The Clemson basketball office announced Wednesday the Tigers have received the signed national letters of intent from their two committed prospects, 6-8 Donte Grantham of Hargrave Prep in Virginia and 6-2 Gabe Devoe of Shelby, NC. Grantham was the player of the year in West Virginia last year. He decided not to sign then and enrolled at the prep school for this season. He chose Clemson over Michigan, West Virginia and Cincinnati. Devoe also had offers from Marshall, Richmond, Xavier, Charlotte, Butler, Virginia Tech and Tennessee Tech. Last season he averaged 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. These are the only two signees expected for Clemson in the early signing period.
Charleston Southern men’s basketball has signed four players to National Letters of Intent in the early signing period, CSU head coach Barclay Radebaugh announced on Wednesday. Irmo High School forward Javis Howard headlines the class, as he signs with the Bucs rated as a top-150 player in the country. Two other South Carolina natives join him in the class, in forward Wesley Johnson (Greenville, S.C. – Eastside High School) and guard Jarryd Coleman (Greenwood, S.C. – Greenwood High School). Guard Danny Upchurch (Fairfield, CT – Putnam Science Academy) rounds out the class for Radebaugh and CSU.
The Citadel head basketball coach Chuck Driesell announced on Wednesday that Jake Wright officially signed his National Letter of Intent and will join the team next fall. Wright earned three stars from ESPN, placing himself fifth among Minnesota seniors and 49th nationally among shooting guards, the best of any Southern Conference recruit. A 6-4, 195-pound shooting guard from Minnetonka, Minn., Wright is entering his senior season at Hopkins High School with a career total of 833. As a junior he scored 474 points (16.3 ppg) while earning Most Valuable Player honors at the 2012 Augsburg Classic and 2013 MLK Classic All-Stars.
South Carolina head women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley announced that Kaydra Duckett (Columbia, S.C./Dreher) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University and play for the Gamecocks. Duckett will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2014-15 academic year. A 5-foot-10 guard, Duckett is ranked 32nd in the nation and sixth at her position in the 2014 class, according to ESPN. The five-star recruit is a two-time all-state selection (2011, 2012). She earned MVP honors at the 2012 state tournament as a sophomore, helping her team to the 3A championship. In 2012-13, Duckett averaged 17.5 points, 2.3 assists and 3.4 steals.
Goose Creek RB Caleb Kinlaw has been committed to Georgia Tech but he took an official visit to Wisconsin last weekend and is now giving the Badgers consideration. He’s expected to make a final decision this week.
Clemson quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator continues to look to his home state of Texas for quarterback prospects. His latest offer went to Jarrett Stidham (6-3 190) of Stephenville which was the fourth of the five high schools in Texas where Morris was head coach. Stidham played receiver last season but is now a fixture at quarterback. The Clemson offers was his tenth. “The Clemson offer is definitely a big deal,” Stidham said. “I kind of knew of coach Morris (when he was at Stephenville) and I’ve kept up with his coaching. He’s had success pretty much everywhere he’s been. It’s pretty exciting. I’m pumped up about it. I’m really interested, not only in coach Morris, but Clemson has had a great offense and a great program all around.” Stidham also has offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, TCU, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arizona State and Oklahoma State. He has been to games at Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and Texas A&M. He does not have any other visits planned but would like to get to Clemson at some point. He does not have favorites and has no timetable for a decision. Stidham grew up in Kentucky before moving to Texas in 2005 and, of course, was a Wildcat fan during his early years.