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Clemson awaits several recruits' decision

Defensive end Sam Montgomery of Greenwood visited Tennessee during the weekend and will announce Wednesday on ESPN.

He also is considering USC, Clemson, North Carolina, LSU and Michigan. He eliminated Oregon last week.

In addition to Montgomery, Clemson is awaiting decisions from defenwsive end Darrel Smith (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and receiver Kendall Kelly of Gadsden, Ala., running back Tim Simon of Cordova, Ala., and running back Bryce Brown of Wichita, Kan.

Smith made an official visit to Clemson during the weekend and was offered. He is choosing between Clemson and Troy and will announce a choice Wednesday at a news conference at his school. Kelly will announce at the same time. Kelly is down to the Tigers, Alabama, LSU and Tennessee.

Simon is committed to Mississippi but has given Clemson strong consideration the past few weeks.

Brown has been a soft commitment to Miami but is looking at other options. He does not plan to sign Wednesday. He has visited Clemson, Missouri and Oregon and is looking at Miami, Auburn, Tennessee and Southern Cal for his final visits.The commitment last week of quarterback Tajh Boyd of Hampton, Va. to Clemson rekindled Brown’s interest in the Tigers. He and Boyd are close friends, and Boyd contacted him after announcing his choice Tuesday. Boyd picked the Tigers over Ohio State and Oregon.

Former Clemson commit Leon Mackey (6-6 260) of Hargrave Prep, Va., committed to USC Sunday during his official visit with the Gamecocks. Mackey is a native of Delaware who signed with Virginia Tech out of high school. He did not qualify and enrolled at Hargrave.

He committed to Clemson in early January, but according to a source, Mackey was never denied admission to Virginia Tech and was never given a release from his national letter. The Hokies would not release him to sign with another ACC school.

Mackey wasn’t the only commitment to come off Clemson’s board last week. Linebacker Eric Fields was dropped from the class because of some academic concerns. Fields has yet to take the SAT or ACT and has not taken an official visit to Clemson. Clemson will go into signing day with 11 commitments.

The Tigers plan to bring in several players as preferred walk-ons. One of those will be Shrine Bowl quarterback Donny McElveen II of Summerville. He made an official visit to Clemson during the weekend and accepted an offer from coach Dabo Swinney to join the program with an opportunity to compete for a scholarship.

Defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick of Gadsden, Ala. eliminated Clemson last week and will announce Wednesday from among Alabama, Florida or Texas.

A.C. Flora and Shrine Bowl kicker Grant Clayton had hoped for a chance to be preferred walk-on at Clemson and had planned an official visit during the weekend. But he learned on Thursday that the Tigers had taken North-South kicker Chandler Cantanzaro of Christ Church as a preferred walk-on and closed the door.

Among state high school players, offensive lineman Jared Singleton of Lugoff-Elgin committed to Wofford; receiver Michael Frazier of Conway committed to Appalachian State and offensive lineman Malcolm Boyd of Dorman committed to Liberty. Receiver Justin Trapp of Fairfield Central committed to Coastal Carolina. Byrnes offensive lineman Jamie Dunaway switched his commitment from Presbyterian to Gardner-Webb.

Linebacker Roderic Blunt of Miramar, Fla., the son of former Clemson running back Rodney Blunt, committed to Middle Tennessee State. Blunt took an official visit to Clemson last month but was not offered.

Defensive end Ryan Robinson of Atlanta, nephew of former USC linebacker Kenneth Robinson, committed to Oklahoma State.

One time USC commitment linebacker Jonathan Davis of Tucker, Ga. committed to Central Florida.

Defensive lineman Matthew Johnson of Keenan is deciding between Coastal Carolina and Winston Salem State.

Sumter linebacker Quinn McClendon said last week he will attend a prep school or junior college. He is looking at Georgia Military JC, Eastern Mississippi JC and Hargrave Prep.

Junior running back Marcus Lattimore (6-0, 210) of Byrnes was one of a large contingent of prospects from his school to attend junior day at Florida State on Saturday. Lattimore has 22 offers, including USC, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Alabama, LSU, and Nebraska. Lattimore said he is focusing on a group made up of USC, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Duke.

Junior offensive lineman Eric Mack of Calhoun County attended a junior day at Georgia during the weekend along with sophomore teammates Shamier Jeffery and Brandon Thomas.

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