How does Gray’s commitment affect in-state recruiting?
Gray was an absolute must have for South Carolina. Adam Patterson was a big loss for South Carolina on Signing Day and had Gray chosen Notre Dame it would have been an even bigger loss. It is important to recruit well in-state, especially players right at your back door. Gray and Mark Barnes are right at South Carolina’s back door, and they cannot afford to let either player slip away. Gray had been favoring South Carolina for sometime, and this came as no surprise to anyone. It is a good pick-up for South Carolina, but Clemson still has control of the state.
Could Quintin Richardson commit on his visit?
In my opinion, it is not likely to happen. Richardson is a very good player, and he would be a huge commitment for Clemson early on, but I just do not see him committing the first weekend in April. He could make his decision after his visit to Tennessee’s spring game, but that would still be very early. Clemson has done a very good job with Richardson and Mason Cloy. Clemson probably holds the current edge for Cloy, and Richardson has Clemson as one of his leaders along with Tennessee.
Are we going to hit the ball this weekend?
If they do not, it could get ugly. NC State has a powerful line-up that can put up runs in a hurry. Clemson needs to start hitting the ball better, and I know the trend with this team is as the weather warms up so do their bats. The problem is you have NC State this weekend, and then a murderer’s row of Georgia and Miami next week. The margin for error in these 8 games is very small. The relief pitching could be a big key for the Tigers this weekend.