Tigers, Aggies battling for No. 2 recruiting spot, with Gamecocks closing fast

Texas A&M edges past Clemson in two rankings lists, while ESPN gives Clemson the edge

Garrett Williams sits in the crowd with girlfriend and fellow Orlando First Academy athlete Kennedy Wilson-Talmadge at Florida State's spring game (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Garrett Williams sits in the crowd with girlfriend and fellow Orlando First Academy athlete Kennedy Wilson-Talmadge at Florida State's spring game (Orlando Sentinel photo)

Clemson made its big recruiting splash in May, adding six commitments to its 2015 list and climbing to No. 2 behind Alabama in rankings by Rivals, ESPN and 247Sports.

Texas A&M and South Carolina have played a successful game of catch-up in June, with the Aggies moving past the Tigers into the No. 2 spot in two rankings, and the Gamecocks nipping on the Tigers' heels in another.

Clemson maintains its No. 2 ranking by ESPN, which ranks the Tigers just ahead of Texas A&M, with Florida State eighth and South Carolina ninth.

The Tigers slipped to No. 3 behind the Aggies on the Rivals and 247Sports lists, while South Carolina has moved up to No. 4 in the Rivals version. Rivals ranks FSU 12th

The Gamecocks' class is ranked sixth by 247Sports, while the Seminoles are 11th.

Both Texas A&M and South Carolina had June recruiting flurries.

The Aggies closed the gap on Clemson by adding Cedar Hill, Texas teammates DeMarkus Lodge, a four-star receiver, and Richard Moore, a three-star linebacker. A&M edge ahead in Rivals' points total when it added two-star placekicker Daniel LaCamera from Tarpon Springs, Florida on June 24.

South Carolina's class grew from 11 to 19 with eight June commitments, including four-star offensive lineman Austin Clark from Lexington, Virginia; four-star defensive back Octavius Johnson from Homerville, Georgia; and four-star defensive end Arden Kay from Atlanta.

The Gamecocks picked up three-star prospects Jake Alexander, a defensive back from Charlotte; Connor Redmond, a tight end from Lawrenceville, Georgia; Quandeski Whitlow, a defensive end from Opelika, Alabama; and Antoine Wilder, a defensive back from Atlanta.

Also committing to USC was two-star linebacker Jalen Henry of Foley, Alabama.

Florida State added two commitments during June: four-star defensive end Michael Barnett of Ridgeland, South Carolina and four-star linebacker Sh'mar Kilby-Lane of Hallandale Beach, Florida.

Clemson made its mark in May by adding six commitments: four-star wide receiver Deon Cain of Tampa, Florida; four-star tight end Garrett Williams of Orlando, Florida; four-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson of Cleveland, North Carolina; four-star defensive back Juwuan Briscoe of Sterling of Maryland; three-star offensive lineman Zach Giela of Martinez, Georgia; and three-star defensive end LaSamuel Davis of Bamberg, South Carolina.

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clmtgr92 writes:

Here is the problem with these rankings. A kid commits to Clemson and he is a marginal 4 star/high 3 star recruit. Same kid commits to a SEC team and he is suddenly a 5 star world beater. The only ranking that matters is the one that comes out the week after New Year's Day.

brownrobert402#293681 writes:

Does anyone know the status of Tim Settle. I thought he was on the verge of committing after camp and yet his name is not mentioned anymore. What's up with him?

brownrobert402#293681 writes:

in response to clmtgr92:

Here is the problem with these rankings. A kid commits to Clemson and he is a marginal 4 star/high 3 star recruit. Same kid commits to a SEC team and he is suddenly a 5 star world beater. The only ranking that matters is the one that comes out the week after New Year's Day.

You are right in what you said. As far as the SEC goes, if it was up to ESPN the worst high school player in the country is a 4 or 5 star recruit if he chooses Alabama or SC because of Spurrier. ESPN thinks Spurrier's body output of solid waste smells like high dollar perfume and they fall all over themselves talking about how great he is and his team. They talked so much about Clowney last year and he wasn't even the best defensive lineman on the team. You can take an average 3 star and make him play as a 5 star with good coaching, which Clemson has at this time in our football. I'll take what we have and our coaches and wish the rest of them well because when they play us they will need all the good 4 star recruits they can get. I promise you we will be waiting on the "Lamecocks" this year and they won't like the whipping we gonna put on them, either.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to brownrobert402#293681:

Does anyone know the status of Tim Settle. I thought he was on the verge of committing after camp and yet his name is not mentioned anymore. What's up with him?

He's scheduled to be at The Opening this next week starting Saturday. He announced on Twitter months ago he was eyeing a mid-October (18th to be exact) commit announcement.

TheTruth46 writes:

in response to brownrobert402#293681:

You are right in what you said. As far as the SEC goes, if it was up to ESPN the worst high school player in the country is a 4 or 5 star recruit if he chooses Alabama or SC because of Spurrier. ESPN thinks Spurrier's body output of solid waste smells like high dollar perfume and they fall all over themselves talking about how great he is and his team. They talked so much about Clowney last year and he wasn't even the best defensive lineman on the team. You can take an average 3 star and make him play as a 5 star with good coaching, which Clemson has at this time in our football. I'll take what we have and our coaches and wish the rest of them well because when they play us they will need all the good 4 star recruits they can get. I promise you we will be waiting on the "Lamecocks" this year and they won't like the whipping we gonna put on them, either.

Dear ole Bobby,we've been hearing that bragging garbage for years. Last year all we heard was Tagee and Slammy Potkins....what did that get you? Perhaps another butt kicking? Keep bumping those gums and be prepared to find yourself a big rock to crawl under after November. The 6th in a row just might be more than you can hsndle from the Lamecocks. Just keep in mind who SC's QB was in 2012 in the valley. If you're not a boy scout...then join immediately, and be prepared.

brownrobert402#293681 writes:

in response to TheTruth46:

Dear ole Bobby,we've been hearing that bragging garbage for years. Last year all we heard was Tagee and Slammy Potkins....what did that get you? Perhaps another butt kicking? Keep bumping those gums and be prepared to find yourself a big rock to crawl under after November. The 6th in a row just might be more than you can hsndle from the Lamecocks. Just keep in mind who SC's QB was in 2012 in the valley. If you're not a boy scout...then join immediately, and be prepared.

I love to read comments from uneducated, misguided, stupid azz Lamecock people. It makes my day.

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to TheTruth46:

Dear ole Bobby,we've been hearing that bragging garbage for years. Last year all we heard was Tagee and Slammy Potkins....what did that get you? Perhaps another butt kicking? Keep bumping those gums and be prepared to find yourself a big rock to crawl under after November. The 6th in a row just might be more than you can hsndle from the Lamecocks. Just keep in mind who SC's QB was in 2012 in the valley. If you're not a boy scout...then join immediately, and be prepared.

Those guys got us back-to-back bowl wins over top-ten teams including a BCS win. That's what they got us. On the flip-side, all we heard the last three years was Jadaveon Clowney. What did that get ya'll? 5 wins over us? Big frickin whoop. Where's that Heisman trophy ya'll guys were talking about this time last year? How about that SEC trophy? Not even an SEC East trophy? You guys have wasted more talent the last five years than anyone.

And we can't wait for Dylan Thompson to come back to DV. He's going to find a much different defense waiting on him. The streak ends this year---bank on it.. The question is can you handle it?

TigerFan95 writes:

SC has a good class, but how many folks would trade ours for theirs?

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to clmtgr92:

Here is the problem with these rankings. A kid commits to Clemson and he is a marginal 4 star/high 3 star recruit. Same kid commits to a SEC team and he is suddenly a 5 star world beater. The only ranking that matters is the one that comes out the week after New Year's Day.

The problem with your statement is that you have nothing to back it up. The SEC has won how many national championships now? 7 of the last 8? They've sent 9 teams to the BCS title game in the last 8 years. I think the SEC has the recruiting thing figured out.

robtthetiger44#293707 writes:

If you can count to 100 any school in the SEC will take you as a "student athlete" whereas the ACC actually makes you know how to read and write. The SEC is an inferior conference in all the meaningful ways. All their football history is shrouded in less than average academics and it has always been that way and always will be that way. If the ACC took the players the SEC did, everybody would be talking about how great a football conference the ACC is and nobody would pay any attention to the SEC. Only ESPN and the schools fans gives a rats azz about them anyway.

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