LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA plans to narrow his list to a top five this summer and announce a decision at the Under Armour Game in January. Coaches from Clemson, Alabama and Ohio State have been by to see him this spring. Clemson recruiter Brent Venables has the Tigers very much in the mix. “I’ve built a great relationship with coach Venables,” McMillan said. “He’s one of the coach I talk to all the time. He’s telling me that if I came there would be a great chance to play a lot at mike linebacker. He’s really aggressive and likes to send his linebackers on blitzes and get to the quarterback.” McMillan’s only visit this spring was to Georgia for the spring game. He will visit more places this summer and then come out with a top five. “Clemson is in pretty good shape,” he said. McMillan said he talks the most with Clemson, Ohio State and Alabama.
Clemson coaches dropped by to see WR Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, GA this morning. Kitt has Clemson in his final three along with Ohio State and Tennessee. He will announce his decision June 10th.
TE Kalan Ritchie (6-6 226) of Goose Creek Tuesday night announced a commitment to USC on his twitter page. Ritchie picked the Gamecocks over Clemson and NC State. He also held offers from Virginia Tech and Connecticut. “He’s a hell of a tight end as a blocker,” Goose Creek coach Chuck Reedy said. “We’re trying to develop him as a receiver.” Ritchie has made several trips to USC and sees a fit for himself in the Gamecock offense. “I love their offense,” he said. “I like how they get some of their younger tight ends in.” Ritchie visited USC April 4th with his mother. He also made visits this spring to Clemson, Tennessee and Georgia. Ritchie is USC’s 3rd commitment for the 2014 class.
DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA has offers from Clemson, USC, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Kentucky, Florida, Michigan State and Indiana among others. He plans to visit the Tigers and Gamecocks over the summer. USC assistant coach Grady Brown visited with Smith Thursday. “He told me about what was going on in their secondary and how I would have a chance for early playing time there,” said Smith. “He also just gave me some good advice about life.” Smith says early playing time is very important in his decision process. “Clemson is pretty much telling me the same thing,” he said. “They want me to come back up for a game. I’ll definitely be there. I like the campus and the coaches.” Both schools are strong with Smith. Other schools to visit Smith have been Ohio State and Georgia Tech. Ohio State is encouraging Smith to visit this summer while Georgia Tech is familiarizing themselves with him. As for other visits this summer, Smith is unsure. He does not have any favorites.
OL Nolan Kelleher of Wando picked up an offer from Wake Forest Tuesday bringing his total to 15. His other offers include North Carolina, NC State, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Kentucky, East Carolina, Connecticut, Duke, West Virginia, South Florida and Central Florida. He is hearing from Clemson, Stanford, Arkansas and Alabama among others. “Clemson has come by to talk to me and told me how much I’ve changed,” said Kelleher. “The last time they saw me was at a camp and I’ve transformed my body since then. They told me they could offer but that have to get it approved by the other coaches first. Stanford is flying to my spring game to see me so I’m really excited about that. I think I may visit them this summer.” USC also visited with Kelleher at his school. “They were really honest with me and I respect that,” he said. “They told me if they had seen me earlier they would’ve offered but that they are full at my position and cannot offer.” Kelleher has eliminated East Carolina and UConn from his list but remains open for every other school. “It’s really hard to narrow my list because there are so many good options,” Kelleher said. Arkansas and Alabama are two other schools Kelleher would like to visit. Should Clemson offer, he would return for a visit and strongly consider the Tigers. Kelleher does not have any favorites.
5-10 Will Adams of Johnson City, TN signed with Presbyterian. He’s the fourth signee for the Blue Hose.
6-10 Kyle Buffkin of Fork Union Prep, VA signed with Coastal Carolina. He averaged 10 points and 7 rebounds per game last season.