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The Clemson football team scored an on the field victory over North Carolina Saturday and also scored a recruiting victory in the state of North Carolina. Junior OL RJ Prince (6-5 280) of Albemarle, who attended the game at Death Valley, committed to the Tigers as part of their post game celebration. “During the game, I just thought to myself that I needed to pull the trigger on this one,” Prince said. “It just felt like the right time to do it. It was just something I had to do. I love Clemson and I felt like I had to do it.” Prince also has early offers from USC, North Carolina and NC State. After watching the Clemson offense perform and score six touchdowns, Prince felt that system was right for him. “It was very up-tempo, and they put a lot of points on a team that is very well-coached,” he said. “That was a very good performance. I loved the atmosphere there today.” Prince is Clemson’s first commitment for the 2013 class.
RB Keith Marshall of Raleigh took an official visit to Notre Dame over the weekend for the Southern Cal game. He also has taken official visits to Georgia, for the USC game, and to Florida. According to his coach, Marshall will take an official visit to Virginia Tech and is undecided on his fifth visit. “He’s talking about going to Oregon, Southern Cal, Alabama or Clemson,” coach Clarence Inscore said. “I’m not sure what he’s going to do with it. He’s keeping it close to the vest.” Inscore said Marshall has been to USC and UNC so much he doesn’t want to spend an official visit with either of them. Marshall has said he will get back to USC for a game this season but his coach is not sure that will happen. But the Gamecocks and Tigers remain in the mix. “He likes (USC recruiter) Coach Graham and they have a good relationship,” he said. “Clemson just jumped back into the mix. With what they are doing this year, he sees them doing well. I’m not sure how serious he is with them, but he’s back looking at them.” Inscore said Marshall turned down an invite to the Shrine Bowl because he will play in the Under Armour game. Going into Friday night’s game, Marshall had rushed for 1400 yards and 19 touchdowns.
LB Keith Brown of Miami, who is a Miami commitment and a Clemson target, took an official visit to South Florida over the weekend. He also has visited Clemson and Purdue and will visit Illinois in November. Georgia is possible for a fifth visit.
WR Quinshad Davis of Gaffney posted more eye-popping numbers Friday night, numbers which no doubt will catch the attention of recruiters. The Shrine Bowl selection had eight catches for 205 yards and 4 touchdowns in a win over Lancaster. Davis has held off on making his college decision choosing instead to focus on his senior season. That decision may have cost him with USC and Clemson as both have practically filled their classes. However, Clemson did have a receiver spot open up when Bryce McNeil left and has revived its interest in Dais. “I talked with Coach ( Jeff) Scott last Wednesday,” Davis said Friday night. “He just told me to be patient.” Davis said he’s not heard much from USC though he has the Gamecocks on his short list along with Clemson, Wake Forest, NC State and Georgia. He said there is no favorite. He will make his decision after the Shrine Bowl. Davis visited Wake Forest last weekend. He said he has thought about going to the Clemson game Saturday but did not think he would make it.
DE Tyler Knox of Myrtle Beach revealed a commitment to NC State Friday night. Knox is regarded as one of the state’s top defensive players. He had 12 sacks as a junior. Clemson and USC showed early and summertime recruiting interest in him but did not appear to push the issue with him. Knox is the second player from the state to commit to NC State from this year’s senior class. The other was OL Eddie Gordon of Boiling Spring.
6-9 Brice Johnson revealed on his Twitter account he will announce his college decision this Wednesday. Johnson has taken official visits to North Carolina, NC State and Florida. He had planned to visit Clemson this coming weekend but that visit obviously is off with his decision to announce Wednesday.
6-3 Adonis Filer of Fitchburg, MA was at Clemson over the weekend for his official visit, the third he’s taken thus far. “Everything was cool,” Filer said. “The team bonded good. The coaches seem pretty cool. They have a nice fan base. They’ve got their own practice facility and they are building a new one. And the gym is pretty nice. They said I’ve got a good chance to come in and play early and take over the point guard spot.” Filer also has visited Utah and Tennessee and he said he might visit Purdue. “They’ve all been great,” he said of his visits. “No one is out front right now.” Filer plans to announce his choice November 22nd or 23rd.
6-10 Phillip Nolan of Milwaukee made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He is down to the Tigers, Marquette and Minnesota and the Tigers helped themselves on the visit. “It was pretty fun, I enjoyed myself,” Nolan said. “My favorite part might have been going to Midnight Madness, but I just enjoyed hanging out with the players and stuff. Everybody, we just connected. Coach Brownell said I’d be a good addition and they really want me.” Nolan also has taken an official visit to Oregon and an unofficial visit to nearby Marquette. He is planning to visit Minnesota at some point before he decides. Nolan has to talk things over with his coach and grandparents and right now he’s not naming a favorite. “I couldn’t tell you right now,” he said. He will sign in November but is uncertain when he’ll make his decision.
6-11 Tonye Jekiri of Hialeah, FL was among the prospects to make an official visit with Clemson over the weekend. That was his second visit. He earlier went to George Mason. “It was good, the environment and everything was great,” the Nigeria native said. “The people down there care about the players and show them love. The place is just a great place for an athlete to be and study and play basketball.” Jekiri remains open on his decision and has more visits to make. He will go to Miami this coming weekend and then to Virginia Tech the weekend after that. He’s also planning to take an official visit to Alabama before he makes his decision in November.
6-2 Xylina McDaniel of Spring Valley committed to North Carolina Monday her father told ESPN HoopGurlz. McDaniel picked the Tar Heels over USC.