DL Cory Thomas of McCalla, AL is officially down to Clemson and Tennessee and will announce his decision Wednesday around 11:30 AM Eastern Time at his school. Thomas has been committed to Tennessee but Clemson has pulled even, and he said Monday morning it’s still a 50-50 proposition in his mind. However, Thomas visited Tennessee with his mother over the weekend and that only helped the Vols. “It was good hanging around the commits and the guys that graduated early,” he said. “It was good bonding with them and seeing who I would be around if I go there. The coaches were telling it’s a great opportunity, that they can’t help but play me as a freshman because their numbers are low, so to be ready when I come in.” Thomas added that he does feel Tennessee offers him the better chance for early playing time and that’s big to him. He last talked to his Clemson recruiter Marion Hobby on Friday via Twitter on his way to Knoxville and he said his strongest attraction is Dabo Swinney and the staff. Last week Thomas’ mother said she favored Clemson and that was after she went with him on his visit there. She joined him at Tennessee as well. “She really likes Clemson but that was her first time there, and her first time at Tennessee. She loves both of them but she’s leaving it up to me,” Thomas said. He reiterated he has not made his decision as of Monday morning and will have both hats on the table at his announcement.
LB Richard Yeargin III of Fort Lauderdale plans to finalize his decision on Monday his brother said Sunday night. Yeargin III is a former Notre Dame commitment who has been favoring Clemson since last week. Notre Dame and Texas tried to make a bit of a late run last week but did nothing with him over the weekend. “Tomorrow we will finalize everything,” Richard Yeargin Jr. said. “Nothing has changed or been confirmed.” Yeargin III is set to announce his decision Wednesday at 9:30 AM.
DE Andrew Williams of McDonough, GA made his third and final official visit over the weekend to Georgia. Based on his post visit Twitter post, Williams had a good time. “My Last official visit was incredible. Shoutout to Athens for giving me a taste of what it feels like,” is what Williams tweeted. Of course, Williams loved his other visits as well. He called his Clemson visit “amazing” and he said his weekend at Auburn was a “success.” Williams went bowling with Georgia coach Mark Richt, joined Clemson coach Dabo Swinney at his son’s basketball game and went fishing behind Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s house. So who will it be? Williams is not saying at this point but it’s clearly now a three, not a two horse race. He plans to announce Wednesday morning at 9:45.
RB Alvin Kamara of Norcorss, GA, who is transferring from Alabama, visited Clemson Saturday as part of the Tigers’ junior day gathering. Clemson is considered a strong possibility for Kamara who strongly considered the Tigers out of high school before signing with Alabama where he redshirted last season before deciding to leave. He’s also considering UCLA and Oklahoma State.
TE Jerry Gibson’s coach told GamecockCentral he is going to sign with Minnesota. Gibson, who is from Theodore, AL, made his official visit to USC over the weekend.
DE Blake McClain announced on Twitter Saturday night he has committed to Nebraska while on his official visit to Lincoln. McClain had planned to visit Nebraska then visit USC after NSD. But in a text message tonight, McClain said he won’t make the USC visit. “I’m done,” said McClain who decommitted from Florida State earlier in the week.
LB Bryson Allen-Williams of Ellenwood, GA has been committed to USC since last April. He has been an outspoken supporter of the Gamecocks on Twitter and has been a strong behind the scenes recruiter. He withstood the strong overtures of Nick Saban and Alabama on an official visit last weekend saying last week he was 99.9 percent committed to the Gamecocks and it would take some dramatic turn of events for him not to sign with USC Wednesday. Cue the drama. Allen-Williams is on his official visit to Georgia this weekend and is actually watching the Super Bowl at Mark Richt’s home. His only communication to the outside world has been on Twitter. “Off Twitter till Wednesday …. Need some time to think,” he wrote around 8:00 PM. Gamecock fans have to be wonder what he could be thinking about since he has been such a strong commitment all this time. Even his mother went on Twitter last week to admonish anyone for making more of these official visits than they are, just a chance to take a trip. But with Allen-Williams spending all of this quality time with Richt and then tweeting that he needs time to think….drama indeed.
DL Dexter Wideman of Saluda is back home following his official visit over the weekend to Florida State. Wideman has been committed to the Seminoles but he confirmed to his coach Sunday night he’s giving USC equal consideration. “I would say status quo on a National Signing Day announcement at 3:00 PM,” coach Stewart Young said. “He said he had a really good time on his visit.” Wideman committed to Florida State last summer but USC has continued to recruit him. Wideman has kept the door open for the Gamecocks and the chance of a Signing Day flip does exist. Young also said his defensive lineman Kwamelle Barnes will sign Wednesday with SC State.
USC remains interested in with WR Casey Gladney of East Mississippi JC and got back in touch with him this weekend. The former Shrine Bowler from Columbia High talked with recruiter GA Mangus Saturday. “He said he’s ready to offer but he’s waiting on coach Spurrier Jr. (receivers coach). He said they are going to talk about it and get back to me. He wants me to fax in my transcripts Monday.” Something Gladney said he will do. He is prepared to sign Wednesday with Cincinnati if the USC offer does not come thru. Gladney said if USC offers, he would “possibly jump on it.”
DE Darrius Caldwell of Pearl River JC, MS is considering not signing on Wednesday in hopes that he’ll be granted a waiver from the SEC junior college transfer rule allowing him to go to USC his coach said Friday night. Caldwell was committed to the Gamecocks until the SEC discovered Illinois had declared him a non-qualifier in November of 2011 but allowed him to stay in school until he transferred to Pearl River last fall. Caldwell was not able to meet the SEC’s three semester rule at the junior college and thus was not eligible to transfer to a league school. Coach William Jones said Caldwell mentioned to him earlier this week that he’s considering holding off on signing to see if there will be a positive resolution of his situation with USC. Jones said he talked with USC recruiter Deke Adams and was told USC was still working on the situation. Caldwell had planned to visit Arizona State this weekend but Jones, who’s been on the road recruiting himself, said he wasn’t sure if Caldwell had left on the trip. Jones said other schools have been inquiring about Caldwell but he’d like to see this worked out to allow him to go to USC.
News from Byrnes:
Signings on Wednesday…QB Shuler Bentley with Old Dominion; DB Tyreik Lyles with Wofford; OL Sidney Martin with The Citadel; LB Avery James with Liberty; OL Dan Clark with Carson-Newman; TE Dylan Quinn with Newberry; DL Travis Thomas with Tusclum; WR Greg McHam with Tusculum.
Still deciding…OL Justin Smith with Bethel, KS or Newberry; WR Shaedon Meadors with Appalachian State or Rutgers; WR Jarvis Magwood with Clark Atlanta or Kentucky Christian; OL Dylan Jones with North Greenville or walk on at Coastal Carolina.
PK Jonathan Ray of Crestwood will sign with Limestone. Former Crestwood LB Alonzo McGee of Georgia Military JC will sign with UAB.
OL Mitch Hyatt of Suwanee, GA, regarded as one of the top players in the 2015 class, attended Clemson’s junior day Saturday and will announce his college decision Wednesday night at 7:00 PM as part of his school’s National Signing Day ceremony. Hyatt is the nephew of former Clemson defensive lineman Dan Benish and is perceived as a strong Clemson lean. He does have ties to Ohio (Benish’s home state) however, and some see Ohio State as a threat as well. Georgia, Auburn and Alabama are also in his top five. Some of his other offers include USC, Florida, Cal, Louisville, Miami, North Carolina and Tennessee.