DE Rick Leonard (6-7 255) and OL Justin Falcinelli (6-5 300) of Middletown, MD camped at Clemson last week and the Tigers are in strong position with each. “They really liked it down there,” said Middletown coach Kevin Lynott. “They have them among their top schools. Rick’s got it narrowed down to like four or five. Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee are in there strong with him. Justin likes Clemson and Stanford. He’s going to camp at Stanford this week.” Maryland is also in the mix with Falcinelli. Lynott expects Falcinelli to make a decision relatively soon while Leonard may take longer though he’d like to make his decision before the season. Leonard plans to visit Florida State in July. Last season Leonard had 65 tackles and 9 sacks.
DB Deion Hallmon of Weston, FL has named his top five as Clemson, USC, Florida State, West Virginia and Rutgers. The Gamecocks just offered last week and quickly moved into a position of prominence. “I talked to coach (Grady) Brown and he said he’s offered like 12 cornerbacks and is taking three,” Hallmon said. His cousin is former USC DB Akeem Auguste and he visited Columbia to watch him play. This summer he’s only been to Miami for a camp, but he’s supposed to visit Rutgers later in the summer. Hallmon wants to commit on June 30th but if not then, he’ll try to get it done for the season. He does not have a favorite. Hallmon had 7 interceptions last season.
DL Peyton Newell of Hawatha, KS said Monday he has narrowed his decision to USC and Nebraska and will announce his choice at his school August 30th. Newell made an unofficial visit to Nebraska Saturday and he hopes to make it to USC for the Showcase Camp in July. His visit to Lincoln was his third. “I spent a lot of time with coach (Bo) Pelini and with coach (Rick) Kacenski (DL coach),” Newell said. “I toured the facilities and talked to the coaches.” Kaczenski was on Lou Holtz’s staff at USC from 1999-2001 as a graduate assistant. Newell said he’s in touch weekly with Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus. “I’m trying to gather as much information as I can,” Newell said. Newell said it’s even between the two schools and both are recruiting him with the same effort level. He said his decision will come down to “how comfortable I am with each school and which school can get me where I want to go.” Which is, of course, the NFL.
LB Cayson Collins (6-2 210) of Charlotte committed to North Carolina six weeks ago and is strong on that commitment. He did admit that a call from the Gamecocks could change that. “That would make things more interesting,” he said after calling his commitment solid. There is a reason for that. Collins father, Fred Carter, played for the Gamecocks and his parents met while students at USC. His uncle, Williams Perkins, also played at USC. Collins does have an offer from Clemson and has visited the schools three times but was a little disappointed that USC never contacted him. “I was pretty surprising,” said Collins. He chose UNC because of its combination of academics and athletics. “I want to study mechanical engineering and they offer that,” he said. “I like business too and they offer that as well.” He will travel to Columbia for the USC-UNC contest in August and joked, “The family will be a little torn (for that game) but it’s always like that.” He reiterated a strong commitment to the Tar Heels with only the Gamecocks able to make his reconsider. He named “most ACC schools” as well as Louisville, Kansas State and Illinois as his offers.
ATH Treon Harris (6-0 183) of Miami has offers from Clemson, USC, Florida, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arizona, Boston College, South Florida and Central Florida among others. Harris has taken just a few visits and is taking the recruiting process slowly. When asked what schools he would like to visit, he said, “I’m still undecided with that.” Harris did say he was interested in the Tigers and Gamecocks citing the “programs and academics” but acknowledged he is interested in all schools showing interest in him. Future visits to the Palmetto State but he did not want to guarantee it. Harris is being recruited at quarterback and defensive back and said he prefers the quarterback position. “I haven’t really heard from Clemson or South Carolina since they offered,” said Harris. He does not have any favorites.