OL Derrick Kelly, Jr. of Havana, FL is getting a strong push from USC and plans to take an official visit to Columbia. Kelly has four remaining visits after his official trip to Florida recently. Though he has not set the date for the USC visit, it could be January 17th. Kelly has scheduled his LSU trip for January 25th. “I am looking for a school with a good program and strong academics,” Kelly said. “I am very interested in South Carolina and the legendary coach, Steve Spurrier.” Originally, Kelly had committed to Kentucky but did not mention the Wildcats as a possible destination. Other schools showing strong interest are Florida, Florida State and South Florida. “I plan on taking all of my official visits,” he said. “I don’t know where I’ll go for the other two.” Kelly does not have any favorites and did not indicate a decision date.
DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe took his first official visit to Charlotte and has two more lined up for January. His first trip was a good one. “I really liked it,” Rodney said of Charlotte. “I liked the facilities and the surrounding area…stuff like that.” His next scheduled visit will be to Syracuse on January 17th. He heads to Wake Forest the following week. “I don’t really have any favorites,” he said. “I want to see the schools first.” Other schools showing interest are Boston College, Ball State and Marshall. There is a possibility he could visit one or all of these schools. “I just got back from The Shrine Bowl and I’m getting ready for a basketball game, so I haven’t really thought about it,” he admitted. Rodney plans to make a decision the week following his final visit.
ATH Hunter Renfrow of Socastee grew up a Clemson fan and may have an opportunity from the Tigers too tempting to turn down. Though he has several offers, Renfrow is considering joining Clemson as a preferred walk-on. “I talked to them today and they’re recruiting me as a walk-on at the wide receiver position,” Renfrow said. “It’s a great opportunity to try and earn a scholarship and prove that I can play at that level.” Renfrow’s offers are from Appalachian State, Furman, Wofford, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian and Gardner Webb. He plans to take official visits to Clemson and Appalachian State and will likely choose between the two schools. “I like App. State’s coaches a lot,” he said. “They’re laid back but they also really want to win. They just understand that it isn’t just about winning.” The two visits will occur in January. “I know I’m going to one on the 17th and the other on the 23rd but I don’t know which one is which,” Renfrow said. His initial indication was that Clemson was his leader but he did not want to name a favorite.
DE Andrew Williams will visit Clemson or Auburn January 17th. The one he doesn’t visit that date he will visit January 31st. He has set a visit to Ole Miss for January 24th. He’s also been considering USC and LSU.
USC is setting up the weekend of January 17th for their major recruiting weekend of this campaign and junior target DB Rashard Causey of Fort Lauderdale plans to be there to hang out with the 2014 recruits as well as his close friend and Gamecock linebacker Skai Moore. Causey has had USC and Miami tied at the top of his list for weeks and that remains the case. “I have mixed feelings about both teams,” Causey said. “Some days I go with South Carolina and some days I go with Miami.” Clemson recently offered Causey but right now he doesn’t view the Tigers as much of a factor with him. “I’m interested in Clemson but I couldn’t do that to South Carolina,” Causey said. “Skai has kind of brainwashed me into not liking Clemson.” USC recruiter Grady Brown saw Causey earlier in the month as did recruiters from Vanderbilt, Miami, Arkansas, Auburn and West Virginia. He talked on the phone this month with Clemson recruiter Brent Venables and he’s expecting a visit from him next month. Along with the visit to USC, Causey also plans to visit UCLA and Southern Cal this summer. He would like to make his decision before the start of his season or on his birthday of September 20th.
QB Bo Baldwin of South Aiken was a recruiting mystery in his high school career. A physically imposing quarterback (6-6 231) with a big arm, Baldwin was set back by injuries and never became the hot recruiting target many expected. USC offered him a grayshirt opportunity last summer but Baldwin did not accept that right away. And with the Gamecocks taking a quarterback for the 2014 class well after making the grayshirt offer to Baldwin, it opens up speculation as to just how much the Gamecocks want Baldwin, and vice versa. Now, Clemson has entered the picture a little bit. Baldwin’s brother will be at senior at Clemson in 2014 and a source said Clemson has offered him a preferred walk-on spot, something Baldwin is considering if he decides he wants to continue his football career. This season Baldwin passed for 1285 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Clemson WR signee Kyrin Priester (6-2 185) of Snellville, GA apparently has cleared his final academic hurdle to be able to enroll next month. Priester signed with Clemson last February but did not qualify and enrolled at Fork Union Prep, VA. He tweeted Friday night that he had been cleared by the NCAA so the Tigers can expect to have him in house for spring practice. In his senior season at Brookwood High School, Priester caught 56 passes for 1000 yards and 13 touchdowns. Priester joins Demarre Kitt and Artavis Scott as Clemson wide receiver signees enrolling in January.