Clemson picked up commitment #16 for the 2013 class Sunday in WR Ky Priester (6-2 185) of Snellville, GA. Priester committed at the conclusion of his official visit. Clemson becomes his third commitment following Georgia and more recently NC State. Priester had indicated going into the visit a commitment was likely and tweeted Saturday night a commitment was imminent. Last season Priester had 56 catches for 1000 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a junior playing in Florida, he had 31 catches for 565 yards and 5 touchdowns. Priester helps offset two receiver defections for the Tigers earlier this month in Demarcus Robinson (Florida) and Ryan Jenkins (Tennessee).
USC had five uncommitted senior prospects on campus over the weekend for official visits. None committed but the Gamecocks kept themselves in good position with each.
Three of the visitors were linebackers…Jonathan Walton, Skai Moore and Yannick Ngakoue. Walton spent a lot of time talking with defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward and linebackers coach Kirk Botkin. “They’re going to be put me at outside linebacker,” he said. Walton has not made a final decision, however. “I’m still thinking things over,” he said. “I’m going to Auburn this week and will announce a few days after that visit.” Tennessee is the only other school he’s still considering. “I’m going to stay in the SEC,” he said.” Tennessee will visit Walton Monday and Ward and Botkin will be in on Wednesday. Steve Spurrier plans to visit him after he returns from Auburn. Walton said right now USC has the edge on the field.
Moore has also visited Vanderbilt and Wisconsin and is considering Arkansas and Tennessee for visits. Moore has said he will probably go to Signing Day before deciding.
The Gamecocks prefer Walton and Moore among the three for linebacker but they also like Ngakoue as an Eric Norwood type of player. Ngakoue has also visited Maryland and Florida State and is scheduled to visit Miami this weekend though he’s not sure he will take that visit. Right now he has USC, Maryland and Florida State as his top three with no favorite.
Also visiting USC was their top remaining OL prospect in Na’Ty Rodgers of Pomfret, MD. USC has been out front most of the time for Rodgers but he was less committal about that Sunday. “I’m not sure about a leader,” he said. “I’ve got to get home and talk it over with my family.” Rodgers said he’s not sure about his visit plans next week between Florida and Florida State. He has also visited Maryland, Nebraska and Washington. Maryland has been the other school high up on his list.
The Gamecocks also hosted DL Deadrin Senat of Immokalee, FL over the weekend. He is a definite take for the Gamecocks if they can land him. The former Florida State commitment also has visited South Florida and will visit NC State this coming weekend.
Besides Priester, Clemson had three other 2013 targets in for official visits….OL Tyrone Crowder of Hamlet, NC, QB Asaintii Woulard of Winter Park, FL and WR James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, FL.
Crowder and his family left Clemson around 5:30 PM Saturday. Crowder had to cut his visit short due to some family obligations at home Sunday. He’s made multiple unofficial visits to Clemson as well. Clemson has been his favorite over Georgia but he plans to wait until National Signing Day before making an announcement. He might do that announcement at the ESPNU studio in Charlotte.
Woulard is a former South Florida commitment who backed out of that after Skip Holtz was fired. He has also visited Kentucky and is scheduled to visit UCLA this weekend. “Clemson is a place I could definitely see myself playing,” he said. “I just want to wait it out, however, and see what happens. I will make my decision on National Signing Day and it will be announced on ESPN.” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will make his in home visit Thursday.
Clark also has visited Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern and he’s is scheduled to visit Florida this weekend though he said he’s not sure he will make that visit. He’s also considering Ohio State though he won’t make an official visit there. He’s no longer considering Purdue. “The visit was great. I loved the people, the coaches, the academic staff and the facilities,” Clark said. “It was great. I got to see all the facilities and the academic center, and then I got to hang out with a lot of the players and the coaches.” Clark is expecting Swinney to visit this week.