Clemson and USC coaches will be waiting on decisions from two prospects each Wednesday morning. Everything else on their respective boards is complete.
The Tigers are expecting to land DB Adrian Baker over Oklahoma. They are hopeful of picking up DB Mackensie Alexander over Auburn, Mississippi State and others. The only other uncommitted prospect on Clemson’s board is OL Tyrone Crowder but he’s been locked in with Clemson for weeks.
Should Clemson fail with Baker and/or Alexander, the Tigers could offer DB Ryan Carter who made a recent official visit but was not offered.
USC is now a strong favorite to land LB Skai Moore of Fort Lauderdale over Vanderbilt and Rutgers. The Gamecocks and Florida State appear 50-50 for DL Keith Bryant as of Tuesday night. The Gamecocks did not sent a letter of intent to LB Tyrell Lyons who will stand with his commitment to Florida State.
Dutch Fork WR Jordan Berry has committed to Wingate. Berry chose the Bulldogs over North Greenville. Berry was a North-South Game participant after leading the state in receptions with 129 for 2002 yards and 13 touchdowns. “They average 50 passes per game,” Berry said. “They said I have a pretty good chance (to play early). I just have to come in and work hard.” Berry will sign his letter of intent at 8:30 Wednesday morning.
Dillon RB Jabo Lee, a long time commitment to East Carolina, switched his pledge to Tennessee Monday night according to VolQuest.com. Lee had been committed to East Carolina since April. Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham had recruited Lee when he was at USC. Lee missed much of last season with a knee injury. As a junior he had over 1900 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns.
DE Da’Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, VA released an updated top five list on Twitter Monday night. The only change from his top five a month ago was the addition of Florida and the deletion of North Carolina. Hand has a strong relationship with new Florida defensive line coach Brad Lawing dating to Lawing’s days at USC, and that’s why he added the Gators. His top five schools now are USC, Florida, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Alabama. Hand plans to go to Virginia Tech’s junior day in April. He plans to visit USC this summer. Last season Hand had 110 tackles with 40 tackles for loss and 16 tackles.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville Monday night landed an offer from Florida State. That’s his fourth offer joining ones from USC, Clemson and Virginia Tech. Smalls was at USC’s junior day last weekend and he continues to favor the Gamecocks.
DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe was scheduled to visit Clemson Saturday for a junior day but did not make the trip. “I just didn’t go,” Rodney said. “I want to go at some point but I am not sure when.” Rodney will also miss the February 18th junior day at LSU do to a conflict. He has not decided on when he will make his trip to Clemson. Rodney attended USC’s junior day last year and wanted to do the same for Clemson this year. “I’m still interested in the Tigers so I hope I can visit them soon,” he said. USC and North Carolina are the closest to becoming Rodney’s first offers, according to him. He does not have a favorite.
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL Tuesday released a final three and USC made the cut. “Want to thank all the coaches that have recruited me, but I decided to cut my list to three schools. USF, UM,SOUTH CAROLINA no order,” Henry posted on his twitter page. Henry also considered offers from Clemson, Rutgers, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Memphis, Southern Cal, Kansas State and others.
6-9 PF Matthew Atewe of Notre Dame Prep in Massachusetts has cut his list to a final six, and Clemson is in the group. The others are Nebraska, Charlotte, Nevada, Wake Forest and Auburn. Atewe has taken official visits to Nebraska, Kansas State and Auburn. Right now he’s planning to announce on his birthday, March 7th.