DE Michael Barnett of Woodland Monday announced a commitment to Virginia Tech. Barnett had long been favoring the Hokies to the point where he really didn’t strongly consider any other team. Florida and Florida State were the other teams on his short list. “I like the family atmosphere and everybody is real nice down there,” Barnett said of Virginia Tech earlier this season. “I just like the whole atmosphere and I love coach (Bud) Foster,” Clemson was one of his offers and while USC showed interest, the Gamecocks never offered.
Future Clemson quarterbacks will have another big target to throw to. WR Shadell Bell (6-3 195) of Decatur, GA committed to the Tigers following their big win over The Citadel becoming the Tigers’ fifth commitment for the 2015 class. Bell also had offers from Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Duke, West Virginia and NC State. But he had been favoring Clemson since earlier in the season when he made his first visit. “They love wideouts and put the ball in their hands down the field,” Bell said. “Their coaches are amazingly cool and great coaches on the field. I’ve always loved Clemson.” Bell added that the other aspect of the school attracted him as well. “Academic wise they are great with civil engineering and that’s what I would like to major in. And the atmosphere is great.” Bell had said in late October Clemson was his favorite and he could commit within the next couple of months. He stuck to those plans Saturday. For the season Bell had 41 catches for 537 yards and 6 touchdowns.
LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA has set his announcement date for December 16th. He took an official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He’s also been to Ohio State, Georgia and Alabama and will visit Florida this weekend. McMillan also visited Clemson for the Georgia and Florida State games. He has not talked publicly since his official visit but Clemson has always been strong with him. “I’ve liked Clemson for a long time,” McMillan said last month. “I know everything about Clemson. And I like the way coach Venables attacks with the linebackers and blitzes off the edge.” McMillan is one of the top uncommitted players left in the 2014 class.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, FL made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and the Notre Dame commitment is giving the Tigers strong consideration though he remains committed to the Irish his father said Sunday night. “He enjoyed himself,” Richard Yeargin Jr. said. “He got a taste of the game day experience and they got a chance to look at him as well. He took a look around campus and got a feel for the players. I think he liked the atmosphere at Death Valley.” Yeargin III also took an official visit to Notre Dame and his father said he won’t take any others. From over 50 offers his final decision is between the Irish and the Tigers. “No matter how you do it at the end of the day somebody is going to be pissed,” the elder Yeargin said. “At this time he’s still committed to Notre Dame. I didn’t want him to make a hasty decision. We’re just trying to figure out which university which will provide the best options and best opportunities for him moving forward.” The father said there is no timeline for a final decision but he said the process won’t drag out to Signing Day. “We’re not going to play the hat trick on Signing Day. That’s not what we ever wanted to do. We want to nip this in the bud as soon as possible and be sure about it. It will be a few weeks to sit back and relax and enjoy the off season. I want him to make sure. We’re going to pray about it. I do like Notre Dame, I’m not going to lie about it. I want to make sure all coaches are in place. Coaches get happy during bowl season and start switching and taking jobs elsewhere, so that’s one reason I want to be slow about this.” Yeargin III had about 15 sacks, over 100 total tackles and 25 tackles for loss this season according to his father who played his college football at SC State for Buddy Pough. The Yeargins have family in Greenville, Spartanburg and Florence.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA said Sunday he will set official visits with Clemson, USC, Auburn and Ole Miss. Williams said he might get the dates down on the calendar this week. He said he probably will take a fifth visit but is undecided about where. Notre Dame, Auburn and Tennessee also are on his short list. Williams said he spoke last week with his Tiger recruiter Marion Hobby and his Gamecock recruiter Deke Adams. Adams talked with him about coming in for the Clemson game but he’s not sure he can make it. His last unofficial visit was to Auburn for the Georgia game. Williams also has visited Clemson, Tennessee and Georgia Tech for games this season. He does not claim a leader at this point.
WR Jamil Kamara of Norfolk, VA had scheduled an official visit to USC for the Clemson weekend but Sunday he reduced his list to a final three of Wisconsin, Pittsburgh and Virginia. USC just recently offered and had not cracked his top four going into the weekend. Kamara has visited Wisconsin and will visit Pittsburgh and Virginia over the next two weekends. While the Gamecocks are off Kamara, they are more strongly on Chapman WR Tyshun Samuel. He made an unofficial visit Saturday and was offered. His other offers include Vanderbilt, North Carolina, NC State, Maryland and East Carolina. Samuel has been one of the most productive receivers in the state over the past two seasons in terms of touchdowns scored.