Clemson and Maryland have emerged as the clear leaders for OL Justin Falcinelli (6-5 300) of Middletown, MD and his coach believes he’ll make a decision within the next two months. Falcinelli plays OT and also on the defensive line. He attended Clemson’s junior day last month and has been strong on the Tigers ever since. “He really likes Clemson,” said his coach Kevin Lynott. “He went down there a couple of weeks ago and he fell in love with the university. He really likes coach Swinney and was impressed with the staff and the culture of the players. It’s more than just football, it was more like a family atmosphere, like a brotherhood.” Falcinelli has also been to Maryland and the Terps are making a strong push. “Maryland has been all over him being the home town boy,” Lynott said. “He likes Maryland, likes coach Edsall. Being in close proximity, it’s given him some serious consideration. I think he’s impressed with both. A new offer could come in and change the ball game.” Falcinelli also has offers from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Rutgers, Penn State and Wake Forest. He’s also getting interest from Alabama, LSU and Ohio State. He visited Ohio State last summer and apparently impressed coach Urban Meyer. “Coach Meyer labeled him as one of the best offensive line recruits in the country,” his coach said. Lynott was not sure if or when Falcinelli will visit Clemson or Maryland again, but he said the Maryland team is coming to their school to hold one of their spring practices.
Stratford QB Jacob Park has added four more offers from major conference programs. The newest offers are from Louisville, Oklahoma State, Florida State and West Virginia. Park also has offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State, Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, Duke, North Carolina and Virgina Tech. He has had a top list of Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. Park has passed for nearly 4000 yards and 32 touchdowns over the past two seasons.
OL Donnell Stanley of Latta, who also wants to play baseball in college, attended the USC-Clemson game Sunday afternoon in Columbia. Stanley plays first base for the Vikings. He was at USC’s junior day last month and plans to return for the junior day later this month. He also went recently to a junior day at North Carolina. Stanley plans to get up to Clemson for a baseball game this season as well. Mississippi State offered Stanley Monday. Some of his other offers are Clemson, Florida State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Alabama, Ohio State and Southern Cal. He has not narrowed his list.
LB Shaun Hamilton of Montgomery, AL will take an unofficial visit to Tennessee this weekend. Clemson and USC also have offered him.