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National Signing Day 2010


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Check back all day on Wednesday to see the latest on Clemson's 2010 recruiting class.



Last Updated: 3:15 PM


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Name
POS HT, WT Espn Rnk Rivals Rnk Scout Rnk
Hometown

Official Photo

Status
1. Kalon Davis OL 6-6 325 OT #29 OG #46 OL #34 Chester, SC PHOTO Enrolled
2. Josh Watson DT 6-3 275 PG NR PG Chatham, VA PHOTO Enrolled
3. Martavis Bryant WR 6-5 200 WR #8 WR #10 WR #37 Anderson, SC PHOTO 7:15 AM
4. Corey Crawford DE 6-5 235 DE #39 DE #20 DE #18 Columbus, GA PHOTO 8:00AM
5. David Beasley OL 6-4 290 OG #20 OG #22 OG #31 Columbus, GA PHOTO 8:03AM
6. Reid Webster OL 6-5 270 OT #57 OT #46 OT #62 Woodstock, GA PHOTO 8:03AM
7. Jake Nicolopulos LB 6-2 220 ILB #16 ILB #26 ILB #29 Anderson, SC PHOTO 8:28AM
8. Sam Cooper TE 6-5 230 NR NR TE #53 Nashville, TN PHOTO 8:03AM
9. Vic Beasley TE 6-4 225 ATH #18 ATH #37 OLB #36 Adairsville, GA PHOTO 8:50AM
10. Demont Buice RB 6-2 205 RB #61 RB #40 RB #68 Gadsden, AL PHOTO 9:05AM
11. Martin Jenkins DB 5-9 170 CB #39 NR CB #94 Roswell, GA PHOTO 9:10AM
12. Ricky Chaney DB 6-2 195 OLB #108 OLB #72 OLB #72 Beaufort, SC PHOTO 9:40AM
13. DeAndre Hopkins WR 6-2 194 ATH #31 WR #12 CB #13 Central, SC PHOTO 9:45AM
14. Tavaris Barnes DE 6-5 250 DE #111 DE #29 DE #79 Jacksonville, FL PHOTO 9:45AM
15. Desmond Brown DB 6-0 192 S #75 S #24 S #64 Centre, AL PHOTO 9:50AM
16. Darius Robinson DB 6-0 170 CB #17 CB #16 CB #27 Atlanta, GA PHOTO 9:55AM
17. Joe Craig WR 6-0 170 ATH #71 ATH #45 WR #75 Gaffney, SC PHOTO 9:55AM
18. Bashaud Breeland DB 6-1 190 S #56 S #55 S #22 Fairfax, SC PHOTO 10:15AM
19. Garry Peters DB 6-0 173 ATH #13 CB #20 CB #55 Conyers, GA PHOTO 10:30AM
20. D.J. Howard RB 6-0 190 RB #44 ATH #40 S #62 Lincoln, AL PHOTO 11:10AM
21. Gifford Timothy OL 6-6 288 NR NR OT #119 Middletown, DE PHOTO 11:10AM
22. Tra Thomas DT 6-1 271 DT #38 NR DT #103 Wadesboro, NC PHOTO 11:30AM
23. Justin Parker LB 6-3 230 ILB #7 OLB #19 LB #13 Beaufort, SC PHOTO 3:10 PM




Tiger prospects


Keenan Allen, 9 a.m. - Signed with Cal

Zach Maynard, 9 a.m. - Signed with Cal

Darius Lipford - Signed with UNC

Ethan Farmer - Signed with UNC

D.J. Howard - Clemson

Justin Parker - 3 p.m. - Clemson


Clemson Recruiting notes for 2010

•Clemson signed seven players from the state of Georgia today. That was the most for the program from Georgia since 2002 when Clemson also signed seven players from Georgia. The seven in that 2002 class included Nathan Bennett, who went on to become an All-American in 2006, and Chansi Stuckey who became a two-time first-team All-ACC receiver.

•Clemson had only seven players sign from the state of Georgia in the previous four classes combined.

•Clemson signed three players from the state of Alabama. Clemson has now signed 17 players from Alabama over the last seven years, or the seven years Dabo Swinney has been on the Clemson staff. Between 1990 and 2003, Clemson did not sign a single player from the state of Alabama.

•Clemson signed 23 players overall this year. The state breakdown: 8 from South Carolina, 7 from Georgia, 3 from Alabama, 2 from Delaware and one each from Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee.

•Clemson signed six defensive backs, four offensive linemen, 3 wide receivers, 2 defensive tackles, 2 defensive ends, 2 tight ends, 2 running backs and 2 linebackers.

•Clemson signed two players from the state of Delaware. It is the first time Clemson has signed a player from Delaware since future All-American Jim Bundren signed with Clemson in 1993.

•The 23 signees today are the most since the 2008 recruiting class had 25.

•As of 5:00 PM on Wednesday, Clemson’s recruiting class was ranked 17th by ESPN.com, 18th by Rivals.com and 23rd by Scout.com. Clemson’s class ranked second best among ACC teams behind Florida Stat according to Rivals.com. Clemson’s class was third best in the ACC behind Florida State and Miami by ESPN and Scout.com.

•This marked the fifth straight year Clemson had a top 20 recruiting class by ESPN.com. Clemson was 13th in 2006, 18th in 2007, 2nd in 2008, 19th in 2009 and 17th in 2010.

•Clemson signed six defensive backs. Clemson’s defensive back group was ranked fifth best in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com.

•Max Preps announced an “early top 10 recruiting classes for 2011” late Wednesday afternoon. Clemson was ranked second. The top 10 was: 1. LSU, 2. Clemson, 3. Florida State, 4. Stanford, 5. Alabama, 6.Ohio State, 7. Louisville, 8. Nebraska, 9. Oklahoma, 10. Florida.

•Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said this class began on Feb. 23, 2008 when Martavis Bryant of Anderson, SC and T.L. Hanna High School was the first commitment. Bryant was the first in the class to sign and fax his letter of intent today (7:15 AM). Swinney said Bryant would fittingly wear number-one next season.


Signee Bios


Kalon Davis OL 6-6 325 Chester, SC (Chester HS)

Offensive lineman who enrolled at Clemson in January of 2010...rated as the #34 offensive guard in the nation and #27 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#46 offensive guard in the nation and #28 player in South Carolina by Scout.com...#30 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...#22 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...first-team All-State by The State Newspaper and the High School Sports Report...ranked as 21st best player in South Carolina by Charlotte Observer...named All-Atlantic Region by Prep Stars...coached by Maurice Flowers at Chester Senior High School...recruited by Jeff Scott...chose Clemson over N.C. State, Penn State, Wake Forest, and Vanderbilt...born September 25, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Davis: "I saw Davis when he was a junior and loved his tenacity. He played hard and was a terrific run blocker. I think he has a chance to
develop into a good college linemen but conditioning will be a big key."


Reminds Plyler of: Cedric Johnson


Josh Watson DT 6-3 275 Chatham, VA (Hargrave Military Academy)


Rated as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the nation out of the prep school ranks by Rivals.com...4-Star rating from Scout.com...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2010...coached by Robert Prunty at Hargrave Military Academy...Prunty is now an assistant coach at Texas Tech...comes to Clemson from same school that sent current Clemson All-American DeAndre McDaniel, former Clemson All-American Chris McDuffie and current Tiger defensive back Jonathan Meeks to Clemson in recent years...played his high school football at Dickinson High School in Wilmington, DE...burst on the scene when he was named MVP of a high school all-star game in Delaware at the end of his senior season...recruited by Danny Pearman...chose Clemson over Boston College, Duke, Florida State, and North Carolina...born February 5, 1990.


Mickey Plyler on Watson: "I think this is a high character kid who is very bright. I would expect Watson to work hard and become a steady defensive tackle down the road. He really improved his stock at the prep school."


Reminds Plyler of: Warren Forney


Martavis Bryant WR 6-5 200 Anderson, SC (T.L. Hanna)


Highest rated Clemson signee by many services, he is among the top 100 overall players in the nation by all services...a 4-Star signee according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...#43 overall player in ESPN150, highest ranked Clemson player by ESPN...#61 player in Tom Lemming Top 100 by MaxPreps...rated as the #10 wide receiver in the nation by Rivals.com...rated as the #84 player overall by Rivals.com...ranked as eighth best player in South Carolina by Scout.com...ranked as 57th best player in the nation in the preseason by SuperPrep...4 wide receiver in the nation by ESPN.com...#8 player in the South Carolina by SuperPrep...#20 wide receiver in nation by SuperPrep... ranked as number-eight player in South Carolina by Charlotte Observer...ranked in the top 100 by Prep Stars as well...participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the US Army All America Game, only Tiger signee to play in that game...first-team All-State by The State Newspaper...all-state by the High School Sports Report...had 70 receptions for 722 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009...had 47 catches for 800 yards as a junior...played head-to-head against Clemson signee DeAndre Hopkins in high school...coached by Kenya Fouch at T.L. Hanna High School...recruited by Brad Scott...chose Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, and UCLA....born Dec. 20, 1991


Mickey Plyler on Bryant: "Bryant is quite as tall as Youngblood but he is similar in that he is a taller receiver with good speed. I like the way he catches the football. I saw him early in his career and as a senior. I think he really improved his hands as a senior. The Tigers needed early help at receiver and Bryant is the kind of player that may play early but will really improve when he gets stronger."


Reminds Plyler of: Kevin Youngblood


Corey Crawford DE 6-5 235 Columbus, GA (Carver HS)


Played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach...Atlanta Journal Constitution Defensive Player of the Year...Columbus Ledger Defensive Player-of-the-Year...a 4-Star signee according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com...rated as the #20 defensive end in the nation and 30th best player in Georgia by Rivals.com...#18 defensive end in the nation and 9th best player in Georgia by Scout.com...#40 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com...#61 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...coached by Dell McGee at Carver High School...first-team AAA all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association...attended same high school as former Clemson All-ACC DT Brentson Buckner, who went on to play 12 years in the NFL...high school teammate of Clemson signee David Beasley...first-team all-region selection...finished the 2009 season with 87 total tackles, including nine sacks, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and two returns for touchdowns...named to All-Southeast Region team by Prep Stars...recruited by Charlie Harbison...chose Clemson over Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Mississippi, and South Carolina....born Dec. 1, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on : "Crawford is a great looking physical specimen. When you draw up a defensive end prospect, this is what you look for. Crawford is a good pass rusher that is raw but he has a lot of tools. He fits right in line with some of the top defensive ends Clemson has signed in recent years."


Reminds Plyler of: Malliciah Goodman


David Beasley OL 6-4 290 Columbus, GA (Carver HS)


Two-time first-team all-state lineman in Georgia...rated as the #22 offensive guard in the nation and 39th best player in Georgia by Rivals.com...#31 offensive guard in the nation and #31 player in Georgia by Scout.com...#19 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com...#64 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...first-team all-state by the Georgia Sportswriters Association in 2009...helped the Carver High team to 3507 rushing yards and average of 34 points per game in 2009...had 90 pancake blocks in 2008 and 70 in 2009...played in Offense-Defense all-star game in Myrtle Beach in December...coached by Dell McGee at Carver High School...named All-Southeast Region selection by Prep Stars... attended the same high school as former Clemson All-ACC defensive tackle Brentson Buckner...Buckner went on to play 12 years in the NFL after his Clemson career...high school teammate of Clemson signee Corey Crawford...recruited by Charlie Harbison...chose Clemson over Georgia, Miami, and South Carolina....born Nov. 17, 1990.


Mickey Plyler on David Beasley : "Beasley reminds me of a player like Eric Harmon because of his run blocking abilities. This guy finishes blocks. He plays with an attitude. Clemson was looking for an interior offensive lineman that could push for playing time next season and I think they may have found it in Beasley. You can see why Georgia made such a big push for his signature."


Reminds Plyler of: Eric Harmon


Reid Webster OL 6-5 270 Woodstock, GA (Etowah HS)

Rated as the #46 offensive tackle in the nation and 51st best player in Georgia by Rivals.com...#65 offensive tackle in the nation and #68 player in Georgia by Scout.com...#58 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...first-team all-state by the Atlanta Journal Constitution...two-time all-county...versatile lineman who has played four different positions on the line helped his team to 8-3 season and the state playoffs in 2009...team had a 9-1 record as a junior in 2008.....Cherokee County Lineman of the Year in 2009...#44 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...coached by Bill Stewart at Etowah High School...All-Southeast Region selection by Prep Stars...recruited by Billy Napier...chose Clemson over Florida State, Miami, and Mississippi....born Oct. 2, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on : "Webster is bigger than Roman Fry at this stage but he reminds me of Roman because of his style of play. Webster really gets after the defensive linemen. He comes off of the football well."


Reminds Plyler of: Roman Fry


Jake Nicolopulos LB 6-2 220 Anderson, SC (T.L. Hanna HS)


Rated as the #26 inside linebacker in the nation and #29 in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#29 middle linebacker in the nation an #23 player in South Carolina by Scout.com...#16 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com...#18 player in South Carolina 37 by SuperPrep...named to the All-Underrated team by Southernpigskin.com for 2010 signees from the South...All-Atlantic Region by Prep Stars...coached by Kenya Fouch at T.L. Hanna High School...recruited by Brad Scott...chose Clemson over California, Kentucky, and Stanford.


Mickey Plyler on Jake Nicolopulos: "Jake is a run stopping middle linebacker who is physical. He plays well between the tackles. This is a tough competitor."


Reminds Plyler of: Chad Carson






Sam Cooper TE 6-5 230 Nashville, TN (The Ensworth HS)

First-team All-Southern team selection by the Orlando Sentinel, one of two Tiger signees to make that team (DeAndre Hopkins the other)...rated as the #53 tight end in the nation by Scout.com...named All-Southeast Region by Prep Stars...#14 player in Tennessee by SuperPrep...coached by Ricky Bowers at The Ensworth High School...recruited by Dan Brooks...chose Clemson over Duke...born May 31, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Sam Cooper: "Cooper reminds me of former Tiger Michael Plamer because Cooper is not a highly rated prospect but he has a chance to play early. I did not see him this season but the staff liked him enough in offer him in their summer camp. There is little depth at tight end so Cooper has a chance to play next season."


Reminds Plyler of: Michael Palmer

Vic Beasley TE 6-4 225 Adairsville, GA (Adairsville HS)

Ranked as the #16 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com....rated as the #37 athlete in the nation and 37th best player in Georgia by Rivals.com...#34 outside linebacker in the nation and #37 player in Georgia by Scout.com ...#33 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...in 2009 had 120 rushes for 828 yards and seven touchdowns as a running back...had seven punt returns for a 17.3 average and had two punt returns for touchdowns...had just one kickoff return, but he took it 80 yards for a score...on defense, had 102 total tackles, including 69 first hits...had 12 tackles for loss and one interception...named to All-Southeast Region by Prep Stars...son of former Auburn player Victor Beasley, who played at Auburn from 1982-84...played in the Georgia North-South All-Star game, he had a blocked field goal in that contest...first-team All-State by Associated Press and Georgia Sportswriter Association...committed to the Tigers in August...named all-county and all-area his last two years...also played high school basketball and AAU basketball...averaged a double-double for the AAU Georgia All-Stars...coached by Jim Kremer at Adairsville High School...recruited by Billy Napier, Napier's father is offensive coordinator at Adairsville High...chose Clemson over Alabama, Auburn, and Stanford....born July 8, 1992.


Mickey Plyler on Vic Beasley: "Beasley reminds me of former Tiger Ben Hall because of how athletic Beasley is entering school. He is not quite as thick as Hall but he is similar because he can stretch the field vertically. Beasley is a basketball body that could develop into a terrific pass catching tight end."


Reminds Plyler of: Ben Hall

Demont Buice RB 6-2 205 Gadsden, AL (Gaston HS)

Two-time finalist for Mr. Football in state of Alabama...had very productive high school career that included 5500 rushing yards in 510 carries, an average of 10.8 yards per rush...had 66-671 and eight touchdowns as a freshman...followed that with 196-2281 and 44 rushing touchdowns as a sophomore...tied a state record with eight touchdowns in one game that year and his 47 overall touchdowns tied a state record for a season...had one game with 373 yards rushing on 24 carries and another with 338 on 16 attempts...finalist for Mr. Football that year...in 2008 had 177 for 1650 rushing and 25 touchdowns...again finalist for Mr. Football and A Back of the Year in Alabama...had injury plagued senior year, he missed eight games...still finished with 897 rushing yards on 71 attempts and scored 14 touchdowns...rated as the #40 running back in the nation and 17th best player in Alabama by Rivals.com...#69 running back in the nation and 18th best player in Alabama by Scout.com...#61 running back in the nation by ESPN.com...#18 player in Alabama by SuperPrep...named All-Southeast Region by Prep Stars...coached by Swane Morris at Gaston High School...from same hometown as former Clemson head Coach Danny Ford... recruited by Charlie Harbison...last name is pronounced BICE...chose Clemson over Kentucky, Mississippi, and Tennessee....born Dec. 7, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Demont Buice: "Buice reminds me of former Tiger Rudy Harris because of his style. Buice is not going to make many people miss. He is a power back that would rather run through tackles."


Reminds Plyler of: Rudy Harris


Martin Jenkins DB 5-9 170 Roswell, GA (Centennial HS)


Rated as the #93 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com...#38 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com...All-Southeast Region selection by Prep Stars...versatile player who scored 12 touchdowns, five different ways in 2009...had three on interception returns, two on punt returns, one on a kickoff return, three receiving and three rushing...coached by Jeff Measor at Centennial High School...in track, finished fourth in the state at the 5A level in the 100 meters...had career best times of 10.6 in the 100 meters and 21.6 in the 200 meters...recruited by Kevin Steele and Charlie Harbison...chose Clemson over Syracuse...born on Valentine's Day, 1992.


Mickey Plyler on Martin Jenkins: "Jenkins reminds me of former Tiger Dexter Davis because Jenkins is not the biggest corner but he is a good cover guy and can develop into a top notch return guy."


Reminds Plyler of: Dexter Davis






Ricky Chaney DB 6-2 195 Beaufort, SC (Battery Creek HS)

Rated as the #72 outside linebacker in the nation and 21st best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#73 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...#105 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com...#19 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...second team All-State by The State Newspaper...played in the North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach...ranked as #22 player in South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer...had 37 tackles as a junior in 2008...named All-Atlantic Region by Prep Stars...had 64 tackles in 2009 ...coached by Carlos Cave at Battery Creek High School...recruited by Dan Brooks...chose Clemson over Florida State and Miami...born Aug. 30, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Ricky Chaney: "Chaney is an athletic hybrid safety. He can grow into a linebacker and play close to the line of scrimmage. He is a great looking specimen. Chaney is raw but he has a lot of ability."


Reminds Plyler of: Tramaine Billie


DeAndre Hopkins WR 6-2 194 Central, SC (Daniel HS)

Ranked as a 4-Star signee by Scout.com and Rivals.com...rated as the #12 wide receiver in the nation and eighth best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...rated as the #148 overall player in the nation and fourth best in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#14 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com...#29 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com...#6 player in the South Carolina 37 by SuperPrep...#6 athlete in nation by SuperPrep...first- team All-State by The State Newspaper...ranked as third best player in South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer, tops among Clemson signees...participated in Offense-Defense All American Game, and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas...first-team All-Southern according to the Orlando Sentinel, one of two Tigers chosen to that team (Sam Cooper the other)...South Carolina Mr. Football finalist...two-time AP All-State selection at defensive back...two-time Seneca Daily Journal Player of the Year...two-time Anderson Independent Player of the Year...two-time AAA All-State by High School Sports Report...2009 Co-Region Player of the Year...three-time All-Region 1 AAA selection... finished his high school career with an incredible 28 Interceptions for 555 return yards and five touchdowns...on offense had 57 receptions for 1266 yards and 18 touchdowns in his career....had 11 punt returns for 289 yards and three touchdowns in 2009...had two kickoff returns for 119 yards and one touchdown in 2009...had seven touchdowns receiving, two on interception returns, three on punt returns, one on a kickoff return and one on a fumble return in 2009...AAA Back of the Year in South Carolina... also had a pair of blocked kicks...led team in scoring in 2009 with 86 Points...led Daniel High School to 37-4 record in his career...preseason Prep Star All-American ...coached by Randy Robinson at nearby D.W. Daniel High School...attended same high school as former Clemson All-America center Kyle Young, who is now an assistant athletic director at Clemson...recruited by Andre Powell... also a starter on the basketball team who averages 15 points per game...chose Clemson over Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee....born June 6, 1992.

Mickey Plyler on DeAndre Hopkins: "Nuke reminds me of another former Daniel High School receiver in Terry Smith because of the way he catches the football. They are related and the abilities are similar. Few high school receivers attack the football the way Hopkins does. He has tremendous ball skills. I can see him playing a lot as a true freshman."


Reminds Plyler of: Terry Smith


Tavaris Barnes DE 6-5 250 Jacksonville, FL (First Coast HS)


Outstanding defensive end from Jacksonville, FL who had 25 tackles for loss and nine sacks in 2009...had 80 tackles overall...hopes to continue a long line of outstanding Clemson players from Jacksonville, FL, a defensive heritage that has included seven-time Pro Bowl player Brian Dawkins...named to Florida Times Union Super 24 at the end of the season...named to Florida Times Union Preseason Super 11...Barnes has a 4-Star rating from Scout.com and Rivals.com...rated as the #29 defensive tackle in the nation and 47th best player in Florida by Rivals.com...#73 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com...#105 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com...a top 100 player in Florida by Super Prep ...comes to Clemson from First Coast High School...recruited by Jeff Scott...also a starter on the basketball team at First Coast...chose Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, North Carolina and South Carolina....born Nov. 2, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Tavaris Barnes: "Barnes is an effort guy. He has a great first step. This is an example of a prospect that worked his way into a four-star rating. I did not see him earlier in his high school career but his coaches say he worked his way into a ton of offers. He is a guy who can play defensive end early but might grow into an athletic defensive tackle. It is rare to go into Jacksonville and steal a guy that is committed to FSU."


Reminds Plyler of: Adrian Dingle


Desmond Brown DB 6-0 192 Centre, AL (Cherokee County HS)

A 4-Star signee from Rivals.com...rated as the #24 safety in the nation and 12th best player in Alabama by Rivals.com...#66 safety in the nation and 14th best player in Alabama by Scout.com...#75 safety in the nation by ESPN.com...#10 player in Alabama by SuperPrep...#43 defensive back in nation by SuperPrep...named to All-Southeast Region team by Prep Stars...helped Cherokee County to state 4A Championship...had 536 yards rushing and 330 yards receiving to go with 11 touchdowns in 2009...ranked as 13th best player in Alabama by the Press-Register...honorable mention all-state...coached by Thomas Curry at Cherokee County High School...recruited by Charlie Harbison...chose Clemson over Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Tennessee....born May 12, 1992.


Mickey Plyler on Desmond Brown: "Brown reminds me of former Tiger Charpia on this one because Brown is a really tough kid. This is an athlete that excels against both the run and the pass. He is another high profile kid. If he had more height he would have been rated a little higher but this guy is a hitter that could play early. Brown really recruited hard for the Tigers after he committed."


Reminds Plyler of: Rusty Charpia


Darius Robinson DB 6-0 170 Atlanta, GA (Westlake HS)


A 4-Star signee according to Rivals.com...rated as the #16 cornerback in the nation and #20 player in Georgia by Rivals.com...rated as the #237 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com...#27 cornerback in the nation and #35 player in Georgia by Scout.com...#17 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com...#17 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...coached by Gregory Minnis at Westlake High School...outstanding student with 3.4 GPA...also returned kicks in high school...recruited by Charlie Harbison...chose Clemson over Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, and Miami...born Nov. 17, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Darius Robinson: "Robinson really looks like former Tiger Tye Hill in so many ways. He is an outstanding cover guy. He is also a bright player. Robinson has the kind of ability that could get him an early look next season. You can never have enough players like this in your program. I think he was a key to this class."


Reminds Plyler of: Tye Hill


Joe Craig WR 6-0 170 Gaffney, SC (Gaffney HS)


Ranked as #3 fastest athlete in the nation by Rivals.com...rated as #45 athlete in the nation and 14th best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#75 wide receiver in the nation and 16th best player in South Carolina by Scout.com...#66 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com...#17 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...a preseason Prep Star All-American...had 12-144 and three touchdowns running the ball, had 20 catches for 308 yards as a receiver and had 7-149 on kickoff returns... as a junior had 16 receptions for 228 yards and three touchdowns...had 86-408 rushing with seven scores, and completed 26-55 for 297 yards and a score...as a senior had 19 catches for 300 yards and two scores, and added 12 rushes for 111 yards and three touchdowns...had 31 tackles and four passes broken up on defense...ranked as 17th best all-around player in South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer...first-team all-state by the High School Sports Report...coached by Phil Strickland at Gaffney Senior High School...played in North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach...200 meter state champion in 2009 with a time of 21.2, he finished second in the 100 meters...ran a 10.92 in the 100 meters......recruited by Jeff Scott...chose Clemson over Georgia and South Carolina...born May 6, 1992.


Mickey Plyler on Joe Craig: "Craig is a speed guy. He reminds me of another former track/football guy in Thomas. Clemson loses a lot of speed with Jacoby Ford’s graduation and maybe Craig can be that speed, slot guy."


Reminds Plyler of: Doug Thomas


Bashaud Breeland DB 6-1 190 Fairfax, SC (Allendale Fairfax HS)

A 4-Star signee according to Scout.com...#22 safety in the nation and sixth best player in South Carolina by Scout.com...rated as the #55 athlete in the nation and 15th best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com#...#56 safety in the nation by ESPN.com...#15 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...All-State selection by The State Newspaper...led Allendale Fairfax to a 10-2 record as a senior, he rushed for 1,270 yards and 15 touchdowns...in one game against Bethune- Bowman he had 113 yards rushing and two scores, and also had two interception returns for touchdowns on defense...played quarterback on offense and defensive back on defense...named to All-Atlantic Region team by Prep Stars...named to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in Spartanburg, and the Offense-Defense All American Game in Myrtle Beach...ranked as 16th best player in South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer at the end of the season...coached by Wayne Farmer at Allendale Fairfax....comes to Clemson from the same high school that produced Clemson's all-time leading rusher Raymond Priester...as a junior in high school Breeland had 95 rushes for 789 yards and 12 touchdowns...that is an 8.4 yards per carry average...also had 76 tackles on defense...starter on the basketball team and one of the top track performers in South Carolina...won the state title in the 400 meter hurdles as a sophomore and a junior, he helped his high school team to state championship in track in 2009...recruited by Chris Rumph...first name is pronounced BUSH aud...chose Clemson over Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech....born Jan. 30, 1992.


Mickey Plyler on Bashaud Breeland: "Breeland reminds me of former Tiger Michael Hamlin because Breeland comes from a small school but he has a bright future. Breeland has good range. I can see him attacking the line of scrimmage against the run too. I think this is one of the top ten players in South Carolina."


Reminds Plyler of: Michael Hamlin


Garry Peters DB 6-1 173 Conyers, GA (Heritage HS)


A member of the ESPN.com top 150...a 4-Star signee according to Rivals.com who committed to Clemson last August...rated as the #20 cornerback in the nation and #27 player in Georgia by Rivals.com...#55 cornerback in the nation and #43 player in Georgia by Scout.com...#10 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com...the #123 player in the ESPN150 by ESPN.com, one of two members of the Clemson class in the ESPN.com top 150...also a top 250 player by Rivals.com...Prep Star preseason All-American...played quarterback and defensive back in high school...#12 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...#36 defensive back in nation by SuperPrep...fine all-around player who had 20 catches for 361 yards and five scores on offense as a senior... as a senior he missed four games with a sprained ankle, but still had 50 tackles, two interceptions, two blocked field goals and a touchdown off a punt return and a score on a fumble return.... on offense, had six rushes for 146 yards and two scores...added two interceptions on defense and had nine kickoff returns for 217 yards... second-team 8-AAAA All Region All Purpose and Wide Receiver...coached by Chad Fraizer at Heritage High School... averaged a double-double in points and rebounds on the hard court as a junior....recruited by Chris Rumph...chose Clemson over Alabama, Florida State, South Carolina, and Tennessee...born Nov. 26, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Garry Peters: "Peters is a very good cover guy but I also like the way he comes up in run support. He is very physical for a corner. His film is impressive. You can see why it came down to Clemson and Alabama for this corner."


Reminds Plyler of: Byron Maxwell


D.J. Howard RB 6-0 190 Lincoln, AL (Lincoln HS)

One of the top running backs in Alabama...rated as the #15 player in Alabama by Rivals.com...#40 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com...#62 safety in the nation by Scout.com...#44 running back in nation by ESPN.com...#14 player in Alabama by SuperPrep...one of the Elite 18 in the state of Alabama according to the Press-Register...ran for nearly 1500 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, helping Lincoln High School to the state playoffs at the 4A level...had one game late in the season against Clay County when he had 20 rushes for 192 yards and three scores...also had a 91-yard kickoff return for a score and a 76-yard run for a score in that win against a team that was undefeated entering the game...led team to 9-4 record as a junior when he had 1000 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns...averaged over 10 yards per carry...also a top track athlete, he competed in 100 meters, 200 meters and long jump...coached by Chad Martin at Lincoln High School...recruited by Charlie Harbison...chose Clemson over Auburn and Kentucky....born Sept. 5, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on D.J. Howard: "When you turn on the film D.J. Howard really looks like James Davis looked in high school. He runs well between the tackles and is a good downhill runner. He is athletic enough to make a few people miss but really is a one cut back."


Reminds Plyler of: James Davis


Gifford Timothy OL 6-6 288 Middletown, DE (Middletown HS)

Rated as the #119 offensive tackle in the nation and third best player in Delaware by Scout.com...#36 player in Mid-Atlantic by SuperPrep...coached by Mark Delpercio at Middletown High School...joins Josh Watson as first Clemson signees from Delaware since Jim Bundren in 1993...Bundren went on to become an All-American in 1997 as an offensive lineman and started 47 straight games...recruited by Andre Powell...chose Clemson over Boise State, BYU, Maryland, and Virginia....born Dec. 14, 1991


Mickey Plyler on Gifford Timothy: "Timothy is a huge prospect. I saw him in person and was surprised he was so big. He looks good on film. He is athletic enough to play tackle and has good feet. If he works hard he has a chance to develop into a good one."


Reminds Plyler of: Holland Postell


Tra Thomas DT 6-1 271 Wadesboro, NC (Anson HS)

Rated as the #103 defensive tackle in the nation and #29 player in North Carolina by Scout.com...#37 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...#30 player in North Carolina by SuperPrep...participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas for the North Carolina team...coached by Luke Hyatt at Anson High School...had 37 tackles, four fumble recoveries in 2009...made all-conference as a junior and senior in two different conferences...had 12 tackles for loss as a junior on defense, had 100 pancake blocks on offense...also blocked three punts...starter his last three years...cousin of Georgia lineman Trinton Sturdivant...also all-conference in wrestling and track...recruited by Dan Brooks...chose Clemson over Louisville, Duke, East Carolina, and Michigan State...youngest member of the 2010 signee class, he was born Sept. 18, 1992.


Mickey Plyler on Tra Thomas: "Thomas is a leverage guy. He is a run stopper who gets under the pads of offensive linemen. He is another bright prospect."


Reminds Plyler of: Terry Jolly


Justin Parker LB 6-3 230 Beaufort, SC (Beaufort HS)

Rated as #13 overall player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#13 middle linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...#7 inside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com...#11 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...first-team All-State by The State Newspaper and the High School Sports Report...accumulated 140 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks...participated in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the Offense-Defense All American Bowl... coached by former Clemson tight end Mark Clifford at Beaufort High School...Prep Star preseason All-American...ranked as 12th best player in South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer...had 97 tackles as a junior and seven interceptions as a sophomore...recruited by Dan Brooks...chose Clemson over LSU and South Carolina....born Mar. 3, 1991.


Mickey Plyler on Justin Parker: "Parker reminds me of former Tiger Anthony Waters because he’s a big physical linebacker that can play inside or outside. He plays well in space. He is a good pass rusher that has everything you are looking for in a linebacker."


Reminds Plyler of: Anthony Waters


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