Freshly decommitted DE Blake McClain of Jacksonville, FL met this afternoon at his school with USC recruiter Steve Spurrier Jr. and will entertain the coach in his house tonight for a family gathering. “It was real good, we had a nice long talk,” McClain said of this afternoon’s meeting. “He talked about how they lost their starting defensive ends and they are looking to sign two defensive ends and I could fit right in with their defense.” McClain is scheduled for an official visit to Nebraska this weekend and he will take that trip. He’s never visited USC and it would be tough to get in before the dead period hits midnight Sunday. And he has limited knowledge about the Gamecocks right now. “I know their defense is pretty much incredible and I like how they run their 4-3,” he said. McClain said right now his decision is between USC and Nebraska and he has no lean. Nebraska, however, got the jump on everyone. “They were in yesterday to talk to (commitment) Chris Jones and they just lucked into him,” said his coach Adam Geiss said. “They had an in home visit last night.” Geiss said right now McClain has an official visit set with Nebraska for this weekend but that could change after tonight’s visit with USC. “He may say the heck with Nebraska.” McClain had been committed to the Seminoles but things started to change for him after defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt left for Georgia. “They started messing with him talking about playing the offensive line and greyshirting,” Geiss said. “It was not a good fit after Pruitt left. He told Florida State he was moving on.” Last season McClain had 15 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and he caused 5 fumbles. “The kid’s an All American,” his coach said. “He’s very athletic and can play inside or outside.”
Shrine Bowl WR Hunter Renfrow of Socastee said this afternoon he will accept a walk-on offer at Clemson and join the Tigers this fall. Renfrow also considered a full scholarship offer from Appalachian State. “I really just enjoyed the coaches and how it’s a family atmosphere there and how they care about more than just football there,” Renfrow said. Renfrow hopes to earn a scholarship in the future. He was one of the state’s most talented players the past two seasons helping lead the Braves to their best seasons in history as an option quarterback.
USC has had some contact recently with WR Casey Gladney, the former Shrine Bowler from Columbia High now attending East Mississippi JC. Gladney has been talking with Gamecock recruiter GA Mangus and said Wednesday night he’s trying to set up an official visit with the Gamecocks for this coming weekend and is waiting on Mangus to get back to him. Gladney had previously scheduled a visit to Cal for this weekend. He has been committed to Cincinnati but would likely flip to USC with an offer.
Arizona State is coming in Thursday to visit with DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS. Caldwell committed to USC and wants to go there but is caught up currently in the SEC three semester rule for non-qualifying junior college transfers. An appeal of that rule to the NCAA is in progress according to his coach but there’s been no new developments with that.
DE Arthur Williams of Fayetteville, NC is scheduled for an official visit to USC this weekend. His coach said Thursday afternoon they have been out of school since the snowstorm and are still dealing with treacherous driving conditions. “He’s supposed to be leaving tomorrow (for USC),” coach Earnest King said. “But his mom doesn’t like to get on the road when it’s been snowing. I haven’t heard from him (about his plans).” King plans to talk with Williams later today to see if the trip is still on.
OL Christian Taylor of White Knoll has flipped his commitment from SC State to Georgia Southern according to his coach Dean Howell. Taylor had committed to the Bulldogs in November. Taylor played in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game in December.
Junior QB Kyler Murray of Allen, TX included Clemson in his top five list he tweeted out Thursday. Allen has a current top five of Clemson, Florida, Oregon, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He listed the schools in alphabetical order.
Vanderbilt is the latest to offer junior RB Bryce Love of Wake Forest, NC. The Commodores extended the offer to Love Wednesday. The Commodores are the second school to offer Love this week. Nebraska was the other. His other offers are Clemson, USC, NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Duke, Appalachian State, Penn State, Ohio State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, East Carolina, Northwestern, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. Love does not have any favorites.
Class of 2015 DB Dominique Lemon of Blythewood has accepted, several junior day invitations. In February, Lemon will attend junior days at Charlotte, Georgia and Virginia Tech. In March he will attend junior days at Wake Forest and NC State. Lemon is already familiar with NC State and Charlotte having visited both schools during the football season. He has also received interest from Clemson, Auburn, Towson and Indiana among other schools. Lemon is excited about the opportunity to attend several junior days. “Yessir, I will be really busy,” he texted. Lemon has stated in the past that he felt Towson could be the first school to offer him and is showing a lot of interest in the Baltimore program. He did not name any favorites.