Thursday Morning Recruiting Updates

Updates on Demetris Summers, Ty Hall, Maurice Nelson, Josh Coffman and Brett Byford are contained in this report as the recruiting season kicks into high gear. Did Coach Stockstill and Charlie Strong both make it to see one of the Tigers' top prospects this week?

Lexington RB Demetris Summers, a long time South Carolina lean, has set up several official visits as of late Wednesday evening. #1 ranked running back set visits with the Florida Gators on January 10th, the South Carolina Gamecocks on January 17th, and the Clemson Tigers on January 24th. Summers is still strong on the Gamecocks, and even though he's set an official visit with Clemson in late January, it is unlikely to sway his opinion on South Carolina.

OL Ty Hall, who was once set to visit the Tigers on January 10th, will no longer make the trip down to Clemson after committing to Boston College two days ago.

"I went up there on November 16th, and it seems almost like it was meant to be. There were so many little things here and there. I was the first lineman they offered, they were the first ones at my school, they were the first team to do everything," said Hall Wednesday evening.

OL Brett Byford, who has already visited the Tigers officially several weeks ago, is reportedly now favoring the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Tigers are currently listed as his #2 choice behind the Big 12 school. Byford is scheduled to visit Lincoln on December 20th and will likely make a final decision soon after that date. "I'd like to get it done before the start of the year," Byford said in his most recent interview with

TE Josh Coffman, out of Palmetto, Florida, and a one time hard lean to the Tigers, will no longer take an official visit to Clemson in January. The offensive line/tight end prospect was told by Brad Scott that the Tigers had already filled their spots for players at his position several weeks ago, and since that time Coffman has decided to stay in-state. The local rumor has him committing to the University of South Florida.

Crestwood coach Brian Jackson confirmed that Maurice Nelson has already had two in-home visits this week. "Charlie Strong came in for a house visit with Maurice and family on Sunday, and Coach Stockstill came in yesterday," said Jackson.

Nelson, a strong Clemson lean, is scheduled to leave for Vanderbilt this weekend on his first official visit of the year. The standout safety has also set visits with Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland.

RB Rodney Kinlaw confirmed late Wednesday that he will take his first official visit to Penn State this weekend. Kinlaw was toying with the idea earlier this week before setting the visit in stone on Tuesday. The Nittany Lions and Virginia Tech figure to be the two biggest obstacles in the Tigers' hopes of landing the Stratford star. "I like the environment and the coaching staff mainly, the academic level, and the tradition of the school and Joe Paterno," said Kinlaw when asked about the atmosphere at State College. Top Stories