TE Milan Richard of Savannah will have a chance to do something his famous uncle Herschel Walker never did, score a touchdown inside Clemson’s Death Valley. Richard committed to Clemson Wednesday night after narrowing his list to Clemson, USC, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss. Richard visited Clemson for the USC game last November and had the Tigers high up on his list since then. “He and his family have done a very good job from day one evaluating everything associated with somewhere and at the end of the day he just felt like it was the best fit,” said Richard’s coach Mark Stroud. “They use a guy doing various things and he’s a guy that can play in there and give them a situation where they don’t have to change personnel. I think he gives them exactly what they are looking for in the ability to keep him on the field in various places without changing personnel.” Richard had 22 catches for 341 yards and three touchdowns last season. He had five touchdown catches as a sophomore. “He’s got the whole package, size and speed, explosiveness, everything you’re looking for in a player at that position,” Stroud said. “He has great hands, big hands. The kid’s an athlete.” Richard becomes the fifth commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda is carrying a double load this spring. On the one hand, he’s working hard to sharpen his football skills. On the other hand, he’s working hard in the class room to be in a position to accept a scholarship offer later this year. “It’s on his plate now and nobody can do the work for him,” Saluda coach Doug Painter said. Wideman picked up an offer from Alabama this week. He also has offers from Clemson, USC, Michigan, Florida, Ole Miss and Florida State. Ohio State and Tennessee have been by the school and have expressed interest. USC and Clemson were by earlier in the spring and plan to return for a practice next week. Wideman has not taken any visits since going to USC and Clemson on back to back weekends last month. He will take more visits this summer with Florida State, Florida, LSU and Alabama possible stops. Wideman won’t make a decision until after the season.
RB Adam Choice (5-9 206) of Thomasville, GA is another of the top prospects in the Peach State. Last season he rushed for 1650 yards and 23 touchdowns. Clemson recruiters were by his school Tuesday. He has a Clemson offer and a lot of interest in the Tigers. “I really like Clemson,” said Choice who attended the Clemson spring game. “I like talking with their coaching staff. When I was at the spring game, I got a feel for the fans and got the feeling they are behind their team 100% no matter what.” Choice said he’s been in frequent contact with Clemson recruiters Danny Pearman and Tony Elliott. He wants to visit again with his father. His mother went with him for the spring game. Choice also has offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Ole Miss, South Florida, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Stanford, Texas, Missouri, Auburn and NC State. He also has visited USC and the Gamecocks have been by, but they have not offered. Texas, Florida, Georgia Tech and Stanford also have been thru school, and he’s talked to Florida State. Choice said there is no timetable for a decision. “Whenever I know, I’ll know,’ he said. “I’m not going to rush it.” He does not have favorites.
LB Dillon Bates of Ponte Vedra, FL has a top five of Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, Texas and USC. He plans to visit each of these schools over the summer. Bates is going to “The Opening” football camp in Oregon and said there is a possibility he could announce his decision during the camp. “If I know who it is I’ll do it there on ESPN,” said Bates. “But, if not, I’ll do it back here on my own. I can’t tell you specifically when I plan to commit but I want to do it before the season.” Steve Spurrier, Jr. stopped by his school this week to talk with Bates. “We just caught up on stuff,” he said. “It’s always good to talk to coach Spurrier. He was updating me on their spring practice and how some of my friends did.” Bates says three of his friends currently play for the Gamecocks. He did not give dates to any of his visits and did not limit the trips he will take over the summer to this top five. “There is a chance I could check out some other schools,” said Bates.
DE Jesse Aniebonam of Olney, MD plans to visit several schools over the summer including USC and Clemson. The Tigers were by his school last week to see Aniebonam and USC will be there next week. “‘I’ve been talking to coach (Brent) Venables a lot and he is asking me when I can come down there for a visit,” said Aniebonam. “Hopefully, I can do that in June. I have talked to coach (G.A.) Mangus back-and-forth on Facebook and it’s kind of the same thing.” The visits Aniebonam has scheduled for the summer are Clemson, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama. Though he does not claim any favorites, he acknowledged that these visits are to schools of strong interest. “I can’t really evaluate them until I’ve seen them so, hopefully, I’ll have a better idea after my visits,” he said. “I’d like to commit prior to my season but there is not a set date.” Aniebonam did not rule out the possibility of other visits.
Newberry has signed 6-2 Mason Spease of Concord, NC and PG Matt Spears of Charlotte.