It took some time but Clemson and USC eventually offered OL Nolan Kelleher of Wando last month. Kelleher was initially disappointing with the lack of attention he was receiving from the two in-state schools but has since taken ownership of the situation. “I am so excited to get offers from both schools,” said Kelleher. “They are great schools. At first, I was a little disappointed that they were giving me the attention some other schools were, but I realized that I showed up at their camps (last summer) a little overweight. I have really changed my body type and I think they saw that in recruiting tape and started looking at me again.” Kelleher does not have any favorites but did say he is narrowing his focus to USC, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee and NC State. Next weekend he heads to the Sunshine State for camps at Florida and FSU and plans to visit Stanford after that for another camp. “I want to study mechanical engineering and it doesn’t hurt that Stanford has the number one school in that field,” he said. “Hopefully the camp will open up an opportunity.” Though the Gamecocks and Tigers were late to the party, Kelleher is very interested in both. He visited USC last week. “I got a chance to see the campus and I really liked it,” he said. “The campus is spread out but its easy to navigate. I think coach (Shawn) Elliott is one of the best people I’ve met so far and the players seem like they’re well-rounded people.” He has already visited Clemson but wants to take another trip to the Upstate. “Coach (Dabo) Swinney was not there when I visited so I need to get back up there,” he said. “The campus was amazing and the facilities were great. I like the coaches there too.” Kelleher did not give a time frame for a decision.
WR Ryshene Bronson of Ft. Myers, FL named USC, Tennessee, Auburn and Mississippi State as his top four schools with no favorite. Bronson had Clemson among his top five last month but has since dropped the Tigers due to lack of contact. “I’ll be honest, I don’t know when the last time I talked to them is,” he said. “I don’t think they’re interested in me.” Bronson’s latest offer came while attending a camp at Mississippi State. He feels that the Bulldogs are showing a lot of interest in him. Bronson has yet to visit USC and says he would like to take an official visit to Columbia to get a better look at the school. “I haven’t talked to South Carolina lately but they have told me that I would have a chance to play as a freshman,” said Bronson. “That’s one of the things I like about them.” He and several friends will visit Alabama next week. USC, Tennessee, Auburn, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Miami, Florida State, South Florida, Florida International, Cincinnati, UMass and North Carolina have offered. He did not name a leader.
OL Bentley Spain of Charlotte committed to North Carolina Friday. Clemson and USC had offered.
WR Corey Holmes of Fort Lauderdale committed to Notre Dame. USC and Clemson had offered.
LB Ty Tomlin of Marietta, GA, who held a Clemson offer, committed to North Carolina.
DE Lorenzo Carter of Norcross, GA has his list down to Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Notre Dame with the Gators out front.
DB Stanton Truitt of Monroe, GA committed to Auburn. USC had offered.
DB Kendarius Webster of Stockbridge, GA is down to Florida State, Georgia and Ole Miss. USC and Clemson were among his offers.
DL Thomas Holley of Brooklyn is down to Florida, Penn State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Rutgers. Clemson had offered.
Clemson Friday picked up a commitment from lefthander Jake Higginbotham (5-11 160) of Buford, GA for the 2015 class. He’s the Tigers’ second commitment for the 2015 recruiting class. Here is the PerfectGame.com scouting report on Higginbotham:
Medium, athletic frame with some present strength. 3/4 arm action, clean mechanics, easy velocity, balanced, finishes well, fast arm. Pounds the zone, pitches at 85-87 mph, throws a lot of strikes. Good feel for changeup with sinking action. High upside, interesting young arm with some polish. Also hits, short swing, good extension, has offensive tools to develop. Some two-way potential. Very good student.