TE Kalan Ritche of Goose Creek attended USC’s scrimmage and junior day last Saturday and continues to have the Gamecocks at the front of his list. He brought his family with him and their interaction with the Gamecock coaches was big to him. “All the coaches got to meet my family and my mother really likes the school,” Ritchie said. “That’s a big factor. They went more in depth about education and much resources I would have if I went there.” Ritchie also has visited Clemson, Georgia and Tennessee. He is taking the ACT this Saturday so he probably won’t make it to a spring game. He plans to visit Kentucky, LSU, Florida, NC State, Alabama and Georgia. And he’s not rushing into a final decision. ‘I’m waiting,” he said. Ritchie holds offers from USC, Clemson, Connecticut, Virginia Tech and NC State.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda was among the USC targets on hand for last Saturday’s junior day, and he will be among the Clemson targets on hand for the Tigers’ spring game this Saturday. “He wants his grandmother to go to both places,” Saluda coach Doug Painter said. “He got to get a good feel (at USC), but he’s not there yet, He’s working on his grades so he can do what he wants to do. He’s still pretty wide open. If I had to guess, I would say he’s a closer to home guy. He wants to go (to visit) Florida and LSU and look. And Florida State, I think he wants to go look. It’s just a matter of getting that done.” Wideman has offers from USC, Clemson, Michigan, Florida, Ole Miss and Florida State.
DL Kwamelle Barnes of Saluda has yet to receive an offer but does have a top three. He recently visited LSU and has them among his favorites. “I don’t really have a favorite but I would say that LSU, Florida and North Carolina are my top three,” said Barnes. His visit to Baton Rouge has him strong on the Tigers. “I was most impressed with their graduation rates,” he said. “It blew me away. They care about their players.” Barnes has not heard much from Clemson or USC lately but continues to show interest. “I visited USC already this year so I’ll probably go to Clemson for their spring game,” Barnes said. “I haven’t been there since they played USC.” LSU is expected to evaluate Barnes during spring practice and has Barnes confident an offer could be coming soon. Other schools showing interest include UNC, Florida and Duke.
6-10 Ibrahim Djambo of Three Rivers JC, MO will make Clemson his third official visit stop this weekend. Djambo has also visited Loyola of Chicago and SIU Carbondale. He will also visit Saint Louis and Southern Miss according to his coach. “He will take all the visits before deciding,” coach Gene Bess said. Clemson has been recruiting Djambo since February. Brad Brownell has been out to see him and Bess said Djambo can fill a role for the Tigers. “They are interested in a 6-10 four man,” the coach said. “They say that’s what they need. He’s excited about going there.” Djambo is a native of Mali and has two years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 18 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks per game this season. He will join 6-10 Sidy Mohamed Djitte as official visits for Clemson this weekend.