QB Drew Barker of Hebron, KY will announce his college choice May 10th at 3:30 PM at his high school. He’s down to USC, Kentucky and Tennessee.
OL Orlando Brown Jr. of Suwanee, GA committed to Tennessee today. USC and Clemson were among his offers.
Clemson was the first to offer DL Jeremy Patterson (6-4 317) of Jessup, GA and that has the Tigers sitting in good shape at this point. “He has a high interest in them,” Wayne County coach Jody Groom said. “They offered last summer. Clemson is in good shape. Florida State is in good shape. We have a player at Florida State. And Florida is in good shape as well. Those three have been on him longer than the rest.” Clemson recruiter Brent Venables visited on the first day he could go out. Florida State, Florida, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, North Carolina and NC State also have been in. Patterson visited Georgia and Florida State this spring. Groom said Patterson wants to decide during his season because he’s planning to graduate early. He’ll take some official visits before deciding. Last season Patterson had 37 tackles with 5 sacks. “He’s very strong and athletic,” his coach said. “He runs a sub 5.0 forty. He can hand clean 405 pounds, he benches 365 pounds and his back press is 385 pounds.”
DL Peyton Newell of Hawatha, KS has had USC as one of his favorites for months and next week he’s expecting Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus to visit him at his school. Newell is up to 34 offers with Syracuse and Southern Cal the most recent. He plans to narrow his list at the beginning of Summer. “South Carolina will definitely be on that list,” Newell said. “They are very good at the recruiting process. Me and coach Mangus have developed a good relationship.” He added that Southern Cal, Georgia, Nebraska and Kansas also are high up on his list. Newell plans to take some more visits this summer but is not sure where. And he’s moved his timetable for his decision up from late November to before his season. He does not have an individual leader.
The sole offer for DL KJ Ford of Bluffton is NC State but he continues to hear from Clemson, USC, Florida State and has garnered new interest from Louisville, Central Florida and Western Carolina. “Clemson came by last week and said they would be by this week (to watch) practice so we’ll see how that goes,” said Ford. “I haven’t really heard from Carolina but I know they’re coming by for practice.” He also expects FSU, Georgia, Louisville and UCF among others to attend some of his practices. “Louisville told me they saw my film and really liked me but that they wanted to come see me practice,” he said. “It’s a good program that I would like to visit.” Florida State wants Ford to camp at their school this summer and he plans to oblige. Clemson and USC are two other camps he plans to attend. Ford does not have any favorites.