The week is off to a rough start for Clemson from a recruiting standpoint. WR Demarcus Robinson of Fort Valley, GA, who as recently as Saturday said he was favoring Clemson, announced Monday he is enrolling at Florida. Robinson had gone back and forth for several weeks between the Tigers and Gators, committing to and decommitting from both multiple times. The Tigers also lost long time commitment WR Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, GA. He visited Tennessee over the weekend and switched his pledge to the Vols. Jenkins’ brother plays at Clemson but his father played at Tennessee. On top of that news, DE Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson, GA, who was once a Clemson commitment, revealed that Clemson is no longer in the picture with him and will only take official visits to Ole Miss and LSU. He’s expected to choose Ole Miss where his brother is a safety.
OL Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD did not make his decision as expected at the Under Armour Game but that has not affected USC’s position with him. The Gamecocks have been his favorite and remains so. “The visits I took there showed me a lot down there,” Rodgers said. “I’ll talk it over with my family and pray about it and see what happens.” Rodgers has USC and Maryland as his top two. Florida State has also come onto the scene. He met with FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett after the Under Armour Game and agreed to visit Tallahassee this weekend. He also met with USC recruiters GA Mangus and Shawn Elliott. He will visit USC January 18th. He will take about a week after that before making his final decision. Rodgers said the reason he didn’t announce Friday night was because ESPN, at first, limited him to just two family members on stage, and he wanted more. They later relented but by then he had decided just to wait and announce back home.
DL Montravius Adams of Vienna, GA made his official visit to Florida over the weekend, the first of four visits he plans to make this month. “It went good,” Adams said. “They showed me how I would fit in. Sitting down with coach Muschamp and talking to him was the highlight.” Adams talked to Clemson coach Dabo Swinney by phone Saturday. “He said he’s looking forward to my visit (this weekend),” Adams said. “I ain’t got not leader. I like everybody the same. All are close together.” Adams’ mother will be with him on all the visits, and she gives Florida a favorable review. “The coaches explained what to expect for him to be doing there,” she said. “I don’t have a favorite. I just going to hang out and see how everything is.” Adams also will visit Alabama and Georgia this month and plans to announce on Signing Day.
TE Zach Riggs of J.L. Mann will take official visits to Clemson and Appalachian State with Furman as another possibility. He visits Clemson January 25th and Appalachian State February 1st. “I want to see if I can move my App. State visit up,” Riggs said. “I’ll probably call them this week.” As for Furman he said, “They wanted me to apply for school there before we set up my visit. That’s how they wanted to do it. I don’t see that being a problem.” He expects to take an official visit to Furman later this month. Clemson continues to talk with Riggs but, as for now, it’s a greyshirt offer. “I want to take my visits before I decide what to do,” said Riggs. “I’m down to these three schools.” He did not name a favorite.
Junior LB Greg Miclisse of Palm Bay, FL has not been offered by Clemson or USC but is getting a lot of interest from the two. “I talk to Clemson a lot,” said Miclisse who has offers from Connecticut and Louisiana-Lafayette. “I’ve been talking to coach Venables, coach Scott and coach Swinney. Coach Venables told me to be patient, that I’m one of the top linebackers on their radar and an offer will come.” Miclisse visited USC at the start of his sophomore season and has been in touch recently with linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. “He’s saying to be patient,” Miclisse said. “They’ve got a great facility and coaching staff and they treated me like family.” Miclisse has also visited Florida, Central Florida and South Florida. He will go to junior days at Florida and South Florida and might go to Notre Dame for the spring game. He does not have a favorite and wants to announce at an all star game next year or before his season. Last season Miclisse had 66 tackles with 18 for loss and 9 sacks.
6-5 Thaddeus Hall of Brooklyn committed to USC for the 2012 class last April but never signed. He also did not qualify so he could not enroll. But Hall still has plans on making it to USC. In an interview with NYCHoops.net, Hall said he will be enrolling this week at South Plains JC, TX. He said he will play next season at the junior college and then, if all goes well, transfer to USC for the 2014 season. Hall said he’s been in touch with the Gamecock staff and has seen the Gamecocks play three times this season. Hall was one of the top players in New York City as a senior.
LHP Josh Reagan (6-1 160) of Lexington committed to USC last week for the 2013 class according to DiamondProspects.com. He had been committed to The College of Charleston but backed off that after the Cougars announced they were leaving the Southern Conference for the Colonial. Last season Reagan was 7-0 with a 1.02 ERA. He allowed nine earned runs in 62 innings.