Clemson offered RB Joe Mixon of Oakley, CA several weeks ago, and it wasn’t just a meaningless gesture by the Tigers. They are seriously interested in the Northern California standout, and the interest is mutual. “I like Clemson a lot,” Mixon said. “Coach Morris and coach Elliott, I like both of them. They are great guys. I feel like I can be a big part of their offense and make an early impact.” Mixon said Clemson is one of about eight schools he’s considering for a visit, and he said distance from home won’t be a factor with him. He last talked to the Tigers last Thursday. Mixon has visited Southern Cal and California. He has 44 offers including Notre Dame, Tennessee, Ohio State, Georgia, Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Michigan and Arizona State along with the Tigers, Trojans and Bears. He won’t announce a decision until the Army All American Game. Last season Mixon rushed for 1443 yards and 22 touchdowns and had 383 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns. He also had one punt return for a TD and returned an interception for a score.
Former Georgia commit RB Stanley Williams of Monroe, GA was on hand for USC’s scrimmage Saturday and spoke highly of the visit. “It went really well,” said Williams. “I got a chance to get to know my running back coach, coach (Everett) Sands, and talk to him about what they do there. It was nice talking to him and coach (Steve) Spurrier.” Williams spent time with another prospect while in Columbia. “Da’Shawn Hand, who is the number one recruit in the country, was there and we talked a lot,” he said. “He was a real cool guy. We exchanged numbers and are going to keep in touch.” Williams will visit Clemson this weekend with Tigers commit, QB Deshaun Watson. “I really like coach (Tony) Elliott and coach (Dabo) Swinney,” said Williams. “They’ve been telling me how I can fit into their offense and what I could do there.” Williams plans to visit both schools in the future. He also named Kentucky, Tennessee and Oregon as schools he would like to visit. Williams does not have a time frame for narrowing his list or making a decision. He did confirm interest in the Tigers and Gamecocks.
DE Kendal Vickers of Havelock, NC got a better feel about where he fits into USC’s thinking for a spot in the 2013 class during his visit Saturday to Columbia. Vickers said last week he needs A’s and B’s for this half of the school year to have a chance to qualify with his test score. And he said the Gamecocks have told him there’s a spot for him if he qualifies. “It was great,” he said of the visit. “I talked to all the coaches and they were excited that I’m going to be a Gamecock. It’s a beautiful place. I can’t wait to get down there.” Vickers added that USC defensive line coach Deke Adams is scheduled to visit him in about three weeks. Vickers said thru the first nine weeks of this semester, he is sitting on all A’s and B’s and he’s confident he will made the grade to get to USC this fall. If not, USC will place him in a prep school and he will enroll in January.
6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte of Senegal will make is official visit to Clemson this weekend and could leave as a Tiger commitment. “He really likes the program, the kids, the coaches, the engineering program,” said Djitte’s coach at Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC Chris Lattimer. “He really feels comfortable at Clemson, so it’s a real good possibility. We can’t wait to see what Clemson has to offer.” Djitte has several other offers but has not scheduled any other visits. Lattimer said he’s been in touch with Clemson head coach Brad Brownell and assistant Earl Grant. Djitte played in an all star game in late March “and played real well,” Lattimer said. “He had about a double-double.” Djitte averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds a game this season.