Tigers, Gamecocks batting head-to-head for top-ranked 2015 DL Albert Huggins

Recruiting Notes: Two 2014 in-state prospects head elsewhere: Christian Miller to Alabama, Dexter Wideman to FSU

Orangeburg-Wilkinson's Albert Huggins (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Orangeburg-Wilkinson's Albert Huggins (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

A pair of recruiting battles once projected to be of the in-state variety have turned out otherwise, as two of South Carolina's top-rated 2014 prospects have chosen out of-state-schools.

Saluda, S.C. defensive tackle Dexter Wideman announced his decision for Florida State this week, while Gamecocks' legacy target Christian Miller selected Alabama over South Carolina and Clemson.

Miller, the son of former USC and NFL star Corey Miller, is rated as the nation's No. 2 outside linebacker by ESPN.

Meanwhile, the competition for 2015's No. 1-rated in-side player, 6-3, 280-pound defensive tackle Albert Huggins of Orangeburg, appears to be headed to a Clemson-Carolina conclusion. Rated as the nation's No. 4 defensive end by ESPN, Huggins reportedly told SCSportsSource.com that he's looking to make an early decision following a recent conversation he had with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

In other football-related news, 2014 defensive line target Lamont Gaillard of Fayetteville, N.C. committed to Georgia over offers from Clemson, Alabama, Florida, FSU, Miami and others. He visited Clemson for a junior day in the spring.

One of Clemson's few remaining targets for 2014, top-ranked inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, Ga., has narrowed his list of candidates to Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Georgia and Florida.

Clemson has renewed its interest in four-star defensive tackle Anthony Moten of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., who recently announced that he was decommitting from Florida. Alabama, LSU, Miami and Notre Dame are also in the hunt.

Clemson recently offered 2015 defensive tackle prospect Darwin Taylor (6-23, 310) of Chester, Va.

Men's Basketball

The Clemson men's basketball coaching staff has recently offered a pair of players: 2014 point guard Bryant McIntosh of New Castle, Ind., and four-star swing forward Matt Ryan of New Rochelle, N.Y.

Ryan is ranked as the No. 4 player in New York and as one of the top 25 players in the nation at his position.

ESPN ranks McIntosh as the No. 7 player in Indiana.

Baseball

The Tigers have added a commitment for their class of 2015 in Jackson Kowar, a righthanded pitcher from Charlotte Christian in Weddington, N.C. The 6-3, 150-pound Kowar served primarily as a reliever last season, and recorded eight saves and a 1.50 ERA. He has a sidearm delivery.

Committing recently to the Tigers for the class of 2016 was righthanded pitcher Sawyer Bridges of Summerville, S.C. Also his school's starting quarterback as a freshman, Bridges had a 5-1 record and a 1.13 ERA this spring, with 34 strikeouts in 31 innings pitched. He also had a one-hitter.

Clemson's latest addition for its class of 2014, pitcher Austin DeCarr of Foxboro, Mass., told his hometown Foxboro Reporter that he was sold on Clemson after making one eight-hour visit.

"I hung around there for eight hours, and they made a really good offer, definitely one I couldn't pass up," DeCarr said. "The place is unbelievable. The coaching staff in unbelievable, and it's a great program."

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