6-8 Donte Grantham of Hargrave Prep, VA will make his college announcement on Friday at 9:30 AM via Twitter. He is down to Clemson and Michigan. The Wolverine coaches were in to visit Grantham on Wednesday to make their final argument for Grantham to come to the Big 10 instead of the ACC. Clemson coaches, including head coach Brad Brownell, have been in to visit Grantham throughout the process including a stop by earlier this week. Grantham was at Clemson last Saturday for the Wake Forest football game. He made an official visit to Michigan in early September. Earlier this week Michigan landed a commitment from Kameron Chatman of Oregon who is friendly with Grantham.
OL Donnel Stanley of Latta told GamecockCentral his decision came down to USC and Clemson. He had also considered Alabama and North Carolina in this final four. Stanley won’t reveal his choice until his sister comes home from Connecticut, and he’s hoping that’s within the next two weeks.
LB Jalen Williams of Blythewood plans to announce his commitment Friday morning. Clemson has offered him as a grayshirt but Appalachian State has offered him for immediate eligibility. He visited App and liked it a lot.
Tennessee is the next destination for DB Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood. Chalmers has been to games at Clemson, USC, Georgia and North Carolina. He heads to Knoxville this weekend when the Volunteers host Georgia. Speaking of his visits he said, “They were all good trips. I liked all of the schools.” With offers from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Duke, Stanford and Tennessee, Chalmers is hearing from Wake Forest, NC State and Georgia among others. “Clemson, North Carolina, Duke, Tennessee…Wake Forest is showing me a lot of interest…those are probably the top schools showing me the most interest right now,” Chalmers said. He does not have any favorites. Chalmers could visit Clemson and/or USC again this fall but does not have any definitive plans.
DE Chauncey Rivers of Stone Mountain, GA is having a monster junior season. Thus far he has 45 tackles with 10 sacks and 12 tackles for loss. He had 67 tackles and 8 sacks for all of last season. Rivers committed to USC in July and said he remains firmly committed. But the offers continue to come in and one school in particular, Clemson, is pushing pretty hard. “They are contacting me real hard and want me to come up there,” said Rivers who is hearing from Marion Hobby. Rivers said he was supposed to go to one of Clemson’s home games thus far but couldn’t make it. He does plan to be at USC for the Clemson game. And he will be at USC this Saturday for the Kentucky game which will be his first game at Williams-Brice. “I’m very strong, real firm,” Rivers said of his USC commitment. “I want to see how the atmosphere is and how the coaches coach on the sidelines and how the players get to play.” Rivers also has picked up recent offers from Kentucky, Missouri, Vanderbilt and Ohio. He also has offers from Florida and Auburn along with USC and Clemson.
USC assistant coach Shawn Elliott extended an invitation to junior OL Brian Chaffin of Charlotte for Saturday’s game at Williams-Brice Stadium. Chaffin has accepted the invite and will be in attendance. Though the Gamecocks have yet to offer Chaffin, the North Carolina product feels that USC is showing strong interest. “I’m not going to say I expect an offer this weekend but I think coach Elliott likes what he has seen from me so far,” Chaffin said. “I’m just enjoying the recruiting process right now and feel really blessed.” Chaffin is excited about the opportunity to attend the game and has expressed interest in the Gamecocks. “I’m just looking forward to getting down there to see them play in person,” he said. He has offers from Mississippi State and Charlotte with interest from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, Duke and East Carolina among others. His previous game visits were to Duke and East Carolina with future visits planned for Clemson, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Northwestern among others. He did not name any favorites.
WR Shaddell Bell (6-3 195) of Atlanta made his first ever trip to Clemson for the Wake Forest game. He had previously been offered by the Tigers and now everyone else has to catch Clemson. “Clemson is my favorite,” Bell said. “It’s in the Southeast and it’s only about two hours away. I’ve always loved Clemson. My top two are Clemson and Tennessee but I’m still looking at other schools and the best fit for me. I can see myself picking Clemson but you never know what can happen on a day to day basis.” Bell spent time with Jeff Scott and Marion Hobby on his visit and learned a lot about the school and the program. “It was a fantastic visit,” he said. “I was getting to experience the things that go on, the atmosphere football wise and what goes on at Clemson. And I was getting to know the coaches.” Bell plans to return to Clemson for the Florida State game. He’s also been to Auburn this season. He could have a decision in the spring. Last season Bell had 27 catches for 250 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Junior LB Austin Bryant of Thomasville, GA continues to hear from Clemson and has an offer from the Tigers. Bryant is planning to visit Clemson the week of the Florida State. “I am definitely interested in them,” he said. “My recruiter came down to see me and they are very impressed. They keep in contact with me and I call them every week.” Though he does not have any favorites, he said, “I like some schools more than others.” His offers are from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, NC State and Vanderbilt. He visited Auburn for their season opener and was at Georgia a week later when USC was in town. “I don’t hear much from Georgia but Auburn is starting to show more interest,” Bryant said. “They treated us nice (at UGA) and I got to see Jadaveon Clowney play so that was pretty cool.” He is unsure of any other visits this season.