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Signing Day 2008


  by TigerNet Staff - Wednesday, February 6, 2008 7:02 AM
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Check back all day on Wednesday to see the latest on Clemson's 2008 recruiting class.


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Name
POS HT, WT
Hometown

Official Photo

Status
1. Spencer Benton PK 6-3 185 Myrtle Beach, SC PHOTO *
2. Daquan Bowers DE 6-5 270 Bamberg, SC PHOTO *
3. Stanley Hunter LB 6-0 215 Spartanburg, SC PHOTO *
4. Kyle Parker QB 6-0 180 Jacksonville, FL PHOTO *
5. Tarik Rollins OLB 6-2 200 Hollywood, FL PHOTO *
6. Marquan Jones WR 6-0 175 Blythewood, SC PHOTO *
7. Jon Richt QB 6-2 185 Athens, GA PHOTO 7:11 AM
8. Dawson Zimmerman K 6-2 195 Snellville, GA PHOTO 7:30 AM
9. Spencer Adams S 6-2 180 Matthews, NC PHOTO 7:35 AM
10. Andre Ellington RB 5-10 170 Moncks Corner, SC PHOTO 8:00 AM
11. Dalton Freeman OL 6-6 270 Pelion, SC PHOTO 8:15 AM
12. Brandon Thompson DT 6-2 291 Thomasville, GA PHOTO 8:18 AM
13. Daniel Andrews S 6-0 192 Jacksonville, FL PHOTO 8:20 AM
14. Jaron Brown WR 6-3 187 Cheraw, SC PHOTO 9:07 AM
15. Carlton Lewis, Jr S 6-3 187 St. Augustine, FL PHOTO 9:21 AM
16. Jarrett Crittenton DE 6-6 275 Wahpeton, ND PHOTO 9:51 AM
17. Matt Sanders OL 6-4 293 Crestview, FL PHOTO 10:00 AM
18. Kenneth Page OL 6-4 293 Columbia, SC PHOTO 10:05 AM
19. Xavier Brewer CB 5-11 180 Jacksonville, FL PHOTO 10:30 AM
20. Dwayne Allen TE 6-3 220 Fayetteville, NC PHOTO 10:50 AM
21. Rashard Hall S 6-3 190 St. Augustine, FL PHOTO 10:53 AM
22. Brandon Ford WR 6-4 205 Hanahan, SC PHOTO 10:58 AM
23. Matt Skinner ATH 6-6 230 Jacksonville, FL PHOTO 11:20 AM
24. Jonathan Willard LB 6-2 203 Loris, SC PHOTO 11:50 AM
25. Antonie McClain OL 6-6 305 Anniston, AL PHOTO 12:00 PM
26. Jamie Harper RB 6-0 220 Jacksonville, FL PHOTO 12:20 PM


*- already enrolled




Signee Bios



Da'Quan Bowers DE 6-4 / 267 Bamberg, SC (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) (
Talks about Clemson on Signing Day Video)

Number-one ranked player in the nation regardless of position by ESPN.com...first signee in Clemson history to come to the Tigers as the number-one player in the nation...ranked number-two player in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com, number-eight player in the nation by SuperPrep, and number-14 player in the nation by Tom Lemming... five-star player by Scout.com and Rivals.com...named first-team All-American by Scout.com...participant in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he was the defensive MVP of the game when he had four tackles for loss...graduated from high school in December of 2007 and already enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester...five-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com...slated to be a factor on Clemson's defensive front in 2008 ...won Dan Foster Award from the Greenville Touchdown Club as the top high school player in South Carolina...first-team All-American according to EA Sports... #1 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com... #2 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#1 defensive end nationally by Scout.com ...# 2 player in South Carolina and #2 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep...SuperPrep Mid Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year...played at the same high school that sent current bandit end Ricky Sapp to Clemson...2007 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year...two-time AP all-state selection...totaled 267 tackles, 90 for a loss, and 37 sacks in his high school career...as a senior, he registered 97 tackles, 33 for a loss,14 sacks, and 3 fumbles recovered...also added over 1200 yards rushing as a senior and 840 yards rushing as a junior...also had a 40-yard average on kickoff returns as a senior... recruited by outside linebackers Coach Ron West...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.


Plyler on Bowers: "Simply stated the best football prospect Clemson has ever signed. He looks like a defensive end but runs like a linebacker. He is the best defensive lineman I have ever seen. He is athletic enough to be a tremendous pass rusher but strong enough to play well against run. Bowers has NFL written all over him. I can?t wait to see him run down the hill. He is everything I thought he would be and more."


Reminds Plyler of: Combination of Gaines Adams and Phillip Merling


Plyler's Top Prospects Ever Signed by Clemson:

1. Da'Quan Bowers

2. Steve Fuller

3. Anthony Simmons

4. Roscoe Crosby

5. William Perry

6. John Johnson

7. C.J. Spiller



Stanley Hunter LB 6-0 / 215 Spartanburg, SC (Byrnes High School)

Enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester...originally signed with Clemson with the class of 2007... named a SuperPrep All-American at linebacker as a senior...rated as the #28 outside linebacker nationally, as well as the #14 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#38 safety nationally and #15 player in South Carolina by Scout.com...#24 linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep...#37 safety in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com....all-region by PrepStar...# 7 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...2006 South Carolina High School Coaches Association Defensive Player of The Year...Defensive MVP for the South Carolina team in the 2006 Shrine Bowl...2006 first-team all-state by The State...played at linebacker and safety in high school...as a junior, he totaled 160 tackles, 38 for a loss, and 16 sacks...three-star linebacker coming out of high school according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...he also amassed 102 tackles, 41 for a loss, and 20 sacks during his senior season...played with fellow Clemson players Chad Diehl, Xavier Dye, and Willy Korn at Byrnes High School for current Presbyterian Head Coach Bobby Bentley...recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell...chose Clemson over Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.


Plyler on Hunter: "This is a clone. He looks like current Clemson linebacker Scotty Cooper in the face and his height, weight, and demeanor all remind you of Cooper. Hunter is just a football player. He is one of the most productive high school player I have ever seen. He played defensive end at Byrnes so he will have to make an adjustment and learn to play in space but his closing speed will help him with the transition. He will be a tremendous edge rusher. Hunter's instincts will give him a chance to play early."


Reminds Plyler of: Scotty Cooper



Spencer Benton PK 6-3 / 190 Myrtle Beach, SC (Myrtle Beach)

Currently enrolled at Clemson for spring semester following high school graduation in December...#16 kicker nationally by Rivals.com...#25 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...converted 22-37 field goals and 99-113 extra points in three years at Myrtle Beach, with a career long kick of 49 yards...also a punter and wide receiver... had 410 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2007 from the wide receiver position...two-time all-region & all-state selection...two-time "Toast of the Coast" selection...WPDE All-Zone Team...WBTW All-Blitz Team...Shrine Bowl selection...coached by Scott Earley in high school...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Virginia.


Plyler on Benton: "Benton doesn?t have the strongest leg in the world, but he is very accurate. He could compete for extra points and field goals but a lot of that depends on how fast he rehabs from a back injury, and how he adjusts from kicking off the ground."



Tarik Rollins LB 6-2 / 187 Jacksonville, FL (Chaminade Madonna College Prep)

Ranked as 149th best overall player in the nation by ESPN.com...graduated from high school in December of 2007 and enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester...three-star player according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...# 15 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com...#56 player in Florida and #39 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com...#34 strongside linebacker nationally by Scout.com...#108 player in Florida by SuperPrep...missed virtually all of his senior season due to an injury...tallied 83 tackles, seven sacks, and six interceptions as a junior...recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell...chose Clemson over Indiana, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, Purdue, South Carolina, Wake Forest, & Wisconsin.


Plyler on Rollins: "Rollins is coming off knee surgery and his rehab may slow him down, but he has enrolled early and that will give him a chance. He is a really a bright kid and he is a good athlete to play in space. Some members of the Clemson staff think he may be the best linebacker they signed this year."


Reminds Plyler of: Nick Watkins



Kyle Parker QB 6-0 / 190 Jacksonville, FL (Bartram Trail HS)

Graduated from high school in December of 2007 and enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester...ranked as 34th best player in the nation according to ESPN.com...# 4 quarterback nationally by ESPN.com...#62 player in Florida and #10 pro-style quarterback nationally by Rivals.com...#13 quarterback nationally by Scout.com...#39 player in Florida by SuperPrep...four-star player according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com...participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he threw the game winning touchdown pass for his team with under three minutes left...considered by many to be the best quarterback in Florida...compiled 1850 yards and 15 touchdowns passing, along with over 1000 yards rushing, as a senior...teammate of fellow Tiger freshman CB Xavier Brewer in high school...also playing baseball for Clemson, he could play the infield, catcher or serve as a designated hitter this spring for the Tigers...could have been drafted within first 10 rounds had he not chosen to come to Clemson...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi and Nebraska.


Plyler on Parker: "I can?t imagine a quarterback having a better skill set despite being around 6 foot tall. If Parker were 3 inches taller he would be a national top 25 recruit. He has great arm strength and is very accurate. He is a smart kid who is competitive, and picks things up fast."


Reminds Plyler of: Willy Korn



Marquan Jones LB 6-0 / 173 Blythewood, SC (Blythewood HS)

Graduated from high school in December of 2007 and enrolled in classes at Clemson for the spring semester...four-star wide receiver according to Rivals.com and a three-star choice by Scout.com...member of Rivals.com Rivals 250...#7 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#35 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com...#70 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com...#37 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com...#12 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...helped lead Blythewood High School to the AAA state title in its first year of varsity football as a junior...head coach on that team was current Clemson grad assistant Jeff Scott...all-Region 3-AAA as a junior...second-team all-state selection as a junior by SCVarsity.com...all-area & all-state selection by The State...AP all-state selection as a junior...High School Sports Report AAA Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and all-state selection as a senior...scored eight receiving touchdowns in his first playoff game vs. Blue Ridge as a junior...had nine 100-yard receiving games...scored at least one touchdown in every game as a senior...caught 92 passes for 1551 yards and 21 TDs as a junior...added 71 receptions for 1047 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior...for his high school career, he totaled 163 receptions for 2598 yards and 36 touchdowns in two years...after his junior year, he was named one of Sports Illustrated's Players to Watch...Shrine Bowl selection in 2007...coached by Geremy Saitz as a senior...recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott...chose Clemson over South Carolina.


Plyler on Jones: "I can?t remember a player being a clone to another player like Jones is to Chansi Stuckey. Everything Stuckey gives you Marquan is the exact replica. At the shrine bowl, it was obvious he is so smooth in his routes. He is one of the rare athletes that make everything look really easy. You can tell he is very well coached. He knows how to run routes and come out of the routes and he also catches the ball extremely well."


Reminds Plyler of: Chansi Stuckey


Jon Richt QB 6-2 / 185 Athens, GA (Prince Avenue Christian) (
Richt Signing Day Video)

Three-star quarterback by Rivals.com....holds all-time school career records for completions (181), passing yards (2468), and touchdowns (26) at Prince Avenue...team captain as a senior...won the team Summer and Season Commitment awards...also named the team's best competitor...two-time GHSA all-Region 8A quarterback/punter...two-time all-Oconee County quarterback...team MVP as a junior...son of current Georgia head football coach Mark Richt...recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott.


Plyler on Richt: "Richt is obviously an extremely intelligent quarterback as he grew up in a coaching family. He had a fantastic senior season mainly because of interception avoidance. He simply doesn?t throw a pick. He understands the importance of not turning the ball over."


Reminds Plyler of: Will Proctor



Dawson Zimmerman K 6-2 / 195 Snellville, GA (Brookwood HS)

Ranked as the #2 punter nationally by Scout.com...#6 kicker nationally by ESPN.com...three-star player as a punter according to Scout.com...helped Brookwood to three region championships & a state title appearance...Class 5A All-State punter by Georgia Sports Writers...first-team all-state punter by Atlanta Journal-Constitution...Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Specialist of the Year...named the kicker in the "Rivalries of Gwinnett" All-Star Game...as a junior, he had a 41.0 yard average per punt...he also booted a Brookwood-record 74-yard punt...record was previously held by current Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam...awarded 2nd place in 2007 Scout.com Kicking Expo...recruited by Outside Linebackers Coach Ron West...chose Clemson over Illinois, Maryland, Wake Forest, & Hawaii.


Plyler on Zimmerman: "Outside Daquan Bowers, Zimmerman might have best chance to play as a freshman. There is some in program that feels he might be the best punter the first day he steps on campus."




Spencer Adams S 6-2 / 180 Matthews, NC (David W. Butler HS)

Ranked as 40th best player in the nation by ESPN.com...four-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com... #3 safety nationally by ESPN.com... ranked #95 overall and considered the top safety in North Carolina by Tom Lemming...ranked as 113th best player in the nation by Rivals.com ...rated the #4 player in North Carolina and the #5 safety nationally by Rivals.com...#18 safety in the country by Scout.com ...SuperPrep's #7 player in North Carolina...SuperPrep's #19 defensive back nationally...had 246 tackles & four interceptions over his last two years, including 145 tackles as a senior...participant in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game ...also ran track in high school and plans to run at Clemson...holds North Carolina state record in 300-meter hurdles...defending 4-A state champ in 110-meter hurdles...anchored a record-breaking 4x100-meter relay team in AAU...All-USA Track and Field Hurdler by USA Today...recruited by Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Florida, Georgia, Miami (FL), Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech.


Plyler on Adams: "Track All American who could be able to run with the likes of Jacoby Ford and C.J. Spiller. I always look for great hurdlers because they usually make better football players than straight track guy. Adams? speed will give him a chance to come in and make the two deep."


Reminds Plyler of: Terry Kinard




Andre Ellington RB 5-10 / 170 Moncks Corner, SC (Berkeley HS)

Ranked as the 44th best player in the nation by ESPN.... participant in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game...four-star running back according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...considered the 6th-best running back nationally by ESPN.com...member of Rivals.com Rivals250 (#172)...#8 player in South Carolina and #5 all-purpose back nationally by Rivals.com...#24 running back nationally by Scout.com...#10 player in South Carolina and #27 running back nationally by SuperPrep...Shrine Bowl selection...consensus all-state selection...all-region and All-Low Country...amassed 1,822 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior...added four other all-purpose touchdowns (2 receiving, 2 kickoff return) to total 28 touchdowns for the season... finished the season with 2,519 all-purpose yards...recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell...played for Jerry Brown...chose Clemson over Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Plyler on Ellington: "I saw Ellington twice. I think he is special. He has tremendous acceleration. He really can come out of a cut and explode. Despite not being a big back, he is a lot tougher then you think. He is rare because even though he is a break away threat he gets the tough yards in between the tackles."


Reminds Plyler of: C.J. Spiller



Dalton Freeman OL 6-6 / 270 Pelion, SC (Pelion HS) (
Announcement Video)

Ranked as 13 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com...#16 offensive guard nationally by ESPN.com... the #9 player in South Carolina and #13 offensive guard in this class by Rivals.com... finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina...four-star offensive lineman according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com...Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Offensive Lineman of the Year...Shrine Bowl selection...recipient of the Wendy's High School Heisman in South Carolina...SuperPrep's #8 player in South Carolina...also rated the#39 offensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep...All-American by Tackle...three-time all-area, all-region, & all-state player on offense...two-time all-area & all-region on defense...two-time Region 4-AA Lineman of the Year...named Offensive Lineman of the Year by High School Sports Report and the South Carolina Football Coaches Association... winner of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award...as a senior, he graded out at 92 percent, while recording 67 knockdowns and 37 pancakes...defensively, he tied for the team lead with 83 tackles and also contributed 16 tackles for a loss and six sacks...all-region in track as a junior...coached by Ben Freeman, who is also his father...recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.


Plyler on Freeman: "Technique-wise Freeman was the best offensive lineman in South Carolina this past year. He is going to have to get stronger and grow into his body but his upsize is limitless. I think he is going to grow into an interior lineman and he has just enough nasty to be a really good run blocker."


Reminds Plyler of: Ty Granger



Brandon Thompson DT 6-2 / 291 Thomasville, GA (Thomasville HS)

Ranked as the 39th best overall player in the nation by ESPN.com...#3 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com...member of Rivals.com Rivals 250 (#114)...#10 player in Georgia and #9 defensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com...#71 player overall and #6 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com...#5 player in Georgia and #8 defensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep...four-year starter...four-star player according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...as a senior, he led the team in sacks with 19 and registered 61 tackles...Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...three-time all-region selection...Region 1-AA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...two-time all-state player...he is especially strong in the weight room...he can bench press 385 pounds, squat 600 pounds, and clean 315 pounds, all impressive...participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game...recruited by Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier ...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, & Tennessee.


Plyler on Thompson: "Thompson is a new wave of college defensive tackle. He is only 6-2, but he plays at a great pad level. He gets tremendous leverage. He will be one of the strongest players in his class. He is the type of defensive tackle you want to play behind because he is going to command double teams on just about every snap."


Reminds Plyler of: William Devane



Daniel Andrews S 6-0 / 192 Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian Academy)

Ranked as #107 safety nationally by Scout.com ...rated as the#64 player in Florida by SuperPrep...had a solid senior year with 59 total tackles...also had a sack, three tackles for loss, two interceptions and a caused fumble and recovered fumble...third-team all-state and all-region team selection...played in the Jacksonville Shrine Bowl game...totaled 88 tackles & two interceptions as a junior...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Florida and Miami (FL).


Plyler on Andrews: "Andrews is a really bright kid. The opportunity is there at safety and if Andrew picks system up fast he will get a look in the fall."


Reminds Plyler of: Matt Riggs



Jaron Brown WR 6-3 / 187 Cheraw, SC (Cheraw HS) (
Announcement Video)

Wide receiver who led Cheraw High School to state championship game victories each of the last two years...played in three state championship games...had 31 catches for 516 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior receiver when he was named all-state, all-area and all-region...also had 100 tackles and four interceptions as a safety in 2007...Palmetto All-Star back of the year...ranked as a three-star player by both Scout.com and Rivals.com...#57 athlete nationally and #16 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#56 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com...#5 player in South Carolina and #36 wide receiver nationally by SuperPrep... Shrine Bowl selection...also a standout on the Cheraw basketball team...from same high school and hometown as former Clemson All-America punter and NFL All-Pro punter Dale Hatcher...recruited by Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over offers from Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina.


Plyler on Brown: "Brown really surprised me at Shrine Bowl. He is much more athletic than I first thought. He is a versatile kid that can play wide receiver or safety. He is a bright kid and I like the way he goes up and catches the football at highest point."


Reminds Plyler of: Michael Hamlin



Carlton Lewis, Jr S 6-3 / 190 St. Augustine, FL (St. Augustine HS)

Named to Florida Times Union All First Coast Team as a first-team selection...a three-star player by Scout.com and Rivals.com...#59 safety nationally by Rivals.com...#44 safety nationally by Scout.com...#24 safety nationally by ESPN.com...helped lead St. Augustine to the AAA state title game...had 57 tackles and two interceptions as a senior safety...had 39 receptions for 760 yards and nine touchdowns as a wide receiver...teammate of fellow Tiger freshman safety Rashard Hall in high school...also a standout on the St. Augustine basketball team...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Wake Forest, South Florida, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.


Plyler on Lewis: "He reminds me of Jaron Brown in that he could play wide receiver or safety. Tigers need safeties so there are opportunities for him there."


Reminds Plyler of: Chris Clemons



Jarrett Crittenton S 6-6 / 275 Wahpeton, ND (North Dakota State College of Science)

Rated as a four-star defensive lineman by Scout.com and Rivals.com...ranked as the 29th best junior college player in the nation by Rivals.com...ranked as the 27th best junior college player in the nation by SuperPrep...ranked as fifth best JC defensive end in the nation by SuperPrep and sixth among JC defensive ends by Rivals.com...originally played at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, GA...recruited by Defensive Line Coach Chris Rumph...chose Clemson over Kansas State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.


Plyler on Crittenton: "In most years Crittenton would be the headline guy on the defensive line. He looks like he is ready to play right now. He has a tremendous looking frame and body. As soon as he can adjust to the ACC level and speed of the play then he will contribute right away."


Reminds Plyler of: Trevor Pryce



Matt Sanders OL 6-6 / 275 Crestview, FL (Crestview HS)

Ranked as the second best offensive guard in the state of Florida by Rivals.com...listed as #57 player in Florida and #28 offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com...#16 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com...#41 offensive guard nationally by ESPN.com...#73 player in Florida by SuperPrep ...three-star player according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com...selected to Max Emfinger All-American game...first-team All-State as a senior, he was a third-team All-State selection as a junior in 2006...first-team All-Area in 2006 and 2007...three year starter on the offensive line...named Northwest Florida Offensive Lineman of the Year...Northwest Florida All-Sports Association Scholastic Athletic of the Year in 2007...ranked in the top five percent of his senior class academically...team captain in 2007...also outstanding track athlete who finished ninth in the state in the discus in 2007...he was second in the district and fourth at the regional meet for the state of Florida...also a member of the basketball team the last three years...recruited by Defensive Coordinator Vic Koenning and Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Florida State, Central Florida, Duke, Iowa State, Maryland, NC State, Purdue, & Vanderbilt.


Plyler on Sanders: "Sanders is another interior offensive lineman who could play guard or center. I wouldn?t be surprised if he doesn?t get a look very early at center. I know the staff was really high on this kid coming out of camp."


Reminds Plyler of: Jeb Flesch



Kenneth Page OL 6-4 / 293 Columbia, SC (A.C. Flora HS) (
Announcement Video

Ranked as the #9 offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com...that service also lists him as a four-star player...#19 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com, that service lists him as a three-star player...#6 offensive guard nationally by ESPN.com...member of Rivals.com Rivals250 (#202)...#6 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...ranked as #9 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...#41 offensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep...participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game...Nike First Team Underclassmen All-American...second-team US Army All-American Combine...Shrine Bowl selection...member of the "Best of the South" by the Tampa Tribune (#18)...selected to the All-Southern Football Team by the Orlando Sentinel...Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award winner...one of five finalists for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award...two-time first-team all-state offensive lineman...two-time AAA 1st Team All-State...first-team AP All-State...selected to the Palmetto Champions All-Star Team AAA Lineman of the Year...Palmetto Champions All-Star Finalist for Lineman of the Year...three-time all-region offensive lineman... three-time Columbia All-Area Offensive Lineman...named the top offensive line in South Carolina by SCVarsity.com...Region AAA Player of the Year as a senior...2007 Red Zone Player of the Year...top 100 player by High School Sports Report...National Merit Semi-Finalist...coached by Robin Bacon in high school...recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee.


Plyler on Page: "Page is a great kid and a really bright kid. He is another interior lineman who works extremely hard and will develop into a good offensive lineman. He is very coachable and once he learns how to play with hands and behind his pads he is going to be a really good player."


Reminds Plyler of: Eric Harmon



Xavier Brewer CB 5-11 / 180 Jacksonville, FL (Bartram Trail HS)

Ranked as the 65th best player in the nation by ESPN.com ...#7 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com... participated in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game...considered the #58 player in Florida by Rivals.com...27th-ranked cornerback nationally by Rivals.com...#13 cornerback nationally by Scout.com ...grabbed five interceptions as a senior, after picking off six passes as a junior... high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee QB Kyle Parker in high school...Florida Times Union All First-Coast first-team selection...rated as a four-star player by Scout.com and a three-star player by Rivals.com...named to the Super 11 in Florida by the Florida Times Union...his father played for the Denver Broncos and his brother, Chris, is a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame and Florida.


Plyler on Brewer: "Another Jacksonville product who is a good athlete. I think he will be a good boundary corner who tackles well and pretty good in run support."


Reminds Plyler of: Haydrian Lewis



Dwayne Allen TE 6-3 / 220 Fayetteville, NC (Terry Sanford HS)

National top 100 signee according to ESPN.com...ranked as 83rd best player in the nation by ESPN.com, including the number-three tight end in the nation...four-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com...ranked as the number-three tight end in the nation by Rivals.com and number-eight tight end by Scout.com...ranked as fifth best player in North Carolina by Rivals.com...had 68 receptions for 1257 yards for his career at Terry Sanford High School...that is a strong 18.5 yards per catch figure for his career...had 27 catches for 291 yards and five scores as a senior...had 25-551 as a junior...recruited by Clemson assistant coach Chris Rumph...selected Clemson after receiving offers from Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.


Plyler on Allen: "He has as good of hands as I have seen at the tight end position in recent memory. Allen really looks very natural when he receives the ball. He just looks effortless and like a wide receiver when he catches and that is rare for a high school tight end. He has a nice looking body that is big enough and physical enough. He is the best pass receiving tight end the first day he steps on the field."


Reminds Plyler of: Ben Hall



Rashard Hall S 6-3 / 190 St Augustine, Fl (St Augustine HS)

Named to the Florida Times Union All First Coast First-team....three-star safety according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com...had eight interceptions in 2007 and had three defensive touchdowns...led the county in receiving with over 800 yards and eight TDs...St. John's County Defensive Player of the Year...first-team all-state and all-county...three-star player by Scout.com and Rivals.com...#46 safety nationally by Rivals.com...ranked 60th nationally at safety by Scout.com...#46 safety nationally by ESPN.com...#58 player in Florida by SuperPrep...helped lead St. Augustine to AAA state title game...teammate of fellow Tiger freshman safety Carlton Lewis in high school...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...also a standout basketball player at St. Augustine High...chose Clemson over Louisville, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi State and South Florida.


Plyler on Hall: "Like Carlton Lewis, Hall was recruited as a wide receiver and safety. I?m not sure there a dime of difference between Hall and Lewis. Both are the same size and speed. There is playing time for incoming safeties."


Reminds Plyler of: Chris Clemons



Brandon Ford WR 6-4 / 205 Hanahan, SC (Hanahan HS)

Four-star wide receiver according to Rivals.com...Ranked as #46 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com...#64 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com...three-star receiver according to Scout.com...#55 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com...rated the 17th-best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...Shrine Bowl selection...all-state, all-region and All-Low Country...his stock soared after a breakout season in 2007...finished his senior season with 76 receptions for 1,702 yards and 22 touchdowns...led the state in reception yards and touchdown receptions...ranked third nationally in reception yards...compiled 116 catches over the past two seasons...co-MVP and team captain in 2007...recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell...played his high school football for Jeff Cruce, an offensive lineman on Clemson's 1981 National Championship team...chose Clemson over Georgia, Georgia Southern, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.


Plyler on Ford: "Ford is a little unpolished at this point, but he has a lot of upsize and a lot of tools to develop into a dominating wide receiver. At the Shrine Bowl , he showed really big and strong hands. I think he is going to be a physical mismatch once he understands the system and develops."


Reminds Plyler of: Rod Gardner



Matt Skinner ATH 6-6 / 230 Jacksonville, FL (The Bolles School)

First-team All-State performer in Florida...also named #44 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com... played in F.A.C. A. Florida North-South All-Star Game...played on state championship team as a junior...started at offensive tackle in high school, but was recruited primarily as a long-snapper...named a Super 24 player in Northeast Florida ...first-team all-area selection by Jacksonville Times Union...comes to Clemson from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, the same school that produced All-America Clemson kicker David Treadwell...played his high school football for Corky Rogers...member of the National Honor Society...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney and Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier....chose Clemson over offer from Wake Forest.


Plyler on Skinner: "Clemson thought he was best snapper in the country and this is first long snapper I have ever seen Clemson offer. Special teams have been a problem in recent years and if he can be the answer this will be well worth the scholarship."



Jonathan Willard LB 6-2 / 203 Loris, SC (Loris HS)

Four-star linebacker according to Rivals.com and a three-star by Scout.com...Listed as the #10 player in South Carolina and #24 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals.com...#34 weakside linebacker nationally by Scout.com...#22 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com...#19 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...only played for half of his senior season due to a knee injury...all-region 2-A performer...played in the North-South All-Star Game...selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl...ran for 702 yards in six games as a senior...he added 89 tackles and 53 assists...three-time state wrestling champion...coached by James Longerbeam in high school...nephew of former Clemson defensive tackle Richard McCullough, who was also a product of Loris High School...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Florida, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, & Tennessee.


Plyler on Willard: "Willard is the kind of linebacker I like because he is also a great high school wrestler. He understands leverage and really loves to compete. He could play any of the linebacker positions after he transitions to the speed of the game."


Reminds Plyler of: Courtney Vincent



Antonie McClain OL 6-6 / 305 Anniston, AL (Anniston HS) (
Announcement Video

Ranked as 78th best player in the nation by ESPN.com......#6 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com ...member of Rivals.com Rivals 250 (#108)...#13 offensive tackle nationally and #7 player in Alabama by Rivals.com...#109 player nationally by Scout.com...#9 offensive tackle nationally by Scout.com ...#4 player in Alabama and #10 offensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep...ASWA first-team all-state performer...member of Press Register Elite 18 and Super Southeast 120...participant in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game...racked up 50 pancake blocks during his senior season, along with 17 tackles on defense...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Tennessee.


Plyler on McClain: "McClain is a really big tackle prospect and Dabo Swinney needs to be commended for going into the state of Alabama, and getting the second best offensive lineman in the state and one of the top 10 players in the state. I think McClain has the feet and athletism to compete early."


Reminds Plyler of: Chris Hairston



Jamie Harper RB 6-0 / 220 Jacksonville, FL (Trinity Christian Academy) (
Harper announcement video)

Ranked as the 12th best player in the nation by ESPN.com...ranked as number-three running back in the nation by ESPN.com...#5 running back nationally and #35 player overall by Scout.com ...four-star running back according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...four-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com...member of Rivals.com Rivals 250 (#119)...rated as the top fullback in the nation by Rivals.com...also named the 21st-best player in Florida by Rivals.com...ranked as 27th best player in the nation by SuperPrep and the number-four running back... #11 player in Florida by SuperPrep...rushed for 1,437 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior...in his junior season, he compiled 1,200 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, along with four receiving touchdowns...participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he scored the winning touchdown on a scoring pass from fellow Clemson signee Kyle Parker with under three minutes left...high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee Daniel Andrews ...recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney...chose Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), and Illinois.


Plyler on Harper: "This is the big physical back Clemson has not had since Chad Jasmin. Harper will impress you because despite being a big back he really catches the ball well. He is the perfect remedy for Clemson's problems with the short yardage."


Reminds Plyler of: Kenny Flowers

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