RB Derrell Scott of Havelock, NC announced a commitment to Tennessee Monday afternoon over USC. He also considered Florida. Scott made the announcement at a press conference at his school. Scott made an official visit to Tennessee in October and despite the struggles by the Vols this season, he saw some things there that clicked with him. “Just the way their team played. They didn’t have the best year but they fought the whole year and played hard. That said a lot to me about what kind of men they’ve got on that team.” Also working in Tennessee’s favor, the presence of Scott’s close friend DE Kendal Vickers who had planned to attend USC but found there was no spot for him there after qualifying late. He redshirted this season at Tennessee. Tennessee also sold Scott on the argument that his chance for early playing time was greater with them.
The commitment of DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS to USC is up in the air today over an NCAA eligibility question dating back to his time at Illinois according to TheBigSpur.com. Caldwell signed with the Illini in 2011 as a full qualifier only to have the NCAA deem him a non-qualifer in November of that year. However, Caldwell remained at the school as a redshirt then played for the Illini as a sophomore before transferring to Pearl River for the 2013 season. Where this is a problem for USC is a SEC rule requiring a junior college transfer who was a non-qualifier to spend three semesters at the junior college before being eligible to transfer to a SEC school. Caldwell does not meet that criteria and thus at this point, barring a successful appeal by USC somewhere down the line, he can’t enroll for the 2014 season. Caldwell will take an official visit to Arizona State this weekend along with one of his Pearl River teammates according to ASUDevils.com. Arizona State recruiting coordinator Chip Long recruited Caldwell to Illinois when he was on the staff there.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Hollywood, FL decommitted from Notre Dame Friday and his father said Saturday afternoon he now favors Clemson. Richard Yeargin Jr. said his son has not yet committed to the Tigers but is looking hard at them after having an in home visit earlier this week from Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables. “As of now we’ve removed ourselves from the Notre Dame offer,” Yeargin Jr. said. “Clemson is the direction we are headed in but we haven’t confirmed anything yet. They came in and told us all about the program and had a chance to meet and greet with the family. At this time they would be the first choice on top of some other schools he would take a second chance at since he’s opened up again.” Yeargin Jr. did not identify any other schools his son might consider. Clemson and Notre Dame are the two official visits he’s taken thus far. “Right now he’s going to have a week where he’s a free agent and just gather his thoughts moving forward. We know it’s a blessing to be recruited and we don’t take that for granted.” Yeargin III committed to Notre Dame in August but also kept an interest in Clemson. He has family in the Upstate so he’s visited that part of the start often. “We have no ill will against them (Notre Dame),” Yeargin Jr. said. “We’re just trying to do what’s best for him. He has to be happy on the field, off the field and with his teammates.” Yeargin Jr. said they won’t take any more visits but may entertain another coach or two this week. This season Yeargin III had 75 tackles and 15 sacks.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and assistant Marion Hobby are visiting today with DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, AL. Thomas made an official visit to Mississippi State over the weekend. He’s also been to Clemson and is scheduled to visit Tennessee this coming weekend. Thomas has been committed to the Vols but has been giving the Tigers and Bulldogs consideration. He also took official visits to Florida and Florida State.
WR Isaiah Ford of Jacksonville did not take an official visit to Miami over the weekend as was scheduled and his coach said Monday it’s doubtful he’ll be able to take one anywhere this weekend because of basketball. Coach Verlon Dorminey said Ford has games Tuesday, Friday and Saturday of this week. Recruiters from Alabama and South Florida have been at the school today. USC has had interest in Ford since he decommitted from Louisville but the coach said he’s not seen any Gamecock recruiters at the school today. Louisville coach Bobby Petrino made an in hone visit last week and the coach feels it’s still Louisville and Virginia Tech in the strongest position with Ford.
USC commit LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA visited Alabama over the weekend but says he is 99.9 percent committed to the Gamecocks. “Alabama gave me a lot to think about,” he admitted. “They showed me their depth chart and linebacker and, of course, they have a great tradition of football.” It does not appear that will be enough to change his mind, however. “I talked to coach (Lorenzo) Ward and I have a great relationship with him and the other coaches,” Allen-Williams said. “Unless something drastic changes, like coach Ward leaving, I’m going to be a Gamecock.” The Gamecocks were the second team to offer Allen-Williams and that has meant something to the prospect. “They offered me about 25 minutes after Florida did and were my second offer,” he said. “They’ve been with me all the way back to my sophomore year.” Allen-Williams reiterated that unless something drastic were to happen prior to signing day, he has every intention of sticking with USC.
WR Shaq Davidson of Gaffney, a long time USC commitment, took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend. Indians coach Dan Jones did not talk to Davidson today but did talk to one of his family members at a funeral. “He said he had a good time but it was basically a trip,” Jones said. “He said he’s still committed to South Carolina and he’s firm in that commitment. And that’s what I’ve felt like and told (Auburn recruiter) Ellis (Johnson) before he went there.” Jones said Davidson is not scheduled for another visit this weekend.
Jones also said his running back Hyleck Foster, who took an official visit to East Carolina recently, has reaffirmed his commitment to Marshall.
USC ended up with no official visits this past weekend after the situation arose with DE Darrius Caldwell and after rescheduling committed junior college DE Jhaustin Thomas for this coming weekend. Also set for officials to USC this coming weekend are committed DE Dante Sawyer and Florida State commitment DE Arthur Williams of Fayetteville, NC. Williams made his official visit to Florida State in early November and the Seminoles have stayed in regular contact according to his coach. USC has made a late run at the Shrine Bowler and he will check out more with the Gamecocks this weekend. “South Carolina said they like him,” coach Earnest King said. “I’m not real big on decommitting from a school that has struck with you, but this is a decision he has to make.” The coach made the visit with Williams to Florida State and has remained in touch with Seminole recruiters. Williams’ parents also went on that visit and they will join him this weekend in Columbia. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher had made his in person visit with Williams. USC coach Steve Spurrier has not yet been in. Williams also had an official visit set with Auburn but did not take it. Williams is an interior defensive lineman who had 104 tackles and 6 sacks last season.
QB Hunter Renfrow of Socastee completed his visits this weekend and would like to make his decision in the next week. He took an official visit last weekend to Appalachian State, where he has an offer, and then took an official visit to Clemson this weekend. The Tigers are offering Renfrow as a preferred walk-on. “Both visits went really well,” Renfrow said. “They are a lot of alike. The coaches are great and the facilities are great. Of course, App. State is on a much smaller scale.” Renfrow said he has an idea of where he wants to go but said he needed to speak with his parents before announcing. “Clemson does have engineering and that is what I want to do after I’m done playing,” he added. He did not name a leader.
After committing to Clemson in October, LB Jalen Williams of Blythewood took an official visit to Clemson this weekend. He remains strongly committed to the Tigers. “I’m not going anywhere else,” he said. “That’s where I want to be.” There is still the possibility that Williams will grey-shirt, but that will not affect is decision. “I really won’t know until the numbers come in (for the 2014 class),” Williams said. It will depend on availability as to whether Williams will enroll next semester or wait until January. “I really enjoyed just hanging out with the guys and getting to know them,” Williams said of his visit. He chose the Tigers over Appalachian State, Towson, Presbyterian, Wofford, Furman, Coastal Carolina, Air Force, Campbell and Charleston Southern.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA wrapped up his official visit to Clemson Sunday and, unless he decides to slip in a visit to Georgia this week, will work on a final decision between the Tigers and Auburn. Williams had a great weekend with the Tigers which included traveling with head coach Dabo Swinney to watch his son’s basketball game Saturday night. Williams plans to announce his decision on Signing Day.
OL Damian Prince of Forestville, MD made an unofficial visit to Maryland Saturday. And there were reports Saturday Prince is down to the Terps and Florida. USC has been involved and he made an official visit with the Gamecocks last weekend, USC coach Steve Spurrier is expected to visit Prince this week according to his coach. Penn State also has made a late move and Prince might take a mid-week visit there. He is scheduled for his official visit to Florida this coming weekend.
After taking an official visit to Wake Forest this weekend, DL Zeek Rodney of South Pointe committed to the Deacons. Rodney chose Wake Forest over Charlotte, Marshall and Syracuse. “Wake Forest is close to home so my family can come see me play,” he said. “It’s a good school academically and it’s in the ACC.” Rodney is firm with his commitment and says he will not take any other visits. The trip was a good trip for him. “I got to talk to a lot of the other guys that are committed,” Rodney said. “I liked those guys. There is also an opportunity to play early there.”
PK Christian Groomes of Daniel plans to walk-on at Clemson. The left-footed kicker was 14-22 on field goals last season. He took an official visit to Clemson over the weekend.
Clemson is one of the six schools to make the shortened list of junior OL Jake Fruhmorgen of Tampa. The Tigers are joined on the list by Michigan, Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame and Tennessee according to his father who is a former Alabama offensive lineman. Fruhmorgen will attend Clemson’s junior day this Saturday.