RECRUITING

Atlanta OL Salyer down to Clemson & Georgia

By PHIL KORNBLUT
Posted 10/6/17

Offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta will choose between the Clemson and Georgia football programs with his announcement set for Dec. 20, according to his head coach, Chris Slade, the former Virginia and National Football League star …

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RECRUITING

Atlanta OL Salyer down to Clemson & Georgia

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Offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta will choose between the Clemson and Georgia football programs with his announcement set for Dec. 20, according to his head coach, Chris Slade, the former Virginia and National Football League star defensive end.

Salyer also considered offers from South Carolina, Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and others before getting to a final two.

He visited Clemson in March and is planning to return for the FSU game in November though Slade is not sure if that will be an official visit. He was at UGA for the Mississippi State game.

"He's been to both quite often," Slade said. "He talks about the family atmosphere at Clemson and with (head coach) Dabo (Swinney) it's what you see is what you get. Dabo is a family-oriented guy. For Jamaree, it's appealing because it's not a football factory. Family to him is everything. And the team has done extremely well and he likes the culture there."

UGA, of course, has the edge of being the in-state power, plus his close friend and former teammate Andrew Thomas is starting as a freshman at offensive tackle for the Bulldogs.

"Georgia is after him pretty good, but he won't go to Georgia because of Andrew," Slade said. "He will go to Georgia because that's the best fit for him."

OL Jackson Carman of Fairfield, Ohio, one of the top offensive tackles in the 2018 class, has set his plans for his five official visits. He went to Wisconsin this past weekend and he told BuckeyeGrove.com Visit 2 will be to Ohio State on Oct. 27. His third stop will be to FSU on Nov. 17, Clemson gets his fourth visit on Dec. 8, and his final visit will be to Southern California on Dec. 15.

As an early graduate, Carman plans to announce his decision in December after his visits.

OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman High School in Roebuck was at Virginia Tech for the Clemson game on Saturday with his parents. He has been a commitment to VT since the summer, but as a long-time Clemson fan, and after two recent visits there, things are far from settled for him.

"He (Swinney) was telling me I could help them in the future because they are losing Mitch Hyatt next year to the NFL and, I have the potential to be a really good player and come in and help them in the next couple of years," McFadden said.

"I still like Virginia Tech a lot. Clemson, it was my childhood dream to go there and play football and go to school. Them being a childhood dream is kind of weighing in on me a little bit. I've been thinking about (decommitting) but not too much. I'm taking it day by day. Virginia Tech has been nothing but great to me. They've stuck with me from the beginning. It would be kind of hard to turn my back on them, but if Clemson is what's best for me, I have to do that. I don't know yet."

McFadden has not scheduled any official visits at this point, but he plans to take them to Clemson and VT.

Clemson recently offered '19 wide receiver Trey Knox (6-feet-4-inches, 190 pounds) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and it is in good shape with him after a weekend offer. Knox made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Boston College game, and it was during the visit he landed the offer from the Tigers. Knox said Clemson now is his favorite school. Some of his other offers are USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, UF, Louisiana State, Vanderbilt and Louisville.

USC

Linebacker Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High in Columbia has been a big reason why his team is 6-0 and ranked fifth in the state in the 5A ranks. Tindall leads a defense that's allowing only 12 points per game. Tindall's last recruiting visit was an unofficial one to USC for the Kentucky game.

"South Carolina has the best entrance and the best fans I've ever seen in the nation," Tindall said. "That's hands down. No one else tops them. (USC LB) TJ Brunson is doing his job and they've got some incoming players I know that are impact players. There could be a lot of change at South Carolina."

Tindall also has UGA, UF, FSU and Auburn on his short list. He has not determined his official visit dates nor a timeline for a decision.

Defensive back Israel Mukuamu of Bossier City, La., is set for his official visit to USC this weekend after getting confirmation from USC week. He is an FSU commitment and has already taken an official to Indiana.

"I'll just be looking at the scheme that they play and how I would fit in their scheme, and also how they want to use me," Mukuamu said. "This visit would mainly be big for my parents. They get to see who I could potentially be around and judge if it's a good place for me or not, so that's really the main part."

Mukuamu is going to FSU on Oct. 20, and he's also thought about visiting Louisville. These visits do open up the possibility of a change of heart.

"Getting flipped? I'm not sure," Mukuamu said. "Anything can happen, that's why I'm just taking my last couple of visits and putting it up all to God."

DB Jermaine McMillian of Miami has had an official visit set with USC for Saturday for a while, but he said he's not heard from USC in a few weeks. He's waiting to hear back from USC before finalizing plans for that visit. He said the athletic director at his school told him USC had called recently seeking his transcript, which he said is in good shape. This past weekend he took an official to Central Florida. He's also talking with South Florida, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

USC offered DE Mario Dungy (6-3, 285) a native of Mobile, Ala., who is a redshirt freshman this season at Highlands Junior College in Kansas. He also has offers from Jackson State and Arkansas State.

"(USC assistant) Coach (Lance) Thompson likes the way I get off the ball, the way I bend the corner in pass rushing and the way I get off blocks and make plays in the run game," Dungy said. Dungy said USC definitely will get an official visit from him. He does not graduate until May and will have three years to play three at the next level.

USC DB target Saivion Smith of Mississippi Gulf Coast JC visited Alabama on Saturday.

USC is in the top three with '19 DE Ani Izuchukwu of Hendersonville, Tenn. He also has Alabama and Ohio State on his short list.

USC offered '19 DB Anthony Harris of Havelock, N.C. He also has offers from East Carolina, North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi and Coastal Carolina.

USC also offered '19 quarterback Sam Howell of Monroe, N.C. Some of his other offers are Ole Miss, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.

CLEMSON AND USC

DE KJ Henry of Clemmons, N.C., is looking at Oct. 27 for his Clemson official visit. He has been to UGA and is scheduled to visit VT as well. He also will take official visits to USC and Alabama.

LB Dax Hollifield of Shelby, N.C., made an unofficial visit to VT on Saturday for the Clemson game. The previous weekend he was at FSU on his first official visit. He will visit USC officially this weekend and UNC next weekend and then it's back to Blacksburg for his official visit there on Oct. 21. And he's looking at a visit to Stanford on Jan. 14, 2018.

BASKETBALL

Zion Williamson, the 6-6 No. 1 recruit in the country from Spartanburg Day, made his official visit to Kansas last weekend. He is scheduled to visit Duke on Oct. 22 and UCLA on Oct. 27. He had a visit to Kentucky postponed. Williamson has visited Clemson and USC unofficially.

USC women's head coach Dawn Staley has much to sell these days as the reigning national championship coach and future Olympic team coach. That's just part of what impressed 5-11 Christyn Williams of Little Rock, Ark., on her recent official visit.

"I love Dawn," Williams said. "She can relate to us from a player's standpoint and I think that's very pivotal to relationships between her and her players. We loved it. It's a fair ball game as I still try to figure out what's the best school for me."

Williams also has visited UCLA and Tennessee and will visit Texas and Connecticut before rendering her decision.

Aquira DeCosta, a 6-2 player from Sacramento, Calif., also was a recent visitor with Staley. She also has visited Southern Cal, Tennessee and Louisville and put this visit with USC right up at the top.

"I loved everything about USC," DeCosta said. "The Gamecocks fit into my recruiting situation after my visit just from the fact how I play really suits what they do and how they like to play."

Her final official visit will be to Baylor this weekend. She has not indicated a favorite.

Clemson offered 6-8 '19 recruit James Wiseman of Memphis, Offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer of Atlanta will choose between the Clemson and Georgia football programs with his announcement set for Dec. 20, according to his head coach, Chris Slade, the former Virginia and National Football League star defensive end.

Salyer also considered offers from South Carolina, Stanford, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida, Florida State and others before getting to a final two.

He visited Clemson in March and is planning to return for the FSU game in November though Slade is not sure if that will be an official visit. He was at UGA for the Mississippi State game.

"He's been to both quite often," Slade said. "He talks about the family atmosphere at Clemson and with (head coach) Dabo (Swinney) it's what you see is what you get. Dabo is a family-oriented guy. For Jamaree, it's appealing because it's not a football factory. Family to him is everything. And the team has done extremely well and he likes the culture there."

UGA, of course, has the edge of being the in-state power, plus his close friend and former teammate Andrew Thomas is starting as a freshman at offensive tackle for the Bulldogs.

"Georgia is after him pretty good, but he won't go to Georgia because of Andrew," Slade said. "He will go to Georgia because that's the best fit for him."

OL Jackson Carman of Fairfield, Ohio, one of the top offensive tackles in the 2018 class, has set his plans for his five official visits. He went to Wisconsin this past weekend and he told BuckeyeGrove.com Visit 2 will be to Ohio State on Oct. 27. His third stop will be to FSU on Nov. 17, Clemson gets his fourth visit on Dec. 8, and his final visit will be to Southern California on Dec. 15.

As an early graduate, Carman plans to announce his decision in December after his visits.

OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman High School in Roebuck was at Virginia Tech for the Clemson game on Saturday with his parents. He has been a commitment to VT since the summer, but as a long-time Clemson fan, and after two recent visits there, things are far from settled for him.

"He (Swinney) was telling me I could help them in the future because they are losing Mitch Hyatt next year to the NFL and, I have the potential to be a really good player and come in and help them in the next couple of years," McFadden said.

"I still like Virginia Tech a lot. Clemson, it was my childhood dream to go there and play football and go to school. Them being a childhood dream is kind of weighing in on me a little bit. I've been thinking about (decommitting) but not too much. I'm taking it day by day. Virginia Tech has been nothing but great to me. They've stuck with me from the beginning. It would be kind of hard to turn my back on them, but if Clemson is what's best for me, I have to do that. I don't know yet."

McFadden has not scheduled any official visits at this point, but he plans to take them to Clemson and VT.

Clemson recently offered '19 wide receiver Trey Knox (6-feet-4-inches, 190 pounds) of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and it is in good shape with him after a weekend offer. Knox made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Boston College game, and it was during the visit he landed the offer from the Tigers. Knox said Clemson now is his favorite school. Some of his other offers are USC, Tennessee, Ohio State, UF, Louisiana State, Vanderbilt and Louisville.

USC

Linebacker Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High in Columbia has been a big reason why his team is 6-0 and ranked fifth in the state in the 5A ranks. Tindall leads a defense that's allowing only 12 points per game. Tindall's last recruiting visit was an unofficial one to USC for the Kentucky game.

"South Carolina has the best entrance and the best fans I've ever seen in the nation," Tindall said. "That's hands down. No one else tops them. (USC LB) TJ Brunson is doing his job and they've got some incoming players I know that are impact players. There could be a lot of change at South Carolina."

Tindall also has UGA, UF, FSU and Auburn on his short list. He has not determined his official visit dates nor a timeline for a decision.

Defensive back Israel Mukuamu of Bossier City, La., is set for his official visit to USC this weekend after getting confirmation from USC week. He is an FSU commitment and has already taken an official to Indiana.

"I'll just be looking at the scheme that they play and how I would fit in their scheme, and also how they want to use me," Mukuamu said. "This visit would mainly be big for my parents. They get to see who I could potentially be around and judge if it's a good place for me or not, so that's really the main part."

Mukuamu is going to FSU on Oct. 20, and he's also thought about visiting Louisville. These visits do open up the possibility of a change of heart.

"Getting flipped? I'm not sure," Mukuamu said. "Anything can happen, that's why I'm just taking my last couple of visits and putting it up all to God."

DB Jermaine McMillian of Miami has had an official visit set with USC for Saturday for a while, but he said he's not heard from USC in a few weeks. He's waiting to hear back from USC before finalizing plans for that visit. He said the athletic director at his school told him USC had called recently seeking his transcript, which he said is in good shape. This past weekend he took an official to Central Florida. He's also talking with South Florida, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

USC offered DE Mario Dungy (6-3, 285) a native of Mobile, Ala., who is a redshirt freshman this season at Highlands Junior College in Kansas. He also has offers from Jackson State and Arkansas State.

"(USC assistant) Coach (Lance) Thompson likes the way I get off the ball, the way I bend the corner in pass rushing and the way I get off blocks and make plays in the run game," Dungy said. Dungy said USC definitely will get an official visit from him. He does not graduate until May and will have three years to play three at the next level.

USC DB target Saivion Smith of Mississippi Gulf Coast JC visited Alabama on Saturday.

USC is in the top three with '19 DE Ani Izuchukwu of Hendersonville, Tenn. He also has Alabama and Ohio State on his short list.

USC offered '19 DB Anthony Harris of Havelock, N.C. He also has offers from East Carolina, North Carolina State, Southern Mississippi and Coastal Carolina.

USC also offered '19 quarterback Sam Howell of Monroe, N.C. Some of his other offers are Ole Miss, West Virginia, Duke, North Carolina, Tennessee, Minnesota, Wake Forest and Pittsburgh.

CLEMSON AND USC

DE KJ Henry of Clemmons, N.C., is looking at Oct. 27 for his Clemson official visit. He has been to UGA and is scheduled to visit VT as well. He also will take official visits to USC and Alabama.

LB Dax Hollifield of Shelby, N.C., made an unofficial visit to VT on Saturday for the Clemson game. The previous weekend he was at FSU on his first official visit. He will visit USC officially this weekend and UNC next weekend and then it's back to Blacksburg for his official visit there on Oct. 21. And he's looking at a visit to Stanford on Jan. 14, 2018.

BASKETBALL

Zion Williamson, the 6-6 No. 1 recruit in the country from Spartanburg Day, made his official visit to Kansas last weekend. He is scheduled to visit Duke on Oct. 22 and UCLA on Oct. 27. He had a visit to Kentucky postponed. Williamson has visited Clemson and USC unofficially.

USC women's head coach Dawn Staley has much to sell these days as the reigning national championship coach and future Olympic team coach. That's just part of what impressed 5-11 Christyn Williams of Little Rock, Ark., on her recent official visit.

"I love Dawn," Williams said. "She can relate to us from a player's standpoint and I think that's very pivotal to relationships between her and her players. We loved it. It's a fair ball game as I still try to figure out what's the best school for me."

Williams also has visited UCLA and Tennessee and will visit Texas and Connecticut before rendering her decision.

Aquira DeCosta, a 6-2 player from Sacramento, Calif., also was a recent visitor with Staley. She also has visited Southern Cal, Tennessee and Louisville and put this visit with USC right up at the top.

"I loved everything about USC," DeCosta said. "The Gamecocks fit into my recruiting situation after my visit just from the fact how I play really suits what they do and how they like to play."

Her final official visit will be to Baylor this weekend. She has not indicated a favorite.

Clemson offered 6-8 '19 recruit James Wiseman of Memphis, Tenn. He visited Kansas last Saturday.