Monday Recruiting Updates

Crestwood's Maurice Nelson registered 10 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Knights' 21-0 win over Socastee last Friday night. In an interview with CUTigers.com late last week, Nelson indicated that Clemson is still his leader and that he has already set up most of his official visits.

Crestwood's Maurice Nelson registered 10 tackles and a fumble recovery in the Knights' 21-0 win over Socastee last Friday night. On the year, Nelson has 90 total tackles with 6 for loss 2 sacks, 2 fumble recoveries and an interception.

In an interview with CUTigers.com late last week, Nelson indicated that Clemson is still his leader and that he has already set up most of his official visits. "I'll be at Georgia December 13th, Clemson January 10th, North Carolina on January 17th, and Maryland January 24th," said Nelson. The Tigers want Nelson to play as a rover in John Lovett's defense.

Clemson verbal commitment QB C.J. Gaddis rushed for 31 yards and threw for 89 yards and a touchdown in Hoke County's 24-14 loss to Scotland Friday evening.

Gaddis has rushed and passed for over 800 yards this season in helping lead Hoke County to a 6-3 record. He also went on record with CUTigers.com late Sunday evening by saying he still is 100% verbally committed to Clemson.

"I bleed orange and purple, and I'm going to be there next year. Coach Bowden and Coach O'Cain were the two big reasons that I even considered Clemson in the first place," said Gaddis.

Camden QB Eric McCollum completed 14 of 22 passes for 315 yards and 4 touchdowns Friday evening in a 42-17 win over West Florence. He also added a 37 yard touchdown run in romp. McCollum, who looks to be a lock for the Shrine Bowl later this year, is still hearing from South Carolina, Wake Forest, Tennessee, and Penn State. The Nittany Lions have already moved in with an offer, but South Carolina and Clemson have not. In fact, it appears that Clemson has cut off primary contact with McCollum.

Hanahan LB/RB Marcus Howard rushed 8 times for 73 yards and 2 scores on offense, and also registered 10 tackles and an interception on defense in a 35-6 win over Woodland High School. He now has 83 tackles on the year to go along with 3 interceptions and 3 fumble recoveries. Howard, brother of Clemson defensive end J.J. Howard, continues to favor Clemson and Georgia. He has already set an official visit to Athens for December 13th and he is also in the process of setting up a visit to Clemson on January 10th. Tennessee and South Carolina will also get visits.

Brynes WR Terrell Allen caught a 23-yard touchdown pass in the Rebels 40-7 win over Laurens High School. Allen now has 31 receptions for just under 560 yards and 3 touchdowns on the year. Alabama, Clemson, South Carolina, Texas, and Pittsburgh have all offered him.

Marlboro County QB Syvelle Newton played some at tailback, quarterback, and wide receiver Friday evening in a 17-14 win over Conway, increasing speculation that he may go through a position switch at the collegiate level. Newton maintains interest in South Carolina, Clemson, UCLA, Nebraska, and Florida.

Pearland offensive lineman Trevor Rees continues to play well this season. Rees has consistently graded in the 90's this year and has been dominating on the offensive line. The Rice Owls, (yes that's Ken Hatfield) have now moved in with an formal offer, but Rees maintains it will likely come down to Clemson and Northwestern.

"He definitely has not made up his mind and Clemson is very much in the picture," said Rees mother Monday morning. "The only school recruiting him that is having a really good season is TCU. He is factoring in the future of a team and what kind of potential a school is showing," said Mrs. Wall.

Rees, who is being recruited as a center at Clemson, continues to maintain weekly contact with Coach Watts.

Stratford running back Rodney Kinlaw rushed for over 100 yards and 2 touchdowns again in the Knights 21-7 win over Berkeley. Kinlaw, who continues to look hard at Clemson, South Carolina, Penn State, and Virginia Tech, now has over 1,500 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season.

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