DB DJ Smith of Atlanta is one of the top uncommitted players for 2014. On September 11th he announced a final four of Clemson, USC, Georgia and Tennessee. Entering November, those four remain intact on his board with no favorite and no decision until Signing Day. Smith is not going to a game this weekend. His last game visit was to Clemson for the Florida State game where he talked extensively with secondary coach Mike Reed and head coach Dabo Swinney. “Coach Reed was telling me he wants to be my coach and I can get a lot of going to Clemson,” Smith said. “And coach Swinney was telling me he wants to add me to the family also. Both gave me positive feedback.” Smith had been to Clemson before for a game. As for USC, Smith said he talks to recruiter GA Mangus a lot and gets a lot of mail from the Gamecocks. “They’re telling me they are holding that one spot for me at DB,” he said. He’s not been to USC for a game this season though he visited last June. He plans to get back for either the Florida or Clemson game. Smith has also been to Georgia for a game and he thinks he’ll get to Tennessee. He is not sure he’ll take all four official visits and said Clemson is the only certain official visit at this point. No date has been set. Smith said his finalists are equal and he will evaluate them on “my best fit and playing time. I want to play early to gain some experience and then the next year would be more of a competing year.” This season Smith has 65 tackles and has broken up 5 passes. Because few throw to his side, Smith said he has no picks so far this season. He’s also playing running back.
Junior RB Traveon Samuel (5-8 180) of Phenix City, AL named Clemson among his top five. Though he did not give the entire list, Samuel said, “Alabama and Auburn are my two favorites. Clemson is number five. Florida State is somewhere in there at three or four.” Samuel has yet to visit Clemson. “It’s a pretty good program and they run my style of offense,” he said. “It’s a pretty good academic school. I plan on visiting them eventually.” He says he is in no hurry to make a decision and still has several visits he would like to take. Thus far, he has visited Alabama, Auburn, South Florida, UAB, Louisville, Kentucky and Vanderbilt. He will visit FSU this weekend for the Miami game and will also attend the Iron Bowl. “I grew up an Alabama fan,” Samuel said. “Auburn is a pretty good program too and they have a good academic program.” His offers include Clemson, Auburn, UAB, Washington, LSU, Duke, USF, North Carolina, NC State, Tennessee and California. With just one game left this season, Samuel has 16 touchdowns.
6-7 Davaris McGowen of Gray Military Prep in Columbia committed to Southern Miss. He signed with High Point last year out of Eastside High School.
6-7 Dante Buford of Jacksonville will make his official visit to USC this weekend. The Simpsonville native visited Miami and Oklahoma last week and he’s down to those three schools. He will make his decision sometime before the early signing period begins November 13th.