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SIGNING DAY 2006: Clemson Football


  by - Wednesday, February 1, 2006 7:04 AM
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Check back all day on Wednesday to see the latest on Clemson's 2006 recruiting class.


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Name
POS HT, WT
Hometown

Official Photo

Status
1. Jacoby Ford WR 5-9 175 Fork Union, VA PHOTO *
2. Jeffery Ogren WR 6-3 185 Tuscaloosa, AL PHOTO *
3. Chris Russell WR 6-2 210 Nashville, TN PHOTO *
4. Michael Palmer TE 6-4 228 Lilburn, GA PHOTO Signed 7:47AM
5. Ricky Sapp DE 6-5 225 Bamberg, SC PHOTO Signed 7:48AM
6. Jamal Medlin OL 6-6 305 Orangeburg, SC PHOTO Signed 7:55AM
7. Jamie Cumbie DL 6-7 255 Morris, IL Signed 8:11AM
8. Byron Maxwell DB 6-1 185 N. Charleston, SC PHOTO Signed 8:55AM
9. Crezdon Butler DB 6-0 180 Asheville, NC PHOTO Signed 9:01AM
10. Chris Hairston OL 6-5 270 Winston-Salem, NC PHOTO Signed 9:02AM
11. Darius Gaither DB 6-0 195 Winnsboro, SC PHOTO Signed 9:14AM
12. Richard Jackson K/P 5-11 185 Greer, SC PHOTO Signed 10:11AM
13. Michael Wade QB 6-2 187 Greer, SC PHOTO Signed 10:12AM
14. Jeremy Campbell LB 6-2 215 Port Orange, FL Signed 10:14AM
15. Jo Jo Cox RB 5-10 225 Jeffersonville, GA PHOTO Signed 10:15AM
16. Deandre McDaniel DB 6-1 190 Tallahassee, FL PHOTO Signed 10:34AM
17. C.J. Spiller RB 5-11 190 Lake Butler, FL Signed 11:41AM
18. Kevin Alexander LB 6-3 215 Lake Butler, FL PHOTO Signed 11:42AM
19. Kendrick Johnson WR 6-2 170 Fort Lauderdale, FL Signed 11:59AM


*- already enrolled


Other Prospects


Julius Wilkerson LB Gaffney, SC

- Will not sign with Clemson on Wednesday but remains committed to Clemson.


Dennis Godfrey TE
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Wake Forest (1/6), Clemson (1/13), South Carolina (1/16), Virginia (1/20), Va
Tech (1/27)


- Signed with Wake Forest



Marcus Simms RB
-Clemson (1/13), FSU (1/27), Southern Cal (12/9)

- Signed with FSU


Ochuko Jenije DB
-Clemson (1/13), FSU (1/27)

- Signed with FSU over Clemson




Signee Bios



C.J. Spiller RB 5-11 / 190 Lake Butler, FL (Union County High School)

First-team USA Today All-American, the first running back to come to Clemson with first-team USA Today All-America credentials since 1989 (Rudy Harris)...first-team Parade All-American...also first Parade All-America running back to come to Clemson since Harris in 1989...ranked among the top 50 players in the nation by six different services...highest ranking came from rivals.com, which ranks him as the eighth best player in the nation regardless of position, the number-one all-purpose running back...also listed as the top all-around player in the state of Florida...Tom Lemming of CSTV rates him as the 12th best player in the nation...ranked 16th best player in the country by scout.com and the fourth best running back...listed as 23rd best player and fourth best running back in the nation by Superprep...also 43rd best player and sixth best back according to collegefootballnews.com...ranked as 47th best player in the nation by ESPN.com...US Army All-American, he played in US Army All-Star game in San Antonio in January...also slated to play in California-Florida High School All-Star Game...ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by most services... had incredible career at Union Country High, he had 176-1840 yards as a senior, an average of 10.45 yards per rush...scored 30 rushing touchdowns and had one on a kickoff return...added 15-249 receiving...for his career, had 541-5511, an average of 10.2 yards per rush for his career...scored 93 total touchdowns, 85 rushing, three receiving, three on kickoff returns and two on punt returns...three-time all-state selection...first-team All-South according to Countdown to Signing Day...played his high school football for the Fighting Tigers of Union County High School...selected Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Miami and Southern Cal.


Plyler on Spiller: "Spiller is a program changer. He is the highest rated prospect to ever sign with Clemson. You can’t say enough about this great running back. He can make you miss and can run through tackles. He hits the hole hard and has breakaway speed. He compares his running style to Clinton Portis, but I think he has a little more wiggle than Portis. Whatever level your program is he accelerates you to the next level. Southern Cal had Lindell White and Reggie Bush. James Davis and C.J. Spiller could be that type of tandem."


Reminds Plyler of: Terry Allen, James Davis, Stacey Driver, Terrance Flagler


Spiller on Clemson: "Clemson is college football town. The people in Clemson just blow you away."


"James (Davis) was just telling me, how good we could be together. He was telling me they had all five starters returning on the offensive line and just how great it is to be a running back at Clemson."



Jacoby Ford WR 5-9 / 175 West Palm Beach, FL (Fork Union Military Academy)

Played the 2005 season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia...returned seven kicks for touchdowns at Fork Union (four punt and three kickoff), and also had 57 receptions for 1,254 yards and nine touchdowns...rushed 12 times for 306 yards (25.5 average) and three touchdowns...rated as the #36 wide receiver/kick returner in the nation by Scout.com...the #17 rated prep school player in the nation by Rivals.com... tabbed as the "fastest player on the east coast" by Rivals.com...had the best 40-yard dash time at the Fork Union College Coaches Combine with a time of 4.126...Fork Union Coach John Schuman calls Ford "the fastest player ever at Fork Union"...Fork Union has produced 87 NFL Draft picks and two Heisman Trophy winners over the years...as a senior at Cardinal Newman High School in Florida, caught 22 passes for 550 yards (25.0 average) and 10 touchdowns...attended the same high school as former Tiger punter Ryan Romano (1996-99)...named the MVP of the Palm Beach County All-Star Game...a second-team all-state selection...2005 Florida state high school champion in the 100m dash with a time of 10.32, and the 200m dash with a time of 21.25...two-time football letterman in football...earned one letter in track...enrolled at Clemson in January and will be eligible to participate in spring practice...brother Davy played football at Florida State and once scored on an 82-yard run against Clemson in 2000...played for Don Dicus at Cardinal-Newman...played for John Schuman at Fork Union...chose Clemson over Florida, Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.


Mickey Plyler on Ford: "He is as fast as any player Clemson has signed including Tye Hill, Airese Currie and Jerry Butler and maybe ever faster than those guys. Ford will be involved in kick returns, play wide receiver and maybe a little running back. Any time you beat Southern Cal you feel like you got a pretty good player."

Reminds Plyler of: Airese Currie

Ford on Clemson:  “I felt like it was the best place for me. They
have a lot of ways to get me the ball. I felt real comfortable on my visit. I
had a great host in La’Donte Harris. We hung out a lot, and had a real good
time.”


Jeffrey Ogren WR 6-3 / 185 Tuscaloosa, AL (American Christian Academy)

First-team All-State as a junior and senior, he only played two years of high school football...had 71 receptions as a senior and 62 as a junior...already on the Clemson campus, he enrolled in January and will go through Spring practice...rated as the #30 prospect overall in the state of Alabama by Rivals.com...the #76 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com...had over 1,500 yards receiving as a senior with 17 touchdowns...as a junior had 1,325 yards and 18 touchdowns...played both ways both years, he had 10 interceptions over his junior and senior season...set state of Alabama record with a 102 yard interception return for a score...also served as the punter for American Christian averaging 40.0 yards on 23 kicks...played for Steve Hooks... also a solid golfer, his career best score is a 66...chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Tulane and UAB.


Mickey Plyler on Ogren: "
Ogren
is a lot like Kendrick Johnson in that that he catches the ball very well.  He
is a taller kid that can surprise you with his speed. He has very good ball
skills. Since he is already enrolled in school and will go through spring
practice, he will a great chance to play next season."

Reminds Plyler of: Kevin Youngblood

Ogren on Clemson:  “I am just so pumped right now. It is going to be
a great place to play for the next four years. Coach Swinney is awesome. I
cannot wait to start working with him. He is Alabama guy too, so that is pretty
cool. He is a great person who really cares about his players."


Chris Russell DB 6-2 / 210 Nashville, TN Coffeyville Junior College


At Colorado: Signed with Colorado out of high school and spent two seasons in Boulder...played on special teams in all 12 games, including the Big 12 Championship Game that year...missed the Houston Bowl with a knee injury...red-shirted the 2003 season as a defensive back...earned Scout Team Award in preparation for the Iowa State game in 2003... spent the 2005 season at Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeyville, KS...enrolled at Clemson in January and will go through Spring practice with two seasons of eligibilty remaining...majored in journalism at Colorado.


In High School: Lettered all four years during his high school career, and as a senior, he earned PrepStar All-America honors, while Prep Football Report named him to its all-Southeast team....SuperPrep selected him to its all-Dixie team, as he was tabbed the No. 5 player in Tennessee (and the No. 1 defensive back), with Rivals.com ranking him the No. 15 defensive back in the country....first-team all-state....junior year, he was once again named to the all-state...as a senior, he was in on 44 tackles, had four interceptions, 20 pass deflections and three forced fumbles....on offense he saw some limited, but very valuable time at receiver, as he caught five passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns....his junior year, he had 40 total tackles (two for losses), as he finished with three interceptions and 25 pass break ups...during his sophomore campaign, he totaled 35 tackles (20 solo), adding one recovered fumble, 18 pass deflections and a career best five interceptions....started as a freshman and finished the year with 31 total tackles, four interceptions and 15 pass break ups....top career game came during his senior year: in a 19-13 win over Smyrna, he had a 67-yard touchdown reception and was in on seven tackles, and had incredible eight passes deflections, with the most important coming on Smyrna's last-second desperation pass, which was intercepted by a teammate... Hillsboro complied an impressive 50-6 record during his career under coach Ron Aydelott, as it won its region all four years....Hillsboro was 14-1 his senior year, 14-1 his junior season,13-1 his sophomore year, and 9-3 his freshman season...played in the Tennessee-Kentucky All-Star game in June of his senior year...lettered four times in basketball, as he earned all-region (11-5A) first-team honors at forward as a junior and senior, the latter when he averaged 22 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game.... lettered once in track, participating in the 100 meters (10.9) and several relays....a Distinguished Scholar (honor roll) member at Hillsboro...born August 14, 1984 in Nashville, Tenn....member of 100 Scholar program which helps with Habitat for Humanity and several area food drives... cousin (David Mimms) played receiver and cornerback at Middle Tennessee State from 1993-95.


Mickey Plyler on Russell: "
Probably
the best compliment you can give Russell is Clemson didn’t want to take a junior
college player but they still took Russell. He originally committed to Tennessee
out of high school but signed with Colorado where he played corner and safety.
Clemson likes him enough where he will definitely make an impact next season.

"

Reminds Plyler of: Darnell Stephens

Russell on Clemson: "I really can't wait to run down the Hill. The fans
were going crazy, when the cannon shot off. The fans were loud the whole game,
and that is definitely the type atmosphere I want to play in."


Ricky Sapp DE 6-5 / 225 Bamberg, SC (Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School)

First-team USA Today All-American... first Clemson signee to be named first or second-team All-American by USA Today as a defensive lineman since Chester McGlockton in 1988... McGlockton went on to a four-time Pro Bowl career in the NFL...national top 100 player collegefootballnews.com, who ranked him as the 17th best player in the nation...a top 100 player by Tom Lemming, who ranks him as the 18th best player in the nation... rated as the #21 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com...member of the ESPN top 150, he is ranked as the #61 player in the nation by ESPN.com... a U.S. Army All-American, played in the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio, TX...second-team All-American by EA Sports....the #1 prospect in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep and The State Newspaper...ranked among the top 10 defensive linemen in the nation by virtually every service...the #2 defensive end in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...the #3 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com...rated as the number-five defensive end in the nation by scout.com, that internet site also lists him as a five-star player... #6 defensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep and #9 defensive lineman by Prepstar...the #2 prospect in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com... the #1 defensive end in the east region by Scout.com ...a member of the East Hot 100 by Scout.com... named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...one of the top-25 players in the nation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution... 1st-team All-South by Countdown to Signing Day... a member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team... recorded 82 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior...an all-region and all-state selection as a junior...had 70 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a junior...as a sophomore he was named to the All-Region team...standout in track and basketball...three-year state Regional Champion in the 100 meters (10.76 career best)...the 200 meters (21.0 career best) and the 4X 100 meter relay...two-year starter in basketball, he has been All-Region the last two years...played for coach Ron Duncan at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.


Mickey Plyler on Sapp: "Sapp is the #1 player in SC. He has terrific overall speed and unbelievable closing speed. He plays well in space and is a great edge rusher. He should pick up where Gaines Adams left off.”


Reminds Plyler of: Gaines Adams, John Johnson

Sapp on Clemson: "Death Valley was awesome. When the team was at the top of the Hill, you could not hear yourself think. I am ready to go to Clemson right now."


"I love Death Valley. The fans and the atmosphere is the best. It is kind of out in the country, and I am from country."



Michael Palmer 6-4 228 TE Lilburn, GA (Parkview High School)

First-Team All-State in Class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...caught 21 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns as a senior...high school teammate of current Tiger offensive lineman Brandon Pilgrim...played for Cecil Flowe at Parkview High School...also a starter on the basketball team for Parkview....chose Clemson over Virginia.


Mickey Plyler on Palmer: "Palmer is tight end that catches the ball really well. He is not a speed guy and is not the greatest athlete but he has been blessed with a terrific set of hands."


Reminds Plyler of: Thomas Hunter

Palmer on Clemson: "I really like the coaches there. I went to a camp there during the summer, and everything just felt great there. Another big factor was Coach Bowden and his faith in Jesus Christ was a big thing too."


“This is Coach Spence’s second year, and they use a lot of two tight end sets. They say they are going to throw to the tight end a lot. It is just a good situation for me to come in and play.”



Jamal Medlin DL 6-6 305 Orangeburg, SC (Orangeburg Wilkinson High School)


The #14 player in the state of South Carolina by The State...rated as the #19 prospect overall in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com... ranked as the #25 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...played for Orangeburg-Wilkinson, the same high school that produced former Tigers Jackie Robinson (1999-02), and quarterbacks Mike O'Cain (1973-76) and Woodrow Dantzler (1998-01)...played for Tony Felder...chose Clemson over Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia, and UCF.


Mickey Plyler on Palmer: "Medlin has a big, wide body that reminds you a little of Jamarcus Grant Clemson signed last year. He was very impressive at Shrine Bowl against Michigan signee Adam Patterson. He also was a lot more polished in the Shrine bowl than many believed and received many offers after the game was over. He could play tackle or in the interior."


Reminds Plyler of: Jamarcus Grant

Medlin on Clemson: "My visit was pretty good. I just felt comfortable at Clemson. I really had a lot of fun."


“Right now, Coach Scott wants me to play right tackle. I might play some at guard too, but they will start me out at right tackle."



Jamie Cumbie DL 277 / 255 Morris, IL (Morris Community High School)

First-team Parade All-American, first incoming Clemson defensive lineman named to the Parade All-American team since 1989...a national top 100 player by many services...second-team USA Today All-American and by EA Sports...ranked as the 50th best player in the nation by Tom Lemming...listed as the 60th best player in the nation by collegefootballnews.com...an ESPN.com top 150 player, he is rated as the 87th best player in the nation....rated as the #7 strong side defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com...the #3 rated prospect overall in the state of Illinois by Rivals.com...the 6th-rated defensive end prospect in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com... rated as the #10 defensive end prospect in the nation by Scout.com...the #1 defensive end in the midwest region by Scout.com...a member of PrepStar's Dream Team Top 100...a member of the Midwest Hot 100 by Scout.com...rated as the #24 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...the #16 defensive line prospect in the nation by PrepStar...the #39 defensive line prospect in the nation by SuperPrep... top 100 recruit by High School Sport Magazine... recorded 125 tackles including 25 sacks as a senior for Morris Community High School...all-state selection by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune...Chicagoland Defensive Player-of-the-Year...a member of the Illinois Tremendous 26...Joliet Herald and Morris Daily Herald All-Area...had 610 yards receiving as a tight end and five touchdowns...helped his team to a 14-0 record and the Class 6A state championship...had 70 tackles and six sacks as a junior, also had 300 yards receiving as a tight end...2005 Class 6-A All-State...2005 Suburban Prairie Conference Defensive MVP...team captain...all-area and all-conference selection as a junior...also plays baseball for Morris...coached by George Dergo...grew up in Andrews, SC...chose Clemson over Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Purdue.


Mickey Plyler on Cumbie: "Cumbie has a huge body and great frame but is very athletic and runs well. Anytime you can beat Notre dame it is a big deal especially now that Notre Dame is back. He is a great kid that reminds you of some the kids Danny Ford signed like Vance Hammonds."


Reminds Plyler of: Vance Hammonds

Cumbie on Clemson: "The major factor is that I would be most comfortable at Clemson. It was between Clemson and Notre Dame. I visited both and Notre Dame had a nice campus but it wasn't a good fit for me. I grew up a Tiger fan and I felt at home with Clemson."



Byron Maxwell DB 6-1 / 185 North Charleston, SC Fort (Dorchester High School)

The number-40 ranked player in the nation according to ESPN.com, the highest rated Clemson signee according to that internet site...rated as the #3 player in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #4 player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep...#18 cornerback prospect in the nation by Rivals.com...rated as the #2 cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com...did not play his senior season due to injury...had 60 tackles, 19 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a junior, also returned a punt for a touchdown...#5 prospect in South Carolina by Rivals.com...the 11th-rated cornerback prospect in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com... a member of the East Hot 100 by Scout.com...rated as the #19 defensive back prospect in the nation by SuperPrep... named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...played for Steve LaPrad at Fort Dorchester High School...chose Clemson over Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.


Mickey Plyler on Maxwell: "Before his ACL injury he would have been one of the top 2 or 3 players in the state. He is a big physical corner that Clemson offered very early on. Clemson assistant Burton Burns jumped on him early and that was a major difference. If he can recover fully he will be a great corner for Clemson."


Reminds Plyler of: Antwan Edwards

Maxwell on Clemson: "Clemson was the first school to offer me. I felt very comfortable with them. I look forward to playing at Clemson. They have great facilities, which are only getting better with the West Endzone, and the fans always show up to support the team."



Crezdon Butler DB 6-0 180 Asheville, NC (Asheville High School)

Rated as the #14 cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com...rated as the #4 prospect overall in North Carolina by Rivals.com...a member of the Rivals.com 250... the #19 cornerback prospect in the country by CollegeFootballNews.com...a member of the East Hot 100 by Scout.com...ranked as #24 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com, they rate him a four-star player...rated as the #17 defensive back prospect in the nation by SuperPrep...first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press... a member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team...had 61 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior...also played quarterback, and rushed for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns...threw for 749 yards and two touchdowns...helped lead his Asheville High School team to the Class 3A State Championship in 2005... all-time leading rusher at Asheville High with over 4,000 career yards, breaking the 63-year old record of Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice...also runs track for Asheville High...played for Danny Wilkins...chose Clemson over Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.


Mickey Plyler on Butler: "Butler is one of the top 5 players in North Carolina. He had an unbelievable high school career and did everything for his team. I think he will be a very good corner at Clemson with a chance to come in and play right away. He is another really high character kid signed by the Tigers."


Reminds Plyler of: Donnell Wofford



Chris Hairston OL 6-5 270 Winston-Salem, NC (Carver High School)

A member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl Team...first-team all-state selection by the AP...all-region as a junior and senior...played his entire senior season as a 16-year old...played for Keith Wilks at Carver High School...first Clemson signee from Winston-Salem since Perry Tuttle in 1978


Mickey Plyler on Hairston: "I hardly knew anything about Hairston till the Shrine Bowl. He is only 16 years old and a long limb, long leg prospect. He is a guy who really doesn’t know how to play football yet but at 16 has a really high ceiling."


Reminds Plyler of: Derrick Brantley



Darius Gaither DB 6-0 185 Winnsboro, SC Fairfield Central High School

Rated as the #14 safety in the nation by Rivals.com...the #6 prospect overall in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com...the #9 player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep...the #21 safety prospect in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com...the #35 safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com... rated as the #9 prospect in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #35 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep...a member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl Team...first-team all-state selection as a senior by The State...missed much of his senior season due to a high ankle sprain, but still rushed for 500 yards and eight touchdowns...as a junior, had 87 tackles, 16 pass break-ups, and seven interceptions...returned four punts for touchdowns as a junior...as a junior established state of South Carolina record for the longest interception return for a touchdowns (108 yards vs. Irmo)...won Specialist of the Year Award in South Carolina by the State Newspaper...played for Reggie Kennedy at Fairfield Central High School...also runs track at Fairfield Central...chose Clemson over Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.


Mickey Plyler on Gaither: "Gaither is one of the fastest players in the class. Along with his terrific speed, he has great coverage skills. Gaither will play safety for Clemson and has tremendous upside because of his speed."


Reminds Plyler of: Robert O'Neal



Richard Jackson 5-11 185 Greer, SC (Riverside High School)

Parade All-American, the first Parade All-America kicker to come to Clemson since Chris Gardocki in 1988...rated as the #3 place kicker in the nation by Rivals.com...first-team All-America selection by EA Sports...rated as the #11 prospect overall in South Carolina by Rivals.com...the #10 kicker in the nation by Scout.com... ranked as the #7 player in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #16 player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep...member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl Team...South Carolina High School Coaches Association Special Teams Player-of-the-Year...first-team all-state selection by The State...averaged 46 yards per punt as a senior...was 8-for-11 on field goals as a junior with a long of 50 yards, and also averaged 44 yards per punt...set the state record with a 64-yard field goal as a senior, only four yards shy of the national high school record in 2005...his kick was featured as one of the plays of the week on ESPN by Chris Berman...also connected on a 47-yard field goal in that game...played for Don Frost at Riverside High School...high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee Michael Wade...chose Clemson over LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Maryland.


Mickey Plyler on Jackson: "Jackson is one of the guy that will have a chane to contribute right away. He hold ths state record in field goals and may be an even better punter than place kicker. Also he might be a rarity in that he could do like former Tiger Chris Gardocki and do all three facets of the kicking game.”


Reminds Plyler of: Chris Gardocki



Michael Wade QB 6-2 187 Greer, SC (Riverside High School)

Son of parents who were both Clemson athletes, father (Mike) was letterman on Clemson's National Championship football team of 1981 and mother (Elizabeth) was on the volleyball team...rated as the #15 duel-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com...the #14 prospect in the state of South Carolina by Rivals.com...rated as the #13 player in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #20 player in the state of South Carolina by Superprep...ranked as the #38 quarterback overall in the nation by Scout.com...team captain...completed 113 of 222 passes as a senior for 1376 yards and 13 touchdowns...rushed for 354 yards and five touchdowns...South Carolina Sports Report all-region and all-state as a senior...as a junior, passed for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns...also ran for 623 yards and six touchdowns...team MVP as a junior...all-region and all-county as a junior...a member of the National Honor Society...member of Riverside's 2004 state championship baseball team...high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee Richard Jackson... chose Clemson over Maryland, and Duke.


Mickey Plyler on Wade: “Wade impressed Clemson coaches at their summer camp. He is the kind of quarterback Rob Spence likes. He is athletic and can get on the corner and throw on the run. He is also a very tough kid.”


Reminds Plyler of: Will Proctor



Jeremy Campbell LB 6-2 / 215 Port Orange, FL (Spruce Creek High School)

Rated as the #53 outside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com...All-Southeast region by PrepStar...recorded 90 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior at Spruce Creek High School...also had over 500 yards of total offense and five touchdowns on offense...team captain and defensive MVP as a senior...named to the All Five-Star Conference first-team defense... played in the Central Florida High School All-Star game...also a starter on the Spruce Creek basketball team as a forward...first-team all-conference and honorable mention all-state in basketball as a junior...played for Jared Zito...chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Illinois, Purdue, Kansas, Louisville, and Indiana.


Mickey Plyler on Campbell: “Campbell is a really bright kid that the staff was crazy about very early. He has great cover skills and plays in space really well. He could be an edge rusher that will remind some of how Nick Watkins plays in this scheme.”


Reminds Plyler of: Nick Watkins



JoJo Cox RB 5-10 / 225 Jeffersonville, GA (Twiggs County High School)

First Team All-State selection by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...One of the top-five running backs in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...rated as the #43 running back in the nation by Scout.com...ran for 1852 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at Twiggs County High School...rushed for 1,750 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior...ran for 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore...high school teammate of current Tiger linebacker Antonio Clay...rated the #39 prospect overall in the state of Georgia by Rivals.com...the #50 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...ranked as the #49 running back in the nation by Rivals.com...coached by Dexter Copeland, who also coached Clay and former Tiger linebacker and current Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill at Balwdin County High School...chose Clemson over Maryland, Penn State, Purdue, UCLA, and West Virginia.


Mickey Plyler on Cox: "Cox is a really strong and low center of gravity back who plays at a low pad level. He is a very good power runner between the tackle. He has good forward lean, breaks tackles and gets extra yards after contact."


Reminds Plyler of: Reggie Merriweather


DeAndre McDaniel DB 6-1 / 190 Tallahassee, FL (Amos P. Godby High School)


A national top 100 recruit by collegefootballnews.com, he is ranked as 72nd best player in the nation... a member of PrepStar's Dream Team Top 100... the 90th rated prospect overall in the nation by Rivals.com...also an ESPN.com top 150 player, he is ranked 106th......rated as the #6 safety in the nation by Rivals.com...the 10th ranked prospect overall in the state of Florida by Rivals.com...rated as the #8 safety prospect in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com... a member of the Rivals.com 250...the #16 safety in the nation by Scout.com, they list him as a four-star signee...the #13 defensive back prospect in the nation by PrepStar...a member of the Southern Hot 100 by Scout.com...showed his versatility as a senior, when he caught a touchdown pass, blocked a field goal, and intercepted a pass all in the same game against Leon County High School...recorded 58 tackles and had 39 catches for 696 yards as a senior...as a junior, had 53 tackles and eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns...also caught 27 passes for 656 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver as a junior...two-ay starter on the gridiron, he had eight interceptions as a junior and three as a senior...also a starter on the basketball team, he is averaging 22 points per game...played for Shelton Crews at Godby High School...chose Clemson over Alabama, Louisville, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State.


Mickey Plyler on McDaniel: “McDaniel is as good as anybody in this class. He is one of the top two or three players Clemson has signed in this class. On film he shows everything you are looking for. He catches the ball well and has great ball skills. He has excellent speed and is very athletic and in the return game he is a terrific runner with excellent vision. He is one of the few athletes can bait the QB into throwing an interception. He has great instincts and just does everything well. He could play for any program in the country. “


Reminds Plyler of: Terry Kinard



Kendrick Johnson 6-2 170 Fort Lauderdale, FL (Dillard High School)

Rated as the #75 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com...the #83 prospect overall in the state of Florida by Rivals.com...had 30 catches for 450 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior...team captain...a member of the National Honor Society...offensive MVP of the South team in the Florida North-South All-Star game...All-Broward County selection...All-State selection...All-Conference and All-Region as a senior...led Broward County in touchdown receptions as a senior...played for Mark James...chose Clemson over Georgia, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Michigan State.


Mickey Plyler on Johnson: “Johnson has very good hands and catches the ball extremely well. On film he shows excellent concentration and good ball skills. He is faster than he is quick., more like Aaron Kelly than Chansi Stuckey.“


Reminds Plyler of: Kevin Youngblood



Kevin Alexander LB 6-3 / 215 Lake Butler, FL (Union County High School)


Rated as the #22 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com...ranked as the #41 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com...the #53 linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...all-state selection as a senior by The St. Petersburg Times...rated as the #52 prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep ...as a senior, had 115 total tackles, including 84 first hits and 31 assists...also had four recovered fumbles, five caused fumbles and nine quarterback sacks in 2005...for his career, had 282 solo tackles, 107 assists for 389 total tackles...added 19 sacks, 14 caused fumbles, six fumble recoveries and three interceptions... an all-state selection as a junior after registering 100 tackles and four sacks...played for Buddy Nobles...high school teammate of first-team USA Today All-American C.J. Spiller...his brother, Bennie started at cornerback for the University of Florida...chose Clemson over Auburn, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Tennessee.


Mickey Plyler on Alexander : “On film the best looking linebacker Clemson was after. He dominates tackles and is very physical at the point of attack. He was the #1 linebacker on Clemson’s board from December on and is the most punishing tackler they signed this year.“


Reminds Plyler of: Anthony Waters




 

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