DB Jefferie Gibson of Hope Mills, NC committed to Clemson Saturday while on a visit for the Georgia game. Gibson recently decommitted from NC State and said last week there was a strong chance he would commit to Clemson on the visit. “They have a great tradition, a great football program that comes second to none and the academics are great,” Gibson said earlier this month. Gibson had committed to State as a receiver but he plans to be a safety at Clemson. He is Clemson’s 17th commitment for the 2014 class, including 2013 signee WR Kyrin Priester who did not qualify and plans to enroll in January after a semester at prep school.
Class of 2015 ATH Van Smith of Charlotte committed to Clemson Saturday. Smith made his pledge prior to the Tigers season-opener against Georgia. He chose the Tigers over Duke, Charlotte, Kansas State and NC State. 247Sports ranks Smith as a four-star prospect. Smith told Kipp Adams of clemson247.com that the Tigers “recruited me harder than anyone else.”
OL Donell Stanley of Latta attended the USC game Thursday night, won a high school game Friday night, and made it up to Clemson Saturday night for the Georgia game. Latta assistant coach Chris German joined Stanley at USC. “It went well,” German said “He got the chance to talk to just about everyone thanks to the weather. He spoke with coach Spurrier for about 20 minutes. He spoke with coach Elliott and the running back (Mike Davis) for a good while.” German said there’s no movement towards a decision and no leader. Alabama and North Carolina are the others on Stanley’s short list.
DE Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, GA is being hotly pursued by USC, Auburn, Tennessee and Georgia. Those are his top four schools and Sawyer said Sunday night none of the four stands above the others right now. “There’s no favorite, I’m just playing it cool right now,” Sawyer said. He’s not yet visited USC but hopes to at some point this season. He will be at Saturday’s USC-Georgia game in Athens. Sawyer said he wants to take his official visits before making his decision. Working in USC’s favor with Sawyer is his relationship with recruiter Deke Adams. “I just like coach Adams,” he said. “He was the first one to offer me when he was at North Carolina and I’ve always followed him.. And I like how they let their defensive ends play.” In last Friday’s game Sawyer had 11 tackles with 5 tackles for loss. Last season he totaled 97 tackles with 7 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions.
6-5 TeMarcus Blanton of Locust Grove, GA made an official visit to USC over the weekend and Sunday night committed to the Gamecocks. He’s the second commitment for the Gamecocks’ 2014 class. Blanton’s coach Reginald Johnson is on board with him joining Frank Martin’s program. “We want him to stay somewhere close and we think South Carolina would be a really good fit,” Johnson said. “Playing the SEC, with the competition level he’ll have, it would be a real good fit for him.” Blanton averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds a game last season and has a solid offensive game according to Johnson who is a native of Darlington. “He can shoot and his ability to get to the bucket is great. One thing he likes to do is go to the cup.” The USC visit was the first for Blanton. Florida State, Auburn, George Mason, Michigan State and Arkansas are some of his other offers. He was scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend and George Mason September 20th.