Clemson verbal commitment C.J. Gaddis saw his season get off to a strong start by leading Hoke County to a 52-32 win over Terry Sanford High School Friday night. Gaddis accounted for 151 total yards on just seven touches in the first half as Hoke County bolted out to a 33-6 lead. "It was a sloppy game with all the mistakes, and all the fumbles. Not to take anything away from them, but it should have been a bigger margin."
Gaddis rushed for scores of 16 and 72 yards and completed touchdown passes of 44 and 5 yards early in the game. With a commanding lead, the Bucks only put the ball in the air 5 times. Gaddis finished the evening 2-of-5 passing for 49 yards, and 6 carries for 104 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Byrnes wide receiver Terrell Allen caught 2 passes for 57 yards and a touchdown Friday night against Aiken. Allen was upstaged by teammate Bradley Robinson, who hauled in 5 receptions for over 120 yards and 3 touchdowns. Allen has maintained all summer long that the Tigers are his favorite.
Crestwood fullback Demetrius Morant had a solid start to his senior season Friday evening. Morant went over the 100-yard mark with 103 yards on 30 carries in Crestwood's 19-0 win over Lakewood High School. Clemson and North Carolina State are Morant's two leaders, but the Tigers have yet to move in with a formal offer.
Teammate Maurice Nelson registered 16 total tackles for the Knights, including two tackles for loss and a forced fumble. Clemson continues to lead all schools in the battle for Nelson's services.
Camden quarterback Eric McCollum completed 9-of-21 passes for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Bulldogs 23-20 loss to Sumter Friday evening. The highlight of the night included a 99-yard scoring strike to wide receiver Todd Glee, one of the more underrated receivers in the Palmetto state this year.
McCollum is currently hearing from "Clemson, South Carolina, Maryland, Penn State, Tennessee, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech. I really don't have a favorite right now. I only have one offer, so I can't really know who my favorite is right now," said the Camden quarterback.
All-world running back Demetris Summers saw his season start off with a bang Friday evening against Dorman. Summers became the all-time leading rusher in South Carolina High School history by rushing for 244 yards on 23 carries. Dorman edged Summers' Lexington Wildcats by a score of 35-32. Summers continues to look hard at both South Carolina and Clemson, but the Gamecocks still hold the lead for his services.
DB DeAngelo Bryant, out of Silver Bluff High School had a strong start to his season, despite losing to Newberry 23-7 in the season opener for both teams. Bryant led the way for the Bulldogs by rushing 15 times for 40 yards, he also played well in the defensive backfield. Incidently, the loss for Silver Bluff ended the state's longest winning streak at 30 games.
Bryant is being recruited by several schools, including South Carolina, Clemson, and Georgia. The Tigers like him as a safety.
Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia continued their impressive winning streak by defeating East Coweta 21-0 Saturday evening in the Georgia Dome. The Panthers big offensive line of David Overmyer, Brandon Pilgrim, and Zeb McKinzey paved the way for two 4th quarter runs for fellow recruits Joey Sturdivant and Sean Dawkins. It marked the 31st consecutive victory for the nation's second ranked team.
All three players continue to be recruited hard by the Tigers, and each player maintains Clemson in their top 2. We should have more on this talented threesome later this week.
The latest news out of Union has one of the top offensive linemen in the country changing his tune about his top schools. Word has it that the Tigers have now pulled even with South Carolina, if not ahead in the eyes of Eric Young. This figures to be a recruiting war to the bitter end for his services, but the Tigers have made up a ton of ground, thanks mostly to recruiting coordinator Rick Stockstill.
Finally, Clemson verbal commitment Jad Dean drilled 4-of-5 kickoffs deep into the endzone Thusday evening. Dean also made 1-of-2 field goals, with the one miss coming from a bad snap. Both attempts were under 30-yards. Dean, who will be the only kicker signed by the Tigers this year, committed to Clemson almost one month ago.
Monday Recruiting Updates
CUTigers.com Top Stories
Inside the Matchup: Clemson vs Florida StateThe Tigers and Seminoles face off with CFP implications on the line
Scout CFBYesterday at 11:11 AM
TUESDAY DABO PC AND INTERVIEWSCUTigers was at the Clemson West Zone on Tuesday for Dabo Swinney's weekly press conference and interviews with Brent Venables, Christian Wilkins, Jadar Johnson and Kendall Joesph.
CUTigers.comTuesday at 12:00 PM
Updated Scout 300 Trend Meter For 2017The updated Scout 300 Trend Meter for the 2017 class takes a look at which schools are trending for each uncommitted member in the Scout 300.
Scout FootballTuesday at 5:40 AM
RECRUITING RADARIn our weekly Recruiting Radar, CUTigers Recruiting Analyst Gary McDaniel updates you on the latest news and intel on the Clemson recruiting front!
CUTigers.comMonday at 3:20 PM