WR Malachi Dupre of River Ridge, LA is one of the most hotly recruited receiver prospects in the country. But it was he who initiated the contact with Clemson. Dupre said Clemson was the one major offer he wanted that he had not received. So, he had his coach contact Chad Morris, and the next day he had a Tiger offer. He has since been in touch with receivers coach Jeff Scott. “My interest level in Clemson is high, I just have to get out there,” Dupre said. “I’ve been liking them for a long time.” Dupre, who says he has over 60 offers, plans to visit Clemson, Florida State and UCLA this summer. He’s not decided on other visits. Right now he does not have favorites and hasn’t trimmed his list. He plans to announce at the Under Armour Game. Last season Dupre had 36 catches for 816 yards and 16 touchdowns.
ATH Jefferie Gibson of Hope Mills, NC committed to NC State Monday morning over Clemson. He had also considered North Carolina. Gibson plans to be a receiver at State. Clemson recruited him as a safety.
DB Kendall Randolph of Tallahassee is close to making his first trip to USC. He will be on-campus June 21st to take a better look at a school he ranks in his top five. “I talk to coach (Kurt) Botkin quite a bit so I am familiar with their schemes,” said Randolph. “This trip is really to see the school at its atmosphere. I will check out the facilities but I’m more focused on the academics and seeing the campus and the city to see if it’s somewhere that I could live the next four years.” Randolph has a top five of USC, Georgia, Miami, Florida State and Alabama in no order. “The only two schools in my top five that I have not visited are South Carolina and Miami,” he said. “I’ve been to Georgia a couple of times because we just played a 7-on-7 tournament there. It’s a really nice school and I like the area.” Randolph wants to return to Columbia for a football game in the fall but is unsure of an official visit. “I think I’ll see all of the schools I’m looking at this summer so I don’t really know if I have to take all five of my official visits,” said Randolph. He plans to announce on National Signing Day.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA released his top five Saturday at the Rivals combine in Chicago and Clemson is in the group. McMillan also named Ohio State, Florida, Georgia and Alabama in his top five. McMillan said he has the closest relationships right now with the Clemson and Ohio State staffs. McMillan doesn’t plan to name his school until the Under Armour Game following this season.
DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA visited USC Saturday along with his father and a friend. And the trio are staying over for the night. It’s the second straight summer Smith has made a trip to Columbia to check out the Gamecocks. “I had a good time,” Smith said Saturday night. “I met some of the new player and they showed me around the campus. We had a good time.” Smith also met with USC coach Steve Spurrier but spent most of his time with secondary coach Grady Brown. Smith said he does not have favorites right now and has not trimmed his list. Clemson also has offered Smith and he plans to visit there this summer as well. Some of his other offers include Nebraska, Vanderbilt, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, Alabama, Tennessee, Ohio State, Michigan, North Carolina, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Smith said he will take his recruiting all the way to National Signing Day.
DL Abu Lamin visited Auburn from Friday thru Monday and is now strong on the Tigers. He will visit Florida June 14th and USC June 21st. He’s also looking at Arkansas, Tennessee, Georgia and Arizona State.
PG CJ Davis of Queens, NY said Sunday he will visit USC later this summer when his AAU team is in North Augusta for the Peach Jam. Davis has offers from the Gamecocks, Seton Hall, Fordham, Columbia and Washington. He visited Columbia University Sunday afternoon.