OL Kareem Are of Fort Scott JC, KS remains up in the air over his decision except for the fact USC is no longer under consideration. Are said Tuesday night he won’t make his decision now until the mid-year signing period begins December 18th, or shortly before that. Are said Penn State, Florida State and Ole Miss remain under consideration.
Junior ATH Jeffery Holland of Jacksonville, FL had planned to attend the Clemson at USC game but went to the Florida State at Florida game that weekend instead. But that doesn’t mean his interest in the Palmetto State schools has diminished. To the contrary, the Gamecocks and Tigers are major players in his recruiting. Holland just won a state championship last weekend and last Thursday USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. came by his school to check in. “We were talking about the future and about some of his players like Clowney, his defense and things like that.” Holland said he will definitely get to USC for a visit now that his season is over. “I definitely want to get up there,” he said. “I’ve got to get up there, I really do. That’s a must.” Holland said Clemson is recruiting him hard as well. “I like Clemson,” he said. “I like their coaches, they’re pretty cool guys, good Christian guys. I just like the program a lot.” Holland also has offers from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Miami, Alabama, Auburn and about 50 others. He has not narrowed his list and is not citing favorites at this point. “There’s a lot of schools coming in right now and I just want everything to flow correctly,” Holland said. He does feel like Florida, Florida State and Ohio State have been recruiting him the hardest. He also wants to take trips to UCLA, Southern Cal, Clemson, Ohio State and several other out of state schools. Holland said he does not have a timetable for a decision and most schools are recruiting him as an outside linebacker.
Class of 2015 USC commitment WR DJ Neal of Stone Mountain, GA has been committed to USC since May. He continues to hear from other schools but calls his commitment, “81 to 83 percent.” Neal recently traveled to Columbia for USC’s final home game against Clemson. “I really enjoyed it,” he said. “I spent the night so I got to chill with the players in the locker room and in the dorm room. I really like it there..” Other schools contacting Neal include Ohio State, Georgia, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. “I’ve talked a little with some other coaches but I’ve mostly been concentrating on working out and hanging in Columbia,” Neal said. He has plans to visit Tennessee and Vanderbilt this off-season.
NC State recently became the first school to offer junior DB Rion Davis of AC Flora. Davis was in attendance for the NC State-East Carolina game earlier this season and is interested in the Wolfpack. “They showed me around their new facilities,” he said. “I got to see where the players work out and where they receive treatment, stuff like that. I liked the atmosphere of the program. It’s one of the schools I’m interested in.” Davis also visited Clemson, USC, Georgia and Tennessee this season and has plans to visit Florida State. “I like Clemson, USC, Florida State and North Carolina,” Davis said. “South Carolina is close to home. I like Clemson because my dad is a big fan. I like what Dabo (Swinney) is doing because he doesn’t just teach football, he teaches them to be men.” Davis added that Florida State’s return to prominence and style of play is important to him. Each of these schools have shown interest in the Flora defensive back. He is also hearing from Vanderbilt, Miami, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn State and Cincinnati. He does not have any favorites.