Wednesday Recruiting Updates

Crestwood SS Maurice Nelson tallied 3 tackles for the Knights in a 28-22 win over Lower Richland last Friday night. Nelson now has 66 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery on the year. He continues to favor the Tigers over Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina.

Crestwood SS Maurice Nelson tallied 3 tackles for the Knights in a 28-22 win over Lower Richland last Friday night. Nelson now has 66 tackles, 4 for loss, 2 sacks, 1 interception, and 1 fumble recovery on the year. He continues to favor the Tigers over Georgia, Maryland, and South Carolina and has set his official visit to Clemson the weekend of January 10th.

Byrnes WR Terrell Allen, one of the top wide receivers at the Nike Camp in Athens earlier this year, is starting step up his play. "Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina and Pittsburgh have offered him," said Byrnes Coach Bobby Bentley. On the season, Allen has 19 receptions for 338 yards and 3 touchdowns.

"Georgia, Tennessee and Texas are showing a lot of interest in him. They may offer too. Right now, I think Clemson is the leader. Terrell is a strong receiver that goes over the middle and does everything for us."

Hoke County (Raeford, NC) quarterback, and current Clemson verbal commitment C.J. Gaddis had his first tough game of the year Friday night against Westover High School. Gaddis failed to complete a pass in 10 attempts, but he did rush for the clinching touchdown from 18-yards out to seal the 24-14 win. Hoke County is now 6-1 on the season.

He had set the goal of trying to get 1000 yards rushing and 1000 yards passing this year, and he's well on his way. "We're 6-1 right now," said Gaddis. "I have 578 yards passing and 512 yards rushing right now. We could play as many as 16 games this year I think, so I have time."

RB Rodney Kinlaw of Stratford High School ran 16 times for 169 yards and four touchdowns in a big win over Fort Dorchester. He now has over 850 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground this season. Kinlaw maintains the Tigers, Penn State, and Virginia Tech as his favorites. Clemson was the first to offer Kinlaw well over a year ago.

WR Noah Whiteside brought in seven catches for an incredible 242 yards and three touchdowns in Greenville's win over Southside High School. Whiteside is a hard Gamecock lean that has been recruited by the Tigers as a defensive back. On the season, he has 44 catches for 1030 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Camden QB Eric McCollum completed 12-of-19 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-14 over the Lakewood Gators. McCollom, who has thrown for 1,597 yards on the season. South Carolina, and Penn State are all involved with the standout quarterback.

Standout running back Demetris Summers had a tough go of it in the Lexington Wildcats' 38-7 loss to Dutch Fork. Summers finished with 17 carries for just over 100 yards, most of that yardage came well after the game was out of reach. He also had a fumble deep in Dutch Fork territory at the close of the first half. Summers, who is reported still favoring South Carolina, now has 99 carries for 1006 yards and 7 touchdowns on the year.

Marlboro County QB Syvelle Newton led the Bulldogs to a 22-7 win over fellow recruit Russell Hemby and Orangeburg-Wilkinson. Newton, playing both ways due the suspension of 9 starters, had several big runs on the evening but was kept out of the endzone, while Hemby scored O-W's only touchdown with a two-yard scamper in the first half. Newton has backed off of South Carolina recently, naming Clemson, UCLA, Nebraska, and Florida as his other 4 favorites, while Hemby continues to look at Maryland, East Carolina, and Vanderbilt.

"I like South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, UCLA, North Carolina, and Furman," said quarterback Syvelle Newton. "All of them have offered. My brother, Cameron Newton, is a free safety at Furman. I will probably visit South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, and UCLA. I'm not going to commit early," says Newton.

Hemby indicated last week that South Carolina has also been making a late push for his services.

Jarvis Jackson and Jeramie Johnson, had standout performances Friday evening in a 30-13 win over Westlake. Jackson was named as the team's defensive player of the week for several critical QB pressures, as well as a single handily stopping a fake punt on 4th and short. Jackson and Johnson are in the process of setting up official visits to Clemson, as is teammate Avery Roberson.

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