PK Alex Spence of West Florence was offered by Clemson Friday during camp and he committed to the Tigers. Clemson was the first major program to offer Spence. Spence said he met with head coach Dabo Swinney in his office and the Tigers’ head man made the offer. “We sat down in there and they said they liked me as a kicker and they liked my character and they wanted me on the team,” Spence said. “He was telling me that he wanted me on his team, and I let him finish. I said, ‘Well, coach, there is no place I would rather be than here’ and I committed. I am on top of the world right now.” Last season Spence was 11 of 13 on field goals with a long of 47 yards, and he was 50-54 on extra points. 42 of his kickoffs went for touchbacks, and he averaged over 39 yards per punt. He’s Clemson’s 11th commitment for the 2014 class.
Stratford QB Jacob Park Friday placed a phone call to Georgia coach Mark Richt and committed to the Bulldogs. He picked Georgia over Alabama. Park visited both schools for camps last week and threw for both head coaches. “He had narrowed it down pretty dead even between Georgia and Alabama but there were just a few things about Georgia he liked better,” said Stratford coach Ray Stackley. “He struggled with the decision and talked to both schools several times since Monday.” Park also had offers from Auburn, Tennessee, North Carolina, NC State, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Oklahoma State and West Virginia. Last season Park passed for 2700 yards and 25 touchdowns. He’s the second in-state quarterback to commit to an out of state school. Earlier this month Mason Rudolph of Northwestern committed to Oklahoma State.
USC missed on the only quarterback they have offered thus far in the 2014 class, Kentucky commitment Drew Barker. South Aiken QB Bo Baldwin hopes to change that June 22nd when he will attend a seven on seven camp at USC. This Friday Baldwin and his teammates will compete in the Carolina Panthers’ seven on seven camp. But it’s the one in Columbia where he needs to shine. “I think he’s got a real good possibility at South Carolina,” said Baldwin’s coach Jeremy West. “If he shows up and does a good job at USC next weekend, things might can move a little bit.” USC quarterbacks coach GA Mangus checked on Baldwin on the last day he could be out in the spring and got a chance to see him throw. Baldwin has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons, so there’s little game film on him, and West says that’s one reason schools have been reticent to offer. But he feels Mangus has legitimate interest. “He likes Bo,” West said. “He’s got all the intangibles. One thing that’s holding everybody back is lack of game film on him. But he’s got his eyes, feet, arm strength and all that stuff.” Baldwin is being tutored by quarterbacks coach Ted Cain, a former assistant at Furman, NC State and Vanderbilt who joined the staff two years ago. Baldwin will camp at Georgia and possibly Furman later in the summer. He went to Georgia’s spring game and has not visited anywhere since then. South Aiken junior DE Rasool Clemmons has offers from Clemson, Virginia and Florida State and is drawing interest from U/SC and LSU. His coach will take him to Florida State later this summer. Clemmons will also play some receiver this season.
DB Wesley Green of Atlanta made an unofficial visit to USC Friday. He also plans to visit Clemson, Tennessee and Louisville this summer. He plans to take all of his visits this fall before making his decision.
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD released his top ten on Twitter this week. USC is on the list and he plans to visit in July. Also in his top ten are Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He also plans to visit Ohio He has visited Maryland and Rutgers.
DE Rick Leonard of Middletown, MD attended Clemson’s camp Wednesday and Thursday and now favors the Tigers over Florida State according to TigerIllustrated. Leonard plans to visit Florida State in July and will make his decision following that trip. Leonard had 60 tackles and 12 sacks last season. Clemson also is one of the favorites of Leonard’s teammate, OL Justin Falcinelli. He’s had Clemson and Maryland at the top of his list. He, too, camped at Clemson Wednesday and Thursday.
WR Tyshun Samuel (6-0 186) of Chapman has offers from Vanderbilt, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Charlotte, Old Dominion, Appalachian State and East Carolina. He has Vandy and UNC out front giving a slight lead to the Commodores. “I like their facilities and their coaches,” said Samuel. “It’s the same for North Carolina.” He has visited the two schools and plans to take official visits to each during the season. “I’ll probably visit NC State and two other schools also,” he added. Samuel has heard from USC but says they have not offered. He plans to wait until National Signing Day before making a decision. As a junior, he caught 52 passes for over 1,100 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Southern Miss has signed former USC commitment 6-5 Thaddeus Hall of New York. Hall never signed with the Gamecocks but had planned to transfer to USC after completing his academic work at South Plains JC, TX. The Golden Eagles also signed 6-6 Leroy Fludd and 6-4 Shadell Milllinghaus of Believe Prep in Rock Hill. Both were also recruited by USC. Southern Miss is also getting 6-1 Deonte Houston of New York, a former Coastal Carolina commitment who was released from his commitment after it was learned he had a couple of arrests on his record. Charges in both cases were dropped.