It was a choice of Clemson orange or Tennessee orange for WR Josh Malone of Gallatin, TN, and Wednesday Malone announced he would stay in his home state and play for Vols coach Butch Jones. “I felt like I had a better opportunity there,” he said. “The opportunity to come in early (and play) was better at Tennessee and I felt comfortable with that situation.” Coaches from both staffs were in to see Malone on Monday including Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. Malone made his official visit to Clemson for The Citadel weekend. He also took official visits to Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State and Ohio State.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is having his in home visit with LB Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, GA tonight according to Paul Strelow of TigerIllustrated. McMillan is also looking at Auburn, Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. He will announce December 16th. Strelow also reports WR Trevion Thompson of Durham has set an official visit with Clemson for January 17th. He has been to Ohio State and is going to NC State this weekend. He’s a Shrine Bowler who had 57 catches for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
USC recruiter Grady Brown met Tuesday with OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, KS to make one more pitch before Are makes a decision Monday. “We went over things that I already know,” Are said. He met Wednesday with his Penn State recruiter, Nittany Lions line coach Mac McWhorter. Are has USC, Penn State and Florida State all even at this point and is considering visiting Ole Miss this weekend. He hopes to make a decision tonight regarding that trip. “I might still visit so I’ll make the decision without any regrets,” he said. His mom is consulting him on his decision and USC assistant Deke Adams recently visited with her in Long Island. “She’s kind of confused right now,” Are said adding that he is too. “If I had a favorite,’ he said, “I would commit.” One factor for Are regarding Florida State is their involvement with two other junior college offensive lineman, Jordan Prestwood and Chad Mavety. The Seminoles could land both making it unlikely they will take three JUCO linemen in the class.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, FL has had no changes in his recruiting status over the past couple of weeks. He remains committed to Notre Dame but Clemson remains high up on his list according to his father. “We’re going to wait and see how the bowl games and coaching situations play out,” Richard Yeargin Jr. said. “Nobody is putting pressure on him. Nothing has changed.” Notre Dame is coming in this week to see Yeargin and Clemson is also expected in though no date has been set. Yeargin III will play in the Army All American Game in early January and his father said a final decision will be made before then.
WR Shaedon Meadors of Byrnes will make an official visit to Appalachian State this weekend. He had 72 catches for 1597 yards and 27 touchdowns this season. He also has offers from Tulane, Toledo, Charlotte, UT Chattanooga, Marshall, Old Dominion, Hampton, Towson and others.
Punter Corbin Daly (6-3 185) of Charlotte decommitted from Texas and USC has contacted him. He likes the Gamecocks, Tennessee, North Carolina and Charlotte but has not yet been offered. Daley was picked for the Army All American game and averaged over 45 yards per punt this season.
Junior DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson visited USC Saturday for the The Palmetto Bowl. The Gamecocks continue to be a school that he is strongly considering. “You could say that,” he said. “I like all of the schools that are recruiting me but you could definitely say that.” Huggins said it was a positive visit. “I saw some things I really liked,” Huggins said. “It was amazing. The fans, the atmosphere, the way they played,..it was a good game.” His late arrival did not permit him to visit with any of the coaches but he was happy with the trip. “I like Clemson too” he said. “They started off slow but they got it going and played their hearts out. I may try to get up there for a visit.” Huggins will not attend any other games but did say he plans to visit North Carolina this off-season. “I’ll try to get up there for a basketball game and talk to some of the (football) coaches,” Huggins said. His list of offers includes USC, Clemson, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Auburn and SC State. He does not have any favorites.
Junior two-sport star WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside of Dorman already has a couple of offers and is hearing from Clemson, USC, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Florida State, Georgia Tech and SC State among others. Appalachian State and Elon have offered. Arcega-Whiteside is also hearing from Clemson and Georgia in basketball but does not have any offers to date. Though football seems like his likely path to college athletics, Arcega-Whiteside does not want to rule anything out. “I want to remain open-minded,” he said. “I’ll play whatever (sport).” He is showing interest in USC and Clemson and has attended games at each school. “I was at Clemson for the Florida State game,” Arcega-Whiteside said. “It was a crazy atmosphere. I really like the campus and the way they throw the ball a lot. USC is about the same. It’s a crazy atmosphere and they like to throw the ball.” North Carolina is another school he has visited and the Tar Heels are showing a lot of interest. “I think they’re recruiting me the hardest,” he said. “I think they’ll be the first to offer. I like the coaches there. They really look out for their players.” USC, Clemson, North Carolina and Notre Dame are the schools he says contact him the most. This season, Arcega-Whiteside had 75 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 15 touchdowns. He does not have a favorite.