Junior TE Garrett Williams of Orlando has visited Clemson five times and has continued interest in the program. “Actually, I am supposed to call coach (Jeff) Scott tonight,” Williams said. He was at the Georgia game in Death Valley and made several trips during the spring and summer. Williams has Clemson on his ‘list’. “I don’t really have favorites but I do have schools that I’ve paid more attention to,” he said. “Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee are those schools. I’m starting to look at others pretty soon.” His last trip was to Knoxville when Tennessee knocked off USC. “That was really big for them,” Williams said. “That’s their coaching staff’s first big win in the SEC. They have the facilities and everything in place to turn it around. I like what they’re doing and their offense is a tight end friendly system.” He plans to make another trip to FSU before the end of the season and is unsure of when he will return to Clemson. He did not name a leader.
USC was one of the first offers for OL Steven Gonzalez of Union City, NJ and recruiter GA Mangus is keeping in touch with the big tackle. “I got a message from coach Mangus the other day,” Gonzalez said. “We talk pretty regularly. I’m hearing good things (about USC). They are working hard. They are still a top 25 team. Coach Mangus is showing a lot of interest.” As are others. Ohio State coach Urban Meyer checked in on Gonzalez at his school Monday and left a strong impression on Gonzalez based on what he wrote on Twitter: “My Dad was proud of me B4 he was gone…after meeting Urban Meyers & attracting all of this attention..Damn man.” Gonzalez has not been to any games this season but will visit Ohio State after the season. The Buckeyes, USC, Wisconsin and Rutgers have been showing the strongest interest and are his favorites at this point. All have offered along with Louisville, Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse and Massachusetts. Gonzalez doesn’t plan to make a decision until National Signing Day 2015.
6-7 Dante Buford of Jacksonville will announce his college decision Thursday at 1:00 PM and his coach said Tuesday morning it appears the choice is down to USC and Oklahoma. Miami was a third contender. Buford visited Oklahoma and Miami last week and he was at USC over the weekend for is official visit with the Gamecocks. “I think he really enjoyed it,” Rex Morgan said. “The mother was there and I think they liked everything that was there.” Morgan said Buford is still working on his decision and he has a tough one to make because of what he learned about the programs. “He liked both playing styles and he likes both coaching staffs,” Morgan said. “It’s just going to be where he feels is the best fit for him.” Buford is a native of Simpsonville and his coach doesn’t think the proximity of his hometown to USC will be much of a factor since he’s been away from home the past two years. Morgan said as of Tuesday he was not expecting any coaches from USC or Oklahoma to be in for a final visit before the announcement.
Liberty knocked Clemson out of the NCAA baseball tournament last summer. Now the Tigers have taken a commitment away from Jim Toman’s Flames. Catcher Robert Jolly (5-10 185) of Carolina Forest has switched his pledge to the Tigers. The left handed hitting Jolly is considered by one site as the top catcher in the state for his class. He’s been a starter since his freshman season.