RB Adam Choice of Thomasville, GA confirmed for PalmettoSports.com Wednesday afternoon that he has committed to Clemson. Choice said Tuesday night Clemson had moved out as his favorite but was going to wait until a visit next week to possibly commit. But Wednesday Choice decided there was no reason to wait. He had also been considering Auburn, Georgia Tech and Texas. Choice attended Clemson’s spring game and started to get the feeling then that Clemson was right for him. “I could really tell they are one big family,” Choice said. “The whole city is behind Clemson and their athletic program. And the more I looked into the school, the academics looked great.” Choice played quarterback last season and rushed for 1650 yards and 23 touchdowns. He’s Clemson’s seventh commitment for the 2014 class, third from Georgia and the third running back for the class.
OL Malik Young (6-4 295) of Woodmont was offered Tuesday by USC and by next Tuesday he likely will be a commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2014 class. Young, his mother and his coach will tour the USC campus next Tuesday and Young said the pledge could come then. “It’s a pretty good chance (of a commitment),” Young said. “It meant a lot to me (to get the offer). It’s exciting that South Carolina, my favorite school, offered me. I dreamed about it and hoped I would get the chance to play in the SEC.” USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott was contacted by Woodmont second year coach Jason Farmer about Young after Farmer saw how much he had progressed during spring practice. “I was real excited for him that this has happened,” Farmer said. “I honestly don’t understand why more schools don’t come in and look at this kid. We were 1-10 last year and we’re not a big name program and sometimes people shy away from that, but I know he can play at that next level. I think South Carolina has made a great decision. When coach Elliott left our office yesterday, he (Young) could not believe this was happening. His parents are Gamecock fans and his family is from Columbia. It’s really a perfect fit.” Young played tackle last season but will be a guard this season. And he sees a good situation for himself in Columbia. “I think I would fit in well,” he said. “He (Elliott is a very good coach and I like the Gamecock environment.” Young said he’d also like to visit Georgia and Florida but has had no contact from them. He also has an offer from SC State.
2015 DE Shameik Blackshear of Bluffton took to Twitter Tuesday afternoon to announce his commitment to USC. Blackshear had been favoring the Gamecocks throughout the recruiting process but gave no indication he planned to make such an early decision according to his coach Ken Cribb. “That’s kids for you,” Cribb said. “After talking with him I thought he’d wait awhile but everything may have been overwhelming for him. He may have known who he liked and where he wanted to go and just said let’s go ahead and get this part off me so I can concentrate on Bluffton Bobcat football.” Blackshear visited USC for a game last season and went to one of their junior days earlier this year. “Honestly, I think he’s been a Gamecock fan,” Cribb said. “He wears Gamecock stuff all the time. He likes all the coaches. Everette Sands been recruiting him hard and he likes coach Sands. Back yard, local, home favorite. He just liked everything about them.” Blackshear is just 15 years old and is still working to master his skills. He had 97 tackles with 17 for loss and 5 sacks last season. “I’m just going to be honest with you, he can play any position on the field,” Cribb said. “He’s 6-5, 235. He’s been timed as a 4.6 but Friday night (in the spring scrimmage) he ran the ball and I guarantee you he was 4.5 or better. It was incredible. He hit a gear I hadn’t screen. And he’s incredibly strong, he’s agile and explosive. Can run it, catch it, throw it. He has no limitations.” Blackshear has a dozen offers with Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Ohio State and Southern Cal also on his list. He’s the 2nd commitment for USC for the 2015 class. Also Tuesday, Bluffton rising senior DL KJ Ford announced a commitment to NC State.
TE KC Crosby of Bamberg-Ehrhardt is set to announce his college choice at Noon on June 1st. As of Tuesday night, he had not made his decision according to his father and coach Butch Crosby. “He’s still up in the air, still getting information,” Crosby Sr. said. “He’ll go to that Saturday morning. I told him I don’t want to know until that Saturday.” Crosby Jr. had his list down to USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Alabama, but his father said Florida is now a factor. “Florida got back in it,” the coach said. “Coach Lawing came down and then the tight ends coach came down.” USC recruiter Everette Sands attended Crosby’s spring game last Thursday, and Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby was by last Monday. “He might go to Clemson this weekend, but that’s not definite,” Crosby Sr. said. The coach previously named USC as the favorite for his son but a favorite is not as clear to him now. “South Carolina has made a great push but I don’t know where that stands,” he said. “Alabama made a big push here at the end. Clemson is trying to make a push, and North Carolina is definitely trying to make a push. North Carolina has made the biggest push.” Outside of the possible visit to Clemson, Crosby Jr. has no plans to visit any other school before his announcement.
WR Ryshene Bronson of Fort Meyers, FL has decommitted from Florida to “open back up” his recruitment. He has named USC, Florida, South Florida, Tennessee and LSU as his top five in no order. Bronson visited USC in the past with his cousin and current Gamecock, Jordan Diggs. “I loved it there,” said Bronson. “I loved the locker room and when I saw the (stadium), I thought it was like an NFL stadium. The dorm rooms were really nice and I like the way everything is set up there.” Bronson has maintained contact with USC assistant, G.A. Mangus. “We just talk about my official visit and me getting up there to take another look,” he said. Bronson plans to announce his decision on National Sighing Day and added that he is interested in getting away from home. “I’m not sure I want to be stuck in Florida my whole life,” said Bronson. He did not name a leader.
LB Kendall Joseph of Belton Honea-Path will announce his decision June 17th. He will make his decision between Clemson, Louisville and Duke with all three teams equal. As for visits, Joseph said, “I’m visiting Clemson on June 8th. I have already visited Louisville and Duke.” In the past, Joseph has told Palmetto Sports that the proximity of Clemson is a plus but that it will not be a major factor in his final decision. Louisville was the first to offer Joseph and Duke has made a strong push for the Upstate product. Last season Joseph had 129 tackles with six tackles for loss adding eight offensive touchdowns. There is no leader.