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Tennessee commit Gerald still considering Gamecocks

Posted 11/8/17

Defensive end Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons Junior College in California continues to hang in with Tennessee from a commitment standpoint, but the future of that football …

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Tennessee commit Gerald still considering Gamecocks

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Defensive end Dorian Gerald of Florence and College of the Canyons Junior College in California continues to hang in with Tennessee from a commitment standpoint, but the future of that football coaching staff weighs heavily on his mind and in his plans.

He has had official visits set with the University of South Carolina on Nov. 17, Tennessee on Nov. 24 and Louisville on Dec. 8. He's now added an official to Texas A&M on a date to be determined and plans to take a fifth official visit.

"What would have something to do with my commitment would be staff changes," Gerald said. "If (Tennessee head) Coach (Butch) Jones was to leave, it definitely would change things."

Gerald said his whole family will join him on his official visit to USC, something they have not been able to do on earlier visits with USC. In eight games this season, Gerald has 38 tackles with eight quarterback sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.

DE Jarrett Jackson of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., is scheduled for an official visit to USC this weekend. He is a Louisville commit.

USC DE commit Kingsley Enagbare of Hapeville, Ga., recently was offered by Notre Dame and plans to take an official visit there. However, Hapeville Charter head coach Winston Gordon does not foresee a change in course for his star defender.

"He said he's committed to the University of South Carolina and I don't think he's thinking anything," Gordon said. "I think he's rock solid to South Carolina. I don't think anything will waver that. He's taking the visit just because it's Notre Dame. I don't think he'll take any other visits. One thing about my kids, they don't waver."

Defensive back Divaad Wilson of Miami has been a Florida commitment, but the coaching change there could change that. Wilson took an official visit to USC for the Vanderbilt weekend.

"He enjoyed the trip and right now South Carolina, due to things that happened at Florida, things might work out," said Wilson's head coach Max Edwards. "Everything went positive. There ain't no telling what might happen now."

Wilson is scheduled for official visits to Georgia and UF later in November, but Edwards said he's not sure about the status of those visits at this point.

USC linebacker target Channing Tindall of Spring Valley High School in Columbia made an unofficial visit to UGA on Saturday for the USC game. He said after his Friday game that he's still open with his decision between USC, UGA and UF.

USC defensive lineman targert Rick Sandidge also was in Athens, Ga., on Saturday.

USC offensive lineman target Jovaughn Gwyn of Charlotte planned be at North Carolina State on Saturday for the Clemson game.

USC OL commitment Jesus Gibbs took an unofficial visit to Virginia Tech recently. VT is pushing to flip him.

DB Saivion Smith of Mississippi Gulf Coast JC told 247Sports USC is one of the schools still recruiting him hard. Smith's season ended last week, and he's now turning his attention towards recruiting. He said Mississippi, Mississippi State and Alabama also are recruiting him hard. He's also getting attention from Utah, Washington and Central Florida.

USC offered 2019 running back Eric Gray of Memphis, Tenn. Some of his other offers are Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee, Indiana and Colorado. In '16, Gray rushed for 2,300 yards and 43 touchdowns. So far this season, he has rushed for 2,276 yards and 32 TDs.

USC also offered '21 RB BJ Harris of Chattanooga, Tenn.

CLEMSON

OL Cade Mays of Knoxville, Tenn., is another Tennessee commitment still looking at other options. One of those is Clemson and he made an unofficial visit for the Georgia Tech game. He plans to return for an official visit for The Citadel weekend. Clemson has plenty of help recruiting Mays with current commitment Mike Jones Jr. and current freshman wide receiver Amari Rodgers both very close friends. And he said this most recent visit definitely improved Clemson's positioning with him.

"Absolutely," he said. "I want to win a national championship and get the best opportunity to play at the highest level. Obviously, Clemson has the tools to help me achieve my goal."

Mays planned to be at UGA on Saturday and plans to visit Ohio State this weekend. He then plans official visits to Clemson and Tennessee the last two weekends of the month. He also has ND scheduled for Dec. 8 and UGA for Dec. 15. He will be a midyear enrollee.

OL Jordan McFadden of Dorman High in Roebuck has been a VT commitment, but

Clemson has made inroads in trying to turn him. The strength of McFadden's commitment had slipped in recent months as he made visits to Clemson and examined his opportunity there. Plus, as he has said, Clemson was his favorite growing up.

However, his recent official visit to Blacksburg, Va., reversed the trend.

"I'd say it made it (commitment strength) stronger," McFadden said. "Just getting to know the players and getting to ask them questions about not only football but the campus and the people there and stuff academically, it was more that I got to know than I knew before. It's just good to get to hear some stuff. It made me feel a lot better about them, just to understand what's going on there and how it could benefit me in the future."

McFadden said he might go back to VT for one more game. Clemson also will get another chance. McFadden said Clemson wants him to take his official visit for The Citadel weekend, but he would prefer to visit this weekend. And soon after that visit he will make his final decision.

Clemson OL target Jamaree Salyer was at UGA on Saturday. Salyer is scheduled for an official to Clemson for The Citadel game.

Also scheduled for official visit to Clemson this weekend are DB Kelvin Joseph of Baton Rouge, La., and DB Brendan Radley-Hiles of IMG Academy. Joseph was scheduled for an unofficial visit to Alabama on Saturday. Radley-Hiles decommitted from Nebraska last week. He's also taken officials to Nebraska, Texas and Oklahoma.

Owen Pappoe, a '19 LB from Loganville, Ga., has Clemson in his final three with UGA and Nebraska.

CLEMSON AND USC

DB Jaycee Horn of Alpharetta, Ga., also a Tennessee commit, was back at USC for the Vandy game.

"I talked to (USC head) Coach (Will) Muschamp and (defensive coordinator) Coach T-Rob (Travaris Robinson) and there's a great opportunity at South Carolina right now," Horn said. "A program on the rise."

USC would love to get Horn to flip from his Tennessee commitment, but despite all the turmoil in Knoxville, Horn said nothing has changed with his commitment at this point. However, his relationship with USC is growing stronger.

About Tennessee, Horn said, "It would suck to see those coaches not at Tennessee anymore. Hopefully they get some things worked out and finish the season out strong. I wish Coach Jones and the coaching staff the best of luck throughout their season. There's a lot going on in Knoxville right now, a lot of speculation. I'm just going to sit back and wait and if something does happen, I'll have to make my decision based off that.

"It's really just a waiting game. I'm signing in February and that's a long way away. I'm committed right now, but it's still a long ways away and there's still a lot of schools still recruiting me. Final day will be in February on (National) Signing Day."

Clemson also remains in touch with Horn. He actually was planning to go to the Clemson-GT game before deciding to go to USC. He said he will take another visit to Clemson, possibly an official. He's also hearing from UGA, Ohio State, Ole Miss and others. He also has visited Ole Miss and was scheduled to be at UGA on Saturday.

DE KJ Henry of Clemmons, N.C., will make his official visit to USC this weekend. He has been to Clemson, UGA and VT, and Alabama will get his final visit before his Dec. 20 announcement. Henry's official visit to Clemson was for the GT game.

"This time they really put down the red carpet for me and my family," Henry said. "Just the experience of getting that family welcome, the staff and all the players, it went well."

USC's Muschamp has made him a personal recruiting target, and Henry is looking forward to his return trip to Columbia.

"In some ways they are kind of like Clemson. They are very genuine and great to my family so I'm just looking for that consistency," he said. "But at the same time, I feel their need for defensive linemen is a little bit more than at Clemson. Just to be able to talk with them and get more in depth and more specific about where they see me in their defense and what I can do to help them be successful in the next couple of years."

Clemson offered '19 DE Kevin Harris of Loganville, Ga. USC also has offered.

OTHERS

LB Kyle Wright of Ben Lippen in Columbia decommitted from Temple on Friday. He said he's been drawing more interest and wants to take some other official visits though Temple remains on his list. He mentioned schools from the Pacific-12 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 10 Conference are involved.

BASKETBALL

The basketball early signing period begins today and runs for a week. All eyes across the basketball world will be on Spartanburg Day's 6-foot-6-inch Zion Williamson. He has taken official visits to Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and North Carolina and unofficial visits to USC and Clemson.

Williamson has not publicly indicated a favorite in this recruiting sweepstakes, and he has not said if he will sign now or wait until spring.

DJ Burns, a 6-9 player from York Prep, was at USC for Sunday's game. He also visited the previous weekend for the Vandy football game. He also has been to Tennessee in the last month. He picked up an offer from Virginia last week and also has offers from GT, VT, Tennessee, UGA and Louisiana State. He also is hearing from Clemson.

Clemson offered 6-9 '19 recruit Jae'lyn Withers of Charlotte, according to PhenomHoops.com. And Clemson last week was in to visit 6-2 '19 recruit Brenden Tucker of Lawrenceville, Ga., and he plans to take an unofficial visit.