OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC will make his official visit this weekend to Clemson with his brother and mother. Crowder has narrowed his decision to Clemson and Georgia but the Bulldogs are not doing much with him right now. “At this point, Clemson is recruiting him as hard as anybody, but Georgia is not being aggressive,” said Crowder’s brother Charles McManus. “They’ve (Georgia) shown enough interest. Clemson has really in in contact when they can be.” Tennessee is trying to make a late run and met with Crowder after the Under Armour Game. North Carolina also remains interested but Crowder doesn’t have interest in the Tar Heels. McManus said this visit will be important for his brother, but also for his mother. “This one, she wants to see,” he said. “She needs to meet some people.” McManus said linebacker Stephone Anthony, who is from nearby Wadesboro, NC will serve as their host. Clemson is the favorite but McManus said he’s not looking for a commitment this weekend from his brother. “He’s committed to waiting until Signing Day,” he said. “His word has to be his word. He wants to do that.” Crowder also played in the Shrine Bowl and is regarded as a top offensive guard prospect.
Clemson wasted no time identifying another wide receiver prospect after missing out on Demarcus Robinson and Ryan Jenkins. Saturday receivers coach Jeff Scott met with James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, FL and quickly got the Tigers into the mix. “He was going to go to Texas next weekend and changed that to Clemson,” said Clark’s coach Lance Jenkins. “He visited Florida last weekend unofficially and is going back there the weekend after Clemson for an official visit.” Clark also has visited Northwestern. Clark will visit Nebraska this coming weekend. Jenkins said Clark is attracted to Clemson’s offense. “Clemson runs a similar style of offense that we do and that appeal to him quite a bit,” he said. “I think the small school atmosphere appeals to him, and he got along with coach Scott on the visit. The opportunity appeals to him.” Clark, who was clocked at 4.3 at Florida’s camp last summer, caught 49 passes for 1112 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. “He’s electric with the football in his hands.” his coach said. Football won’t be the only factor in his decision. “Academics means a lot to him,” Jenkins said. “He’s telling everybody he’s got a 40 year plan, not a four year plan.” Jenkins said Clark is an honors student.
DE Carl Lawson of Alpharetta, GA will make an official visit to Clemson this weekend according to TigerIllustrated.com. Lawson has been committed to Auburn and his father met last weekend with new Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner. He also plans to visit Ole Miss and Tennessee. He has been holding to his Auburn commitment.
WR Marquez North of Charlotte will make his official visit to Clemson this weekend. The Tigers will go into the weekend no better than third on his list behind Tennessee and North Carolina. “I’m real tight with Carolina and Tennessee,” North told 247Sports this past weekend following the Army All American Game. “I still have Clemson in the mix because I’m eager to see what they have to offer because I haven’t taken an official and I haven’t gotten to see them in-depth yet. Clemson has the most dynamic offense next to Oregon in college football, so everybody wants to get a chance to see them.” North has taken official visits to Tennessee and Florida and will also visit North Carolina before announcing on Signing Day. North did not play in the Shrine Bowl or the Army Game because of a labrum injury he suffered late in the season.
DB Shaq Wiggins of Tyrone, GA has been committed to Georgia for some time but plans to take all four of his remaining official visits. One of these will be to USC January 11th. “I spoke to coach (Grady) Brown today as a matter of fact,” said Wiggins. “I still like South Carolina.” His other visits are to Florida the 18th, Ole Miss the 25th and Texas A&M February 1st. “I’m still committed to Georgia but I want to take my visits to see what’s out there,” he said. Wiggins has recently stated that he was “100 percent” committed to UGA but was less willing to make that statement Monday. “I’m not going to say that there isn’t a chance that I won’t change my mind,” he admitted. He plans to make a final decision following his official visits.
WR Jordan Berry of Dutch Fork will visit Wingate January 19th and is confident he will visit USC as well. He spoke with Gamecock coaches prior to the Outback Bowl and expects to hear from them soon. “I talked to them two days before their bowl game and they told me they would be in touch in January,” Berry said. He did not elaborate on the conversation. When asked if he felt a USC visit was in his future he responded simply, “Yes.” Other schools showing interest include North Greenville, Elon and Western Carolina. Berry has yet to receive an offer and does not have any favorites.
Junior DE Da”Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, VA has named his top five. Hand released on Twitter that his top five are, in no order, USC, Virginia Tech, Alabama, North Carolina and Michigan. About USC, Hand said: “South Carolina I want you to print this — Jadeveon Clowney, Jadeveon Clowney, Jadeveon Clowney. My goodness that hit he laid on Michigan was amazing and he’s my idol in football. People always ask me ‘don’t you want to be better than him and do your own thing’ and I always tell them I want to follow in his footsteps and learn what he learned and become as great as he is. If people think I’m better someday, that’s great, but right now he’s the best and I look up to him. South Carolina also has a good Engineering program. I haven’t visited there but I want to soon.” He has not yet visited USC or Michigan and plans to visit both.