RECRUITING

Clemson among finalists for Ohio OL Carman

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Offensive lineman Jackson Carman of Fairfield, Ohio, will take his final two official football recruiting visits to Clemson and Southern California in December.

He made an official visit to Ohio State earlier this month. Carman disclosed his plans to David Hood of TigerNet in an interview following his game on Friday night. Carman will make his choice from the Tigers, Trojans and Buckeyes.

In the interview with Hood, Carman said he does not have a favorite among the three and will give each equal consideration. Carman said he wanted to take his official visit to Clemson in December so that the coaches will be able to focus on his visit.

OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman High School in Roebuck, who has been committed to Virginia Tech since July 4, is still committed to the Hokies. However, after visiting Clemson for the Auburn game, the Tigers are making up ground and may eventually overtake VT for the talented offensive tackle.

"Between Clemson and Virginia Tech, I'm kind of stuck in the middle right now," McFadden said. "I'd still say Virginia Tech is maybe leading for me right now, but I also like Clemson a lot. Seeing everything, getting to talk to the coaches and sitting down with (Clemson head) Coach (Dabo) Swinney, that closed the gap a lot."

He said he will get back to both for games and VT wants him to take an official visit after the Shrine Bowl in December.

"Right now I'm going to stay committed to Virginia Tech," McFadden said, calling the strength of his commitment a 7 on a 1-10 scale. "I really like the coaches and what they preach to me and to their players, just being family and being good guys outside of football. And the campus and the facilities they have, I liked all that when I was there."

McFadden said his decision probably will come down to how things go on his two official visits.

Running back Harold Joiner (6-feet-3-inches, 215 pounds) of Mountain Brook, Ala., was at Clemson for the Auburn game and an offer certainly would increase his interest in the program. Joiner said Clemson would definitely be one of his top schools with an offer and he said he heard from a coach at Clemson an offer would be coming soon.

He listed Louisiana State, Alabama, Michigan State, Southern Cal and UCLA as the schools at the top of his list and each has offered. He has set official visits to LSU on Oct. 13 and UCLA on Oct. 20. He was at Alabama for its game on Saturday.

He does not have a favorite and won't make a decision until after his officials or as late as National Signing Day in February of 2018.

DB Brendan Radley-Hines, a native of Inglewood, Calif., who attends IMG Academy in Florida, made an unofficial visit to Clemson for the Auburn game. Hines currently is committed to Nebraska, but he liked Clemson enough that he'll return for an official visit the weekend of The Citadel game.

Asked where things stand regarding his Nebraska commitment after this visit, Radley-Hines offered up a "No comment." He will be setting up other official visits besides Clemson and is looking at Nebraska, Florida, Alabama, Texas, Oregon, Notre Dame and Michigan for which to choose those visits. Radley-Hines plans to make his final decision known at the U.S. Army All American Bowl on Jan. 6. He will be an early graduate.

Clemson offered '19 wide receiver Jadon Haselwood of Ellenwood, Ga., a Georgia commitment. He visited for the Auburn game.

USC

The University of South Carolina lost a member of its '18 recruiting class last week with defensive lineman Dantrell Barkley of Independence Junior College in Kansas announcing a decommitment so that he can reopen his recruiting. Barkley, a native of Kannapolis, N.C., committed to USC on June 20 with North Carolina State the strongest competition at that time. Barkley said he will not reconsider USC moving forward.

He notified DL coach Lance Thompson of his decision earlier in the week. Barkley said an official visit for this past weekend was a possibility before he decided to decommit. His decommitment leaves USC with 18 commitments in the class and two DLs.

Defensive end Rodricus Fitten (6-3, 220) of Atlanta announced a commitment to USC for the '19 class. He had been recruited by USC's Bryan McClendon for over a year and the two built a strong relationship. Fitten's head coach feels USC is not only getting a versatile defender, it is getting a leader and a kid of high character.

Fitten also has offers from Iowa State, North Carolina, Louisville, Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Indiana, Missouri and Indiana State among others. Florida also is showing interest, and his coach said Alabama likes him as an RB, which he plays from time to time. Fitten is USC's second commitment for the '19 class, joining linebacker Ahdarrious Gee of Cordele, Ga.

Many of USC's commitments attended the Kentucky game on Saturday. As for some of the top '18 targets who planned to be in, those included LB Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High in Columbia, LB Dax Hollifield of Shelby, N.C., OL Jovaughn Gwyn of Charlotte, OL Dylan Wonnum of Tucker, Ga., DB Bryce Thompson of Dutch Fork High in Irmo, tight end Elijah McAllister of Rumson, N.J., DB Jaycee Horn of Alpharetta, Ga., and DL Rick Sandidge of Concord, N.C.

Tindall said after his game last week he now will take all five of his official visits in November and won't make a decision until December. His five finalists are USC, Auburn, UGA, UF and Florida State.

Horn committed to Tennessee over USC and Alabama in August, but he did not shut down his recruiting. He said he would continue taking visits for games this season and would take his official visits. He was at Clemson for the Auburn game and at USC for the Kentucky game. Horn said he's not wavering on his Tennessee commitment at this point, he's just taking some visits as he planned to do. Horn has not yet set his official visits and he plans to take them all. He's not decided which schools besides Tennessee will get those visits.

DE Antonio Anderson Jr. (6-3, 230) of Lower Richland High in Hopkins also was at USC on Saturday. USC has not offered, but he attended a camp there this summer and USC is evaluating him. Anderson has offers from Eastern Kentucky and Old Dominion and is also hearing from Georgia State, Appalachian State, Charleston Southern and NCSU. He is going to NCSU for a game on Oct. 5 and to Georgia State on Oct. 26.

Tennessee DE commitment Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons JC in California has nailed down his official visit date to USC for Nov. 17, and he has set one for the next weekend at Tennessee. He also said UF is making a very strong push and he is looking at taking an official visit there and to Louisville and Texas A&M.

USC's interest in Gerald remains at a high level, and he said the contact with head coach Will Muschamp and DL coach Thompson is constant.

Gerald said he is still a firm Tennessee commitment. He committed after visiting there this summer, soon after visiting USC, because the Volunteers showed him and his family a great time.

DB Steven Gilmore Jr. of South Pointe High in Rock Hill had planned to announce a decision on Sunday, his birthday, but he postponed that indefinitely. He's had USC, Louisville, UGA and UNC as his final four, but a source said last week USC currently isn't an option. The source said USC, which would have taken Gilmore had he committed earlier, informed him it is full at his position but will continue to recruit him in case something changes.

DB CJ Smith of West Palm Beach, Fla., said USC, Oklahoma and Mississippi are the three schools he's focused on and he's hoping to get confirmation soon from USC defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson on an official visit for Saturday. He does have visits confirmed with Oklahoma on Oct. 6 and Ole Miss on Oct. 21.

USC offered DB Ken Montgomery of Tampa, Fla., according to 247Sports. He currently is committed to UCLA.

DL Antwuan Jackson of Blinn JC in Texas committed to Ohio State. He also was a USC target and is the half-brother of USC LB Bryson Allen-Williams. He started his career at Auburn.

BASKETBALL

Zion Williamson, the 6-6 player from Spartanburg Day, made his unofficial visit to USC on Saturday for the Kentucky game. On Thursday, USC head coach Frank Martin and his three assistant coaches spent two hours with Williamson at his home and nailed down the visit.

Williamson had planned from the start not to take official visits to Clemson and USC, so these 1-night stops - he was at Clemson for the Auburn game - served as USC's and the Tigers' last chance to impress him as he heads down the stretch of his recruiting saga.

"The visit went great, just like all the visits with the coaches so far," said Williamson's stepfather, Lee Anderson. "His (Martin's) message was about the fact they reached the Final Four last season and come help them get to that next level."

Head coaches from Kansas, UK, UNC and UCLA also were in for in-home visits last week. Two Duke assistants met with Williamson at his school last week. Anderson is expecting Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski to visit at some point.

Williamson supposedly has official visits set with UK for today, Kansas on Sept. 29, Duke on Oct. 22 and UCLA on Oct. 27, though Anderson said to his knowledge nothing is absolute with those visits and dates and there could be changes. Anderson said no timetable has been set for Williamson to make his decision and at this point he's not certain Williamson will sign in November.

Jericole Hellems, a 6-7 player from St. Louis, made an official visit to USC over the weekend. He's also been to NCSU.

One-time USC target 6-9 Manny Bates of Fayetteville, N.C.. canceled his official visit for this past weekend and committed to NCSU.

Jalen Lecque, a 6-4 2019 recruit from Arden, N.C. took an unofficial visit to USC on Saturday. He visited Clemson for the Auburn game and has an offer from the Tigers.

USC offered recently 6-10 Kaosi Ezeagu who attends GTA Prep in Mississauga, Ontario. He also has offers from Western Michigan and Illinois-Chicago according to his school's twitter feed. Ezeagu played last season for Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga. According to MaxPreps, in 32 games last season he averaged 3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.

USC recently offered 6-8 '19 recruit Tyrese Samuel, a native of Montreal who attends Wasatch Academy in Utah. Samuel also has offers from VT, Wichita State, Southern Methodist, Pittsburgh, Baylor, East Carolina, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Texas Christian, New Mexico, Vanderbilt and others. He does not have favorites.

USC is now showing interest in 6-10 '19 recruit Joel Soriano of White Plains, N.Y. He has offers from Stony Brook and Florida International.

Clemson is in the final five with point guard Anthony Nelson of South Kent, Conn. The Tigers offered this week. Also in his five are Dayton, Seton Hall, West Virginia and Minnesota.

Nelson has not yet set an official visit to Clemson, but he plans to do so. He will visit Dayton this weekend and Seton Hall a week later. Last season, Nelson averaged 15 points and six assists per game.

The USC women will have in 6-2 Aquira DeCosta of Sacramento, Calif., this weekend. She is ranked as the No. 4 prospect in the '18 class by ESPN. DeCosta has visited Southern Cal and Louisville. She will visit Tennessee and Baylor as well and plans to decide "as soon as possible" after her visits.

USC will get one of the official visits of 5-11 Christyn Williams of Little Rock, Ark., the top-ranked player in the '18 class by ESPN. Williams announced a final five of USC, UCONN, Tennessee, UCLA and Texas. Williams has set official visits to USC this weekend, Tennessee for Sept. 28, Texas for Oct. 5th and UCONN for Oct. 12. She has already visited UCLA officially.

The USC women also offered Danae McNeal, a 5-10 '19 recruit from Swansea High.