DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA will announce for either USC or Tennessee tonight sometime after 10:00 PM on Fox Sport South but he’s known his decision for a little while his coach said Monday. “I think all the schools did a great job recruiting him but I think he connected with the defensive coaching staff and they sold him on how he would be utilized and the opportunity to come in and play,” coach Rocky Hidalgo said without revealing Smith’s choice. And Smith has the talents to contribute from day one. “He’s a very good cover corner with great hips,” Hidalgo said. “He’s physical enough to play safety and good enough to come down hill and tackle. I think he’s got a chance to be an exceptional player. He’s that type of kid. As a sophomore he was covering SEC and ACC guys. He’s a kid that rises to the challenge. He’s a real competitive kid and that will drive him to be successful.” Despite his announcement tonight, Smith plans to take both official visits with USC this weekend and Tennessee the next. “He’s taking those visits just to take them,” Hiidalgo said. “I feel certain he’ll stick with the team he commits to.”
USC and Clemson will have their major recruiting weekend this Friday and Saturday with most, if not all, of their committed players taking official visits. USC is also scheduled to host a handful of uncommitted targets:
DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA (could be committed by Monday night)
DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD
DB Chris Lammons of Plantation, FL
OL Derrick Kelly Jr. of Havana, FL
DE Kevin Bronson of Delray Beach, FL
The only uncommitted prospects thus far scheduled to visit Clemson this weekend are WR Trevion Thompson of Durham, NC and DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, AL. Of course, visit plans are fluid and subject to change so the lists could be adjusted throughout the week.
DB Derrick Tindal of Ft. Lauderdale committed to Indiana last week but plans to take the rest of his official visits. The cornerback said he is scheduled to visit Syracuse this coming weekend, USC on the 24th and NC State on the 31st. He also has offers from Cincinnati, Marshall, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Wisconsin and Akron. Tindal last talked with USC recruiter Grady Brown about two weeks ago. “He was telling me I have an offer and he said he wants me to come up and visit and decide on what I want to do,” he said. Right now, Tindal said he doesn’t know that much about the Gamecocks. “I know they’ve got Steve Spurrier and it’s in the SEC.” Tindal has visited Indiana and he said his commitment remains in place while he takes his visits. He will announce a final decision on Signing Day. This season Tindal had 52 tackles and 3 interceptions.
DE Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, AL committed to USC after visiting last June and that commitment remains in place, but Mississippi State remains a threat to the Gamecocks. Stallworth will take his official visit to USC this weekend and will go to Mississippi State the following weekend. “Mississippi State is coming on hard,” Stallworth said. “My commitment is still strong and I don’t think it will turn, but I’m still keeping my eyes open.” Stallworth said his father will join him on the USC visit. “I want to experience how the players act around each other and I want to talk more with the coaches,” he said about this weekend’s visits. Stallworth talked with USC recruiter Kirk Botkin last week. “He told me he’s looking forward to me and my family being up there.” Stallworth had 60 tackles and 6 sacks this season. He played in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game and recorded 8 tackles, 2 for loss and a sack.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA has known his four official visits would be Clemson, USC, Auburn and Ole Miss. What he hadn’t done was get the visits down on the calendar. He has a schedule now telling Rivals.com he will visit Auburn January 17th, Ole Miss on the 24th, Clemson on the 31st and USC on a mid-week date that’s still to be determined. Williams does not have a leader and will wait until Signing Day to announce.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC will announce his decision January 27th. He visits Florida this weekend. He’s also considering USC and Tennessee. Tennessee will have in home visit January 22nd and USC the next day.
6-4 WR Kameron Uter of Atlanta was contacted via Facebook Sunday by USC receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. inquiring about any interest he might have in the Gamecocks since decommitting from Vanderbilt according to Michael Carvell of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Uter does have interest in USC and will wait and see who else contacts him through the week before deciding on his next move. He can’t take a visit this coming weekend because he’s got a workout for Major League Baseball scouts. He apparently has a 92 MPH fastball. Uter told Carvell that Clemson is one of his “dream schools” and secondary coach Mike Reed checked in on him last month. Notre Dame, Boston College, Iowa, Northwestern, Wake Forest and Arkansas are some of the schools Uter has drawn interest from.
WR Dre Massey of Mauldin was one of the state’s most exciting players this season as a quarterback for the Mavericks. He rushed for 2043 yards and 34 touchdowns and passed for 2793 yards and 28 touchdowns. Schools have been hesitant to step up with offers until seeing what his transcripts look like for the fall semester but two have come forward with official visit dates. This weekend Massey will visit East Carolina and the following weekend he’s off to Oregon State. And he’s talking with West Virginia about a visit the final weekend. Massey said East Carolina has indicated an offer will be made on his visit. Massey said he talked with Clemson recruiter Dan Brooks about three weeks ago and the Tigers want a look at his transcripts when it comes out this week. Massey doesn’t have a favorite and said distance from home won’t be a factor in his decision.
WR Hunter Renfrow of Socastee will have a fairly clear cut decision to make in a couple of weeks. He can accept a full ride to Appalachian State or accepted a walk-on offer from Clemson. He will visit the two schools over the next two weekends beginning with a trip to Boone. Renfrow said right now he has no inclination toward either opportunity and will make his decision soon after the Clemson trip. Renfrow played quarterback in high school but was a receiver in the Shrine Bowl and is being recruited for the slot.
Junior DB Mark Fields Jr. of Cornelius, GA has a top ten list of Clemson, USC, Georgia, Tennessee, NC State, LSU, Ole Miss, UCLA, Florida and LSU.
Junior DL Albert Huggins of Orangeburg-Wilkinson Thursday picked up his 14th offer from Georgia Tech. Huggins also has offers from Clemson, USC, Florida State, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, Georgia, NC State, North Carolina, Auburn, Vanderbilt and SC State. He’s not ready to name any favorites.
Junior OL Shaq Crouch (6-5 333) of Johnsonville is hearing from several schools but has yet to receive his first offer. Of those showing interest, Crouch named USC his favorite. “I like them a lot,” Crouch said. “They’re just talking to me and showing me what is going on there. They want me to come down next year for a game.” Crouch is also hearing from Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Florida State, Tennessee and Alabama. He has visited USC and Clemson enjoying both trips. As for future visits, he is unsure. “I really don’t know if I’m going to any junior days,” was his response to the question. “I do like Carolina and I want to to a game there.”
Junior RB Rocky Reid (6-0 210) of Concord, NC has visited Clemson several times and for good reason. Reid named Clemson and Tennessee as his early favorites. Though Reid has not received offers from either to date, he is confident in his chances. “I’m just taking care of the things I need to in order to make it happen,” he said. His early offers are from Charlotte and Ohio with interest from North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, Georgia, Arkansas, Ohio State and East Carolina. “I like Clemson because it’s one big family,” Reid said. “Everybody knows each other because it’s a little town. You can’t really do anything but stay focused on football.” Reid spoke with Clemson assistant Tony Elliott Monday. “I just wished him a happy New Year and stuff like that,” he said. “I’m just trying to find out when I can get back down there.” Reid hopes to visit Tennessee and Florida State this spring as well. As for Tennessee he said, “It’s a great atmosphere and the biggest stadium I’ve been to. I like the way they talk there.”
ATH Carl Tucker, Jr. of Cornelius, NC named his top three as Tennessee, North Carolina and Clemson. Each school has offered. His other offer is from East Carolina. Other schools showing interest include Penn State and Duke. Tucker visited Clemson for the opening game of the season and enjoyed his time there. “If they invite me back I’ll definitely go back for a camp or something like that,” said Tucker. His most recent contact with Clemson was during the break. “They stopped by the school to visit Mark Fields and me,” he said. “They just wanted to see how we were doing so we hung out for a little bit.” Tucker named Tennessee his top school after a visit this fall. “It’s the visit that really stood out,” Tucker said. “Their fans stand by them no matter what. Everything about it stood out-the stadium, the facilities, the coaching staff-I liked it all.” A possible future visit for Tucker could be Penn State. He says that the Nittany Lions are showing more interest of late. He has not scheduled any visits but does plan to attend several camps this summer.