Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables is a beast in the East in recruiting. Paramus, NJ has become one of his favorite hunting grounds. Last year he brought the Tigers to the bring of DL Rashan Gary who signed with Michigan. Now he has the Tigers in the thick of things with Paramus teammates LB Drew Singleton and DL Corey Bolds. Each has the Tigers in his top 12.
“They definitely think very highly of them,” Paramus Catholic coach Dan Sabella said. “Coach Venables was in here (in the spring) and they had a good meeting and I think they feel very strongly about Clemson.”
Neither has made it to Clemson since attending the junior day in late January. They had hope to visit this summer but that hasn’t materialized but both are expected to take official visits in the fall and wait as late as Signing Day for a decision.
“We went on this road with Rashan last year and I think the officials, trying to catch some of the games in the fall, I think that makes a big part of the decision process for them,” said Paramus Catholic defensive line coach Steve Kanoc. “Out of 69 commitments, we’ve never had a kid decommit, so we really want to make sure our players know where they are going. So, I don’t see them committing until after the season.”
The two players have several of the same schools on their lists so the possibility of them choosing the same place exists but it’s not absolute.
“They are close but they are not that type that both are going to say oh, we’ve got to go to the same school and play,” Kanoc said. “I don’t think that’s going to come into at all actually.”
Singleton’s 12 are Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, Georgia, Michigan, Cal, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Rutgers and Penn State. Bolds dandy dozen are Clemson, Rutgers, Alabama, Cal, Michigan State, Virginia Tech, Ole Miss, Michigan, Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland and Penn State.
Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has pulled out all stops in getting the players’ attention. He held a satellite camp at the school June and delivered the commencement address at graduation ceremonies there. And, he’s arranged to have Paramus Catholic play a team from Maryland at Michigan Stadium on the Friday night before the Wolverine’s season opener. So, Venables and other recruiters have a lot to deal with in fighting Harbaugh and the Michigan brand.
“Coach Venables is probably one of the nicest and best college football coaches to come around here,” Kanoc said. “He’s definitely a favorite up here. So, between that and the campus, I mean they’re building that new facility, there’s a lot to like about Clemson right now, especially with Coach Venables. He’s definitely a big reason why our guys have always placed interest in Clemson.”