Articles in Regional Sports
I’m a pessimist by nature. Our newsroom staff would tell you my usual response to any TGIF chatter is, “Just one day closer to next Monday.”
Not to brag, but I’d like to take this opportunity to pat myself on the back for totally predicting Atlanta’s march to the Super Bowl behind an MVP season from quarterback Matt Ryan.
Will Muschamp already has a signature victory in his first year as head coach of the South Carolina football team, that coming with an upset of preseason SEC East favorite Tennessee.
Defensive end Brenton Cox of Stockbridge, Ga. — Class of 2018 — is emerging as one of the next major prospects from the Peach State and he has offers from Clemson and South Carolina, among several others. Cox already has a strong feeling for Clemson and has included the Tigers in his top 10 along with Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Louisville and Florida State, though he said he remains open to all schools.
Wide receiver Chad Terrell of Dallas, Ga., has a final three of South Carolina, Oregon and N.C. State. Oregon replaces Ole Miss from his previous top three. Terrell took an official visit to Oregon earlier this month. As for a visit to South Carolina, Terrell said, “Yes, but it will not be anytime soon.”
Neither Clemson nor South Carolina have ever been, or will ever be, able to build a championship-caliber football program solely on in-state recruiting. That’s just a numbers game. But what the Palmetto State might lack in quantity, it often makes up for in quality.
Last Friday, Clemson held its annual All-In Cookout. Tiger coach Dabo Swinney invited a small but highly regarded group of uncommitted prospects to join current players and current commitments for an evening of food and fun — with a little recruiting thrown in.