Clemson this week landed its first basketball commitment for the 2014 class in 6-4 Gabe Devoe of Shelby, NC. Devoe visited Clemson Monday and made his commitment the next day. He picked the Tigers over Charlotte, Xavier, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Richmond. Butler and Virginia Tech are also recent offers for Devoe. Clemson recruited Devoe for both guard spots. He averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game last season.
USC is in the final five with 6-4 TeMarcus Blanton of Locust Grove, GA. He also has Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State and George Mason on his short list.
USC Upstate 2013 signees: 6-7 Daniel Bridges of Landrum; 6-5 Josh Cuthbertson of New Born, NC; 6-3 Austin Grimes of Cincinnati; 6-0 Karim Mawuenyega of Douglasville, GA; 6-5 Shunquez Stephens of Flowery Branch, GA; 6-8 Racine Talla of Senegal; 6-3 Triston Thomas of Bangor, Maine.
DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head announced Tuesday his intentions to attend Louisville next season. At a announcement ceremony at his high school Tuesday night, Ford chose the Cardinals over USC, Ohio State, Kansas State, Ole Miss and Tennessee among others. The commitment comes as no surprise as Ford has spoken about the importance of early playing time. Discussing his visit to Louisville earlier this season, Chris Cox of The Island Packet quoted Ford saying, “I went up there for a visit and they talked to me about coming in my freshman year and playing the very first game at home against Miami.” The Hilton Head product is being hailed as one of the top recruits in Louisville’s 2014 class.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA plans to be at Clemson for the Georgia game with his family.
Junior QB Chason Virgil of Mesquite, TX attended Clemson first practice last Friday. The Tigers were the first to offer him. And 2016 QB Josh White of Marietta, GA was at the Tigers’ practice on Saturday. White said he had a “great unofficial visit. I loved the campus, coaches, players and the overall great atmosphere. I loved Clemson.” Clemson appears to be in strong shape with him early on.
Class of 2015 QB Marquane Goodman of West Florence has received interest from Clemson, USC, NC State, Florida, Louisville, Notre Dame and North Carolina with an offer from Appalachian State. Goodman says the Tigers are showing a lot of interest and he attended camp at Clemson this summer. “They have a lot influence to help you learn and I really liked that,” he said. “They’re telling me to just keep working hard on my mechanics and stuff like that. Coach (Danny) Pearman has been talking to me and showed me around up there. I love the weight room.” Goodman plans to visit Clemson during the season. He also attended the Black Magic camp at USC. “There was a lot of excitement around that camp,” said Goodman. “Everybody was excited. I liked how they kept pushing me there.” He does not have any plans for other specific visits but plans to take a few more. He does not have any favorites and is waiting to see which position schools will recruit him to play. “Some schools are recruiting me as an athlete so I’m waiting to see what happens,” Goodman said. “I want to play quarterback but we’ll see.”