DL Carlos Watkins of Forest City, NC is set to announce his college choice tonight. Watkins narrowed his decision to Clemson and Florida. He will reveal the choice shortly after the conclusion of his Senior Night game. Watkins has made several unofficial visits to Clemson, and he took an official visit to Florida earlier this month. Clemson was the first to offer Watkins and was his public leader thru most of the process. “I’ve been to some of their games and I just love the environment,” Watkins said in an earlier interview. “I love how the game day is and I love the facilities.” But Watkins did tell some reporters earlier in the week he was a slight lean to Florida. “A lot of it was the momentum coming back from the game day experience (of his official visit),” said his coach Daniel Bailey. “It will be where he’s most comfortable and where he can get a chance to play and win ball games.” Watch for word on Watkins’ decision at PalmettoSports.com Friday night.
DB Elijah Shumate (6-1 205) of Ramsey, NJ will take his official visit to USC on November 12th when the Gamecocks host Florida. It is the only official visit Shumate has scheduled. “I’m going to visit as many schools as I can,” Shumate said. “I don’t know if all of them will be officials (visits).” He named USC, Rutgers, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and Oklahoma as his top six in no order. “The Gamecocks are still in it with me,” he said. “Very much so.” Other schools the Jersey product would like to visit are Illinois, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame and possibly Oklahoma. Through five games, Shumate has rushed for over 400 yards and six touchdowns and has two blocked punts. “I can’t remember how many tackles I have but I know it’s a lot,” he joked.
WR Spearman Robinson (6-4 194) of Greenwood visited Clemson over the weekend according to coach Gene Cathcart. He has not received an offer but is garnering a lot of attention. “He’s a really good player for us,” Cathcart said. “He would be a good pick up for someone.” Some of the schools showing interest include Clemson, USC, NC State, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Maryland. “It’s been his dream to play in the ACC of SEC,” Cathcart added. “Hopefully, he’ll make the North-South All-Start game and we’ll go from there.” Robinson has 20 receptions for 400 yards and five touchdowns through seven games. Cathcart does not believe Robinson has a favorite.
Class of 2013 K Matt McManis (5-11 175) of Greenwood visited USC Saturday. The junior has not received an offer but is hearing from several schools including USC and Clemson. “A lot of schools are showing interest but I think they’re waiting to see how he performs at some of the one-day camps,” coach Gene Cathcart said. “He likes all of the state schools, of course, and likes some schools in Georgia and North Carolina.” In the last two seasons, McManis is 14 of 16 on field goal attempts with 60 percent of his kickoffs resulting in touchbacks. The combo kicker performed very well at the Ray Guy Prokicker.com camp in Raleigh over the summer and was named a top prospect by Mark Maynard of Prokickernews.com. There is no leader.
6-9 Brice Johnson of Edisto will not make his official visit to Clemson this weekend. Johnson and his dad had set this weekend for the visit but with no home football game and with fall break starting this weekend at Clemson, they decided in consultation with the Clemson staff to make their visit October 28th. Johnson has taken official visits to North Carolina, NC State and Florida. Johnson said earlier this week he was favoring North Carolina and Florida though his AAU coach, Dion Bethea, said Thursday that “all four are still in it.” Johnson plans to make his decision soon after his Clemson visit and he will sign in November.