Recruiting Roundup: Big-time prospects from California headed to Clemson next week
|Saturday, June 8, 2019, 8:01 AM- -|
Some big-time visitors from California will head to Clemson next week for head coach Dabo Swinney’s high school camp.
Terry Bullock, the coach from Bellflower (CA) St. John Bosco that brought quarterback commit DJ Uiagalelei to Clemson last year, is bringing several prospects this time around. Uiagalelei will be joined by four teammates in 2021 wide receiver Beaux Collins (24 offers), 2021 offensive lineman Maximus Gibbs (6-6, 330, seven offers including Florida and FSU, 2022 offensive lineman Earnest Greene (6-5, 300, 12 offers), and 2022 running back Rayshon Luke (three offers – Duke, Georgia, Illinois).
Bullock is also bringing two prospects from another one of California’s big-time programs in Mater Dei. 2021 outside linebacker Raejon Davis (19 offers) and 2021 defensive back Jaylin Davies (16 offers). Davies’ offer list has exploded as of late – he picked up an offer from Alabama last week, along with scholarship opportunities from Ohio State and Southern Cal, and UCLA.
*Another big-time prospect from California is headed to Clemson. Five-star linebacker Justin Flowe of Upland (CA) will visit Clemson on July 26th (unofficial as of now). That should be the date for the All In Cookout.
In April, Flowe cut his list to 12 schools - Alabama, Arizona State, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas and Southern Cal.
*The Clemson coaching staff threw out an offer to 2021 OL Dietrick Pennington (6-5 330) of Cordova (TN) at camp last week.
“It was really exciting when Coach Swinney told me that I had an offer from Clemson,” Pennington said. “It was unexpected because I hadn’t heard from Clemson and my goal was to come to this camp, work my hardest, and compete. They told me that they liked the way that I could bend, that I was a natural athlete and that they liked the way that I could catch on to different things quickly.”
The recruiting process is just unfolding for Pennington who also has offers from UofSC, Georgia, Arkansas, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. But the Clemson offer really excited him.
“I like Clemson a lot,” Pennington said. “I’m looking forward to maybe getting back up there for some camps in the future.”
*Another prospect that went to Clemson looking for an offer was 2021 corner Jerrold Pough (6-0 170) of Hollywood (FL). Clemson has not yet offered. South Carolina has along with Maryland, Tennessee, Penn State, Michigan, NC State, Miami, LSU, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon, and others.
Pough said he had a great camp with the Tigers and would love to be able to add them to his offer list.
"Oh, I love it," he said. "The coaches love me. They are telling me if I come in around December I can get on the field immediately. They said to bear with them (about an offer). They showed me around campus. It's a great environment. I love the facilities."
*On the basketball front, 2021 big man Gabe Wiznitzer (6-11) now has a chance to come back home for his college basketball. He grew up in Walhalla before going off to attend the Christ School in Arden, NC. This season he will play for Hargrave Prep, VA.
Having grown up so close to Clemson, he and the staff are very familiar with one another. They took another step forward in their relationship this week when Tigers’ coach Brad Brownell offered while Wiznitzer was in for an unofficial visit.
”I was really excited to get the offer,” Wiznitzer said. “I love that it’s super close to where I live and I really like the coaches I like how they utilize their bigs and will definitely continue to build my relationship with the coaches.”
Wiznitzer is building an impressive offer sheet. Along with Clemson, he has LSU, Nebraska, Penn State, TCU, Marist, St. John’s and Iona. Clemson has a major place at the table with him right now.
“It’s definitely one of my favorite ones,” he said. I really don’t have them ranked, but I’d say it’s in my top three from the offers I have now.”
Wiznitzer said one reason Clemson resonates with him is the style of basketball Brownell employs, especially involving the bigs.
“They do a lot of dribble hand-offs and ball screens where the big has to make reads whether to roll, pop or keep the ball on the dribble hand-off,” Wiznitzer said. “I really like how the big has to make reads and has the freedom to play anywhere.”
Wiznitzer also has visited Georgia Tech and he wants to visit Nebraska, Penn State and some of his other offers. He’d also like to check out Michigan State. He has no timetable for a decision.