Recruiting: Elite QB keeps Tigers on list

March 29, 2010 

  • Phil Kornblut

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CLEMSON REMAINS ON THE list of one of the country's most recruited quarterbacks.

Christian Lemay (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) of Matthews, N.C., made some adjustments to his top 10, switching out three schools from his original list. According to his father, Lemay dropped Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Florida State and replaced them with Auburn, Texas A&M and Notre Dame. The rest of his favorites are Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Virginia Tech, Miami and North Carolina.

Lemay has been to Clemson and Georgia for junior days. His father said they will get to Clemson, Georgia and Auburn for spring games, and they want to visit Texas A&M before they cut their list to five in July. Lemay also will name a leader in July. He will take his five official visits this fall before making a decision.

Dorman wide receiver Charone Peake (6-4, 194) was at Clemson Saturday for an unofficial visit to see the scrimmage. Peake has made several trips to Clemson and has the Tigers at the top of his list along with Florida and Georgia. He visited Georgia earlier this month.

Defensive end Desmond Floyd (6-5, 230) of Union County was at USC last Wednesday to watch the Gamecocks practice, and he left campus with an offer from the Gamecocks.

Floyd also has offers from Kentucky, Duke, Maryland and West Virginia. Clemson has also been showing interest. He's been to Clemson a couple of times and he went to Duke on Saturday for a visit and the spring game. Floyd is planning to return to USC for the spring game. He has USC, Duke and Kentucky as his three favorites with no leader.

Mauldin offensive lineman Ryan Norton (6-4, 274) placed a call to USC offensive line coach Shawn Elliott last week and was offered. Norton visited USC recently for a spring practice. He is on spring break this week and plans to get to practices at Clemson, USC and Georgia Tech. Those are his top three right now, with the Tigers leading the Gamecocks.

"The lead is pretty big," he said. "I have a bond with those (Clemson) coaches. I need to see if I can develop a better bond with USC coaches."

Norton also has offers from East Carolina, Illinois and Vanderbilt. Norton plans to make a decision in late May or early June.

Clemson offered tight end Jerrell Adams (6-5, 220) of Scotts Branch last week, but he continues to favor USC. However, he's not planning an early decision and said he will wait until February to decide. Adams was at USC's first spring practice and said he will try to get back for the spring game. He attended a game at Clemson last season and also went to the Tigers' junior day. He has offers from USC, Clemson, Arkansas and Illinois.

Marlboro County linebacker Lateek Townsend (6-3, 208), who has been a public lean to Clemson, said last week USC is now as strong with him as the Tigers. Colorado, Tulsa and Cincinnati are his most recent offer and he's expecting one soon from Ohio State.

One of the prospects who planned to be at USC on Saturday for the second scrimmage of the spring was defensive end Deon Lee (6-4, 210) of Defuniak Springs, Fla. USC was one of the first major schools to offer Lee, who also has offers from Texas Tech, Louisville, Wisconsin, Florida International, Troy, Western Michigan and Central Florida. Lee is strong on USC according to his coach.

Darlington running back Dominique Cooper (6-1, 200) was on hand for USC's scrimmage Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. Cooper was joined by former teammate and USC signee Victor Hampton. Cooper is holding offers from USC and S.C. State. He attended junior day at USC and hasn't visited anywhere else. USC is out front for Cooper, but he's not close to a commitment.

Running back Brandon Wilds (6-1, 220) of Blythewood made an unofficial visit to North Carolina on Friday. The Tar Heels have not yet offered. He has offers from USC, East Carolina and Maryland. He will visit Ole Miss and Georgia Tech this weekend. Florida invited him to a summer camp, and he plans to attend.

Offensive lineman Trip Thurman (6-6, 311) of Dover, Del., made an unofficial visit to USC on Thursday and was offered by the Gamecocks. Thurman was joined on the visit by his father and a close friend who attended USC and now lives in Charlotte. Thurman also has offers from Duke, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland, Temple, Delaware, Buffalo, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Virginia. He planned to visit Florida and Vanderbilt over the weekend before returning home.

Defensive end Gerald Dixon (6-3, 245) of South Pointe has picked up offers from Arkansas and Wake Forest. He also has offers from USC, North Carolina, Michigan and Michigan State. Dixon has been to USC several times and has the Gamecocks as his favorite.

Offensive lineman Zach Debell (6-7, 260) of Tarpon Springs, Fla., has offers from USC and Clemson and might visit both this week. Debell is definitely set with USC for Tuesday, and he might stop by Clemson while in the state. Some of his other offers are Minnesota, South Florida and Iowa State.

Linebacker Dexter Staley (6-2, 210) of Williston-Elko has offers from USC, LSU, Florida, Illinois, North Carolina, East Carolina and Michigan State, according to his coach, Dwayne Garrick.Staley has taken unofficial visits to USC and Clemson.

Myrtle Beach wide receiver Donte Sumpter (5-11, 185) has been offered by East Carolina, according to Seahawks coach Mickey Wilson. Wilson added that his quarterback, North Carolina commitment Everett Golson, was just offered by Tennessee. Wilson said Golson will continue to look over all his offers but remains a committed to the Tar Heels.

Lake City running back Shon Carson (5-9, 195) says he has picked up recent offers from Kentucky and UCLA. Carson, also a baseball prospect, has offers in both sports from USC, Clemson, North Carolina, East Carolina, Florida State, Tennessee and Alabama. Carson attended junior days at USC and Clemson. He's not been anywhere since those visits and has nothing else planned due to his baseball schedule. He said USC, Clemson, Tennessee and North Carolina are making the strongest push for him right now. He does not have any favorites. Carson plans a decision after his senior season.

Tight end Rory Anderson (6-5, 205) of Powder Springs, Ga., was offered recently by USC, and he considers the Gamecocks to be among his favorites. He also has offers from Tennessee, N.C. State, Purdue, Illinois, Minnesota and Florida International.

Defensive back Zeph Grimes (5-11, 200) of Bamberg-Ehrhardt was offered last week by Northwestern. That's his third Big Ten offer, joining Michigan State and Illinois. He also has been offered by Colorado, Tulsa, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

Defensive back Ty Pelzer of A.C. Flora signed with Tusculum.

Wide receiver Jonathan Wolford (5-10, 170) of Eastside signed with Charleston Southern. Wolford is the son of former Clemson and NFL star Donnell Wolford.

Basketball. J.L. Mann junior Damien Leonard solidified his place as the state's top prospect.

His offer list now includes Clemson, USC, Kansas, Kentucky, Texas, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Oklahoma State, Cincinnati, Florida, Georgia Tech, Miami, Florida State and Virginia, according to Mann coach Jeff Craft. Leonard was able to get to Clemson, USC and Virginia Tech for games this season, and he'll visit several schools in June.

The USC women picked up a commitment last week from 5-7 point guard Markeshia Grant of Central Florida JC.

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