OL Justin Falcinelli (6-5 300) of Middletown, MD committed Monday to Clemson choosing the Tigers over Stanford, Maryland, Florida State, West Virginia and Rutgers according to his coach. “The thing for Clemson was the coaching staff, the history of the program and the environment,” coach Kevin Lynott said. “He’s a country boy and he felt like home. The highlights for him were the support and the interacting with some of the players and the coach staff. He really liked coach Swinney. Justin is a high academic, high character, strong Christian and what coach Swinney is doing down there is a perfect match.” Falcinelli plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle and was all state last season on both sides of the line. “His coachability and his intense desire is what he gives us on our team,” Lynott said. “He’s a leader in that. He possesses very good strength. And he has very good feet and is very athletic with his feet.” Falcinelli is the 14th commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class and the second offensive lineman.
DE Rick Leonard of Middletown, MD is down to Clemson and Florida State and will have a decision later this month his coach said Monday. Leonard camped at Clemson last month and that moved the Tigers to the top of his list. He will visit Florida State July 14th and plans to make a decision a week or two after that. His coach said Tennessee is also making a strong push and he might take a visit there, too.
QB Sean White of Fort Lauderdale, FL, who was the MVP of the Elite 11 Camp, plans to visit USC July 26th and throw for Steve Spurrier and GA Mangus. White told GamecockCentra.com he’s also talking with Auburn, Wisconsin, UCLA, Arizona State, North Carolina and Notre Dame. He has a road trip coming up to Auburn, Cincinnati and Harvard. He cites his three favorites from his offers as Cincinnati, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
DB Chris Lammons of Ft. Lauderdale recently released his top five list, which included USC, and plans to visit Columbia in July. “I really like coach (Grady) Brown and the whole coaching staff,” said Lammons. “They do such a good job and it’s somewhere I think that I could develop and compete.” Lammons named USC, Tennessee, Florida, Miami and Alabama as his top five in no order. He has visited the other programs on his list and says he could return to Gainesville for another visit before the summer ends. Something else he plans to do before the end of summer is announce his decision. “I’ll probably commit in August,” he said. “I just want to look at all of the schools before I commit.” Lammons plans to take official visits to each of his top five schools following his commitment. “I pretty much like the same things about each school,” he admitted. “They all offer me what I am looking for.” He did not name a leader.
Clemson, USC and SC State are among the early offers for Class of 2015 DL Albert Huggins (6-4 279) of Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Huggins visited Clemson in June where he got a chance to talk to the coaches about their plans for him. “I love the coaching staff up there,” said Huggins. “They treat me like I’m one of their (children). I got to talk to coach (Dabo) Sweeney about how I would fit in and the importance of a good education.” Huggins has been to a game at USC, but has not taken a visit that has given him a chance to see the school in more detail. “It’s a huge stadium and a great environment,” he said of USC. “I need to get up there and learn more about their academics.” Huggins expressed interest in USC and Clemson but says he is “keeping an open-mind.” He will visit Florida in July for Friday Night Lights and plans to visit Georgia and Alabama this summer as well. His other offers include Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama, Louisville, NC State, Georgia and North Carolina. He does not have any favorites.
WR Terry Googer of Atlanta has USC in his top three at this point. Ole Miss, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are also strong with him. He might visit Vanderbilt this Friday and plans to visit Tennessee this fall. And he said Georgia could become a favor with an offer. Googer made his comments in an on-line question and answer session. Googer has visited USC multiple times and has developed a strong relationship with Gamecock recruiter Lorenzo Ward. He plans to make his decision before the season.
WR Braxton Berrios of Raleigh has had USC and Clemson in his top five along with Tennessee, West Virginia and Kentucky. But none of those five is his dream school. That would be Miami. And Friday night Berrios tweeted that he had received an offer from the Hurricanes. “The Miami Hurricanes just offered me! My childhood team, and even though it’s not a done deal dreams do come true,” Berrios wrote. Berrios was at USC for two games last season and this year’s spring game. He’s also visited Clemson. He was one of the top receiver performers at The Opening earlier this week.