DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA considered Clemson in the early spring before committing to Auburn in March. Now, in the aftermath of losing committed DE Robert Nkemdiche, the Tigers have made contact with Lawson again. “They called about three days ago,” Lawson said Sunday night. “I talked to Coach Elliott and Coach Hobby. I said I appreciated how they felt about me possibly coming to Clemson. I’m still committed to Auburn. I’m waiting until after my season to do anything.” Lawson said he’s also heard from the likes of Southern Cal, UCLA, Tennessee, Florida State, Washington and Oklahoma State. His only visits this season have been to Auburn and he has no other visits scheduled. This season Lawson has 23 sacks, 34 tackles for loss and more than 70 tackles.
DL Keith Bryant of Miami has four remaining official visits to take and named USC as one of them. Bryant has been committed to Miami but continues to evaluate other schools. “I took an official (visit) to Purdue,” he said. “It was way better than I thought it was going to be. People told me things about it and I liked it a lot more than what I expected.” He plans to take his other visits to USC, Oklahoma and Florida State. “I might go to LSU for the other one,” said Bryant. He named USC, Miami, FSU and Oklahoma as his top schools. “South Carolina sends me stuff all of the time,” he said. “I really like that. They tell me they want me to come in and disrupt things in the middle. Ilike them a lot.” Bryant did not name any favorites but did say he remains committed to the Hurricanes. His visit to Columbia is planned for January.
It appears Clemson doesn’t have to sweat the commitment of WR Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, GA any more, but the Tigers can now worry about committed defensive back David Kamara of Grayson, GA. Robinson made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and told TigerIllustrated he was firm with his commitment and finished with recruiting. He had visited Notre Dame officially the previous weekend and had said he would visit Florida. As for Kamara, he was at Ole Miss unofficially Saturday with teammate and former Clemson commitment DE Robert Nkemdiche. Kamara told RebelGrove he’s looking for the best place for him and Ole Miss “is up there.” Kamara said if Nkemdiche decided on Ole Miss, it would help the Rebels’ cause with him.
USC is showing interest in junior OL Michael Leagan (6-3 290) of LaPorte, TX, but his father said he’s not sure how deep that interest is. “We’ve heard from Steve Spurrier Jr. and he’s invited Michael to visit,” Leagan’s father said. “Arizona State and Texas Tech appear to be the closest to offering.” He’s also hearing from Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Washington States. Leagan has visited USC, Florida State and Texas A&M. Leagan’s father attended Brookland-Cayce and he still has family in South Carolina. And they are Gamecock fans. Leagan plays tackle but could play center or guard in college.
WR Akia Booker (6-0 180) of Byrnes has been a key contributor to the Rebels’ success since the 9th grade. This season he’s among the state’s top receivers with 58 catches for 1179 yards and 14 touchdowns. Booker’s recruiting has been tepid but that’s likely to change now that he’s made a qualifying test score according to assistant coach Bobby Bentley. “Tennessee and North Carolina are showing interest and are waiting to see how he turns out grade wise,” Bentley said. Clemson, USC, Georgia, Wake Forest and Notre Dame also have shown some interest in Booker.
Bentley said a couple of other Byrnes’ seniors are drawing recruiting interest at this point. DB Shane Samuels has offers from Western Carolina, Appalachian State and Elon and OL Isaiah Pinson has offers from Western Carolina and Elon.
And Byrnes junior QB Shuler Bentley, Bobby Bentley’s son, has offers from Ole Dominion and Delaware at this point. This season Bentley has passed for 3590 yards with 46 touchdowns and 9 interceptions.
6-8 Tavario Miller returned to Houston Sunday night after completing his official visit at USC. He was at the Colonial Life Arena shortly before the Gamecocks tipped off their season before leaving to catch his flight. He had his mother with him for the weekend. Miller has narrowed his decision to USC and Tulsa and could choose by the end of the week or early next week. Miller got the full tour of facilities, campus and academics and said he liked it all. He also liked what he saw from Gamecock coach Frank Martin and the staff. “The coaches push the players to be better players and I think that’s something I really need,” said Miller who USC is recruiting as a small forward. “Coach Martin laid it out on the table how he would develop me and how he would use me.” Miller said right now he’s not leaning one way or the other. He said he will consult with his mother on the decision but the final call will be his.
6-11 Amida Brimah of Miami made and official visits to USC over the weekend. Brimah is not expected to sign until the spring. He has also visited La Salle. Auburn, Southern Miss and Florida International have also offered him.