TE Jackson Harris of Nashville, TN and his family rolled into Clemson last Friday for a weekend with the Tigers, Jackson’s first visit to the campus. Along with taking in the Boston College game, Jackson got a tour of the campus and the football facilities. “I really liked it, really liked it a lot,” Jackson said. “It’s a great campus. I love the coaches. I like coach Swinney and all of them. I spent most of my time with coach Caldwell.” During the game Jackson said he focused on how the Tigers use their tight ends, something he does on all of his visits. “I always try to pick up how they use the tight ends and the formations,” he said. “I did that at Clemson and I liked the way they are used and everything.” Jackson has also been to Ohio State and Vanderbilt and will go to Florida State, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama. He has offers from Clemson, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Memphis. Jackson does not have favorites.
WR Akilian Butler (5-11 180) of Mesquite, TX was offered by Clemson recruiter Chad Morris last spring along with his teammate QB Chason Virgil, and the two will be at Clemson this weekend for the Florida State game. They will arrive Friday since they play their game this week on Thursday. This will be Butler’s first opportunity to see Clemson “I’m very interested in Clemson,” Butler said. “I like the way they use their offense and how they bond together as a team, and how they use their receivers.” Butler says he runs a high 4.4 forty and sees similarities in himself to Sammy Watkins. Last season he caught 32 balls for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns. He has 5 touchdown catches so far this season. Clemson is Butler’s lone offer at this point but he’s also hearing from Notre Dame, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Baylor and Texas A&M. He was at the Texas-Oklahoma game and has also been to Baylor and Texas. Butler does not have favorites right now. “I’m just going to take the process as it is and ride it out and have fun,” he said.
DL Quaven Ferguson of Easley, after indicating last week he wasn’t close to making a commitment, reportedly has done just that. Ferguson committed to Duke’s 247.com website. Ferguson, who went to a Duke game Saturday before last, said he actually committed to the Blue Devils last Thursday. He also had an offer from Furman and was drawing interest from Georgia Tech.
Junior OL Brian Chaffin of Charlotte got a chance to see USC play for the first time when he attended the Vanderbilt game in Columbia. Chaffin took the visit with his parents and all three enjoyed the atmosphere of Williams-Brice Stadium. “It was the best visit I’ve taken so far,” Chaffin said. “The fans are so into it and the place gets crazy. When they get Sandstorm going, it’s really a great atmosphere.” Chaffin met with USC assistant Shawn Elliott during the visit. “He just asked me how things were going and told me they will continue to evaluate me,” he said. Chaffin has visited NC State and Duke as well and has plans to take several more visits this season. He plans to go to Wake Forest this weekend. Kentucky, Northwestern and Mississippi State are other visits he plans to take. 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. Chaffin does not have any favorites.
Clemson women’s basketball team Sunday picked up a commitment from 5-9 Chanelle Perry of Camden, NJ. Perry also plays for the Philly Freedom Stars AAU program. Perry scored over 1000 points as a junior and was second team all state. She was the state’s 9th leading scorer. She’s also a track athlete. Perry is the 4th commitment for the Lady Tigers’ 2014 class.