USC and Clemson will hold spring games Saturday but one of the state’s top prospects will pass on both. DB Darin Smalls of Summerville said he’s not going to either game. Smalls was at USC’s junior day in March. He also visited Florida State this spring and he will go to Virginia Tech April 20th. Right now USC remains the team to beat. “It’s not a huge lead but they are out front pretty far,” he said. “I’ve been there a lot and I like the campus and the whole college. I talk to coach (Grady) Brown about every two days. We talk about where I fit in and about the defense.” Smalls said Virginia Tech has been making a strong push. “They’re saying the same things, like where I would fit in and the impact I could have,” he said. But his top three right now are USC, Florida State and Clemson. Smalls plans to wait until signing day before declaring his intentions.
LB Chris Register of Greensboro, NC will not attend Clemson’s spring game Saturday due to a track meet. He was invited by the Tigers’ coaching staff. “They keep in touch with me all of the time and wanted me to come down,” said Register. “I’m still very interested in them because they were the first to offer.” He attended a practice at Wake Forest Thursday and has also been to an NC State practice. “I’m not sure when I’ll be able to take more visits but I want to get back to Clemson and South Carolina.” The Gamecocks continue to show interest in Register and he has reciprocated. Though he does not have any favorites, he named Clemson, USC, Florida State and Tennessee as schools of interest. “Coach (Shawn) Elliott has kept in contact with me and wanted me to come down to their spring game but, of course, I can’t go,” he said. Register is hopeful of being named to the Army All-America game and said he would consider announcing during the game, “If I get in it”.
B Jalan McClendon of Charlotte picked up offers from Florida State and Appalachian State recently to go with his offers from SC State, Wake Forest, North Carolina and East Carolina. Clemson has yet to offer but that did not stop McClendon from naming them among his favorites. “My top three are Florida State, (North) Carolina and Clemson,” he said. McClendon recently visited FSU and liked what he saw. “I like they way they spread the ball around on offense,” he said. “It’s a good school and I liked the dorms a lot. They have a good atmosphere.” McClendon has been invited to the Tigers’s spring game but had already committed to an Elite 11 camp. “I would have gone if I could have,” said McClendon. He plans to attend a camp at Clemson this summer. He would also like to camp at Georgia, Ohio State and LSU among other schools. McClendon did not name a leader.
6-10 Ibrahim Djambo of Mali had planned to get to Clemson Thursday night to begin his official visit with the Tigers. Djambo attends a junior college in Missouri, and his plane was late getting to Atlanta for his connection to Greenville. So, he’s now looking at getting to Clemson sometime Friday morning. Djambo also has visited Loyola Chicago and SIU Carbondale. He said he will visit Saint Louis and Southern Miss before making his decision which he will announce April 30th. He does not have a favorite.