Senior DE Dante Sawyer of Suwanee, GA is still working on getting to USC for a game this season but that is something he plans to get done. “It needs to be soon, I know that,” Sawyer said. He has been to Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia for games this season. Sawyer said he’s down to USC, Tennessee, Auburn and Missouri. He has all of his official visits remaining and he plans to take them before deciding. Sawyer said he remains in touch with USC recruiters Deke Adams and GA Mangus. “Coach Adams is telling me how he’s losing most of his defensive ends and needs somebody to come play right now,” Sawyer said. He does not claim a favorite right now but said USC is “up there.” Sawyer is not sure when he’ll make his decision.
QB Chason Virgil of Mesquite, TX attended Clemson’s game with Florida State, his second visit with the Tigers since the summer. He was already feeling good about Clemson and this visit just added to those feelings. “It was great,” he said. “I got to see the fans and the whole atmosphere of a game day at Clemson. I was overwhelmed.” Virgil had a chance to talk with Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris and they told him to just enjoy the visit and not worry so much about the recruiting stuff. The visit also gave Virgil a chance to see the Clemson offense up close. “There’s a lot of play action and Tajh gets to run the ball a lot,” Virgil said. “He has a lot of freedom within that offense and that’s what I really like about the offense.” Of course, Boyd and the offense did not play well in the one sided loss but Virgil said the game’s result doesn’t affect his opinion of Clemson. “Not everybody is going to play great. They played another great team in Florida State. I had lost that Thursday so I’m not going to judge them when they lost a game.” Virgil has offers from Clemson, Arizona State, UCLA, Nebraska, Missouri, Mississippi State, Toledo and Texas. Clemson has been his only visit to this point and that’s put the Tigers on the point for him. “They would be at the top,” Virgil said. “I’ve gotten down there twice to see them and I liked both of my experiences. I haven’t been to any other school so as you can see I like Clemson a lot for me to go out there twice.” Virgil said he will still wait a while on a decision and won’t make one until sometime in 2014. Virgil was joined on the visit by his teammate WR Akilian Butler who also has a Clemson offer.
6-8 Dante Buford of Jacksonville, FL is set to take two of his three official visits this week. He will go to Miami Wednesday thru Friday and from there he will fly to Oklahoma for the weekend. “He’s got his scores so he’s qualified and we’re just waiting to see what he does,” Buford’s coach Rex Morgan said. USC coach Frank Martin and his staff are staying in regular contact with Buford who will make his official visit to USC October 31st. “They’re looking forward to having him on campus officially after he sees the other two and I think he’ll have a better feel for it,” said Morgan who is expecting USC coaches to visit next week. Buford, who is a Simpsonville native, has been unofficially to USC. Morgan says these visits will be the final determining factor for Buford. “I think it’s the same. It doesn’t surprise me that he knows and is just keeping it close to the vest right now. I think he’ll have a clear picture since he visits. Once you get back you’ve got to sort out what’s real and what’s fiction.” Buford is expected to announce his decision soon after his visit to USC.