Clemson commitments Hyatt, Green, Cain, Smith participating in The Opening

Tigers, Gamecocks among five finalists for RB A.J. Turner of Centreville, Virginia

Clemson 2014  High School Football Camp I - Noah Green

Clemson 2014 High School Football Camp I - Noah Green

The July 4th weekend, combined with a two week dead period running thru this Sunday, brought a rare bit of calmness to the football recruiting world last week. Most recruiters, and many prospects, are on vacation and for a brief period have put recruiting on the back burner. That will change some this week with year #4 of The Opening being held at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, OR.

This made by ESPN event brings together 162 of the most highly rated prospects across the country for a variety of competitions. But most importantly for the network, several of these prospects could announce their commitments, and that, of course, is the major hook from a viewership standpoint.

Four 2015 Clemson commitments were invited this year…WR Deon Cain, OL Noah Green, OL Mitch Hyatt and LB Chad Smith. USC’s 2015 commitment class will be represented by LB Sherrod Pittman. Also in the group of 162 is LB Michael Barnett of Woodland who is a Florida State commitment. Notre Dame has the most commitments in the event with 10.

Eight of the uncommitted prospects have indicated they may announce a decision during The Opening which runs Monday thru Thursday, and the one for USC and Clemson fans to watch is RB AJ Turner of Centreville, VA. He has had the Gamecocks and Tigers in his top group along with Ohio State, Michigan State and Virginia. Turner has not named a favorite though some recruiting observers are predicting him for the Gamecocks.

Turner said Sunday night he will announce his decision on Tuesday at a time to be determined. He said the same five remain in the hunt and he's not yet made the final decision. Turner has visited USC twice, most recently in April, and has expressed positive feelings for the Gamecocks and running backs coach Everette Sands. Clemson was the first school to offer Turner and he camped with the Tigers last summer. He also has strong feelings for Clemson recruiter Brent Venables.

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robtthetiger44#293707 writes:

With a top of the line freshman class coming in this year coupled with a top 3 recruiting class coming in next year, I would say Clemson is in a fairly good position to wreck havoc on some less talented teams. We will be on a far more level playing field with FSU and the Lamecocks are the Lamecocks. I think I will start referring to them as the "lucky biddies" or something more cynical or nasty than that. Give me a day or two so I can come up with an appropriate word or phrase to describe that over rated school and ESPN's favorite drunk coach who is there only because a membership to Augusta National came with the job.

FlopEye writes:

in response to robtthetiger44#293707:

With a top of the line freshman class coming in this year coupled with a top 3 recruiting class coming in next year, I would say Clemson is in a fairly good position to wreck havoc on some less talented teams. We will be on a far more level playing field with FSU and the Lamecocks are the Lamecocks. I think I will start referring to them as the "lucky biddies" or something more cynical or nasty than that. Give me a day or two so I can come up with an appropriate word or phrase to describe that over rated school and ESPN's favorite drunk coach who is there only because a membership to Augusta National came with the job.

Instead of taxing your rather limited brain for
"cute" ways to try and insult the Gamecocks, maybe you should spend your time out of the crib on trying to teach Dabo the basics of football.
He's let " ESPN's favorite drunk coach " wear
the Tigers out for the last five years.
Anyone for a " six pack ? "

gamecockg writes:

in response to robtthetiger44#293707:

With a top of the line freshman class coming in this year coupled with a top 3 recruiting class coming in next year, I would say Clemson is in a fairly good position to wreck havoc on some less talented teams. We will be on a far more level playing field with FSU and the Lamecocks are the Lamecocks. I think I will start referring to them as the "lucky biddies" or something more cynical or nasty than that. Give me a day or two so I can come up with an appropriate word or phrase to describe that over rated school and ESPN's favorite drunk coach who is there only because a membership to Augusta National came with the job.

Lucky Biddies? Five plus years, over 2,000 days, since the tigers from cow county beat the mighty South Carolina Gamecocks. Better coaching, not luck.

robtthetiger44#293707 writes:

in response to FlopEye:

Instead of taxing your rather limited brain for
"cute" ways to try and insult the Gamecocks, maybe you should spend your time out of the crib on trying to teach Dabo the basics of football.
He's let " ESPN's favorite drunk coach " wear
the Tigers out for the last five years.
Anyone for a " six pack ? "

My limited brain power doesn't need much charging to come up with cute little things to say about the Lamecocks or their coach. 110 years of football history says it all. You all have no history but a losing history whereas we Clemson people have a winning history and a huge advantage over the Lamecocks. That winning streak you all have...enjoy it because it's ending this November and you all may not beat us again but twice in another 11 years like from 1998 thru 2008. Remember that, big dumb Lamecock?

TigerNE writes:

I didn't think we had any space for RBs, so I don't expect to hear about A.J. Turner picking Clemson. Would Swinney make accommodations somehow for a 3 star back? I'd be surprised.

robtthetiger44#293707 writes:

in response to gamecockg:

Lucky Biddies? Five plus years, over 2,000 days, since the tigers from cow county beat the mighty South Carolina Gamecocks. Better coaching, not luck.

Anybody that was at the game last year or watched it on TV knows SC casused 1 turover and we just handed SC the ball 5 other tines. Does anyone actually think SC would have won that game had we not just turned the ball over and gave it to you. We were a much better team last year and all Lamecocks know it, too, but just can't and won't bring themselves to admit the turnovers is what cost us. And SC caused only one. The others were just stupid plays on our part. Starting in 1998 thru the year 2008 Clemson won 9 games. We never make an issue out of it because it's always been a lopsided rivalry like that. Check the history of the last 110 years and see how well you Lamecocks have done against the far, far better program Clemson has, historically. And the 2 games out of the 11 years you all won were very close, exciting games. So in other words, if not for a play here or there, we would have won 11 in a row. Talk to the Tiger world after you win a couple of more in a row. 5 in a row Clemson has done to SC several times over the years. You got a good team right now. I will not dispute that.

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