Tag:South Carolina
Posted on: February 24, 2011 3:19 pm

No room at South Carolina for two recruits

Posted by Bryan Fischer

It’s supposed to be one of the best days in a recruit’s life, the day he signs his letter of intent. Signing those scholarship papers and Letter of Intent means something to a recruit, his parents and family.

Sometimes though, it gets taken away because of the business end of college football. That’s what happened to South Carolina commit Lorenzo Mauldin. The Atlanta (Ga.) area defensive end was told the day before Signing Day that he could not be put on scholarship this fall. Well, told would have been better than what really happened: a simple letter faxed to his high school.

“I kind of feel like I’ve been shoved away,” Mauldin told the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. “Then again, on the other hand, I realize that I wasn’t academically eligible and I understand that was on my part. And I can’t really use the times I’ve been through as an excuse for that. It’s all right.”

Mauldin and Groveland (Fla.) linebacker Jordan Montgomery were just two of South Carolina’s 31 signees told that there was no room for them. The railing against oversigning that occurred right before Signing Day? That was due in large part because of situations like Mauldin and Montgomery’s.

“We’ve handled it,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier told reporters. “Hopefully they’re still going to be with us. That’s about all I can tell... We’ll see how it plays out down the road.”

The next step for both players is likely a prep school, the Journal-Constitution mentions Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia as a destination for Mauldin, before eventually enrolling in January. While both players will likely play FBS-level football, the circuitous route they took there is a cautionary route for some future recruits.

“I think everything will work out eventually,” Mauldin said. “Again, it’s better than nothing. As long as I’m playing football, I’m OK. I’m still getting my education. If I’m not playing football with my team right away, in the end, I will play with them eventually.”

Hopefully for the players, everything will work out in the end.

Posted on: February 19, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: February 19, 2011 9:33 pm

Florida adds two more for '12

Posted by Bryan Fischer

One is nice, two is twice as nice. That's precisely what head coach Will Muschamp is thinking after grabbing commitments from a pair of players during Florida's Junior Day Saturday.

Stone Mountain (Ga.) running back Mike Davis and Largo-Pinellas Park (Fla.) linebacker Jeremi Powell both committed to Florida, Davis doing so on his 18th birthday. The pair give the Gators five commitments for the class of 2012.

“I just felt at home here,” Davis told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I talked to all the coaches and they told me everything I needed to know about the school and their system. So I wanted to go ahead and make my mind up and get on with it.”

Davis is the second running back to head to Florida, almost a week after the commitment of Seffner-Armwood (Fla.) back Matt Jones. The 5-foot-11, 185 pound Davis complements the much bigger Jones in the backfield as more of a speed back. He is also the younger brother of Washington Redskins running back James Davis.

The 6-foot-2, 200 pound Powell recorded 15 sacks his junior year and had interest from Iowa State, Purdue, South Carolina and USF among others.

“It's the best vibe from a visit I've ever had,” Powell told Swamp247.com. “The coaches were off the charts. It was better than I could have thought.”

The commitment of Davis likely means Florida is done recruiting at the running back position. Florida is expected to add at least two more linebackers this class.

Posted on: February 16, 2011 10:02 am

2/16 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Duke is one of the first programs to start spring practice today and with pitchers and catchers already in baseball camps across the country, it seems as though spring is here. In February.

- Mack Brown’s Junior Day strategy might be changing, with a focus on holding off on grabbing commitments so early in the process.

- While Texas holds off a bit, rival Texas A&M picked up a verbal commitment from junior Michael Richardson by tapping a well used high school pipeline.

- Two West Coast schools extended offers to Ohio native and defensive end Adolphus Washington.

- While most of the focus is on the class of 2012, at least one 2013 player is hearing from a host of major college programs.

- A good look at some of the top players in the talent-rich state of Florida.

- Some Michigan recruiting notes on several targets in this post.

- Steve Spurrier’s focus on locking up in-state talent has led Georgia to lose more recruiting battles than they win in the state.

Posted on: February 14, 2011 3:09 pm

Clemson narrowly misses on Clowney

Posted by Bryan Fischer

In the words of Ricky Bobby from the movie Talladega Nights, “if you’re not first, you’re last.” The same saying applies to college football recruiting but in the case of Clemson and uber-recruit Jadeveon Clowney, it was a very close second to South Carolina.

That much is apparent after reading what Clowney and his mother told Charleston Post and Courier beat writer Travis Haney.

“When I did go to Clemson, I did like Clemson a lot,” Josenna Clowney said. “When it all came down, it was his decision. That’s what he wanted to do. There’s where he wanted to go. I think he was more comfortable with the South Carolina staff and the people down there.

Coach (Dabo) Swinney came to my house and he sat down and he talked to me. He really sounded good about Clemson. We took the visit. We weren’t even going to take the Clemson visit. He talked us into coming to Clemson.”

The in-home visit with Swinney and subsequent visit certainly left Ms. Clowney holding the Tigers in high regard.

“I really liked the way he talked me to me and the things he said,” she told FoxSports.com. “(Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier) talked good, too, about their school and their program. It just seems more sincere from Dabo.”

The comments from Clowney’s mother are certainly interesting but mesh with what many had heard prior to today’s announcement, that the Tigers became a major player down the stretch. Clowney himself also offered some insight into how Clemson and Alabama (his other finalist) were major players before South Carolina made a push.

“(In 2009-10), I thought Clemson and Alabama had a little more to offer,” Clowney said. “They’re big schools. Clemson’s in the ACC and they were winning at that point in time.”

Judging by a few of the message board posts, finishing second isn’t much of a consolation for Clemson fans. I would suggest they take a look at their class of 2011 though.

It’s a pretty good list of talent and should make up for the sting of not getting Clowney’s signature today. Sort of.

Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:30 pm

Where's Jadeveon Clowney going?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Who: Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. MaxPreps number one overall player for the class of 2011.

What’s the big deal: It takes all of one play to see why Clowney is at the top of everyone’s list in 2011. "Clowney is a freak of nature," CBS Sports recruiting expert Tom Lemming said. "He's the best I've seen since Mario Williams.” The 6-foot-6, 240 pound end is a terrific blend of size and speed and his ability to chase down a running back or quarterback is off the charts. Watch some of his highlights (below) and it's no surprise when you hear he racked up 29.5 sacks and 162 tackles his senior year.

When: He will announce on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, which is also his birthday. The announcement will be at 10:15 AM ET and will be live on ESPN.

Considering: Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.

Best Guess: South Carolina. The latest reports have Clowney deciding between the Gamecocks and the Tigers, which is no surprise since many expected him to stay close to home. Steve Spurrier has made Clowney priority number one from the beginning of the recruiting process and if he works his magic like he did Marcus Lattimore last year, the big defensive end will be suiting up for the Old Ball Coach in the fall.

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Posted on: February 11, 2011 8:28 pm

Friday Offer Tracker

Posted by Bryan Fischer

The recruiting news is a bit slow heading into a weekend full of camps and combines. That hasn’t stopped a few schools from sending out (well, actually informing via phone) a few scholarship offers today. Here’s a quick look at a few that went out today.

- Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Markuss Eligwe grabbed offers from Illinois and Florida.
- Pinellas Park (Fla.) Jeremi Powell added offers from SEC teams Florida and South Carolina.
- Encino (Calif.) offensive lineman Jordan Simmons picked up a Pac-12 offer from Colorado.
- After getting lineman Aundrey Walker out of Glenville (Ohio) from the class of 2011, USC offered defensive back Devan Bogard, in addition to Ohio State. USC also offered Detroit (Mich.) corner Terry Richardson.
- Orchard Lake (Mich.) linebacker James Ross snagged an offer from Illinois.
- Kaysville (Utah) defensive end Troy Hinds picked up an offer from Oklahoma.
- Edgewood (Ky.) quarterback Zeke Pike added offers from Miami, Michigan and Florida State.
- Mississippi State left an offer for Norcross (Ga.) wide out Jason Croom.

Posted on: February 10, 2011 5:05 pm

Specifics on Clowney announcement released

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The wait is almost over. The Jadeveon Clowney announcement is now only four days away, and with time drawing short, South Pointe High School and his hometown of Rock Hill have released the specifics of the nation's No. 1 recruit's big moment :
  • A press conference has been set for 10:15 a.m. EST Monday in the South Pointe auditorium
  • The conference will not be open to the public
  • Clowney will make his choice between (presumably) South Carolina and Clemson public and answer questions from the media before returning to class, where we're sure he and his classmates will enjoy a normal day of learning
  • ESPN will provide live coverage as well as local outlets including the Rock Hill Herald
  • SPHS's athletic director and Clowney's parents will also both make public statements.
With any luck, none of these details will change between now and then. It is just four days. But when it comes to Clowney's recruitment, four days is long enough for almost anything to happen.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:21 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 4:22 pm

Five days out, Clowney still hard to read

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Several experts have said MaxPreps number one overall player Jadeveon Clowney is one of the few players coming out of high school who could jump straight to the NFL Draft. Given how long it has taken Clowney to decide on where he will play college football, the NFL Draft might actually be over by the time he puts on an Alabama, Clemson or South Carolina hat.

The latest twist in the saga appears to be the Rock Hill (S.C.) defensive end wavering on having his announcement televised, according to Phil Kornblut of the Spartanburg Hearld-Journal. Clowney is scheduled to announce Monday at 10:15 AM Eastern and many thought he would announce live on ESPN. His high school coach, Bobby Carroll, says that the ceremony will be a likely small gathering with selected media.

The Charleston Post and Courier’s South Carolina beat reporter Travis Haney has heard conflicting information about the announcement being televised. Like many, Haney expects ESPN to play some role in the announcement of the nation’s number one recruit but notes that Clowney has gone back and forth before:
Beyond the decision itself, I'm intrigued about ESPN presence (or lack of presence) at Clowney's signing. Kornblut said last night that an ESPN official says there are no plans to carry Clowney's announcement live on ESPN or ESPNU. Surprising.

Clowney seems to go back and forth on whether he's tired of the spotlight or not. He says he is - and then goes on ESPNU. He says he is - and then wears a USC shirt and a Clemson hat to some event.

It will all be over soon. Sort of.

Multiple sites are reporting that Clowney is down to either South Carolina or Clemson, with the Gamecocks as the favorite to land him. All we know is that five days is a long time from now.

Expect plenty of twists and turns until then.

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