LB Kendall Joseph (6-1 230) of Belton-Honea Path Monday committed to Clemson over Duke and Louisville. Joseph visited Clemson and Duke in the past two weeks before making his decision. BHP coach Russell Blackston credits Clemson recruiter and linebackers coach Brent Venables for winning this battle for the Tigers. “He did an unbelievable job breaking things down and telling Kendall everything he needed to hear,” Blackston said. “Coach Cutcliffe and his staff did an unbelievable job recruiting Kendall. At some point during this process he was really going to look at Duke but coach Venables separated it. Coach Venables really helped sell the deal and Kendall is real excited and so is BHP.” Last season Joseph had 129 tackles with 10 quarterback hurries and 6 tackles for loss. “He’s ideal in Clemson’s 4-3 scheme as an inside, middle linebacker,” his coach said. “What he does best is stop the run. He does a good job commanding as a field general. You can put all those stars on people all you want but Kendall is a football player. I believe in Kendall. The Clemson staff believes in Kendall and they are real excited.” Joseph is also a three time state weightlifting champion. He bench presses 350 pounds and squats 480 pounds. Joseph is the 12th commitment for the Tigers’ 2014 class. He’s the sixth from the state and the third linebacker commitment for the Tigers.
Junior DE Arden Key (6-6 208) of Lithonia, GA announced a commitment to USC Sunday afternoon becoming the Gamecocks’ third commitment for the 2015 class. Key holds multiple offers and said his picked the Gamecocks over Georgia. Key visited USC Friday and learned a lot about the university and the football program. “The academic part, it’s like you have to try to fail,” Key said. “I love the coaches. They are always ready for something. And it isn’t far from home. It gives you a different environment. It’s in the city, but it’s also in the country.” Key had 12 sacks and 58 tackles last season and said he’s known for his physicality. That’s something he finds appealing about the USC defense. “I like the physicality of the defense, they always want to make contact,” he said. “I like coach (Deke) Adams and the way he coaches.” Key knows the others schools won’t back off of him in recruiting but he said it will be hard to turn him. “I’m very solid, 100$% he said. “The only way I decommit is a change in the coaching staff or some other school says something really crazy.” Some of his other offers Clemson, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Southern Cal and UCLA.
DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head made an unofficial visit to USC Saturday to give his father his first look at the Gamecock program. “They had a really good visit,” said Ford’s coach BJ Payne. “His dad had not been up there and was impressed. His dad has been to Tennessee and he wants to go to Louisville.” While at USC the Fords met with Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier and with recruiter Everette Sands according to Payne. Ford has been a busy camper this summer with stops at Ohio State, Tennessee, Indiana, Purdue, Toledo and Cincinnati. Right now USC, Tennessee and Louisville are separating themselves from the pack. “USC is close, UT he’s always liked and he was very impressed with Louisville and coach Charlie Strong,” Payne said. “I don’t think Ohio State has started to put on the full court press like some other schools, but they will want him.” Payne said Ford originally was going to wait until Signing Day to announce but he now plans to make his decision this summer.
DB Chris Lammons of Plantation, FL Sunday night released his top five schools on Twitter. The five are USC, Alabama, Florida, Miami and Tennessee. Some of the schools Lammons eliminated from his top 15 are Oregon, Arkansas, West Virginia, Florida State, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Lammons has never visited USC but plans to do so. He won’t name his school until Signing Day.
DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott, JC, KS makes his next official visit this weekend when he comes to USC. He was at Florida this past weekend and has also been to Auburn and Arkansas. His weekend in Gainesville has the Gators at the top of his list. “I liked everything I saw,” Lamin said. “They do everything NFL ready. I was with coach Muschamp and coach Lawing a lot. That was the first time a head coach was gone around the campus with me.” Right now Lamin has Florida one and USC two on his list. He’ll be coming alone on his visit and will be looking at specific things. “I want to see the academics,” he said. “it’s big for me to be somewhere where I’m going to be taken care of academically. And I want to interact with the players and see how it will be with me when I’m there. And I want go get with coach Adams and see his scheme and see where he has me on his depth chart.” After the USC visit, Lamin plans to visit either Tennessee or Arizona State. Right now he’s not sure when he’ll decide. As for USC overtaking Florida, Lamin says that’s possible. “Coach Adams has to show me he’s going to put me in a scheme and help me make plays,” Lamin said. “I definitely need to see that. And I want to get in there and see how it is with the players, just like a college kid, see how cool the players are and if they are on one page.”
USC Friday reached out to DB Deion Hallmon of Weston, FL with an offer. Hallmon has over 40 offers and was hoping to land one from the Gamecocks. His cousin is former Gamecock corner Akeem Auguste. Clemson is also among his offers. Florida State and West Virginia are two schools he’s strong on at this point.
Friday night WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh tweeted out an updated top five. In alphabetical order, Berrios listed his top five as Clemson, Kentucky, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Berrios attended USC’s spring game and has also visited Clemson.
DB Wesley Green of Atlanta visited USC Friday with his father and his junior teammate DE Arden Key, and Green now has the Gamecocks as his favorite. Green told TheBigSpur he has a top five, in order, of USC, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia. He plans to USC is his third different favorite. Previously he favored Tennessee and then Clemson. He plans to announce a decision July 1st at The Opening. Key also favors the Gamecocks and could make his announcement July 1st as well.
DB Quincy Wilson of Fort Lauderdale has visited Notre Dame and Ohio State this summer. He’s got eight more stops planned…in order Southern Cal, UCLA, Alabama, LSU, USC, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida.
WR Blake Bone of Woodruff tweeted Monday night a top four, in no order, of USC, Louisville, Kentucky and Ole Miss.