Clemson landed the top prospect in New York last recruiting season in DL Ebo Ogundeko of Brooklyn. The Tigers are back in that borough with an offer to DL Thomas Holley (6-5 290). Holley has played only eight high school football games but was impressive enough last season to draw offers from the likes of Clemson, Alabama, Baylor, Boston College, Maryland, Florida State, Florida, Ole Miss, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse, Ohio State, Miami, Nebraska and Notre Dame. He’s been to Penn State for a junior day and to Rutgers for an unofficial visit. He is planning to get to Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss and Nebraska this spring and summer. He’s been in touch with Clemson recruiter Brent Venables. “Clemson is a good school with academics and a powerhouse football program,” Holley said. “I want to go there and get a feel for the coaches and the environment and see what Clemson is all about.” He does not have favorites and will wait until he takes more visits before deciding on a favorites’ list. Holley currently is completing his basketball season and is still involved in the state tournament.
DB Allen Artis of Marietta, GA made an unofficial visit to Clemson for a spring practice earlier this month. He got a chance to tour the campus, meet with one of the academic advisers, and talked to defensive coaches Brent Venables and Mike Reed. “I liked the facilities,” Artis said. “It’s a strong program and I liked the community.” Artis said Clemson is recruiting him as a safety. He has also visited Tennessee, Mississippi State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Wake Forest. He might visit Alabama, Vanderbilt and Louisville. His offer list of 15 includes Clemson, Louisville, Kentucky, North Carolina, Missouri and NC State. Artis does not have a favorite nor a timetable for a decision.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA made an unofficial visit to Tennessee Saturday. He has been favoring USC for months and he said that position has not changed. “It was a good trip and I do like UT, but I’m still a strong South Carolina lean,” Allen-Williams wrote on his Twitter page Sunday. “I’m not making any decision until I feel comfortable,” he continued, “but there are about 6 or 7 schools I can see myself playing at on Saturdays.” Allen-Williams has had USC in front ahead of Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn, Arkansas, Wisconsin and NC State in that order. Florida State and Clemson are two others pushing to get into his top group. Allen-Williams plans to be at USC’s junior day this Saturday.
RB Joe Mixon of Oakley, CA Friday released his final 16 list and Clemson is on it. Mixon said via Twitter these schools are the only ones he will communicate with. The others on the list…Tennessee, Oregon State, Washington, Ohio State, California, Georgia, Oklahoma, UCLA, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Michigan, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Southern Cal. Mixon said the schools are not in any particular order. He rushed for 1443 yards and 20 touchdowns last season.
6-6 Leroy Fludd of Believe Prep in Rock Hill will be taking an official visit to USC next month and is interested in seeing what the Gamecocks have to offer. He and his teammate, 6-3 Shaddell Millinghaus, are both Gamecock targets. “They need a little more help in certain areas,” said Fludd who talks regularly with Gamecock coaches Frank Martin and Brad Underwood. “I can see myself playing at that type of level. I like the way they coach and the coaching staff is really close.” Fludd and Millinghaus visited USC unofficially for the Ole Miss game. Millinghaus’ brother is a freshman guard at Ole Miss. Fludd said he is undecided about other visits and doesn’t have a favorite. He won’t make a decision until after his season. He also has offers from Utah, Colorado State and Rutgers where he once was committed.