Shrine Bowl WR Trevion Thompson (6-3 185) of Durham, NC committed to Clemson Sunday night soon after completing his weekend official visit with the Tigers. Thompson announced his commitment on Twitter. He had also been considering Ohio State, NC State, West Virginia and North Carolina. “The main reason was that I just had a good feeling about Clemson and being here,” Thompson said. “It was a feeling I had, like this is the place I should be. That was just the feeling I had, this big wow moment. I would say that the visits I took to games and spring games and over the summer, those really set Clemson apart. It was the right place for me.” This season Thompson caught 57 passes for 987 yards and 14 touchdowns. “He has that ability to get open,” said his coach Anthony King. “He hard to cover despite not having blazing speed. But he knows how to get open and attacks the ball when he gets open.” Thompson is Clemson’s 19th commitment for the 2014 class, including LB Jalen Williams who currently has a grayshirt offer. He’s the fourth receiver in the class.
Shrine Bowl DL Poona Ford of Hilton Head met Monday morning with USC recruiters Everette Sands and Deke Adams and set an official visit with the Gamecocks for this coming weekend. He had been scheduled to visit Oregon. Last week Ford had decided he wouldn’t visit USC and scheduled three other visits, but after tripping to Texas over the weekend, he had a change of heart about the Gamecocks. “It just kind of happened,” Ford said. “It’s close to home.” Ford said his grandmother will join him on the visit. And while saying he doesn’t have a favorite among his final three of USC, Texas and Missouri, Ford said a commitment to USC this weekend is possible if everything goes well. He is scheduled to visit Missouri on January 31st.
USC Monday reached out to another standout defensive lineman with an official offer. Shrine Bowler Arthur Williams of Fayetteville, NC met Monday morning at his home for about ninety minutes with Gamecock recruiter Joe Robinson and was given an offer by the Gamecocks. Williams currently is committed to Florida State. He also has offers from Miami and East Carolina. “We talked about the football program and me making my visit (January 31st),” Williams said. “We also went over my eligibility. I’m in good shape. I feel like they are making a strong push. Coach Robinson said they want me to be a part of the program.” Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and assistant Jay Graham will make an in home visit with Williams Tuesday night and he is scheduled for his official visit to FSU this weekend. But USC is making an impression on him. “I’ll feel a little better (about USC) after I see the campus and talk to the players,” he said. “My commitment is still strong to Florida State but USC is coming after me pretty strong.” Williams is the second Florida State defensive line commitment USC is attempting to turn. Dexter Wideman of Saluda visited USC over the weekend. This season Williams had 104 tackles and 6 sacks.
DB Wesley Green of Lithonia, GA has completed his official visit to USC. He told GamecockCentral he is now favoring USC over Georgia coming off the visit. Green had been considering Ole Miss as a third option but has dropped the Rebels. He will take his official visit to Georgia January 31st and will announce a final choice on Signing Day.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda has completed his visit to USC and while the Gamecocks may have improved their position some, Wideman is still committed to Florida State. “Nothing has changed yet. I’m going to wait until after my visit (to Florida State) on the 31st,” Wideman said. He added that he enjoyed his visit and liked hanging out with the players and talking with them and the coaches. Wideman said he’s not sure when USC coaches will be in to see him this week. As for the strength of his commitment to Florida State, Wideman said, “It’s still the same. The visit did move me some in (USC’s) direction but I don’t want to say. I’m just waiting until after the visit on the 31st.”
DB DJ Smith of Marietta, GA, who is a USC commitment, said he’s not doing any more interviews but he confirmed he is still committed to USC and he will take his official visit to Tennessee this coming weekend.
DL Taylor Stallworth of Mobile, AL has been committed to USC since July and his official visit with the Gamecocks over the weekend all but sealed the deal with him. Stallworth called the strength of his pledge a “10” after the visit. He is scheduled to visit Mississippi State this coming weekend but that trip is in doubt now and is something he will discuss with his parents Monday afternoon. “If I could sign today, I would sign with South Carolina,” Stallworth said. “I got to meet some of the players and learned about how it us up there. And I met the coaches and the recruits I’m going to be around when I get there. Coach Spurrier told me to prepare myself to come in and help them win an SEC championship.” Stallworth said no coaches are scheduled to visit him this coming week but he’s expecting Spurrier to visit the following week.
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD made his official visit to USC. That was his third official visit. He’s also been to Florida State and Maryland. He is scheduled to visit Florida January 31st. Penn State is now talking to Prince since James Franklin took over and is trying to get him in for a visit as well.
DB Chris Lammons of Plantation, FL made his official visit to USC over the weekend and as expected he did not make a commitment. Lammons has also visited Wisconsin and going to decide between the Gamecocks and Badgers. Wisconsin recruiters were in to see him earlier this week and USC is to be down this coming week. Lammons will wait until Signing Day for his announcement.
RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC made his official visit to Florida over the weekend. Havelock assistant coach Caleb King talked briefly Sunday with Scott. “He said it was nice,” King said adding that Scott doesn’t say much about anything. King said Florida coach Will Muschamp does not plan to make an in home visit this week. Tennessee coach Butch Jones will be in on Wednesday and USC coach Steve Spurrier makes his in home visit Thursday. Scott will announce his choice January 27th at 3:15 PM.
DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, AL made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend and apparently all went well. Thomas said on Twitter that he “had a great visit.” He has been committed to Tennessee but added on Twitter “Trying To see wat ima do.” Thomas is scheduled to visit Mississippi State this coming weekend and Tennessee on the 31st. He has visited Florida State and Florida.
Shrine Bowl WR Hunter Renfrow of Socastee made his official visit to Appalachian State over the weekend. He is deciding between an offer from the Mountaineers and a walk-on opportunity at Clemson. He will visit Clemson next weekend. “I enjoyed the visit,” Renfrow said. “The coaches were what I liked most about it. They were real down to earth. The facilities are nice. It snowed the whole time we were up there.” Renfrow said he remains torn between his two options and will wait until after his Clemson visit before making a final decision which will come a few days after that visit. Appalachian recruiter Justin Stepp is scheduled to visit Renfrow after his Clemson visit. “They are still pretty even,” said Renfrow who was a quarterback in high school but is being recruited as a slot receiver.
LB Jalen Williams of Blythewood remains committed to Clemson even though his offer right now is of the grayshirt variety. Williams said the coaches have told him they should know in about a month if he will come in with the 2014 class this summer or have to wait until August. Either way, Williams said he is a lock with Clemson and is not dealing with any other programs. He will take his official visit to Clemson next weekend. Williams played in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game and the Offense-Defense All American Game. This season he had 100 tackles and 6 sacks.
Shrine Bowl DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe made his official visit to Syracuse over the weekend. Rodney said he liked the trip, was impressed with the Carrier Dome and the other facilities, and was impressed by the university’s school of business. Rodney also sees a chance for playing time there. “They have a big hole at defensive tackle,” he said. Rodney also has taken official visits to Marshall and Charlotte. He is scheduled to visit Wake Forest this coming weekend. His Wake Forest recruiter is coming to his house Monday morning. His decision is down to those four with no favorite. Rodney plans to make his decision soon after his trip to Wake Forest.
ATH Dre Massey of Mauldin was offered by East Carolina Saturday while on his official visit with the Pirates. Massey did not commit. He plans to visit Oregon State next weekend before making a decision.
Gaffney ATH Hyleck Foster also is visiting East Carolina this weekend. Foster currently is committed to Marshall.
DB Derrick Tindal of Ft. Lauderdale said Monday he’s no longer considering USC. Tindal had a visit to USC scheduled for this coming weekend but will visit TCU instead. He went to Wisconsin this past weekend. He has been committed to Indiana and said that commitment remains in place at this point.
Junior DB Terry Godwin of Hogansville, GA, who holds an offer from Clemson, announced a commitment to Georgia on Twitter. Godwin visited Clemson last season for the Florida State game and has been in regular contact with Tiger secondary coach Mike Reed. He’s Georgia’s third commitment for 2015.