DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head recently visited Tennessee and was impressed with what he saw. “The stadium stood out the most,” said Ford who has USC and Tennessee at the top of his list. And the Gamecocks remain his favorite. “They (USC) said they probably will take one defensive lineman, and I’m that one,” Ford said. “That’s what I’m looking for. It made me feel very good about myself that they would want me.” Ford said he’s in regular contact with USC recruiter Everette Sands. Ford, who said he’s not hearing from Clemson, is not sure when he’ll make a decision but it won’t be anytime soon. He is going to Georgia for a junior day later this month and he might go to Boise State for the spring game. Oklahoma State recently offered Ford who also counts Illinois, Arkansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Arizona, Missouri, Michigan, Louisville and Georgia Tech among his offers. Last season Ford had 154 tackles, 44 for loss and 10 sacks.
DE Kentavious Street (6-4 264) of Greenville, NC will spend this weekend at Clemson with members of his family. It will be his first visit to Clemson and he’ll be joined by his mother, aunt, cousin, girlfriend and little sister. Clemson is one of his favorites along with Virginia Tech, Florida State and Tennessee. “I talk with coach Venables a lot, along with coach Brooks, and we have a great relationship,” Street said. “I want to fill my commitment of telling them I wanted to visit during spring practice.” Street said Clemson, Georgia and Florida State have been recruiting him the hardest. He also has visited nearby East Carolina and will visit Virginia Tech April 13th and Florida State this summer. And he plans to visit Georgia and Georgia Tech in May. Some of his other offers are Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee, NC State, Maryland and Duke. Street said he won’t announce until the Army All American Game or National Signing Day.
LB Gyasi Akem (6-2 214) of Broken Arrow, OK has offers from Clemson, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Baylor, TCU, Houston, Arkansas State and Washington State among others. Akem is showing interest in Clemson though there may be a roadblock. “I am interested but the one thing is, I looked on their website, and they don’t have my major,” said Akem. He is looking to study Criminal Justice. “I do talk to coach (Brent) Venables and he tells me about their program and what they like to do there,” he said. “I want to visit but, because it’s so far, I’m not going to guarantee it.” Akem has taken visits to Texas A&M, Kansas State, TCU, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State with good things to say about each trip, particularly Texas A&M and Kansas State. “K-State has an (at-home) atmosphere and is really laid back,” he said. “Texas A&M is really big but I got a chance to meet some players and I really liked it there.” Their move to the SEC does not hurt. “It really does help them because they’ve (SEC) won seven national championships in-a-row so you know you’ll play against the best,” he said. “But, if it’s not meant for me to play in the SEC, that’s not that big of a deal.” He does not have any favorites but acknowledged that he has always liked OSU. Akem will make a decision prior to his senior season.
Clemson offered DL Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, NC Monday night, two days after he visited for a spring practice. He visited USC last week and will visit Florida State this weekend. Gaillard also holds offers from USC, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina, Georgia, NC State, Florida State, East Carolina and Boston College.
6-9 PF Demetrius Henry has scheduled his official visit to USC for March 21-23. Henry will also visit Miami and South Florida before making his decision from one of those three. He has not been publicly favoring one of his finalists.