DL Ebenezer Ogundeko made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and the Tigers have moved into a tie with Florida at the top of his list. “It was good and I had a lot of fun,” said Ogundeko who did not return home until today because of flight delays. “I really liked the atmosphere and the people were very nice. The coaches were pretty cool.” He said he talked with Dabo Swinney, Marion Hobby and Brent Venables. Clemson recruiters will be in to visit him tomorrow and Swinney is going in next week. He has also visited Florida and Arizona State and will visit Syracuse December 7th. He plans to announce his decision at the Under Armour Game in January.
Junior LB Shaun Hamilton of Montgomery, AL made his first ever visit to Clemson Saturday for the USC game. His parents joined him. “It was real nice, I was very impressed,” Hamilton said. “I saw the Tiger walk and all the fans tailgating. I got a chance to see what they really need, and they need linebackers the most. I talked to Coach Venables and Coach Swinney and they said they really need linebackers.” Hamilton had been favoring Clemson and Auburn but recently decided to open things up to everyone, so he has no favorite. But Clemson has a good shot. “Clemson sounds real good, I like them a whole lot,” he said. “They’ve got some great coaches. I could play early there and I’m all about playing time. They should have a real good chance.” Some of Hamilton’s other offers are Miami, Florida, Tennessee, Florida State, Florida, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss. He will go to Clemson and several othesr for junior days and plans a decision for the summer. This season Hamilton has 90 tackles with 22 for loss and 3 sacks.
DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA visited Clemson Saturday with his parents. The Auburn commitment had not been anywhere to see games besides Auburn until the Clemson visit. “I liked the campus and the facilities,” Lawson said. “It was just good as a whole. We were there for several hours.” Lawson said he talked with Dabo Swinney Brent Venables and Marion Hobby while at Clemson. “They just said they want me to come to Clemson,” he said. Lawson would not comment about his commitment to Auburn considering the coaching change there. He’s not sure on official visits and he said he has no idea when he’ll make a final decision.
DL Jamar Winston of Dutch Fork has been committed to Charlotte since the summer but interest from other schools continues to increase. He is hearing from Clemson, USC and Missouri. “Coach (Brent) Venebles came by the school to talk to me and told me he really likes me,” said Winston. “He said they like my height, size and speed. He likes the way I can move.” Winston says he may visit Clemson in the future and feels an offer is a possibility. The Gamecocks have also expressed interest though Winston does not feel it is as serious. As for Missouri, a visit to the other Columbia seems likely. “Their recruiting coordinator calls me all of the time to check on me,” he said. “He has come by the school to see me. He told me he will call me to set up a visit.” Winston said that would be an official visit. He remains committed to the 49ers but is open to other schools. Winston has 74 total tackles, eight sacks, two tackles for loss, 21 hurries and a forced fumble. His team is playing for the state title this weekend. Winston has also been selected to represent the Sandlappers in the Shrine Bowl.
RB David Williams of Philadelphia had planned to go to Ohio State Saturday on an official visit but he wasn’t able to get his transcript to the school in time, so the trip has been postponed. Instead, Williams watched the USC-Clemson game with a focus on the Gamecocks’ running game. “It was a great game, both teams came to play,” Williams said. “I was pretty pleased with the outcome. I watched how they (USC) ran the ball, the different formations and how much they ran the ball.” Williams continues to favor USC over Ohio State and Miami. He’s aware of whom USC has returning in the backfield and has been briefed on the future of Marcus Lattimore. “He’s got the option to come back but they don’t think he’ll come back,” he said. “They think he’s going to heal up and get ready for the combine.” Williams has visited Arizona State officially and is scheduled to visit USC January 19th. He plans to wait until his all-star game to announce a final decision.
DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA visited Clemson Saturday for the Battle of the Palmetto State. He confirmed that he remains interested in the Tigers and USC. “It was a good game for South Carolina but not so much for Clemson,” Adams said. “I still like (Clemson). They played hard.” This is not his first trip to Clemson having taken his mother to a game earlier this month. As for USC he said, “I tried to talk to Jadeveon Clowney after the game but I couldn’t find him. I like the Gamecocks too.” Adams plans to announce his top five programs following his season. “We’re still playing right now but it’ll probably be a couple of days after the season ends,” he said. All five of these schools will receive an official visit from Adams with him likely announcing his decision on Signing Day. He has given indications in the past that Clemson is a strong candidate for one of these visits. Adams has not named a leader.
Former Clemson commitment DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA will commit to Ole Miss within two weeks his brother Denzel said after yesterday’s game with Mississippi State. Denzel is a safety for the Rebels. “Robert told me personally, I don’t know if I’m supposed to say it, but he told me he’s committing in two weeks,” Denzel Nkemdiche told reporters. “That’s just the honest truth. That’s what he told me and he wouldn’t lie to his brother.” Robert Nkemdiche attended yesterday’s game and has been to most of his brother’s home games this season.
Spring Valley LB Christian Miller was among the prospects attending the USC-Clemson game Saturday night. He did so with two more offers in his pocket. Boise State coach Chris Peterson called Saturday with an offer from the Broncos. And Duke also recently offered. Miller also has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State and Houston. He has not named any favorites.
Clemson recruiters Danny Pearman and Chad Morris Monday visited the school of junior TE Jeb Blazevich in Charlotte. He was offered by Clemson last summer and his brother attends Clemson. His other offers include USC, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, North Carolina, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.