DL Andrew Brown of Chesapeake, VA Sunday night released his top ten list which includes Clemson. Brown attended the Tigers’ junior day earlier this month. He listed his top ten, in no order, as Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Alabama and Georgia Tech. He did not name a favorite.
DB Darin Smalls of Summerville Monday was offered by NC State. He also has offers from USC, Clemson, Virginia Tech and Florida State. Smalls attended USC’s junior day and favors the Gamecocks.
DL Deshaywn Middleton of Winston-Salem, NC has picked up an offer from Clemson. Some of his other listed offers are NC State, East Carolina and Wake Forest.
Gaffney WR Shaq Davidson made an unofficial visit to USC Sunday. He attended the Gamecocks’ basketball game against Tennessee. It was the second straight weekend visit to Columbia for Davidson who attended the junior day the prior weekend. Davidson also took in a pair of games at USC last season. He has the Gamecocks as his current favorite ahead of North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia and Notre Dame. Davidson moved to quarterback midway thru last season and led the Indians to the 4A Division 1 state championship.
DL Peyton Newell of Hawatha, KS came half way across the country for USC’s recent junior day and left with a good impression of the program. “I was impressed with the facilities and the coaching staff,” Newell said. He spent most of time with recruiter GA Mangus but also met with defensive line coach Deke Adams and Steve Spurrier. “I liked coach Adams,” he said. “I can definitely see myself playing down there.” Newell will go to junior days at Kansas this Saturday and Oklahoma March 9th. He has over 20 offers including USC, TCU, Baylor, Iowa, UCLA, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Cal, Purdue, BYU, Duke, West Virginia and Arizona State. He’s also getting strong interest from Georgia. Newell said he wants to trim his list to five by his spring break the week of March 23rd. USC has a good chance of making the five. “I definitely have high interest in them,” Newell said adding that distance is not a factor. He will try to visit USC again this summer. He’d like to make his decision around the start of the season.
WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA took an unofficial visit to Ohio State over the weekend and was very impressed with what he saw. So much so, Kitt plans to visit Columbus again this spring. Kitt has been favoring Clemson over Ohio State, Oregon, Auburn and Southern Cal. He was at Clemson’s junior day earlier this month. Kitt once was committed to Georgia but backed out of that in October. He also has offers from USC, Southern Cal, Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas,
Ken Cribb has done a remarkable job building a powerful program at Bluffton and college recruiters will be beating a path to his door the next couple of seasons. For the 2014 class Cribb has DL KJ Ford (6-1 270). And for the 2015 class, Cribb will have one of the nation’s top prospects in DE Shameik Blackshear (6-5 230). Last season Ford had 62 tackles with 14 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. “He’s explosive,” Cribb said. “When he pulls the trigger, ooh wee. He can cross two holes in the blink of an eye. I don’t think there’s a better tackle in the state.” Ford attended USC’s junior day and has been to games at USC and Clemson. NC State and East Carolina also are showing interest. Newberry is his first offer. Blackshear also was at USC;s junior day and has early offers from the Gamecocks, Clemson, Florida, NC State and North Carolina. Cribb said USC is his current favorite. “He has grown like a weed,” Cribb said. “He’s so athletic, he could be a tight end. He has great speed and quickness and is very athletic.” Last season Blackshear had 97 tackles with 17 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.
According to the website for the Chris Sailer Kicking School, PK Elliott Fry of Carrollton, TX has accepted an offer as a preferred walk-on at USC. Sailer ranked Fry as the #8 kicker in his class and as a 5-star kicking prospect which equates to a Division One prospect. Here is what Sailer wrote on his site about Fry: Elliott is simply an oustanding kicker. He has a big time leg and gets great height on his ball off the ground. Kicks well under pressure. One of the most consistent all around performers in the nation. Kickoffs and Field Goals are ready for D1 college football right now. He is also a great punter. His punting is also D1 ready. A top national combo player without a doubt. Has a great attitude and work ethic. Has proven he is worthy of a D1 scholarship. Great prospect. OFFER NOW!!! Turned down D1 offer and will commit to South Carolina as a preferred walk on. Huge pick up for South Carolina. Fry will join Max Huggins of Myrtle Beach as invited walk-on kickers at USC in the fall.