Sumter's Jahkeem Green, a USC commitment, visits Tennessee

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Posted 1/30/19

Former Sumter High School standout defensive lineman Jahkeem Green, a longtime commitment for the University of South Carolina's 2019 football recruiting class, made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.

Green, who has played the past …

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Former Sumter High School standout defensive lineman Jahkeem Green, a longtime commitment for the University of South Carolina's 2019 football recruiting class, made an official visit to Tennessee over the weekend.

Green, who has played the past two seasons at Highland Community College in Kansas, has been a USC commitment since March of '18. He did not sign in the early signing period in December because he still has some academic work to complete.

Green has not taken an official visit to USC, though he did visit unofficially in November.

USC had an official visit for the weekend with '19 offensive lineman/DL William Rogers (6-feet-4-inches, 295 pounds) of Hampton, Ga. Rogers has also taken official visits to Illinois, Colorado State, Georgia State and Florida International.

USC held its biggest junior day of the month on Saturday. USC offered tight end John Copenhaver (6-3, 210) of Roswell, Ga., on his visit. He also has offers from Kansas, North Carolina, Illinois, Purdue, Louisville, North Carolina State and others.

Some other '20 targets who visited USC on Saturday included running back Jaylen Knighton of Deerfield Beach, Fla., wide receiver Deajuan McDougle of Deerfield Beach, Fla., defensive end Reggie Grimes of Mount Juliet, Tenn., WR Ze'Vian Capers of Alpharetta, Ga., RB Tank Bigsby of Hoganville, Ga., OL Javion Cohen of Phenix City, Ala., -- who visited Coastal Carolina as well on Sunday - defensive tackle Makius Scott of Gainesville, Ga., RB Don Chaney of Miami, TE Kendall Carr of Belmont, N.C., RB Desmond Tisdol of Rochelle, Ga., and long snapper Colby Cox of Woodstock, Ga.

Capers originally was scheduled to visit Clemson for its junior day, but switched that visit to USC. He plans to reschedule Clemson. Capers had been a strong lean to Clemson, but is more open now.

"My recruiting targets are competitively open," Capers said. Capers also has visited Georgia Tech and plans to visit Arkansas and Florida.

Evan Slocum, a '21 safety from Cartersville, Ga., also visited USC on Saturday and was offered.

DT Jaquaze Sorrells of Winter Park, Fla., had his first meeting with new USC DL coach John Scott at the school last week.

"They just visited and laughed and cut up between the two of them," said Winter Park assistant coach Kit Hill, who was in on the meeting. "It was basically for him to get to know Coach Scott. As they were leaving, Coach Scott said he would be back one day next week after he (Sorrells) got back from Penn State."

Sorrells did visit PSU over the weekend and is scheduled to visit Alabama this weekend. Neither PSU head coach James Franklin norAlabama head coach Nick Saban have yet to make their school/in-home visits, and Hill expects both in this week. USC head coach Will Muschamp has been in already.

USC OL target Darius Washington of Pensacola, Fla., took his official visit to Florida State over the weekend. He also has taken officials to USC, Miami and Mississippi State. Muschamp had his in-home visit late last week as did the coaches from Miami, FSU and Mississippi State.

Another USC target, cornerback Dequanteous Watts, took an official visit to Louisville over the weekend. He also has taken an official to USC, and Maryland is possible for a visit this coming weekend. Muschamp met with him last week at the school.

CB Jammie Robinson of Leesburg, Ga., did not take a visit over the weekend. He met with USC recruiter Travaris Robinson late last week. He has taken took official visits to USC, Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee. He plans an announcement on Wednesday, Feb. 6, National Signing Day.

The BigSpur reported former minor league baseball player KJ Woods (6-4, 250) of Fort Mill plans to walk on at USC as a TE. Woods, who is 23, was a fourth-round pick of the Miami Marlins in the '13 Major League Baseball draft.

Cheraw High School DT Xavier McIver (6-3 275), checks in as one of the state's top prospects in the '20 class. USC was an early offer and others who have jumped in include Wake Forest, South Florida, Coastal Carolina, Tulane and East Carolina.

"South Carolina is at the top of my list right now," McIver said. "This summer will be my last summer for camps, so we'll see if I get a lot more big-time offers, which I should, and then I'll see how everything is going to play out. I'm still just enjoying the recruiting process and waiting to see if anything will open up like another big offer, but South Carolina, they are pretty much No. 1 right now."

McIver said Kentucky, Purdue and Nebraska also are showing interest. Last season, McIver was in on 63 tackles with 10 sacks. Schools like him as an interior DL.

Muschamp and offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon visited McDonough, Ga., last week and made an offer to '20 WR Justin Robinson (6-4, 205). He also has offers from Notre Dame, Virginia, UGA, WF and Coastal. He has visited USC before along with UVa, UGA and Boston College and plans to visit ND and WF in March. Last season, he had 35 receptions for 750 yards and 13 touchdowns.

USC offered '20 athlete Damarcus Beckwith (6-5, 215) of Florence, Ala., '20 WR Jacyais Credle (6-4, 195) of Columbus, Ga., '21 OL Amarius Mims (6-6, 273) of Cochran, Ga., '22 DB Jaheim Singletary of Jacksonville, Fla., and '22 WR Janiran Bonner (6-2, 200) of Ellenwood, Ga.

USC is in the final 12 with '20 OL Chris Morris of Memphis, Tenn. The others are Memphis, Florida State, Texas A&M, Purdue, Texas, UF, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Tennessee and UGA.

USC '20 OL commitment Issiah Walker of Miami was offered by Mississippi State and Louisville.

USC '20 WR target Michael Wyman of Greensboro, N.C., has set an official visit to Oklahoma for April 12. He visited USC earlier this month unofficially.

CLEMSON AND USC

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott, defensive coordinator Brent Venables and assistant coach Brandon Streeter, and USC's Muschamp and assistant coaches Coleman Hutzler and Scott were all at Heathwood Hall in Columbia on Friday night for the basketball game with Hammond, another Columbia school. The coaches were there to be seen by Hammond basketball player Jordan Burch, also a 5-star '20 DE recruit.

Also, USC DE Zacch Pickens and quarterback Ryan Hilinski, who both signed in December and enrolled in school for this semester, were among some players in attendance. Burch was expected to visit Clemson on Saturday.

USC's McClendon and Clemson recruiter Todd Bates were at Blackville-Hilda High School on Friday for '21 LB Adonis Davis (6-1, 205). Middle Tennessee State, Coastal and Georgia Southern also have been in to see him. Davis also plays QB and S.

CLEMSON

Clemson's junior day generated two more commitments for the '20 class in linebacker Kevin Swint (6-3, 200) of Carrollton, Ga., and DT Tre' Williams (6-2, 305) of Washington. The two commitments give Clemson seven in the '20 class.

Last season, Swint had 120 tackles with six QB sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception. UF and Wisconsin were the other two schools high up on his list. Some of his other offers were USC, Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Louisiana State.

Williams is regarded as one of the top DTs in the country for the '20 class. His offer list also included Georgia, UF, Texas A&M, Ohio State, Alabama, PSU, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Michigan. Ohio State appeared to be an early favorite for Williams, and UGA was also mentioned prominently with him during the season.

Bryan Bresee, a '20 DE from Damascus, Md., was in for another visit to Clemson on Saturday. Bresee also visited for the USC game and also had one other visit. Clemson is in his final six thanks to the work of recruiters Todd Bates and Venables.

"I've been able to get pretty close to Coach Bates and cCach Venables over the last year and this will be my third time on campus," Bresee said. "I've just kind of gotten to build a strong relationship with the coaching staff down there. It's been all positive."

The strongest positive for Clemson, as it comes to Bresee, is the success the school is enjoying on the field and off.

"Academically, Clemson is a great school, and that's important to me, and now they are the best in college football," Bresee said. "How they really produce defensive linemen like Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence, Clelin Ferrell, they just do a really good job with it. Talking with Coach Bates, I'd be able to play a true defensive end in pass rush situations, move down to like a three-technique."

In his final six Bresee also has PSU, Alabama, Michigan, Ohio State and UGA. He recently visited PSU. Without naming them, he said four of the six are recruiting him the hardest and stand out the most with him at this point. He said Clemson will get one of his five official visits, and he doesn't plan to decide until after all the visits.

Some of the other confirmed visitors to Clemson on Saturday included WR Ke'Andre Lambert of Norfolk, Va., CB Fred Davis of Jacksonville, Fla., OL Bryn Tucker of Knoxville, Tenn. who picked up an offer, athlete Arik Gilbert of Marietta, Ga., DE Myles Murphy of Marietta, CB Henry Gray of Miami, WR EJ Williams of Phenix City, Ala., S Chris Thompson of Duncanville, Texas, RB Demarkcus Bowman of Lakeland, Fla., who landed an offer on the visit, DL Cole Brevard of Carmel, Ind., OL Mitchell Mayes of Raleigh, N.C., and S Malcolm Greene of Highland Springs, Va.

Clemson '20 WR target Rakim Jarrett of Washington had planned to visit Clemson this past weekend, but didn't make it and will reschedule. He was offered last week by Oklahoma.

Alabama's Saban was in on Thursday to visit Clemson RB target Jerrion Ealy of Jackson, Miss. Clemson co-OC Tony Elliott also was in for a visit last week, according to WLBT-TV. Ealy went to Mississippi over the weekend. He also has taken officials to Clemson and Mississippi State. He's expected to visit Alabama this weekend.

RB Michel Dukes of First Baptist in Charleston did not take a visit this past weekend. He has offers from Clemson, Syracuse and East Carolina and took officials to each.

"He said it went great," First Baptist head coach John Waters said of Dukes' visit to Clemson. "Coach Swinney told him to think about it and go from there. He said it was great. He went to Coach Swinney's house and all that."

Waters said right now he's not sure what Dukes is thinking about his future.

"I don't have an answer or any insight," he said. "He was honored to get it (the Clemson offer), but I don't know where his head is at."

Syracuse head coach Dino Babers has had his in-home visit and a recruiter for the Orange is expected in this week. Appalachian State and Clemson's Elliott also have been in. Duke's doesn't plan to announce until NSD.

Clemson '20 QB target DJ Uiagalelei was offered by A&M, and '20 DB target Luke Hill was offered by Ohio State.

OTHERS

OL Mason Trotter of Dorman High in Roebuck took an official visit to Louisville over the weekend, while CB Kenney Solomon of Socastee High in Myrtle Beach visited Rutgers.

Blythewood High LB Patrick Goldbolt and TE Jordan Springs of Dutch Fork High in Irmo both committed to South Carolina State. QB Ross Malmgren of Dallas, Ga., committed to Charleston Southern, and DE Anthony Britton Jr. of McDonough, Ga., RB Bud Chaney of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and LB Hasan Black of Cincinnati each committed to The Citadel.

Jalin Hyatt, a '20 wide receiver from Dutch Fork, visited Tennessee Saturday.

Jalen Coit, a '20 WR from Cheraw, was offered by Coastal and Vanderbilt, while Conway High '20 DL Tonka Hemmingway was offered by WF.

Hammond '20 QB Jackson Muschamp was offered by Western Carolina.

BASKETBALL

Former 6-6 A.C. Flora and Lower Richland standout Christian Brown is playing this season for famed Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. Brown has received high praise from analysts who have seen him and feel there's been growth in his game and personality.

"Playing on a national schedule has helped me tremendously, especially with time management," Brown said. "The schedule is so demanding it helps me even more create a balance for the athletic and academic part of this business. Learning to play and create with other players that are high level has been the most important thing that has helped me with my game." This season Brown is averaging 12.5 points and nearly five rebounds per game. He's shooting 54 percent from the floor and 80 percent from the free throw line.

While Brown has been playing his game on the floor at a high pace, he's kept his recruiting game at a slower pace. He took officials to Clemson, Nevada-Las Vegas and UGA last year, but decided not to sign early. The Tigers, Brown said, are keeping things warm with him.

"I still speak with (assistant) Coach (Steve) Smith often," he said. "They are still my hometown team.

"N.C. State, Pitt(sburgh) and Illinois have been very involved with my recruitment recently. Hopefully, once the season slows down I'll be able to take more visits."

Brown said he hopes to make his decision before the April signing period rolls around.