Blythewood LB Jalen Williams decided a gray-shirt offer from Clemson, with a chance for a scholarship in the 2014 class, was a better option than an immediate scholarship from Appalachian State, so Friday morning he announced a commitment to the Tigers. He also strongly considered Towson. Williams also had offers from Wofford, Presbyterian, Furman, Coastal Carolina, Charleston Southern, Air Force and Campbell. But the chance to play at the highest level was too much to ignore. Williams camped at Clemson last summer and it was then when the Tigers ramped up their interest. “That was the best performance I ever had at a camp at Clemson that day,” Williams said. “What stood out was the way they went out on a limb to offer me. Coach Venables and Jeff Davis and a couple of other guys off the Clemson staff, I caught their eye. I love everything about Clemson.” An added connection in this case is Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott, a former head coach at Blythewood. Last season Williams had 102 tackles with 8 for loss and 3 sacks. He tentatively becomes the 18th commitment for Clemson’s 2014 class.
DB Jarius Morehead (6-1 185) of Whitsett, NC attended a Clemson camp in the summer of his freshman season and liked what he saw. The Tigers remembered him and recruiter Robbie Caldwell recently scouted one of his games. He liked what he saw and made Morehead an offer from the Tigers. “He told me the whole staff liked my highlight tape,” said Morehead who has not been back to Clemson since but hopes to get in for a game this season. Morehead also has offers from NC State, North Carolina, Tennessee, East Carolina, Charlotte, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. He said NC State is showing a lot of interest and he’s also getting a good push from North Carolina. He does not have favorites and plans a decision for the beginning of his senior season. “Clemson will be in the mix,” he said. Last season Morehead had 41 tackles with 2 interceptions and 8 pass deflections.
NC State is the latest to offer junior WR Freddie Phillips of Pelion. The Wolfpack join North Carolina as the first two schools to offer the Pelion product. Phillips visited NC State last weekend and received his offer on the trip. “It was my parents first time in Raleigh,” Phillips said. “They really liked it and so did I. The fans really know how to stay in the game and engage the players. I got to meet coach (Dave) Doeren and he gave me the offer in person.” Phillips is excited about the offer but does not have any favorites just yet. “I like all schools that are interested in me,” he said. “Obviously, I like NC State and North Carolina because they’ve offered me but I’m pretty wide open right now.” Clemson has shown interest in Phillips and while visiting Death Valley the week of the SC State game, Phillips got to speak with some of the Tiger assistant coaches. “Coach (Brent) Venables and coach (Jeff) Scott both talked to me and they told me they were interested,” Phillips said. “My coach told me they’ve called him to ask about me, so we’ll see.” His next visit has yet to be scheduled but Phillips is planning to attend a game at USC this season.
Clemson basketball coach Brad Brownell Friday landed perhaps the most highly touted recruit of his time with the Tigers in 6-8 Donte Grantham of Hargrave Prep, VA. Grantham chose the Tigers over Michigan. Both coaching staffs were in this week to see him. Grantham visited Clemson unofficially last Saturday. He made an official visit to Michigan in early September. “I knew Clemson is where I wanted to go earlier this week,” Grantham said. “When I came back home from my visit on Sunday, I sat down and thought about it and on Monday I knew that Clemson is where I wanted to go. I was in Clemson for an unofficial visit last week. It was great. I went to the football game and it was really cool. I had a lot of fun.” Grantham is a West Virginia native and was that state’s player of the year last year. He made an official visit to Clemson last spring and the Tigers had been hard after him ever since. “I just love everything about it. It’s just family up at Clemson,” Grantham said. “I love the atmosphere. I love the coaches. I just love everything about Clemson. Clemson has also been there since day one and that means a lot to me. Also, playing in the ACC is something that I’ve always dreamed about. Playing in the ACC is second to none.” Grantham averaged 18 points and 9 rebounds per game last season. “He’s an excellent shooter,” said Hargarve coach AW Hamilton. “He’s very skilled. And he handles and passes the ball well.” Hamilton added that the year of experience at the prep school will benefit Grantham once he gets to Clemson. “He’s an older kid, a post graduate this year, so he’ll be the age of a sophomore next year. He’s playing with a bunch of guys around him who are super talented so he’s going to get pushed daily. I think he’ll be ready to step in and help that program. He’s a tremendous passer and a great teammate.” Grantham also considered Cincinnati and West Virginia in his final group. He is Clemson’s second commitment for the 2014 class.