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Top juniors to be in Clemson this weekend


  by - Senior Writer - Thursday, January 31, 2013 6:53 PM
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Clemson commit Deshaun Watson

Clemson’s coaching staff is traveling across the country, putting the finishing touches on what it hopes will be a big finish to the 2013 recruiting class, with many of the final visits taking place on Friday.

On Saturday, the coaches will turn their attention to many of the region’s top 2014 prospects as the Tigers hold their first Junior Day of the year, and many of the top names will be in Clemson for the event.

Headlining the prospects will be Clemson commit DeShaun Watson DeShaun Watson
Quarterback
6-3, 190
Gainesville, GA

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, the quarterback out of Gainesville, Georgia. Joining Watson will be Sandy Creek 4-star wide receiver Demarre Kitt Demarre Kitt
Wide Receiver
6-1, 185
Tyrone, GA

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– the two are good friends and have made it known they would like to play together. The duo will visit Ohio St. the next weekend, and the Buckeyes and head coach Urban Meyer have made a strong push for Watson as of late. Watson has said that much of his Clemson commitment is tied to offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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, and whether Morris will be at Clemson at the end of next season.

Another intriguing visitor is Savannah (GA) Calvary Day tight end Milan Richard Milan Richard
Tight End
6-3, 230
Savannah, GA

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, the nephew of former Georgia and NFL star Herschel Walker. Richard picked up a Clemson offer after the South Carolina game last season – Richard was on campus for a visit – and has also picked up offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Miss. St. and Ole Miss.

The Tigers already have commitments from 2014 running back prospects Jae’lon Oglesby of Central (SC) Daniel and Dalvin Cook Dalvin Cook
Running Back
5-11, 190
Miami, FL

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of Miami (FL) Miami Central. Both are 4-stars and have been commits since last summer. Now, the Tigers are in the mix for another 4-star runner in Elijah Hood Elijah Hood
Running Back
6-1, 210
Charlotte, NC

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of Charlotte (NC) Charlotte Catholic, who will also be in town this weekend. Hood received a personal visit from Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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last week. No surprise there – Hood turned in a 3,300 yard and 48 touchdown a year ago. That’s not a misprint – Hood rushed for 2,868 yards and 45 touchdowns as a sophomore.

One of the top corner prospects out of the state of Georgia will also be on hand – D.J. Smith D.J. Smith
Cornerback
6-0, 180
Marietta, GA

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out of Marietta (GA) Walton. Smith, who hails from the same high school as former Clemson receiver Aaron Kelly, is considered to be one of the nation’s elite corners in the 2014 recruiting cycle, and he already had offers from Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan St., Nebraska, UNC, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. Smith got his offer from Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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earlier this month, and told TigerNet he wants to spend time with the coaches on this visit.

“I am definitely going to make it to Clemson,” he said. “I want to see everything on the visit, but I really want to start a relationship with the coaches and then check everything out. Right now, getting to know the coaches is important to me.”


Other instate standouts expected to attend are Easley ATH C.J. Fuller C.J. Fuller
Running Back
5-10, 180
Easley, SC

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, Williston-Elko OT Taylor Hearn Taylor Hearn
Offensive Line
6-5, 305
Williston, SC

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and Bamberg ATH K.C. Crosby.

Visiting from North Carolina will be Charlotte Catholic tight end Jeb Blazevich Jeb Blazevich
Tight End
6-5, 240
Charlotte, NC

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, safety Jefferie Gibson Jefferie Gibson
Safety
6-4, 185
Hope Mills, NC

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of Southern Alamance and defensive end Lorenzo Featherston of Greensboro Page.

Coming up from Florida is former Florida St. commit and 4-star wide receiver Jacob McCrary Jacob McCrary
Wide Receiver
6-0, 182
Miami, FL

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of Miami (FL) Coral Reef. McCrary told TigerNet last week that the Tigers now have the lead over the Seminoles.

“Clemson was the first school to offer me, and I am very excited about the way the program is headed,” McCrary said. “All of the coaches there are great, especially Coach [Jeff] Scott and Coach [Brent] Venables. I have gotten to know them very well, and the program fits what I want to be as a receiver. I love how they throw the ball.”

Other Florida visitors scheduled to attend are teammates Mason Cole Mason Cole
Offensive Tackle
6-5, 270
Tarpon Springs, FL

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(OL), Artavis Scott Artavis Scott
Wide Receiver
6-0, 180
Tarpon Springs, FL

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(WR/DB) and George Campbell (WR/S) out of Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake.

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