Late this past week, Clemson landed a nonbinding verbal commitment from a player who’s not only the top defensive end in the country, but the consensus No. 1 player at any position in the country in the Class of 2013.
A couple of days later, the Tigers have landed another verbal from another highly-rated player at the same position.
According to multiple media outlets, Avon (Ind.) High School end Elijah Daniel verbally committed to Clemson Sunday afternoon. The verbal comes shortly after the four-star recruit’s first-ever visit to the school.
“They answered all of my questions,” Daniel told Rivals.com of his decision to commit less than eight months ahead of signing day. “Other schools I visited didn’t jump off the charts with all of the answered questions Clemson was able to provide. The coaching is good and I got a good feel for everybody.”
Rivals.com rates Daniel as the No. 13 strongside end in the current class, while Scout.com and 247Sports.com has the 6-4, 253-pounder rated as the No. 4 and No. 8 end, respectively. In addition to Clemson, Daniel has also visited, among others, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan State and Notre Dame. His myriad scholarship offers also included Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Daniel indicated that, in all likelihood, he was done taking visits, official or otherwise.
“I’m pretty much done,” Daniel said. “Right now I really like Clemson. It’ll probably will be home there because I’ve already been to all of the other places I was interested in.”
A little over two months after getting the boot from Syracuse, Ashton Broyld has found himself a new college football home.
Multiple outlets have picked up on the fact that Broyld is now playing for Div. II West Georgia. Broyld left the Orange listed as a running back, but is playing wide receiver according to the team’s official roster.
There was already a familiar face in the locker room upon Broyld’s arrival as Wayne Williams is playing defensive tackle for the Wolves. Williams announced in late June that he had decided to transfer out of Scott Shafer‘s ‘Cuse program.
“I checked in on them,” Shafer said of his two former players Thursday. “I’m happy to see those guys are still playing football.”
In 2013, Broyld led the team in both receptions (52) and receiving yards (452). Broyld was the Orange’s leading receiver through the first three games last season before a lower-leg injury caused him to miss eight of the last nine games.
In late July, Broyld was dismissed for violating unspecified team rules.
In the midst of reports that he had a physical altercation with one of his Tennessee players during summer camp this year, Butch Jones labeled the speculation “absolutely ridiculous.”
Apparently, his bosses agree with the head coach.
At a board meeting Thursday, UT-Knoxville chancellor Jimmy Cheek stated that he and athletic director Dave Hart had done their “due diligence” in investigating the accusations that Jones and senior offensive lineman Mack Crowder were involved in some type of physical skirmish during practice this past August. The end result of interviews with Jones, coaches and players was the conclusion that there was nothing to the reports and message-board rumors.
“There’s been a lot of rumor and misinformation on social media and message boards about an alleged incident during football practice,” Cheek said according to GoVols247.com‘s Wes Rucker. “It’s not our practice to respond to rumors, but I thought it was important to let you know that we’ve done our due diligence and Dave Hart and I are very confident there was no inappropriate conduct with any players or coaches.”
Shortly after Cheek spoke at the board meeting, Crowder took to Twitter with a series of missives that speaks around the issue.