has some interest in Auburn. He plans to take unofficial visits to Clemson and North Carolina in October. He will take all of his official visits in December. Reader also is a major baseball prospect as a pitcher and first baseman and wants to play both in college. That will be a factor in his decision.
WR Alton “Pig” Howard of Orlando has scheduled his first two official visits. He will go to Tennessee October 8th and to Cincinnati October 15th. He’s not decided about other official visits but is looking at USC, Alabama, West Virginia and Central Florida for the other visits. USC recruiter Jeep Hunter scouted Howard last Friday. Howard said he’s talked with Hunter but not about scheduling a visit. Howard said he might take an unofficial visit to Florida this weekend. He does not have any favorites. This season Howard has 25 catches for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Class of 2013 QB Brayden Scott (6-3 200) of Tahlequah, OK has offers from Clemson, Arkansas, Arizona and Tulsa with interest from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Oregon, Oregon State, Missouri, and Kansas among others. He likes the Tigers and is familiar with offensive coordinator Chad Morris. “I went to his camp when he was at Tulsa and I met a good coach and a good friend,” Scott said. “We run the same offense at my high school so I learned a lot with him.” His mother lives in Arkansas giving him a chance to take in a Razorbacks game this season. He has also attended games at Missouri, Tulsa and Oklahoma. Football is a family affair with Scott as he is coached by his father and grandfather. During this fall, Scott is planning to attend games at Notre Dame and Alabama and is hopeful of an opportunity to do so at Clemson as well. “If I can’t get to a game, I’m still going to visit in December or January,” he said. He has a lot of interest in the Tigers. Through four games, Scott has thrown for nearly 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns. He does not have a favorite.
DREW HARRIS RB 6-1 190 EXTON, PA VIRGINIA TECH
REESE HANNON QB 6-2 180 GREER FURMAN (PER GREENVILLE NEWS)
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto will make his third scheduled official visit this weekend when he travels to Florida. Johnson also has visited NC State and North Carolina officially. He has not scheduled official visits yet with USC or Clemson, but his AAU coach Dion Bethea insists that he will. Bethea said Johnson will work on setting something up with the in state schools once he returns from Gainesville. For his part, Johnson has remained non-committal about visiting the local schools. Johnson has said he wants to make his decision in early October. Bethea said he will join Johnson on his trip to Florida.
Junior shooting guard 6-4 Matt Howard of AC Flora was visited Tuesday by Clemson recruiter Earl Grant. Howard made an unofficial visit to Clemson earlier this month and has been waiting on an offer from the Tigers. He has offers from USC, Virginia Tech, Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth. He has had USC, Clemson and VCU has his top three. He also has visited USC and VCU and plans to see NC State.
DARRYL PALMER 6-6 TIMBERLAND SC STATE
SHAQ MITCHELL 6-3 FIRST BAPTIST SC STATE