Deshaun Watson is Clemson’s quarterback commitment for the 2014 class and has been in that position since February of 2012. So far Clemson has been able to fend off all comers trying to Watson. It appears Dabo Swinney need only worry about Mark Richt at Georgia and Urban Meyer at Ohio State. Interviewed Sunday at a Rivals all star camp, Watson said he was 100% solid with his Clemson commitment but would take a couple of other visits. He said Georgia and Ohio State are the other two schools on his list. “I have a pretty high interest in UGA since it’s a home state school,” Watson said. He added other reasons he likes Georgia as “the situation at the quarterback position, it’s right down the street from my hometown, and the relationship they have with my high school coaches and my parents. It’s a very high interest at UGA.” About his interest in Ohio State, Watson said “I’ve always been a fan of Urban Meyer since he was at Utah. He’s a winner and he wins championships.” Auburn is another school he mentioned but did not include in his top three. Watson concluded the interview with promising, but worrisome, words for Clemson fans. “I’m 100% to Clemson. I’m going to take a couple of visits to make sure I made the right decision but right now I’m solid to Clemson and ready to get up there in December.”
DE Da’Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, VA, rated by some analysts as the #1 player in the class of 2014, wrapped up a two day visit to USC Sunday and had nothing but good things to say about his experience. “It was a great visit,” Hand said. “Clowney is a fun guy, very genuine, very honest. I liked the entire coaching staff. The food was amazing. As far as football related facilities, every college has them, some are big and some are small, so that doesn’t faze me anymore. The Dodie was very nice. I could see myself studying there.” Hand has also visited Alabama, Michigan and Virginia Tech and will visit Florida at some point. That is by no means a list of finalists as he will likely visit others. And he’s not ready to start formulating a favorites’ list. “I’m not comparing and contrasting,” Hand said. “I’ll continue to take visits and then compare. I’m taking my time, having and enjoying my life.” Hand was joined on the visit by his head coach Karibi Dede and by Dede’s teammate at Auburn, former Spring Valley linebacker Travis Williams. “I thought it was a great visit,” Dede said. “They did a really good job of giving a full picture of the program. He met with a professor about programs he’s interested in and toured the campus. The opportunity to hang out with the players, and with Clowney, I thought that was a unique opportunity for him. He met with coach Spurrier. Coach ate lunch with Da’Shawn and I think it opened his eyes about how great a coach he is. And coach Adams, it’s obvious the players love playing for coach Adams and coach Ward. It was a great opportunity to see a school that will be competitive and have a chance to win the (SEC) East.” Dede said he will be working to get Hand to more schools he wants to visit including Florida and back to Alabama. Later this summer they will narrow the list to the final official visits. Dede can’t say where USC fits in right now but the visit did nothing but help the Gamecocks in his opinion. “In terms of just South Carolina, it was just a smash hit.”
RB Dalvin Cook of Miami, who committed to Clemson in June of 2012, flipped to Florida Saturday night after meeting with Gator coach Will Muschamp following the Florida spring game. Cook said this decision is final and he is ending his recruiting. Cook is the second Clemson commitment to back out of his pledge for 2014. Earlier DB Dylan Sumner-Gardner decommitted from Clemson in January and committed to Texas A&M in March.
RB Stanley Williams of Monroe, GA has decommitted from Georgia and reopened his recruiting. He was at USC Saturday and will be at Clemson this Saturday. He is still considering Georgia and is also looking at LSU, Tennessee, Auburn and Missouri among others.
Clemson and USC will hold their spring games Saturday and as of Sunday night OL Donnell Stanley of Latta had not decided if he will attend one of the games. Stanley is tied up with baseball right now and that’s limited his visits of late. His last trip was to North Carolina for a junior day last month. Ole Miss was his most recent offer coming in last week and he talked with Rebels coach Hugh Freeze and his offensive line coach last week. He also talked last week with USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott and his recruiter from North Carolina. LSU recruiter John Chavis called last week but it was during a baseball game and Stanley couldn’t take the call. Stanley remains open and has not formulated a favorites list.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA visited Georgia Saturday but the Bulldogs still trail USC. The Gamecocks continues to be his leader with his commitment date still planned for August 9th. “Georgia is my home school and the visit went really well,” said Allen-Williams. As for the rest of the schools he said, “I don’t really have a list. I want to narrow it to maybe ten to fifteen schools by May.” This weekend Allen-Williams heads to the other coast to visit Southern Cal and UCLA and he is planning a return trip to USC in May. Clemson is making a push for his services but may have some ground to make up. “Clemson didn’t really start recruiting me until a couple of months ago,” he said. “I’m not saying they can’t catch up with the other schools though. I really like what they’ve got going on up there and I like what coach (Brent) Venables is doing.” He visited Tigertown in late-March.
OL Reilly Gibbons of Ft. Lauderdale committed to Miami. He had offers from USC and Clemson.
6-9 Demetrius Henry of Bradenton, FL is set with his final two official visits and a reset announcement date. Henry will take his official visit to Miami this coming weekend. He will go to South Florida the following weekend. He has pushed back his announcement date from April 17th to April 24th. Henry also has visited USC and is down to the Gamecocks, Hurricanes and Bulls.
PG Deonte Houston of Olney JC, IL and combo guard Joshua Cameron of Connors State JC, OK to Coastal Carolina; PG Johnathan Burroughs-Cook of Memphis to The College of Charleston.