LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA said Ohio State is now his favorite after visiting there this week. That was his fourth visit to Ohio State. He’s also been to Clemson, Florida, Alabama and Georgia. He plans to announce in December or at his all-star game and enroll in January.
DE Da’Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, VA, considered the #1 player in the class of 2014, will attend USC’s junior day Saturday. His coach, Karibe Dede, will drive Hand to Columbia Friday and they will stay thru lunch on Sunday. “He’s excited for several reasons,” said Dede, a former Auburn linebacker who faced the Gamecocks in Columbia during his career. “It’s a great program and staff. And when you have a kid like Jadeveon Clowney who plays the same position, you look at it and say this is a program which has the means to develop a player of that caliber. He’s also excited about playing in a great conference.” Dede was just hired as the coach at Woodbridge seven weeks ago and has been trying to assist Hand his father in the recruiting process. And he’s shared his experience at Williams-Brice Stadium with Hand. “The introduction at South Carolina is one of a kind,” he said of the 2001 entrance. “That place is electric. I told him it’s definitely a place you want to go to on gameday.” Gamecock defensive line coach Deke Adams has taken an active role in recruiting Hand. The relationship dates back to last season when Adams was at North Carolina. “The familiarity between him and coach Adams presents a positive bond and relationship,” Dede said. “Of all the people that’s recruited him, coach Adams has gone about things the right way. He’s genuinely interested in Da’Shawn. Coach has really reached out.” Hand has also visited Alabama, Michigan and Virginia Tech. Hand has also mentioned Florida in his top five but his coach says he is not limiting himself to just those five schools at this point. “He will go to as many schools as he can and then decide on official visits,” Dede said. “We want to give him exposure to as many places as possible.” The coach added that Maryland is also a possible visit for Hand, and he said other visits will be set up as schools reach out to them and invite them to campus. Dede said Hand has no leader and there is no timetable for a decision.
DE Jesse Aniebonum of Olney, MD has offers from USC, Clemson, Florida ,Florida State, Alabama, Maryland, Notre Dame, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Iowa and Michigan among others. He will attend Clemson’s spring game in two weeks. “I’m looking forward to getting down there to learn more about the program,” he said. “They’ve been wanting to get me down there for a visit. They’re a school of strong interest. Right now, I’m just getting to know the coaches better.” He had similar things to say about USC. “They’re another school I’m a very interested in,” said Aniebonum. “I know a lot about South Carolina because I’ve studied their defense. I like the way they do things and I know they’ve got a beautiful campus down there.” Aniebonum has visited Maryland and Notre Dame and plans to return to Notre Dame for another visit. Other schools he would like to see are Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Florida and Alabama. “I don’t really have any favorites but those are the core schools I’m looking at right now,” said Aniebonum of USC, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Florida and Alabama. As a junior he totaled 52 tackles and 11 sacks. Aniebonum does not have a leader.
LB Greg Miclisse of Palm Bay, FL has offers from USC, LSU, Louisville, SMU, Tennessee, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA, Auburn, Washington, Wake Forest, South Florida, Arizona, Connecticut, Missouri and Texas among others. Miclisse plans to narrow his list to ten in the next two weeks and says the Gamecocks are very much in the picture. “I like South Carolina a lot,” he said. “I visited my sophomore year and they’ve got it going on. I loved the campus and it’s a great football program. The coaches made me feel at home and Steve Spurrier is one of the best ever to do it.” He also named LSU, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Georgia and Louisville as schools that stand out to him. Miclisse visited Miami this spring and goes to Florida Atlantic this weekend. He will visit Tennessee soon and plans to return to USC this summer. Miclisse plans to take all five of his official visits and could commit during an all-star game in January. He had 11 sacks, 18 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery as a junior. Miclisse does not have a favorite.
USC target 6-8 Darryl Reynolds of Philadelphia visited Rhode Island Wednesday. The Rams recently named Dan Hurley as their new coach. Reynolds visited USC last month and remains strong on the Gamecocks. He plans to visit Villanova next weekend and Seton Hall the weekend after that. He might also work in a visit to Utah. Reynolds will announce his decision on April 24th.
6-7 Donte Grantham of Martinsburg, WV was reported by his local newspaper to have an offer from Clemson, but Grantham said Wednesday night the Tigers have not yet offered. “They are show interest and they came to see me play,” Grantham said. “They’ve been talking a lot to my mom and they seem pretty interested.” He did land an offer from West Virginia Tuesday. Some of his other offers include VMI, Northern Kentucky, James Madison and Marshall. He said he’s also getting prep school offers. Grantham said he’s not sure about upcoming visits but does want to see Clemson. Right now he’s busy with AAU basketball. Grantham was named the West Virginia player of the year after averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds per game.
6-5 Travis Hammonds of Gray Military Academy in Columbia has committed to Long Beach State. He’s a former Richland Northeast standout.