|2004 Clemson Football Signee List|
by TigerNet StaffTigerNet Staff
- Wednesday, February 4, 2004 7:08 AM
Signed with Clemson: National top 100 player who will have impact on Clemson’s offensive line…ranked as 98th best player in the nation by Tom Lemming…Lemming also ranks Lambert as the eighth best offensive tackle in the nation…SuperPrep All-American…ranked as 13th best offensive tackle in nation by Rivals.com…ranked as third best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com…and fourth best player in the state by SuperPrep…same publication ranks him as 23rd best offensive lineman in the nation…ranked as 18th best offensive lineman in the nation by collegefootballnews.com…ranked as 125th best player in the nation regardless of position by collegefootballnews.com …named to All Mid-Atlantic team by SuperPrep…ranked as 12th bet offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep…a Dream Team Atlantic selection by PrepStar…named to Super Southern 100 team by Atlanta Constitution…named to All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel…played in the Shrine Bowl for South Carolina…earned Associated Press All-State honors in 2003…two-time all-conference selection…graded out at 90 percent with 28 knockdowns from right tackle position at Greenville High School where he played for Larry Frost…led Greenville High to 12-1 record…second-team All-South by Countdown to Signing Day…chose Clemson over Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina and Alabama….born Cory M. Lambert on March 19, 1986.
#1 (7:46AM) OL Taylor Tremel (6-4, 260, 5.0) Lake Mary, FL
#2 (7:47AM) WR Aaron Kelly (6-5, 174) Marietta, GA
#3 (7:57AM) DB Brandon Croley (6-0, 180) Jacksonville, FL
#4 (8:00AM) OL Bobby Hutchinson (6-4, 270, 5.1) Greenville, FL
#5 (8:05AM) OL Tony Willis (6-6, 305, 5.3) Highland Springs, VA
#6 (8:26AM) DB Adrian Kindred (6-2, 198) Opelika, AL
#7 (8:35AM) DL Elsmore Gabriel (6-4, 250, 4.89) Brooklyn, NY
#8 (8:39AM) ATH Phillip Morris (6-3, 192) Timmonsville, SC
#9 (8:53AM) QB Cullen Harper (6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, GA
#10 (8:58AM) DL Dorell Scott (6-4, 295) Columbia, SC
#11 (9:09AM) DB Chris Clemons (6-1, 180) Arcadia, FL
#12 (9:30AM) QB Tribble Reese (6-3, 190) Birmingham, AL
#13 (9:45AM) ATH La'Donte Harris (6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, AL
#14 (9:59AM) TE Akeem Robinson (6-5, 259) Miami, FL
#15 (10:00AM) TE/DE Xavier Littleberry (6-6, 240) Camden Military
#16 (10:00AM) TE Phillip Merling (6-5 255, 4.7) Cordova, TN
#17 (11:30AM) DB Michael Hamlin (6-2, 184) Lamar, SC
#18 (11:45AM) OL Barry Richardson (6-7, 330) Mt Pleasant, SC
#19 (12:25PM) LB Courtney Vincent (6-1, 220) Allendale, SC
#20 (12:38PM) DT Rashaad Jackson (6-4, 290) Union, SC
#21 (12:45PM) OL Cory Lambert (6-7, 290, 5.0) Greenville, SC
#22 (12:45PM) LB Alex Pearson (6-2 240, 4.7) Greenville, SC
#23 (1:05PM) ATH Durrell Barry (6-5, 245) Summerville, SC
#24 (Dec) DT Corey Groover (6-3, 282) Summit, MS (SW Miss JUCO)
#25 (Feb 9) WR Andrew Diomande (6-2, 185) Miami, FL (Christopher Columbus HS)
#26 (Feb 19) DL Jacquez McKissic (6-7, 263) Opelika, AL
- DL Matt Raysor (6-4, 275) Bamberg, SC - Signed with USC
- WR Mike McIntosh (6-2, 180) Jacksonville, FL - Signed with Florida
- OL Ell Ash (6-5, 263) Willingboro, NJ - Signed with Tennessee
- ATH Sinclair Cannon (6-3, 190) Greer, SC - Signed with Tennessee
- DB C.J. Barber (6-2, 215) Rock Hill, SC - Signed with USC
- DL Anthony Hill (6-7, 270) Hargrave Prep, VA - Signed with NCSU
- OL Nygel Pierson (6-6, 295) Darlington, SC - Signed with SC State
- DL Shaun Branscome (6-5, 255) Dublin, VA - A Clemson commitment but will not be signed by the Clemson coaching staff. He will attend Prep School and be signed by the Tigers next year.
- WR Jamar Bryant (6-2, 184) Rockingham, NC - Signed with Georgia
- LB Dannell Ellerbe (6-2, 185) Rockingham, NC - Signed with Georgia
- OL James Thompson (6-5, 303) Sumter, SC - Signed with USC
ATH Durrell Barry (6-5, 245) Summerville, SC
One of the most productive tight ends in the country in 2003, he had 66 catches for 1126 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season…had a two-star rating from rivals.com…All-Low Country in 2002 and 2003...named All-State in 2003...received player of the week honor once in 2003 grom the Post and Courier...in 2002, had 43 catches for 863 yards and 8 TDs...in 2003, had 66 catches for 1,126 yards and 11 TDs...played at Fort Dorchester High School for Steve La Prad…chose Clemson over Louisville…born Durrell A. Barry on January 23, 1985.
DB Chris Clemons (6-1, 180) Arcadia, FL
Two-way performer in high school…listed as 23rd best cornerback in the nation by Tom Lemming on his Jan. 27 ratings… gained 1242 yards on just 193 attempts as a senior at DeSoto High School in Arcadia, FL…had 6.4 yards per rush average and 11 touchdowns…also had a touchdown reception for 12 total touchdowns in 2003…ranked as the #39 running back in the nation by Rivals.com, he is a three-star player…ranked as fifth best running back and a Super top 75 player according to the Florida Times Union…a top 100 player in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel…named to All-Dixie team by SuperPrep…DeSoto High School offensive MVP…Heartland Player of the Year…DeSoto County offensive Player of the Year as chosen by The Port Charlotte Sun …in addition to success at running back, also played defensive back and returned kicks as a senior in high school…Offensive MVP of the South-Central All-Star Game…first-team running back at Sarasota Herald Tribune…had 951 yards on just 100 attempts and scored eight touchdowns in 2002…had five interceptions on defense, including two returned for touchdowns…three-sport athlete in high school…averaging 16.5 points and 10 rebounds per game through games of Feb. 1…in track during the 2003 season, ran 10.52 in the 100 meters, fourth best time in the state of Florida…AAA Regional Champion in the 100 meters last year…team MVP as a junior and senior, state qualifier in the 100 and 200 meters…District Champion in the 100 and 200 meters in 2003…chose Clemson over Michigan State, Pittsburgh and South Carolina…played for Gary Morton at DeSoto High School…born Christian Donavan Clemons on September 15, 1985.
DB Brandon Croley (6-0, 180) Jacksonville, FL
A Super 24 player in the state of Florida according to the Florida Times Union…high school teammate of freshman signee Mike McIntosh at First Coast High in Jacksonville…played for Marty Lee in high school….hopes to follow in the footsteps of former Clemson All-American Brian Dawkins, a Jacksonville, FL native…had 60 tackles, two interceptions and a pair of punt returns for touchdowns as a senior…named All-Dixie Region by SuperPrep…All-Southeast Region by PrepStar for 2003…all-conference and district Defensive Player of the Year…team captain in 2003…four-year starter in high school on the gridiron…born Brandon Louis Croley on November 21, 1985.
Quoting Croley: "It's a chance to play quickly, and the conference is really improved now. I love that I'll get a chance to play against Miami and play for a national title."
DL Andrew Diomande (6-1, 185) Miami, FL
Diomande, 6-1, 185, had 41 receptions for 685 yards and six touchdowns as a senior in 2003 for head coach Chris Merritt. He helped Christopher Columbus High to the state playoffs and a 7-4 final record. The nephew of former Florida State All-American Andre Wadsworth was an All-Dade County selection last year.
DL Elsmore Gabriel (6-4, 250, 4.89) Brooklyn, NY
Named to the All-Northeast team by SuperPrep…rated the #17 player in New York by SuperPrep…received a two-star rating by rivals.com…recorded 37 tackles, 10 sacks and three fumble recoveries despite playing four games due to injury…played his high school football at Christ The King High School for Kevin Kelly…played on the CHSFL League Championship team in 2002 and 2003…selected to play in New York Senior Bowl…team captain and team leader in quarterback sacks…first Clemson signee from the state of New York since 1995…selected Clemson over South Carolina, Virginia and Syracuse….born Elsmore T. Gabriel on Feb. 5, 1986, so he celebrates his birthday one day after signing with Clemson.
Quoting Gabriel: "(Clemson and NY)It’s really different. I am going to get used to it though. I can have more clear thoughts. It’s not so busy and noisy all the time. It is going to be a good atmosphere to change to....They have a winning tradition. Coach Tommy Bowden is a good coach, and it is going to be a good atmosphere to play in. The ACC is a new conference. I’m very excited to be there."
DT Corey Groover (6-3, 282) Summit, MS (SW Miss JUCO)
Junior College transfer who originally signed with Clemson in 2002…defensive MVP of the Shrine Bowl in December of 2001…SuperPrep All-American coming out of high school…spent 2002 and 2003 seasons at Southwest Mississippi Junior College…had 60 solo tackles, nine sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles in 2003…rated as a top 100 junior college player by collegefootballnews.com…ranked as 11th best defensive tackle in the nation among junior college players by collegefootballnews.com…received a three-star rating from that service…played his high school football at Hannah-Pamplico High School in Johnsonville, SC…South Carolina Sports Report Class A Defensive Player of the Year in 2001…USA Today preseason All-American for 2001…All-Pee Dee Area by WBTW…recorded 152 tackles and eight sacks his senior year of high school…forced four fumbles and recovered two…rushed for 1002 yards on just 110 carries as a fullback, he also caught nine passes for 284 yards…added 307 yards on kickoff returns…scored 27 touchdowns on offense during his senior season of high school…played for Stan Drawdy at Hannah-Pamplico…
DB Mike Hamlin (6-2, 184) Lamar, SC
Finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina…ranked as 11th best safety in the nation by Tom Lemming…rated as the 26th best safety by collegefootballnews.com…Defensive Player of the Year in South Carolina according to the High School Sports Report…all-state by the same service in 2002 and 2003…played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl for South Carolina…Class A Player of the Year in 2002 and 2003…All-Region selections each of his last three years…named to WPDE All-Zone team in 2003…all-state in all classifications for 2003…had 23 interceptions during his career at Lamar High School…member of the 2003 state championship baseball team…All-Regional choice during his career in football, basketball and baseball…member of the Lamar High School BETA Club…member of FCA…threw three passes in 2003 and two went for touchdown, including one to his brother in the state championship game…had 20 catches for 290 yards and four touchdowns, he was the team’s top receiver…also had 9-148 in punt returns, a 16.4 average, and 7-179 in kickoff returns, 25.6 per return…led the team in interceptions with four…had 65 tackles for the season, fourth on the team……played his high school football for J.R. Boyd at Lamar High School…comes to Clemson from the same school that sent former Clemson All-American and Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Levon Kirkland to Clemson…. Born Michael Leon Hamlin on November 21, 1985
QB Cullen Harper (6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, GA
Quarterback who played in just two games in 2003 due to a collarbone …actually suffered broken collarbone twice…threw for 1123 yards and 14 touchdowns during a healthy junior season…completed over 50 percent of his passes in 2002 (65-130)…All-Southeast Region selection by PrepStar, he was ranked 28th best pro-style quarterback and received three-star rating by Rivals.com…ranked as 32nd best player in Georgia, regardless of position, by Rivals.com…named to All-Dixie team by SuperPrep…played quarterback in Georgia North-South All-Star game in December…completed 15-24 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown in his two appearances in 2003…had outstanding summer camps Chick-fil-A Back of the week during 2003 season…winner of the Spirit of Sequoyah Award at high school team banquet in 2003…a Super Southern top 100 prospect…one of the top 50 players in Georgia by Atlanta Constitution…an Elite 11 QB Finalist in Las Vegas….played his high school football at Sequoyah High School for Sid Maxwell…born Thomas Cullen Harper on October 1, 1985….chose Clemson over South Carolina, Auburn, and Georgia Tech.
Quoting Harper: "I had always grown up liking Clemson, and I wanted to go check the campus out and see how everything was up there. So we went to one of their camps."
ATH La'Donte Harris (6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, AL
An All-Southeast selection according to PrepStar…received a two-star rating from rivals.com…runner-up selection as 3A Back-of-the-Year in Alabama…named captain of his Litchfield High School team where he played for coach Danny Kimble…three-time player-of-the-week his senior year…took his football team to the third round of the playoffs in 2003…all-state and all-county in 2003…four-year starter in football and a three-year starter in basketball…averaging 17 points per game during his senior season on the hard court…outstanding all-around athlete who played quarterback, wide receiver, tailback and defensive back …along with others in this class, first Clemson signee from Alabama since 1989 (Steve Derriso)…born La’Donte D.Harris on August 13, 1986….selected Clemson over South Carolina, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Louisville.
Quoting Harris: "I committed to Clemson because it was one of the first schools to offer me. I talked with my father and coaches about it, and decided it was the best choice for me."
OL Bobby Hutchinson (6-4, 270, 5.1) Greenville, FL
Ranked as 12th best center in the nation and received a three-star rating by rivals.com…named to All-Dixie team by SuperPrep…All-Region selection by PrepStar…played in the Florida vs. California All-Star game…three-year starter at Madison County High School…all-state, All-Big Ben selections…All-Florida Varsity selection…two-time player of the week selection…captain of the team…took team to two state championship game appearances…played his high school football for Frankie Carroll at Madison County High…chose Clemson over Florida State and Syracuse….born Bobby Ervin Hutchinson on Feb. 20, 1985.
“Coach Swinney just came out here. I hadn’t filled out a questionnaire or talked to anyone, but they loved me, and Coach sent Clemson a game film and decided to offer me…. Coach (Ron) West said that with me being athletic as I am that I could play anywhere on the line, but that they were going to try to keep me at center.”
DT Rashaad Jackson (6-4, 290) Union, SC
Three-year starter at defensive tackle...three-time all-conference selection...All-State selection as a senior...played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl...listed in the High School Sports Report Top 100...rated as one of the top 20 players in South Carolina by rivals.com...from the same high school as current Tiger Kyle Browning, one of the most successful programs in state history...played for head coach Mike Anthony at Union High School
Quoting Jackson: “It (Clemson) was close to home. It was very nice. It was a good experience. The people were great.....They (Clemson) are recruiting me at defensive tackle. They like my quickness, and think I can be a big factor on the defensive line… I am a team leader that has great confidence in what I do and that’s play defense.”
WR Aaron Kelly (6-5, 174) Marietta, GA
Wide receiver who had 55 catches for 955 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at Walton High School in Marietta…played his football for Ed Dudley at Walton High…in the spirit of Clemson receivers in front of him, also an outstanding return man, he averaged 19 yards on punt returns in 2003…finished the 2003 season with 1,591 all-purpose running yards…lettered three years in football and two years in basketball…first-team All-State at the 5A class in 2003…also first-team All-Cobb County…Cobb County Player of the Year by Cobb County touchdown Club and Marietta Daily Journal…team finished season with 11-1 record and regional championship…had first undefeated regular season (10-0) in school history…born Aaron Galen Kelly on April 2, 1986…chose Clemson over Wake Forest, NC State and Duke.
Quoting Kelly: "I chose Clemson because they had the best balance of academics and athletics....Another big reason I chose Clemson was because they said the opportunity was there to play as a freshman. Derrick Hamilton leaving could open more doors, but I have to earn those opportunities by working hard."
DB Adrian Kindred (6-2, 198) Opelika, AL
Named to the All-Dixie team by SuperPrep…ranked as 25th best player in Alabama by SuperPrep… all-state, all-region and all-area as a senior…two-time defensive player of the week…team captain for 2003…fourth leading tackler on the team with 65, he also had two interceptions…took his high school team to consecutive 12-1 seasons as a junior and senior, they finished in semifinals of state each year…also outstanding basketball player who averages 14 points per game on the hardwood…played his high school football at Opelika High for Spence McCracken… along with others in this class, first Clemson signee from Alabama since 1989 (Steve Derriso)…born Adrian J, Kindred on New Year’s Day, 1986…. chose Clemson over Southern Mississippi and Louisville
Quoting Kindred: "I really liked the atmopshere. My host was Travis Pugh, and he and the other guys on the team really made me feel like I fit. It felt like home to me."
OL Cory Lambert (6-7, 290, 5.0) Greenville, SC
Quoting Lambert: "I will have a chance to start at Clemson not just redshirt. I know Clemson. I know it's the place I want to go....It's the same offense that we run at Greenville. That was a big factor. I just need to learn the new plays, but not a new system."
TE/DE Xavier Littleberry (6-6, 240) Camden Military
All-District, all-county selection in 2003…two-sport player at Camden Military in 2003…played his high school football in Columbus, OH…played his last two years at Camden Military for William Knopf in South Carolina…first Clemson signee from Ohio since Rudy Currie (Cleveland) in 1993…chose Clemson over South Carolina and Kentucky….born Xavier R. Littleberry on April 10, 1985
DL Jacquez McKissic (6-7, 263) Opelika, AL
McKissic played for Spence McCracken at Opelika High School in Alabama. He was a teammate of Clemson 2004 signee Adrian Kindred. McKissic had 43 tackles, eight sacks and an interception last year as the starting nose guard on a defense that allowed just 37 points in 12 games. It was his second season as a starter for Opelika High. McKissic was a preseason All-South selection by PrepStar and a two-star prospect by rivals.com. He is one of four signees in this Clemson class from the state of Alabama.
We are very pleased that Jacquez has signed with Clemson," said head coach Tommy Bowden. "It was worth the wait. He is an athletic defensive lineman, an area we needed to fill with this new class. We are happy with the quality of linemen who will be joining us next year and Jacquez's signing makes the group even stronger."
TE Phillip Merling (6-5 255, 4.7) Cordova, TN
Outstanding tight end and defensive end prospect… ranked as the 34th best tight end in the nation by SuperPrep…played his senior year of high school at Cordova High in Cordova, TN for Lynord Crutchfield…had 20 receptions for 430 yards and four touchdowns as an offensive player in 2003, he added 34 tackles, four sacks and two fumble recoveries on defense…chosen to play in the Tennessee vs. Kentucky All-Star game, which will be played this summer…first-team all-state and All-Region in 2003, he was named an AXA Liberty Bowl All-Star… named to All-Dixie team by SuperPrep…All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar … also playing basketball during his senior year at Cordova High and he was averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game through games of Feb. 1…played his first three years of high school at Calhoun High School in St. Matthews High in South Carolina before transferring…played for former South Carolina player Chris Rumph his first three years of high school…Rumph played for current Clemson offensive coordinator Brad Scott when Scott was head coach at South Carolina…named best Male Athlete at Calhoun High as a junior…all-conference, all-area and all-region in football in 2002…named defensive MVP at Calhoun high in 2002…all-conference, all-region and all-area as a sophomore and junior….outstanding basketball player who averaged double-double as a junior at Calhoun, 15 points and 13 rebounds per outing…chose Clemson over South Carolina and Arkansas….born Phillip Blaine Merling on August 19, 1985.
Quoting Merling: "I like their (Clemson's) weight room program. They get everyone big and strong there. They want me to play tight end, and I think their offensive scheme fits in well with me."
ATH Phillip Morris (6-3 ,192) Timmonsville, SC
Younger brother of current Clemson linebacker Kelvin Morris, who is outstanding all-around athlete for the Tigers and will be a senior on 2004 team…played in the North-South All-Star game…played running back, wide receiver, quarterback, free safety and punter during his career at Timmonsville High School…played his high school football for Bill Tate…rushed for 1300 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior…also had 530 yards receiving and seven touchdowns…recorded 80 tackles, intercepted four passes and forced six fumbles as a defensive player… All-State Class A as a wide receiver in 2003…All-Regional IV as a wide receiver also…All-Pee Dee Area selection…All-Mid-Atlantic team by SuperPrep…ranked as 22nd best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…chose Clemson over South Carolina….born Phillip D. Morris on July 2, 1986.
Quoting Morris: "My visit to Clemson went very well, and I decided to commit because of the things I saw. My host was Maurice Nelson, and we had a great time. What really made me commit was the atmosphere. It felt like family, and that is very important to me."
LB Alex Pearson (6-2 240, 4.7) Greenville, SC
Linebacker on Greenville High School’s outstanding 12-1 team of 2003…a three-year starter under Larry Frost…two-time all-conference selection and an all-state selection as a senior…named to the All-Mid-Atlantic team by SuperPrep…ranked as 36th best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…chose Clemson over South Carolina and Kentucky….born Alexander B. Pearson on April 20, 1986.
Quoting Pearson: "I love everything about it (Clemson). I have grown up a Clemson fan. It’s always been kind of my dream since I started playing football. It’s just a great place and close by....My forte is I’m more of a run stopper. I’m not the kind of guy that will run around blocks. I like to take them head on.”
QB Tribble Reese (6-3, 190) Birmingham, AL
Ranked as the #15 best dual-threat QB in the nation according to rivals.com…a three-star player by that same service…passed for 2,390 yards and 24 touchdowns in 2003…had just four interceptions and completed 69 percent of his passes… also rushed for 690 yards and four scores…set school record for passing yards in season in 2003…two-time Player of the Week in his area…all-state and all-metro in 2003…played for Joey Jones at Mountain Brook High School… along with others in this class, first Clemson signee from Alabama since 1989 (Steve Derriso)…chose Clemson over LSU, Mississippi, Notre Dame, Michigan State and NC State….born Herbert Tribble Reese on July 27, 1985.
Quoting Reese: "Ole Miss is kind of like Clemson in that it does have that small town thing, but they don’t have a hill to run down and everything. Clemson is just incredible - bottom line....I love Clemson and everything about it."
OL Barry Richardson (6-7, 330) Mt Pleasant, SC
Outstanding student-athlete who will graduate from high school in just three years…first Clemson signee ever to do that, he will be 17 when he enters Clemson…a three-year starter at Wando High School in Mount Pleasant for Bob Hayes…had 85 percent film grade his senior season…had 15 knockdowns and 16 pancake blocks in 2003…three-year starter on the offensive line…can already squat lift over 500 pounds….born Barry D. Richardson on May 15, 1986.
Quoting Richardson: "I decided to commit after making my visit. My host was Greg Walker, and I had a great time while I was there. The players on the team treated me as a friend, and that really meant a lot to me."
TE Akeem Robinson (6-5, 259) Miami, FL
Played left tackle his senior year for the 6A state champions of Carol City H.S…Lettered one year in football and four years in basketball…2004 All-Dade Team Selection…Ranked #20 on the Miami-Dade Top 25 prospect list… played for Walt Frazier at Carol City Senior High School…chose Clemson over Florida…parents Leroy and Brenda both attended the University of Idaho on track scholarships…born Akeem J. Robinson on December 12, 1985
Quoting Robinson: "I am looking at them because of the tradition they have and the tradition they are trying to make. They beat Florida State and if a few things would have gone their way, could have won the ACC title. Clemson is definitely a team on the rise. "
DL Dorell Scott (6-4, 295) Columbia, SC
A Shrine Bowl defensive lineman from Ridge View High School in Columbia…played for head coach Kirk Burnett in 2003…ranked as 30th best defensive tackle in the nation by collegefootballnews.com…ranked as 32nd best defensive tackle by SuperPrep…a three-year starter at defensive tackle…named first-team All-State by Associated Press in 2003…ranked as 39th best defensive tackle in nation by Rivals.com…also listed as seventh best player in South Carolina, regardless of position by Rivals.com and SuperPrep…All-Atlantic Region by Prepstar…named to Super Southern 100 team by Atlanta Constitution…named All-Mid Atlantic by SuperPrep…two-time All-Area and All-Conference…only junior on the All-Area team in 2002…finished his career with 242 tackles, seven sacks, 35 quarterback pressures, 31 tackles for loss, four caused fumbles, six fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown…had a strong 88 percent grade for his career…team defensive MVP each of his last three years…as a sophomore in 2001 had 71 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, two sacks and 15 quarterback pressures…also scored his only career touchdown on a fumble recovery…as a junior in 2002 had 70 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, 10 quarterback pressures, three fumble recoveries and three recovered fumbles…as a senior in 2003 had 101 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, 10 quarterback pressures and a 90 percent grade from the coaches…also played on offense in four games and had 89 percent grade as a lineman from the coaches…selected Clemson over South Carolina, Florida and Auburn….born Dorell C. Scott on March 15, 1986.
Quoting Scott: "Brad Scott did a real good job recruiting me. He was more like a dad than a recruiter during this process. He came up to the school and made sure I got in the right classes before I even made my decision. That right there showed me that they were concerned about me and they cared so that’s what really helped me make a decision.....I play hard. I go 100% every play, no matter what..even if my knee was about to fall off or something I would still go hard. I’m a hard nosed player. I use my quickness to get around offensive lineman. I just play extremely hard with all my heart"
OL Taylor Tremel (6-4, 260, 5.0) Lake Mary, FL
Named to All-Dixie team by SuperPrep…named to Super 75 team in Florida and ranked as the second best center in the state by Florida Times Union…all-country selection…captain of the Lake Mary team his senior year…led team to state playoffs each of his last three years…has considerable strength, he can already squat lift 480 pounds… played for Greg Stanton at Lake Mary High School…chose Clemson over South Carolina and Southern Miss….born Michael Taylor Tremel on August 18, 1985.
Quoting Tremel: “Coach Swinney is a really good guy, and a lot of the schools that were recruiting me didn’t further the relationship like he did. He’s an easy guy to talk to. When I went up to visit them after they offered me a scholarship, I related to their program and the way it’s working. I liked Coach West the o-line coach. The facilities are great, and it’s a beautiful place up there. It would just be dumb for me not to commit to Clemson.”
LB Courtney Vincent (6-1, 220) Allendale, SC
Shrine Bowl linebacker who had over 100 tackles each of the last two years…a good team leader, he was the defensive captain of the South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl…Allendale team captain as a junior and senior (2002 and 2003)…all-state linebacker in 2002 and 2003…had 100 tackles an one interception as a senior, 168 tackles as a junior…first-team All-State by South Carolina Coaches in 2002 when he also had four sacks and two interceptions…All-Area by Orangeburg Times in 2003…All-Mid-Atlantic team by SuperPrep…ranked as 20th best player in South Carolina regardless of position by SuperPrep…All-Atlantic Region by PrepStar…played for Carlos Cave at Allendale-Fairfax High School…attended same school that sent Clemson career rushing leader Raymond Priester, to Tigertown (1994-97)… chose Clemson over NC State, Maryland and North Carolina...born Courtney L. Vincent on November 24, 1985.
OL Tony Willis (6-5, 325) Highland Springs, VA
Ranked as 19th best player in Virginia by rivals.com…anchored an offensive line that set school record with 3611 yards rushing, including 9.7 yards per carry during the regular season…All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar…named to All-Mid Atlantic team by SuperPrep…ranked as 28th best player in Virginia, regardless of position by SuperPrep…first-team all-Richmond Metro selection…first-team All-Capital District and All-Central Region in 2003…also first-team All-Metro by Richmond Times Dispatch in 2003…second-team all-state as a guard by Associated Press and Virginia High School Coaches Association)…selected to play in Virginia State All-Star Game…led his high school team to three consecutive playoff appearances…played his high school football for Scott Burton at Highland Springs High School…chose Clemson over Virginia….born Tony J. Willis on Feb. 25, 1986.
Quoting Willis: "I just loved the atmosphere, especially on game day. The fans are very committed to the program, and I feel like I can grow academically."
National top 100 player who will have impact on Clemson’s offensive line…ranked as 98th best player in the nation by Tom Lemming…Lemming also ranks Lambert as the eighth best offensive tackle in the nation…SuperPrep All-American…ranked as 13th best offensive tackle in nation by Rivals.com…ranked as third best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com…and fourth best player in the state by SuperPrep…same publication ranks him as 23rd best offensive lineman in the nation…ranked as 18th best offensive lineman in the nation by collegefootballnews.com…ranked as 125th best player in the nation regardless of position by collegefootballnews.com …named to All Mid-Atlantic team by SuperPrep…ranked as 12th bet offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep…a Dream Team Atlantic selection by PrepStar…named to Super Southern 100 team by Atlanta Constitution…named to All-Southern team by Orlando Sentinel…played in the Shrine Bowl for South Carolina…earned Associated Press All-State honors in 2003…two-time all-conference selection…graded out at 90 percent with 28 knockdowns from right tackle position at Greenville High School where he played for Larry Frost…led Greenville High to 12-1 record…second-team All-South by Countdown to Signing Day…chose Clemson over Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida State, North Carolina and Alabama….born Cory M. Lambert on March 19, 1986.
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