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August 30, 2010

Recruiting: USC issues concern Clowney

THE COUNTRY’S top-ranked recruit, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (6-6, 247) of South Pointe, told reporters after Saturday’s ESPNU game against Northwestern he still has USC and Alabama as his top two schools.

Clowney said he has no favorite, but did indicate concern about the off-field issues at USC.

“You’ve seen the Roll Tide,” Clowney said. “They just play hard. South Carolina is in a little bit of trouble right now, so I don’t know right now. I’m still thinking about where I’m going to go to. I haven’t decided yet. It will be a big decision, though.”

Clowney is still considering Clemson, LSU, Florida State and Miami. He plans to be at the Alabama-USC game in October.

Quarterback Tanner McEvoy (6-6, 205) of Oradell, N.J., has cut down his list and says USC will be one of his official visits. McEvoy will not take any official visits until his season is finished because all but one of his games are on Saturdays.

Defensive end Gerald Dixon (6-4, 260) of South Pointe has narrowed his list to USC, North Carolina, Tennessee, Auburn and Wake Forest. He and his half-brother, Gerald Dixon Jr., plan to commit to the same school. USC also has offered Dixon Jr.

Offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin (6-8, 275) of Jersey City, N.J., has a final list of USC, Rutgers, North Carolina and Pittsburgh. His coach told that Lumpkin favors Rutgers, followed by North Carolina.

Offensive lineman Darrell Williams (6-5, 250) of Orlando, Fla., has a list of USC, Florida State, N.C. State and South Florida. He will visit Florida State and USC has a chance of getting a visit. Williams does not have a favorite.

Offensive lineman Josue Matias (6-5, 300) of Union City, N.J., has 22 offers and is narrowing them to 10. He has not decided on official visits but said USC is in position to be one of them.

Defensive lineman JD Jones (6-3, 285) of Cartersville, Ga., says he may visit USC for a game this season. He plans to go to Tennessee and Auburn to games. His top three are Tennessee, Auburn and Georgia Tech.

Offensive lineman Derrick Thorpe (6-4, 255) of Neptune Beach, Fla., has Clemson and USC in his top five with Florida, South Florida and Arkansas. He plans to take visits later into the season with Clemson and USC being two of them.

Tight end Jerrell Adams (6-5, 220) of Scotts Branch plans to visit Illinois in October, his first official visit. Notre Dame, Auburn and Alabama are being considered for visits. Adams has been to USC and Clemson enough times he may not take official visits; he will go to games at USC, Clemson and possibly Florida. USC is the leader.

Defensive back Geraldo Orta (6-0, 180) of Valdosta, Ga., plans official visits to USC, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Maryland. His fifth visit may be to Clemson, which he once committed to. Orta, who does not have a favorite, will decide in January.

USC missed offensive line target Max Long, who committed to South Florida.

Defensive back Cortez Davis (6-3, 194) of Daytona Beach, Fla., says he will not change his commitment to Clemson. Davis originally committed to Clemson last year, changed to Florida State in February, and changed back to Clemson in July. He will be at Clemson for the Miami and USC games.

Linebacker Tony Stewart (6-2, 225) of St. Augustine, Fla., will visit Clemson on Jan. 28. Stewart told he also plans to visit UCLA on Sept. 3 and Florida State on Jan. 21. Clemson and Florida State are his top two.

Tight end Brandon Fulse (6-5, 245) of Fort Meade, Fla., has narrowed his list to 10 schools with Clemson among them. He will take five official visits, but has not decided which ones he will visit yet.

Clemson will get an official visit from linebacker Cedric Cooper (6-2, 204) of Lithonia, Ga. He also has offers from USC, Mississippi, Tennesse, Minnesota and North Carolina.

Linebacker Marcus Bullard (6-3, 192) of Spring Valley has offers from Wake Forest and Furman. He is hearing Clemson, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Auburn, and says those schools plan to see him play.

Defensive back Calvin Pryor (6-1, 205) of Port Saint Joe, Fla., expects to hear from Clemson after it scouted him in the spring. Louisville, Florida State and Maryland are his top offers; he also has offers from Arkansas and Central Florida.

Quarterback Morgan Roberts (6-2, 201) of Charlotte made an unofficial visit to Clemson on Saturday. He has offers from Dartmouth and Western Carolina and draws interest from Vanderbilt and Duke.

Clemson had interest in quarterback Brian Taylor of Angier, N.C., but he committed last week to N.C. State. The Tigers also lost on linebacker Treymaine McNair of Jacksonville, N.C., who committed to Georgia Tech.

Basketball News

Forward Damien Leonard of J.L. Mann will choose between USC and Oklahoma State after eliminating Arizona. USC will visit Leonard’s home on Sept. 9 and he will visit USC that weekend. Leonard’s visit to Oklahoma State is Oct. 21. USC is the leader.

Nick Jacobs, a 6-9 forward from Atlanta, said he could commit to Clemson when he visits in October. He also will visit Georgia and Florida. Clemson lost out on Malcolm Brogdon of Norcross, Ga., who picked Virginia.

Baseball News

USC picked up its sixth commitment for the Class of 2012 after a pledge from left-handed pitcher Hamilton Heatly (6-0, 185) of Spartanburg, who picked up interest from the Gamecocks after a strong performance at the recent Palmetto Games tournament.

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