RECRUITING CORNER

Buckeyes' loss is Clemson's gain for 2019 class

BY PHIL KORNBLUT
Posted 9/5/18

The fall out from the Urban Meyer-Zack Smith fiasco at Ohio State has cost the Buckeyes just one commitment thus far, linebacker Kane Patterson of Nashville, Tenn. On Tuesday Patterson announced a new commitment, this one for Clemson, giving the …

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RECRUITING CORNER

Buckeyes' loss is Clemson's gain for 2019 class

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The fall out from the Urban Meyer-Zack Smith fiasco at Ohio State has cost the Buckeyes just one commitment thus far, linebacker Kane Patterson of Nashville, Tenn. On Tuesday Patterson announced a new commitment, this one for Clemson, giving the Tigers another recruiting success story against Meyer.

Patterson (6-feet-1-inch, 225 pounds) visited Clemson last weekend for the Furman game. The Tigers also had an inside edge in that his father was a teammate of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney at Alabama.

Some of his other offers were Auburn, Georgia Tech, Duke, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Wisconsin.

Patterson is the fifth LB commitment for Clemson's 2019 recruiting class and he gives the Tigers 24 overall pledges.

The opening of the college football season led to the third commitment for Clemson for the 2020 recruiting class.

Offensive lineman John Williams (6-feet-5-inches, 270 pounds) of Canton, Ga., visited for the Furman game on Saturday and made his commitment pledge to Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney.

The offer list for Williams also included Mississippi, Tennessee, Maryland, Memphis, North Carolina State, North Carolina and Wisconsin. However, he said for some time the others had been running second to Clemson. "Clemson has been my No. 1 since I first visited when I was in eighth grade," Williams said. "It was a no-brainer when they offered. I love the small town feel with the big football atmosphere of the school."

Williams camped with the Tigers in recent summers so he has a feel for how OL coach Robbie Caldwell directs his crew. And Caldwell and the offensive staff also got a good read on him.

"The coaches all tell me I check all their boxes and I am what they look for," he said. "They like my size, my dedication to school and football and my hard working personality. I feel like they are the best guys to take me to the next level on and off the field."

And it's not just the football side of things that sold Williams on Clemson.

"They walk the walk when it comes to family, faith and football," Williams said. "'Men I can really look up to." Williams is Clemson's first OL commitment for the '20 class. The Tigers have just one committed thus far for the '19 class and are scheduled to lose seven OLs over the next two seasons.

Defensive back Luke Hill, a '20 recruit from Washington, had planned for a Friday night commitment announcement, but his team's game got pushed to Saturday so he postponed his announcement. He has not updated his announcement plans.

Clemson appears to be in a strong place with him, and Hill said the depth chart at cornerback is something he's closely examining among the schools.

"Yes, definitely. Playing time is a main factor, but the main thing with (assistant) Coach (Mike) Reed is that Clemson plays with six DBs on the field at one time," he said. "Playing time becomes less important when you know there are six DBs because there is more opportunity."

Hill visited Clemson earlier this summer for a camp session. He also visited Alabama. They are on his short list along with South Carolina3, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.

Clemson offered '20 OL Seth McLaughlin of Buford, Ga., on Saturday. He also has USC and Georgia offers.

OL Trevor Keegan of Crystal Lake, Ill., has his list down to Clemson, UGA, PSU, Michigan and Ohio State. He visited Clemson earlier in the summer and will be back this season or shortly thereafter for an official visit. Keegan said he most likely will sign in December, but he will not graduate until next spring. There is not a current leader.

Clemson OL/defensive end target Cooper Dawson of Hanahan High School was offered by Vanderbilt. Dawson, who is out this season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament, plans to visit Clemson for the Georgia Southern game. He has set official visits to Central Florida and Vandy in November and is undecided about the other three. He said Clemson has mentioned a grayshirt to him.

Former Ohio State linebacker commitment Kane Patterson of Nashville, Tenn., made an unofficial visit to Clemson over the weekend. The Tigers offered Patterson last month. His father and Swinney were teammates at Alabama.

Jalin Hyatt, a '20 wide receiver from Dutch Fork High in Irmo and '20 WR Ze'Vian Capers of Cumming, Ga., also made visits to Clemson on Saturday. Hyatt has offers from VT and Duke. His Clemson visit went very well and an offer could be coming soon. He's also considering USC, Wake Forest and Virginia.

USC

The expected commitment announcement from defensive lineman Jacqueze Sorrells of Winter Park, Fla., scheduled for last Monday didn't materialize. He's not been able to make a decision and will take more visits before doing so. He visited USC twice earlier this summer and has planned an official visit with USC for Sept. 14. He also has Oregon, Alabama, Louisiana State and Florida State in his top five. Sorrells is a former UF commitment.

LB/long snapper Seth Glausier of Jefferson, Ga., made an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday.

CB Johnny Dixon of Tampa, Fla., remains one of USC's top targets for the '19 class. USC, PSU, Miami and UF are in touch with Dixon with USC and PSU pushing for him the hardest at this point.

Dixon took his official visit to USC in June. He has an official visit set with PSU for Sept. 28, the weekend of the Ohio State game. He said his decision will come soon after that visit.

Right now he does not have plans for a return visit to USC. He also visited UF and Miami unofficially in late July and has not scheduled a return visit to either at this point. Dixon did not name a favorite.

DL James Middleton of Fort Dorchester in Summerville and Jones County Junior College in Mississippi said USC continues to check up on him through his head coach at Jones, Steve Buckley. He has not talked directly with USC since he arrived at Jones in January. He did take an unofficial visit to USC last December.

Middleton said he's doing well academically and is on track to sign in February and graduate in May. He said his hope is to be able to sign with USC. He has four years to play three at the next level. Middleton spent his offseason rehabilitaing a broken leg suffered late in his senior season.

Running back/LB Quavaris Crouch of Charlotte told Rivals he will visit USC unofficially for the UGA game on Saurday. He's looking at the Duke game for his Clemson official visit, or it might take place in December. He told the website CarolinaBlitz he will also schedule official visits with Alabama, FSU, Michigan and Southern California. Tennessee also remains in contention.

USC has kept up its interest in LB Dante Walker of Ellenwood, Ga., and now with a qualifying test score, according to RecruitGeorgia, he could become a bigger target.

BASKETBALL

Christian Brown, a 6-7 player, made his official visit to Clemson over the weekend. He's also taken an official to Nevada-Las Vegas and is also considering UGA, LSU and Texas. According to a source, Brown will not return to Lower Richland High in Hopkins for his senior season. He is looking to relocate in Georgia.

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell went back to his Indiana roots for a recent offer to 6-4 Alex Hemenway of Newburgh, Ind. Brownell has a special connection in this case in that he and Hemenway's father grew up together in Evansville.

"When they started recruiting me, it was just one of those things where you kind of felt like family," Hemenway said. "(Assistant) Coach (Dick) Bender is the assistant recruiting me. We've built a really great relationship. He's a guy that I know that will get me better on and offer the court."

Hemenway averaged 21 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists per game last season. He's regarded as an excellent outside shooter and the Tigers, he said, want him just for that.

"I make shots," he said. "That's one thing that they said that sticks out about me. Off the dribble, stationary, off ball screens. They said I'm a shot maker, and that's one thing they said that they are losing so that's why they kind of keyed on to me. That's the one thing they said will help them mostly."

Hemenway said right now Clemson, Creighton and Belmont are the schools recruiting him the hardest. He has not set dates for official visits, but he's working on that and Clemson will get one. His other offers are Xavier, Butler, Nebraska, Northern Kentucky, IUPUI, Evansville and Valparaiso. A decision shouldn't be far off.

"I'm pretty close," he said. "I know I'm hopefully going to be able to make it before the basketball season starts in November. Hopefully in a month or two I'll be able to get that decision out the way."

Clemson has three spots left for the '19 class and has one commitment in 6-3 Chase Hunter.

Malcolm Wilson, a 6-11 player from Ridge View High in Columbia, made his official visit to Rice this past weekend. He visits Georgetown on Sept. 14. He had planned an official to Clemson, but his assistant coach at Ridge View and his AAU coach, Christian Savage, said he won't schedule one because he's been there multiple times. He said Clemson remains under consideration.

Clemson remains in touch with 6-1 point guard Tyrell Jones of Orlando, Fla., and they are talking about an official visit. He has set official visits with Ole Miss and Louisville.

Wendell Moore, a 6-5 player from Concord, N.C., cancelled his official visit to USC for Saturday his coach told The State. Moore will take officials to the Big Four in North Carolina - UNC, Duke, North Carolina State and WF - and choose from them.

USC target 6-7 Quincy Guerrier of Quebec has set officials to Oregon for Thursday, Syracuse for Sept. 21 and Illinois for Oct. 5, according to the IlliniInquirer. Guerrier included USC in his final 10 list he released earlier this month.

Tre Jackson, a 6-1 player from Blythewood High, took an official visit to Winthrop over the weekend. He also has visited Murray State.

Rickea Jackson, a 6-2 player from Detroit, made her official visit with the USC women this past weekend. She's also looking at Tennessee, Texas, Mississippi State, Rutgers, Ohio State and Louisville.

Jawun Perdue, a 6-6 player from Lakewood High was offered by Austin Peay.

Myles Tate, a '20 PG from Dorman High in Roebuck, took an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday for the Coastal Carolina football game.

PJ Hall, Tate's 6-8 teammate at Dorman and a '20 recruit, took an unofficial visit to UF this past weekend. He has an offer from the Gators plus his sister plays volleyball there.

John Butler, a 6-10 '21 recruit from Christ Church in Greenville, was offered by Clemson on Saturday while on an unofficial visit.

Tyler Rice, a '21 PG from Ridge View, visited PSU over the weekend and was offered by the Nittany Lions, his first offer. He's also visited South Florida and he visited USC last October. He's planning another unofficial visit with USC soon.