The state's top prospect for 2009, Byrnes running back Marcus Lattimore (6-0, 210) capped a busy end of the week by making an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Sunday.
Lattimore attended the USC-Tennessee basketball game Thursday in Columbia. On Saturday, he was at Clemson for the Tigers' junior day along with several of his teammates. Lattimore said he was given a tour of the campus and athletic facilities then met with head coach Dabo Swinney for about a half-hour before leaving.
"We talked about my family and how I can make an impact early," Lattimore said. "He's a great person. He cares about you more than a football player. I plan to go back up there with my mother sometime soon."
Lattimore has upcoming trips planned for Georgia, North Carolina and LSU. And he's planning to attend USC's spring game on April 11.
In other recruiting news:
Two other Upstate standouts committed to Clemson last week. WR Joe Craig (6-0, 165) of Gaffney, who grew up a devout USC fan, opted to accept the offer from Clemson and contacted Swinney with his pledge Friday. "They were the first school to talk to me," Craig said. "I can get some playing time my freshman year and they are going to let me run track." Clemson was the only offer for Craig, though he also was drawing interest from USC, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Vanderbilt, LSU and Penn State.
On Saturday while attending junior day, ATH DeAndre Hopkins (6-3, 185) of Daniel committed to the Tigers, who plan to deploy him as a receiver. Hopkins also plays safety and has 23 interceptions over the past two seasons. He also had football offers from USC, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia. Hopkins also holds basketball offers from USC and Florida. His commitment was the fourth for Clemson for the 2010 class.
Bamberg-Ehrhardt OL AJ Cann (6-3, 265) was to be at Clemson's junior day Saturday. He is up to 21 offers after hearing last week from Florida State, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Penn State and Michigan State. He's also been to USC and Georgia for junior days.
Cann's teammate, DE Justin Henderson (6-4, 232), also was offered last week by Michigan State and Penn State. He also has offers from Tulsa and Colorado and is getting interest from Clemson and USC. He was to be at Clemson on Saturday and will visit Middle Tennessee and Vanderbilt later this month.
Byrnes DL Brandon Willis (6-4, 255) planned to be at Clemson on Saturday. He has offers from the Tigers, USC, Florida State, Cal, Texas A&M, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, LSU, Notre Dame and Alabama. Willis said he's open but if he had to name a current top five, it would be Florida State, Cal, Florida, LSU and Alabama. Willis briefly attended USC's junior day last month for a photo shoot. He plans to graduate in December.
USC and Clemson are among the offers for LB Kendall Moore (6-3, 232) of Raleigh. He also has offers from N.C. State, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, East Carolina, Florida State, Maryland and West Virginia. He's been to junior days at USC, Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest. He camped at Clemson after his freshman season. Moore said Notre Dame and Tennessee appear close to offering.
Richland Northeast OL CL Wilson (6-5, 255) and DBs Tywon Pelzer and Terry Cherry of AC Flora were scheduled to be at Clemson's junior day.
OL Marques Pair (6-6, 260) of Sumter took in USC's junior day last month. He plans to get to some of their spring practices and the spring game. Pair also is hearing from Duke.
Chester OL Kalon Davis (6-5, 320) was at Clemson on Saturday and landed an offer from the Tigers, and now considers Clemson as his favorite. He's also been to USC and Tennessee for junior days. Along with Clemson, Davis has offers from N.C. State, Mississippi State, Wake Forest and Vanderbilt.
LB Andre Whitmire (6-2, 220) and ATH Cornelius Jones (6-2, 185) of Spartanburg attended USC's junior day and were planning to be at Clemson on Saturday. Whitmire has offers from Stanford, Duke and Wake Forest and is getting strong interest from Notre Dame according to his coach. Jones has offers from Duke and Michigan and is also getting interest from Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.
WR Tai-ler Jones (6-0, 180) of Gainesville, Ga., cut his list to 15 last week with USC and Clemson both making the cut. The others on his list includee Miami, Oklahoma, Florida State, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Auburn, Arkansas, Notre Dame and Alabama. He plans to announce on July 19, his birthday. Last season, he had 80 catches for over 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Boiling Springs OL Logan Stewart (6-4, 275) has been to junior days at USC, East Carolina and N.C. State. Vanderbilt and N.C. State, he said, are on him the strongest right now. He's also hearing from Georgia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama and Central Florida.
Dreher DE Farrington Huguenin (6-4, 230) has been getting solid interest from USC, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan State and others according to his coach Bill Bacon. He has not been offered. Last season Huguenin had 81 tackles and 11 sacks. He can also play tight end.
Sophomore QB Everett Golson (6-0, 170) of Myrtle Beach told the Clemson fan Web site TigerIllustrated.com last week that North Carolina, Duke and Florida are the three schools he likes the most right now. Golson said he's only going to consider schools that will let him play football and basketball. Clemson is on that list, USC is not.
S.C. State added a late signee for the 2009 class in DE Montrey Pride (6-5, 205) of Blake, Fla. He had 64 tackles and 3 sacks last season.
6-9 Jhondre Jefferson of NW Florida State JC and Lake Marion High School became the fourth recruit for USC for the 2009 class when he committed last week while on his official visit. Jefferson averaged 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks per game this season. Jefferson also had offers from Missouri and Mercer.
Clemson last week announced the signees for the 2009 class:
RHP Scott Firth, Buffalo Grove, Ill.; RHP Mike Kent, Springfield, Va.; C Spencer Kieboom, Marietta, Ga.; LHP Kevin Kyle, Atlanta; RHP Dominic Leone, Norwich, Conn.; RHP Jonathan Meyer, San Diego; INF Seth Neely, Rock Hill; INF Richie Shaffer, Charlotte; RHP JT Wauford, Midlothian, Va.; and RHP Madison Younginer, Mauldin.