Tag:South Carolina
Posted on: February 7, 2011 11:08 am
 

Report: Clowney closing in on Gamecocks, Tigers

Posted by Chip Patterson

As the college football world continues to drool over the highlights of Jadeveon Clowney, three schools continue to sit on the egde of their seat with a scholarship extended.  South Carolina, Clemson, and Alabama all await with a scholarship extended for the highly-touted defensive end to announce his collegiate plans on February 14, his birthday.  Everyone has speculated where Clowney will end up, but his high school coach told local media this weekend that he believes things are looking bleek for Alabama, and very good for the in-state Gamecocks.

South Pointe High School head coach Bobby Carroll told the Charleston Post and Courier on Saturday night that Alabama is not as strong with Clowney, citing distance as a determining factor.  He also believes that his recruitment is South Carolina's to lose at this point.

"That's what my gut feeling is," Carroll said regarding the Gamecocks' chances. "He's not saying a whole lot. I think he pretty much knows where he wants to go, though."

If Alabama is fading out of the picture, it is good news not only for the Gamecocks but also for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.  Clemson made a huge splash on National Signing Day, pulling a couple of last minute prospects to finish off one of the best classes in the program's recent history.  If distance is a determining factor for the Rock Hill native, Clemson is still very much in the picture.

Dennis Dodd believes that Clowney belongs in the SEC, to follow in the footsteps of Glenn Dorsey, Terrence Cody, Nick Fairley, and the endless list of playmaking defensive lineman from the conference.  The Post and Courier also reports a source close to the situation who said that Clowney may know where he is going, but "wants it to be a shock."

Amongst all the speculation is the reminder that this is a decision being made (or so we believe) by a high school senior.  A radically unpredictable specimen, the high school senior is capable of changing ideals, beliefs, and decisions in real-time.  Regardless of any source or tips, the fact remains that we will need to see that LOI before any team is comfortable celebrating Clowney's arrival.

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 9:52 am
Edited on: February 7, 2011 10:14 am
 

2/7 Recruiting Roundup

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Another great Super Bowl, congrats to all of the Packers fans. Unlike the NFL however, college football knows that there will a game played when the calendar turns to fall.

- The PARADE All-America Team was announced yesterday, a terrific honor for all of the athletes selected.

- Interesting note about Iowa’s class of 2011 compared to a few other Big Ten classes, the new Hawkeyes live twice as far from Iowa City than Ohio State’s do from Columbus. That’s notable considering some of the out of state recruits the Buckeyes picked up this year.

- Good look at the recruitment of Isaiah Crowell and how the freshman might be ready to make an impact early at Georgia.

- Jadeveon Clowney has set his announcement time for Valentine’s Day and it’s still a three horse race between Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama.

- An update about some 2012 prospects for Michigan and who Brandy Hoke’s staff might target.

- It flew under the radar but the dates and locations for the Elite 11 quarterback camps were announced for 2011.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Video: South Carolina Signing Day Recap

Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier looked to capitalize on the momentum from the Gamecocks' SEC East title and seems to have done so on the recruiting trail. Bringing in a large class for 2011, the Old Ball Coach looks to have quite a bit of talented headed his way.

Posted on: February 3, 2011 12:18 am
 

MaxPreps Final Signing Day Team Rankings

The College Team Recruiting Rankings are assigned by a formula created by CBS College Sports Researcher Brian Raab.

College   Ranking Commits Top 100 Movement Highest Recruit
1 Notre Dame 23 8 - Aaron Lynch (#22)
2 Florida State 24 7 James Wilder (#2)
3 Alabama 19 8 Hasean Clinton-Dix (#24)
4 Auburn 25 5 Cyrus Kouandjio (#3)
5 LSU 22 7 La'El Collins (#7)
6 Clemson 26 6 Stephone Anthony (#4)
7 Georgia 25 5 Ray Drew (#18)
8 Southern California 26 6 George Farmer (#20)
9 Ohio State 24 4 Braxton Miller (#8)
10 Texas 22 4 Malcolm Brown (#10)
11 Tennessee 23 4 Antonio Richardson (#40)
12 South Carolina 30 1 Brandon Shell (#17)
13 Oregon 21 2 De'Anthony Thomas (#15)
14 Illinois 32 1 Reilly O'Toole (#99)
15 Florida 18 4 Jeff Driskel (#14)
16 Washington 25 2 Austin Seferian-Jenkins (#27)
17 Virginia 25 1 Darius Jennings (#71)
18 Iowa 24 1 Rodney Coe (#73)
19 North Carolina 22 2 Marquise Williams (#80)
20 California 18 2 Viliami Moala (#34)
21 Arkansas 25 1 Brey Cook (#29)
22 Mississippi 19 1 C.J. Johnson (#37)
23 Michigan State 21 1 Lawrence Thomas (#21)
24 Wisconsin 21 1 Melvin Gordon (#89)
25 Stanford 19 1 Wayne Lyons (#45)
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:47 pm
Edited on: January 26, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Who could win the Heisman from the class of 2011?

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Now that the deadline to declare for the NFL Draft has come and gone, it’s never too early to take a look at who might be in the frontrunners for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. With National Signing Day approaching however, who from the class of 2011 might one day end up hearing his name called in New York? Here’s five recruits who could end up hoisting the trophy sometime during their college careers (in alphabetical order):

Malcolm Brown

Cibolo (TX), 6-foot, 220 pound running back. Committed to Texas. 

Since Ricky Williams won the Heisman in 1998, Texas has had just two running backs finish in the top ten in the country in rushing (Jamaal Charles in 2007 and Cedric Benson in 2004). That’s two players in the top ten in 13 years. With the Texas offense looking more like North Texas’, expect a healthy dose of Brown as a freshman in order to take the load of whoever will be the quarterback in 2011. Brown hits the hole hard and is a North-South runner. He might have to adjust to the speed of the game and improve his vision after getting the ball but there’s no reason he couldn’t become the next Texas back to crack the national rushing list. He will also have the advantage of having a channel devoted to showing his highlights 24/7.

Jadeveon Clowney 

Rock Hill (SC), 6-foot-6, 250 pound defensive end. Considering Alabama, South Carolina and Clemson. 

Defensive players have had to climb Mount Everest just to be invited to New York for the Heisman but 2009’s push by Ndamukong Suh should have others reconsidering before writing off a defensive player. Clowney is the most advanced defensive end coming out of high school in some time, having the speed, size and explosiveness you look for. One NFL scout told my colleague Bruce Feldman he would draft Clowney in the first round in this year’s NFL Draft. A season where he could at least replicate Suh’s stats in 2009 (12 sacks, 23 tackles for a loss) isn’t out of the question and given the recognition he already has, one has to have Clowney on the list somewhere.

Jeff Driskel

Oviedo (FL), 6-foot-4, 225 pound quarterback. Committed to Florida. 

Being the quarterback at Florida generally positions a player to make a run at the Heisman no matter what you do the season before. With Charlie Weis as offensive coordinator and installing in a pro-style offense, Driskel has the chance to put up very good numbers when he eventually takes over under center. His legs are an asset but he has a very strong arm and quick release. The best quarterback in the class, Driskel has a chance to turn things around at Florida and then take a trip north to New York.

Jerrard Randall

Hollywood (FL), 6-foot-2, 190 pound quarterback. Committed to Oregon. 

Unless you’re a die-hard recruitnik or Oregon fan, you might be wondering who Randall is. A dual-thread QB from talent-rich South Florida, Randall is slated to take over for Darron Thomas eventually. Given the numbers Thomas and his predecessors have put up in Oregon’s prolific offense, it’s no surprise to find Randall on this list. Chris Houston, better known as the Heisman Pundit, has touted Randall as possible Heisman winner and if you watch some tape, it’s hard to disagree. A strong arm and the speed of a fast running back, Randall might be the player who can bring home the Heisman that former Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon almost did.

De’Anthony Thomas 

Los Angeles (CA), 5-foot-9, 165 pound athlete. Committed to USC. 

Being the running back at USC usually sets you up pretty well to win the Heisman. After all, five Trojan running backs have won the award (well, four actually). In the backfield is where Thomas says he will play at USC but he might be better suited in the secondary. With scholarship limits hitting USC over the next few years, head coach Lane Kiffin might choose to play Thomas on both sides of the ball. Nicknamed ‘The Black Mamba,’ he could be a factor in all three-phases of the game in the mold of Heisman winner Charles Woodson.

Posted on: January 22, 2011 8:36 pm
 

No. 1 recruit Clowney gets serenaded by SC

Posted by Bryan Fischer

If you're the nation's number one recruit like Jadeveon Clowney, you tend to get special treatment while on your official visit to a school. In the SEC especially, the red carpet tends to include a few personalized cheers by the students on campus.

While on his official visit to South Carolina Saturday, Clowney took in the Gamecocks basketball game against Kentucky and received more attention from the fans than the basketball team did.


Although this sort of thing isn't limited to the top recruit in the country or the SEC, it does show how much fans know and embrace recruiting. South Carolina is the favorite to land the South Point (SC) defensive end but Alabama, Clemson and Florida State are in the mix.

Kentucky won 67-58 but it's doubtful that will have Clowney reshuffling his leader board. He's there to play football after all.

 
 
 
 
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