Junior WR Akilian Butler of Mesquite, TX only has an offer from Clemson at this point, but while other recruiters haven’t shown him much love, Clemson’s Chad Morris remains very high on Butler. The two talked earlier this month when Morris made a recruiting stop by the school. “We had a good time talking,” Butler said. “I was just glad to see him and he was glad to see me. He’s really interested in me and wants me for the system. He said I fit their system and I could be a great player for them.” Morris is also recruiting Butler’s quarterback Chason Virgil and Butler said he plans to revisit the pair in January. Butler and Virgil visited Clemson for the Florida State and that was the only game visit Butler made this season. He plans to visit Clemson again in the spring or summer. Butler is also hearing from Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech and Iowa. He does not want to name a favorite right now. “I’m just riding out the recruiting process,” said Butler who had 34 catches for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns this season.
DE Lorenzo Featherston of Greensboro, NC is at the Under Armour Game practices this week outside of Orlando and he said today his decision will be between Clemson and Florida State. Florida had been a factor with Featherston but apparently has dropped off his list. He made an official visit to Florida Featherston missed much of his senior season with injuries. He was picked for the Shrine Bowl but missed that with an injury.
OL Mason Veal of Charlotte has strong ties to USC thru his parents. Both went there and his father played football for the Gamecocks. But that hasn’t prevented Veal from developing strong feelings for two Gamecock rivals. Veal told TarHeelIllustrated.com that he currently favors Clemson and North Carolina though he doesn’t consider the two to be his finalists. Veal said he’d heard the most from the Tigers, Tar Heels and Tennessee prior to the start of the dead period. He plans to make his decision before the start of his senior season.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, FL took an official visit to Clemson in late November. Notre Dame is the only other official visit Yeargin made and he remains committed to the Irish. “My family is from that area (Clemson) and that is why I go back and visit so often,” Yeargin said. “I really like Clemson a lot and remain of supporter of theirs.” Palmetto Sports spoke with Yeargin’s father, Richard Yeargin, Jr., following the visit to Clemson about his son’s level of commitment to Notre Dame. He said, “We’re going to wait and see how the bowl games and coaching situations play out. Nobody is putting pressure on him. Nothing has changed.” Yeargin III may have cleared things up Monday. “I am 100 percent committed to Notre Dame but I still like Clemson,” he said. “I’ll be playing at Notre Dame.” Yeargin is in San Antonio preparing for the Army All-America Bowl and says he will not take any other visits.