DL Abu Lamin of Fort Scott JC, KS had hoped to visit USC Friday or Saturday with his mother while he is home in Fayetteville, NC but he said Friday his mother is not able to make the trip so neither will he. Lamin is returning to Kansas on Monday. He made an official visit to USC last month and has the Gamecocks as his current favorite. Lamin will be taking other visits. He is looking at an official visit to Georgia July 12th, and he is set to visit Arkansas July 19th. He also plans to visit Tennessee before his season or during his bye week and Kentucky is trying to get him in for a visit. He has also been to Florida for an official visit. Lamin will be a mid year transfer.
DL Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, NC has scheduled a pair of visits for July 20th. Kipp Adams of ESPN.com reports Gaillard and his mother will visit Clemson and Georgia on that day. Gaillard had planned to visit Athens this Saturday but his mother couldn’t get away from work. Gaillard has named Georgia as his favorite but has also maintained strong interest in Clemson. He visited Clemson in early March. He has also visited Florida and at one point favored the Gators.
Myrtle Beach is, of course, a destination spot for vacationers and sometimes recruits will swing thru Columbia to check out USC on the way to the beach. Such was the case with sophomore DB Evan Cruz (class of 2016) of Melbourne, FL who spent some time in Columbia Thursday on his way to the Grand Strand. Cruz did not meet with any staff but he did check out Williams-Brice Stadium. “South Carolina’s football stadium… Oh my… First SEC stadium and I’m in awe,” Cruz tweeted. Cruz is just appearing on the recruiting scene. He started in the secondary for Viera High School as a freshman and also played backup running back.
DB Chris Lammons of Fort Lauderdale reaffirmed his top five at The Opening. He listed USC, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida and Miami as his five. He plans to take all five official visits and he has no timetable for a decision.
DE Keyon Brown of Wachula, FL released his top five in order as Georgia, Florida State, Miami, Clemson and Tennessee.
DB Deion Hallmon of Weston, FL released his top five list Friday night. In no order it is Florida State, Syracuse, Wisconsin, Rutgers and West Virginia. USC was on his previous short list.
After several days of competition in Oregon, Stratford’s Jacob Park and Clemson commitment Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, GA were chosen as part of the Elite 11 quarterback class for 2013. Park, who is committed to Georgia, was ranked 6th among the quarterbacks and Watson was ranked 10th in the final rankings released late Wednesday night. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer and his staff selected the 11 quarterbacks from a group of 18 that competed.
Here’s their analysis of Park:
Park made a strong case for himself throughout the week and even had a good day on Tuesday, when most of the other quarterbacks didn’t. The Georgia commit had good presence in 7-on-7 play and made some outstanding throws in the Elite 11 drills.
And here’s their analysis of Watson:
A lot of eyes were on Watson coming into the event. With rumors swirling about his recruitment and the fact he’s the No. 1 ranked dual-threat quarterback, he had a lot of pressure on him. His performance didn’t show any signs of nerves and he proved he belongs near the top of the rankings.
Sean White of Fort Lauderdale, who is uncommitted, was named the Elite 11 MVP.
Clemson women’s basketball coach Audra Smith announced the addition of three players to her roster for the 2013-14 season. Abrea Harris, Sade Chatman and Paige Mosley are enrolled in the second summer session on campus and participating in preseason workouts. “I’m extremely excited to have these three young ladies join our Lady Tiger basketball program,” said Smith. “The three of these young ladies, in addition to the very talented young ladies we have returning, are going to help us make great strides.” Harris, a 5-foot-9 guard, attended Harding University High School in Charlotte, and led her squad to the 3A North Carolina State Title, earning regional and finals MVP honors. She played with the South Carolina 76ers AAU program, which also produced current Lady Tiger sophomore Nyilah Jamison-Myers.
“Abrea Harris is a strong, athletic guard,” said Smith in her evaluation of Harris. “She’s been a part of one of the most prestigious AAU programs. She brings not only a great ability, but also an extremely high basketball IQ.”
Chatman is a 6-foot-3 wing and post player from St. Paul Central High School in Minnesota. She played club ball with the Minnesota Stars Elite. She averaged 14.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and shot .465 from the floor. In her squad’s state championship game, Chatman put on a show, going for 31 points, 16 boards, six blocks, and four assists in an 81-66 victory. “Sade Chatman is long, lean post player with nice hands and finishes well around the basket,” said Smith. “We’ll be looking for her to be an immediate inside force as a rebounder and to block some shots. She runs the floor extremely well, and is a very smart player.” Mosley, a 5-foot-11 wing forward, attended the Wesleyan School in Peachtree Corners, GA, the same high school as former men’s basketball standout Tanner Smith. The school has won six straight Georgia 2A Championships, and Mosley was a key contributor this season, playing in all 32 games. She played AAU with the Georgia Hoopstars. Mosley was headed to Towson prior to Smith’s arrival at Clemson. “Paige is a superb athlete,” said Smith. “She’s a great defender, and can do a lot of different things with the basketball. She can shoot the three off the bounce. She may be able to spend some time at the point, play some two and three, and we may be able to post her up with her versatility. She’ll be able to push the returners in practice and give them a lot of competition. Paige has a lot of pride and is very tough and very tenacious.” Clemson did not lose any scholarship players off of last season’s final roster, and will have just two seniors, Chancie Dunn and Quinyotta Pettaway, this season. Additionally, they’ll have Alabama transfer Aneesah Daniels available after sitting out the 2012-13 season.
2013 Clemson Signees:
Sade Chatman (St. Paul, MN); 6-3; Wing/Post
Abrea Harris (Charlotte, NC); 5-9; Guard
Paige Mosley (Peachtree Corners, GA); 5-11; Wing
Clemson has landed a commitment for the 2014 class from OF Drew Wharton of Marietta, GA. He batted .316 last season with 11 RBIs and 4 stolen bases. He also worked out of the bullpen and recorded 3 saves and a 2.72 ERA. He also had offers from Tulane, Kennesaw State and The College of Charleston. He’s Clemson’s sixth commitment for the 2014 class.