WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville, FL will not be able to attend a junior day at USC this weekend due to a basketball tournament. He will, however, attend their spring game April 13th. “I like South Carolina a lot,” he said. “Especially since they let you play two sports. Bruce Ellington does it and so does my good friend, Ahmad Christian.” Christian attended the same high school as Ford and the two have maintained contact. Ford does not have any other visits planned but would like to visit Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Virginia Tech and North Carolina. “I have a blood line to Clemson because my cousin played there,” said Ford. Each of these schools have offered. His other offers include Ohio State, Vanderbilt, Central Florida, Florida International, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Auburn, Penn State, Georgia Tech and West Virginia. Ford does not have any favorites.
OL Nolan Kelleher of Wando has added offers from Georgia and Tennessee bringing his total to nine. Florida State, NC State, Duke, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Connecticut are his other offers. Kelleher recently visited Florida State and will visit Virginia Tech this weekend. “Florida State was amazing,” he said. “I went to Georgia Tech a couple of months ago and it was great.” After his Virginia Tech visit, Kelleher said he wants to visit Georgia and Tennessee among other schools. As for Clemson and USC, “It’s been pretty quiet. I really haven’t talked to either school. I want to visit them but I really don’t see the point if they’re not interested in me so we’ll see.” Kelleher does not have any favorites. “I’m trying to keep an open mind and see as many schools as I can,” said Kelleher. “I’m may try to lock it down (to five) in the next few months.”
DE Cameron Darley (6-3 240) of Manning is hearing from USC, The Citadel, SC State and North Carolina among others. Darley will visit USC this weekend. “I’ve been there a bunch of times,” said Darley. “I like the way they play defense.” Darley is also planning to visit SC State for a spring practice. The Citadel is the latest program to show interest. “They just started talking to me,” he said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to visit because I haven’t really thought about it too much.” Tennessee is a school Darley would like to visit saying, “That’s the team I grew up liking. I would like to go see what it’s like.” As a junior, he totaled over 100 tackles, 21 for loss and six sacks. He did not name a favorite.
DL Travonte Valentine (6-4 283) of Palm Beach, FL has offers from Clemson, USC, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Auburn, Miami, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Southern Cal, Tennessee, UCLA, West Virginia, Michigan and Michigan State among others. Formerly committed to Florida, Valentine no longer has interest in the Gators. After visiting Clemson and USC, he returned home impressed with the two programs. “I liked South Carolina and Clemson when I visited,” said Valentine. “They both treated me so nicely. I liked the campuses and the home town feel in their cities. Clemson has beautiful new facilities and it’s a really nice town.” Valentine wants to visit each school again in the future. The only other visits he has made thus far are to Florida, Florida State and Miami. As for other schools he would like to visit he said, “I want to go to FSU, Arizona and LSU.” Valentine does not have any favorites and plans to narrow his list to five in November. He will likely be a signing day decision.
USC’s junior day list Saturday won’t include one of their top targets, OL Donnell Stanley of Latta. His mentor Chris German said he (German) has family coming to town this weekend and won’t be able to transport Stanley to Columbia. Stanley will attend USC’s spring game and may make it in for a spring practice. His last visit was to North Carolina for their junior day and the Duke basketball game earlier this month. He plans to make a return trip to UNC during his spring break. He won’t make it back up to Clemson until the summer according to German. Right now Stanley is concentrating on his baseball season. Marshall and Mississippi State are his two most recent offers.
Clemson has offered 2015 QB Kevin Dillman of La Mirada, CA according to his coach. He’s the third player on that team to be offered by Clemson. They’ve also offered junior WR Dallis Todd and junior LB Tyler LuaTua.
PG Jaren Sina of Gladstone, NJ had been committed to Northwestern but with the coaching change there he has backed off that. He now includes Clemson among his schools of interest.
6-3 Shadell Millinghaus of Schenectady, NY and Believe Prep in Rock Hill plans to take official visits to USC, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Loyola Marymount. Dates have not been set. Right now everyone is playing catch up to the Gamecocks. “I talked to them last week and they were telling me how it would be a great situation for me,” Millinghaus said. “I’m very interested. I will give them a good look.” He won’t make a decision until after he takes his visits. He and his teammate, 6-5 Leroy Fludd, will visit USC together and its possible the two will go to the same school. “We’ve talked about that,” he said. “We’ll see what’s the best fit for us.” Oregon is second on his list but he said he’s still open to the other schools as well. “I want to make sure I make the right decision.” Millinghaus averaged 28 points per game this season.