WR Demarcus Robinson of Ft. Valley, GA arrived at the Army All American Game in San Antonio Sunday and had a bombshell for Clemson fans. Robinson said in a video interview with Rivals.com he’s no longer committed to Clemson. In fact, he said he’s now open between the Tigers and Florida and will make a decision this week and announce it during Friday’s game. Robinson was sporting a Florida toboggan in the interview. “It’s 50-50, I don’t really know,” Robinson said when asked if he had a favorite. Robinson committed to Clemson last July but decommitted December 12th. He then committed to Florida only to switch to Clemson December 17th following an official visit to Florida. Robinson plans to enroll early at the school he finally settles on.
DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA arrived in Orlando Sunday for the Under Armour Game and revealed four official visits he plans to take. Adams will take his first visit right after Friday’s game by heading to Florida. He is then scheduled to visit Clemson January 11th, Alabama on the 18th and Georgia on the 25th. Adams visited Clemson and Georgia during the regular season. He plans to announce his decision on Signing Day.
DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA told ESPN.com Sunday night he has a top two of Ole Miss and LSU. Nkemdiche revealed the top two after arriving in Orlando for the start of practice for the Under Armour Game. In his arrival interview with Rivals.com, Nkemdiche gave a top list of Ole Miss, LSU, Clemson, Alabama and Georgia but did not name any leaders. He gave those later in the night to ESPN.com. “I would not say Ole Miss is on top, but they are really high,” Nkemdiche said. His brother plays at Ole Miss and his mother, who lives in Nigeria, wants the brothers to play together. Nkemdiche plans to set up his official visits once he returns home from the all-star game.
DB Mackensie Alexander of Immokalee, FL said in his US Army Game arrival interview that Rutgers is his current favorite. “I would say Rutgers has an edge on everybody right now,” Alexander told Rivals.com. “Clemson, I’d say they have an edge but with the new move (Harbison out, Reed in), it kind of made it steady. But the schools I named, they are all in the mix.” Those schools would be Rutgers, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Auburn and Mississippi State along with Clemson and Texas A&M, the two schools he has visited. Alexander was once committed to Tennessee, and in late September he named Notre Dame as his favorite. A factor in his decision, said Alexander, is his desire to play in college with his brother Mackenro, a linebacker. They are fraternal twins born three minutes apart. Mackensie said Clemson, Rutgers, Tennessee and Auburn have told him they will take both. Alexander said he will take three more official visits in January and will probably make his decision on Signing Day.
Clemson DE target Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn said Sunday night he is “pretty close” on making his decision between Clemson and Syracuse. Ogundeko said he’s not quite all the way there on making the decision which he will announce Friday at the Under Armour Game in Orlando.
Clemson target DB Adrian Baker talked Saturday with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and new secondary coach Mike Reed Saturday. He also talked to Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops Saturday. Baker, who decommitted from Florida State a couple of weeks ago, has Clemson and Oklahoma as his current top two. “Both are recruiting me hard,” he said. “They are even. I’m looking for the opportunity to play early and get a good education. Clemson give me the best chance to play early right now.” Baker said Dabo Swinney, Stoops and Jimbo Fisher will make their in home visits next week. He won’t announce a decision until National Signing Day and will do so at his school.
USC has worked out a visit with Auburn commitment WR Earnest Robinson of Pinson Valley, AL. Robinson is at the Under Armour Game this week and told Rivals.com he will visit USC January 25th. He also plans to visit Auburn and Mississippi State in January. He has been committed to Auburn since February.
This is the week for the national all-star games, and Clemson and USC have several committed players and targets on the rosters. The Offense-Defense game was played Sunday night in Houston. Clemson commitments Wayne Gallman, Jayron Kearse and Mike Williams and USC commitments David Johnson and Gerald Turner were in the game. Also on the rosters were USC target DL Deadrin Senat, RB Harold Atkinson of Carolina Forest and LB Jalen Stevens of Goose Creek.
The Under Armour Game in St. Petersburg, FL and the Semper-Fidelis Game in Carson, CA will be played Friday. Playing in the Under Armour Game are Clemson commitment Ben Boulware and targets DE Robert Nkemdiche, DE Carl Lawson, DL Montravius Adams, OL Tyrone Crowder and DE Ebenezer Ogundeko, and USC commitment Kelsey Griffin and targets DB Shaq Wiggins, LB Quinton Powell, OL Na’Ty Rodgers, WR Earnest Robinson and LB Yannick Ngakoue. Goose Creek’s Tramel Terry was also picked for the game but cannot play due to the knee injury he suffered in the Shrine Bowl.
The Semper-Fidelis Game has USC commitments Bryce King, Allan Knott and DJ Park and targets RB David Williams, LB Zach Cunningham and WR Corey Cooper, and Clemson target DB David Kamara.
And the US Army Game will be Saturday at Noon in San Antonio. Clemson has three commitments in the game in Demarcus Robinson, Scott Pagano and Dorian O’Daniel, and USC has commitment Larenz Bryant. Clemson target WR Marquez North was picked for the game but is out with an injury. Clemson and USC are both after DB Mackensie Alexander while another USC target in the game is DL Keith Bryant. Pendleton DL Michael Hill also is in the game.