|National Signing Day 2011|
by TigerNet StaffTigerNet Staff
- Wednesday, February 2, 2011 12:05 AM
Check back all day on Wednesday to see the latest on Clemson's 2011 recruiting class.
Mike Bellamy RB 5-10 187 4.31 Punta Gorda, FL (Charlotte HS) Eric MacLain TE 6-5 261 4.70 Fayetteville, NC (Jack Britt HS) Spencer Region OL 6-6 330 Cullman, AL (Cullman HS)
Last Updated: 1:15 PM
2011 Football Signees
Lake Waccamaw, NC
Punta Gorda, FL
Daytona Beach, FL
Fort Myers, FL
Pawleys Island, SC
St. George, VA
Hope Mills, FL
St. Augustine, FL
Rock Hill, SC
Tiger prospects announcement times
Jeoffrey Pagan - 9 AM - Signed with Alabama
Tony Steward - 10 AM - Signed with Clemson
Spencer Region - 10:30 AM - Signed with Clemson
Brandon Ellerbe - 11:00 AM - Signed with UNC
Stephone Anthony - 11:30 AM - Signed with Clemson
Roderick Byers - 12:00 PM - Will Sign with Clemson
Corey Crawford DE 6-5 275 4.75 Hargrave Military Academy
Ranked as number-one prep player in the nation by 24/7sports.com, he comes to Clemson from Hargrave Military...enrolled at Clemson in January, 2011...had four sacks in two games against Fork Union and also had an interception and a touchdown off a blocked punt to highlight his season for the undefeated team at Hargrave...played for Troy Davis at Hargrave Military in 2010....played in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Myrtle Beach, SC after his senior year at Carver High School in Columbus, GA...Atlanta Journal Constitution Defensive Player-of-the-Year...Columbus Ledger Defensive Player-of-the-Year...#20 defensive end in the nation and #30 player in Georgia by Rivals.com.. .#18 defensive end in the nation and #9 player in Georgia by Scout.com...#40 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com...first-team AAA all-state by Georgia Sportswriters Association...attended the same high school as former Clemson All-ACC defensive tackle Brentson Buckner, who went on to play 12 years in the NFL...high school teammate of Clemson red-shirt freshman David Beasley...first-team all-region selection...had 87 total tackles, 16 sacks, two recovered fumbles, two interceptions, and two returns for touchdowns as a senior...had 72 tackles and seven sacks as a junior...All-Southeast Region member by PrepStars...entered Clemson in January of 2011...coached by Dell McGee at G.W. Carver High School...recruited by Charlie Harbison...born Dec. 1, 1991.
Mickey Plyler on Crawford: "This might be the best looking athlete in the class. Crawford reminds me of Malliciah Goodman at this stage. He has not played defensive end a lot but he is so athletic and has a great frame. I am shocked at how well he runs. I think he plays for sure and can't wait to see him this spring."
Reminds Plyler of: Malliciah Goodman
Joe Gore DL 6-6 262 4.81 Lake Waccamaw, NC (East Columbus HS)
Ranked as number-16 defensive end in the nation by 247sports...entered Clemson in January of 2011...that service also ranks him as 244th best player in the nation and seventh best player in the state of North Carolina... #28 defensive end in the nation and the #15 player in the state by Rivals.com...MaxPrep ranks him as the 25th best defensive end in the nation, and ESPN.com has him #52 at his position...ranked as 20th best player in North Carolina by SuperPrep...second-team all-state according to ncpreps.com...as a junior, had 77 tackles 12 sacks, 24 tackles for loss and nine blocked kicks on defense...conference 200 meter champion in track as a sophomore so he has some speed...recruited by Dan Brooks...born Sept. 25, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Gore: "When you evaluate Gore, some think he will be a defensive linemen and others think he may move to offensive tackle. The thing that really sticks out on his video is his quickness. He really moves well for a guy over 6-5. I am glad he is here for the spring. Gore may surprise his coaches with his athleticism."
Reminds Plyler of: Nick Eason
Tony McNeal QB 6-0 180 4.7 Chester, SC (Chester HS)
Talented quarterback who entered Clemson in January, 2011...ranked as number-nine quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com...also the number-nine player in South Carolina by that publication...SuperPrep lists him as the number-13 player in South Carolina...rated as number-14 quarterback in nation by ESPN.com...rated as 30th best overall quarterback by Scout.com...threw for 2,486 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2010...threw just four interceptions...he was chosen for the North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach...had strong season after injury plagued junior year...also played basketball and baseball for Chester High until his junior year...all-state quarterback as a sophomore...first-team all-area three consecutive years...recruited to Clemson by Jeff Scott....born Nov. 20, 1992, he has the same birthday as Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
Mickey Plyler on McNeal: "I saw him as a sophomore and junior and really thought he had a lot of poise to be so young. He has played in a bunch of big football games in the playoffs in the past three years. His knee injury hurt his progress this year but he is a good athlete and when healthy had hurt defenses with his feet too."
Reminds Plyler of: DeChane Cameron
Cole Stoudt QB 6-3 185 Dublin, OH (Dublin Coffman HS)
Efficient passer who threw for school record 4,393 yards and 52 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions in his career at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, OH...broke career passing yardage and touchdown records that had been held at the school by former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, who is now with the Denver Broncos...Cole had outstanding senior year when he completed 163-250 for 2159 yards and 22 touchdowns against just six interceptions...had consecutive games at midseason when he threw for at least 300 yards...completed 20-27 for 370 yards and three touchdowns in win over Worthington Kilbourne on October 22, then was 21-32 for 320 yards and touchdowns in win over Upper Arlington...he broke Quinn's school yardage record in that game...ranked as 21st best quarterback in nation by Rivals.com and 23rd best by 24/7sports.com...rated as 28th best quarterback in the nation by Scout.com...had strong junior year, he was 91-144 for 1151 yards with 16 touchdowns and just one interception until he broke his leg in seventh game of the season...as a sophomore he was 91-163 for 1,083 yards and 14 touchdowns...son of Cliff Stoudt, who played in the NFL between 1980 and 1989...played with Pittsburgh, St. Louis/Phoenix and Miami Dolphins...starter for the Steelers in 1983, he had a 9-6 record as the starter and threw for 2553 yards and rushed for 479....entered Clemson in January 2011 and will compete in Spring practice...Cole played for Mark Crabtree at Dublin Coffman High in Ohio.
Mickey Plyler on Stoudt: "I have only seen Stoudt on film and it is hard to tell how he manages the game on highlight films. However, his video looks legit. He has a nice frame and a good arm. I would think he would be a very intelligent quarterback considering he grew up with a former NFL quarterback as a father."
Reminds Plyler of: Brandon Streeter
Colton Walls LB 6-2 230 Charlotte, NC (Latin HS)
Active linebacker who is son of former NFL Pro Bowl tight end Wesley Walls...ranked as 44th best ILB in nation by ESPN.com...helped Charlotte Latin HS to a 9-3 record as a senior...had season best 17 tackles, including three tackles for loss in a win over Providence Day...had outstanding junior year as well when he had 115 tackles, seven sacks, two blocked punts and an interception on state championship team...had a sack, an interception and a blocked punt in the state championship game...dad played 14 seasons in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, the Carolina Panthers and the Green Bay Packers...Wesley had 450 career catches for 5291 yards and 54 touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl five times...Wesley played one game in Death Valley for New Orleans against the Panthers in 1995, the year the Panthers played their home games at Clemson...Colton played for Larry McNulty at Charlotte Latin School in Charlotte, NC....recruited by Danny Pearman...born Feb. 9, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Walls: "On film Walls is a solid linebacker but I think he has fullback/h-back written all over him. He is a tough, hard-nosed kid who also grew up in an NFL family."
Reminds Plyler of: Chad Diehl
Ryan Norton OL 6-4 275 5.10 Mauldin, SC (Mauldin HS)
Ranked as 11th best center in the nation by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com... 18th best center in the nation by Scout.com...ranked as 21st best overall player in South Carolina by Super Prep...played for South Carolina team in the Shrine Bowl, he played some guard in that game, showing his versatility...committed to Clemson in May, 2010...had average grade in the 90s during his senior year...played for Doug Shaw at Mauldin High...recruited by Danny Pearman...born Nov. 30, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Norton: "I saw Norton the last two years and really like his toughness. I think Dalton Freeman was taller and a little more developed at this stage, but there are some similarities. I think he may be the future at center."
Reminds Plyler of: Dalton Freeman
Ammon Lakip K 5-11 175 Alpharetta, GA (Chattahoochee HS)
First visited Clemson as a soccer recruit in Spring of 2010...made 14-20 field goals as a senior at Chattahoochee High School in Georgia in 2010...also averaged 40 yards per punt and 80 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks (kicked off from the 40 per high school rules)...kicked a 50-yard field goal in the State Championship game and a 51-yarder in the second...made a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give his team a victory in the semifinals...ranked among the top kickers in the nation, he is seventh best by Rivals.com, eighth best by Scout.com and 12th best by ESPN.com...comes to Clemson from the same high school as former Tiger two-sport athlete Mark Buchholz, who set the school record for consecutive extra points with 88 in 2007 and 2008...it is also the alma mater of former Clemson quarterback Charlie Whitehurst...played for Terry Crowder at Chattahoochee High School....recruited by Jeff Scott...born July 23, 1993, he is the youngest member of the Clemson 2011 signing class.
Mickey Plyler on Lakip: "The only thing I know about high school kickers is that the game is completely different than college. I am encouraged that Lakip did kick most of his kicks as a senior without a tee."
A five-star player from Florida, who was named the National High School Football Player of the Year by Sporting News...played in Under Armour All-American Game in Florida after his senior year, he was the leading rusher in that game with 56 yards in 13 attempts...first-team Parade All-American who was a second-team USA Today All-American as well...ranked as 25th best overall player in nation by Rivals.com, 32nd best player by SuperPrep, 41st best by Tom Lemming, 60th best by Scout.com and 72nd best by ESPN.com and 24/7sports...rated as third best running back in the nation by 24/7sports.com...rated fifth best running back by Rivals.com, sixth best back by ESPN.com and seventh best by Scout.com...had 7,329 rushing yards and 110 touchdowns in his high school career...his touchdown total set a state of Florida high school record...he had 841 career attempts, so he averaged 8.7 yards a rush for his career...most valuable offensive player of his high school team four consecutive years...had at least 1,900 yards rushing in each of his last three years...led his high school to a 41-9 record for his career...as a senior had 178 carries for 1933 yards and 36 touchdowns on a team that finished 12-1...only played half the game in six of the 13 games due to the advantage his team had at halftime...had sensational junior year as well when he helped his high school team to an 11-2 season...had 216 carries for 2,153 yards and 30 touchdowns...that is a 9.97 rushing average...had at least one touchdown in every game and at least three in seven of the 13 games as a junior...had a 92-yard run vs. Mariner High School and a 95-yard kickoff return vs. North Port....outstanding track athlete who won state championship in the 200 and finished second in the 100 as a sophomore...as a junior, won the 100 meters and finished second in the 200... team won state championship in track last year as well...comes to Clemson from Charlotte County High School where he played for Binky Waldrop...recruited by Brad Scott...born Oct. 16, 1991.
Mickey Plyler on Bellamy: "You only have to watch Bellamy's video once to know he is a player but it is so fun to sit back and watch his runs over and over again. When C.J. Spiller left here I told my buddies to get a good look because we wouldn't see speed like thay again anytime soon. I was wrong. He might not have the wiggle Spiller had but he does have that explosive quickness and speed."
Reminds Plyler of: C.J. Spiller
Cortez Davis DB 6-3 200 Daytona Beach, FL (Mainland HS)
Ranked as #3 safety in the nation by Tom Lemming of Max Preps...Lemming also lists Davis as the #43 overall player in the nation ...ranked as #14 defensive back in the nation by Rivals.com...ranked as #12 safety in the country by ESPN.com...played offense as a wide receiver for most of the 2010 season, he had 58 catches for 878 yards and 11 scores...had 40 tackle and two interceptions to go with eight passes broken up on defense in his senior year...Had 33 tackles as a junior on defense, and had three touchdown passes on offense in 2009 ...played both ways as a senior and junior...first-team all-county as a defensive player as a sophomore...first-team all-county, first-team all-district and second team all-state as a junior...first-team all-county as a defensive back and receiver as a senior...third-team all-state as a defensive back as a senior...also first-team all-region and all-district as a senior...selected to play in the Under 19 US vs. the World football game in Austin, TX on Feb. 2...played for Scott Wilson at Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, FL...recruited by Charlie Harbison...born Aug. 18, 1991.
Mickey Plyler on Davis: "This is one of the best players in this class. Davis has the speed of a corner in the body of a safety. He is a rare athlete that really moves well for his size. He has the ability to come in and play very early."
Reminds Plyler of: DeAndre McDaniel
Sammy Watkins WR 6-2 200 4.37 Fort Myers, FL (South Fort Myers HS)
Unanimous national top 50 signee according to the all services...five-star recruit according to Rivals.com and Scout.com...ranked as ninth best overall player in the nation, the top receiver in the nation and fourth best player in Florida by 247sports...15th best overall and third best wide receiver by Rivals.com...39th best overall and fourth best receiver ESPN.com...41st best overall and fifth best receiver by Scout.com and Sporting News, and 48th best overall player by Tom Lemming...18th best overall player in the nation, second best player in Florida and third best wide receiver in the nation according to SuperPrep ...first-team Max Prep All-American as well...led his team to 3A State semifinals with 56 catches for 1,287 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior... helped his team to an 11-1 record and the state semifinals...all-time leading receiver in the history of Lee County with 2,965 yards on 126 catches, an average of 23.5 yards per catch for his career...had 36 total receiving touchdowns in his career...had eight 100-yard receiving games as a senior...ran the Wildcat as a quarterback in a state playoff game and gained 133 yards on just six carries and scored three touchdowns...also threw a touchdown pass in that game...for his career averaged 11.8 yards per rush on 33 attempts...had 48 catches for 1,195 yards and 14 scores as a junior...had 22 receptions for 483 yards and seven scores as a sophomore...first-team all-state 3A as a junior and a senior... Player of the Year by the Naples News as a senior...comes to Clemson from the same area as running back signee Mike Bellamy...played in US Army All-American game in San Antonio after his senior year...brother, Jaylen, was a 2010 US Army All-American and plays at the University of Florida...also ran track, finished fifth in the 100 meters at the state meet as a junior, he was sixth in the 200 meters...played for Grant Redhead at South Fort Myers High in Fort Myers, FL....recruited by Brad Scott...born June 14, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on Watkins: "This is the best player of the class. You can't say enough about Watkins. He is simply one of the best high school receivers I have ever seen. Clemson has had some great ones but I don't know of any that had more ability coming into college. Watkins reminds me of what the Miami Hurricanes have had at wide receiver for the last 20 years."
Reminds Plyler of: Roscoe Crosby
Shaq Anthony OL 6-4 260 5.10 Piedmont, SC (Wren HS)
First-team all-state offensive lineman who played in the Shrine Bowl for the South Carolina team...also named all-region 4A and all-county...committed to Clemson in December of 2009...ranked as seventh best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com and the 27th best offensive tackle in the nation by that same publication...among the top 20 overall players in South Carolina by SuperPrep...US Army All-American nominee...a member of the Wren High School Hall of Fame...had an average blocking grade of 92 percent from his coaches and that blocking effort helped Wren to an average of nearly 30 points per game...named team offensive lineman of the year...Anderson Area Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week selection...all-state selection in 2010 and also the team captain at Wren...all-region and all-county the last two years...in 2009, attended Under Armour All-American Combine...on ESPN.com Hot 150 Watch List in the preseason...helped Wren to Region Championship...won Anderson County Diversity Award... Offensive Player of the Week by Anderson Touchdown Club...a 3.5 GPA for his high school career... son of former Clemson defensive lineman Vernie Anthony, who was a member of Clemson's 1981 National Championship team and lettered in 1981 and 1982 as a reserve behind William Perry...Shaq also played basketball through his senior year at Wren, and was on the track team...recruited by Brad Scott...played at Wren High School for Jeff Tate...born July 21, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on Anthony: "I had a chance to watch Anthony a few times over the last two years and liked his athletic ability. He is a really good pass protector. Once he gets stronger he can develop into a better run blocker also. I had a chance to meet Shaq in the hospital visiting Jake Nicolopulos and came away very impressed with this young man's character. He is a natural leader that will be a great student-athlete at Clemson."
Reminds Plyler of: Brandon Thomas
Stanton Seckinger WR 6-5 200 4.60 Charleston, SC (Porter-Gaud HS)
Record setting receiver from Porter Gaud in Charleston...had school record 105 receptions for 1833 yards and 26 touchdowns in 2010...had four receptions for 157 yards and two scores in a playoff game vs. Orangeburg Prep...led team to an 11-2 record and the state championship game...named second-team All-American by Rivals.com...ranked as 14th best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep... first-team All-Low country by the Charleston Post & Courier...named the SCISA Mr. Football by the High School Sports Report...played in the SCISA Shrine Bowl where he had nine receptions for an incredible 334 yards...named South Carolina Offensive Player of the Game for that performance...also played in the NUC Gridiron Classic in Charleston on New Years Even...as a junior had 58 receptions for 1,095 yards and nine scores...added 58 tackles and three interceptions on defense...also a starter on the team's basketball team this year and in previous years...team MVP of his football, basketball and track teams and all state in all three sports...outstanding track athlete who has had a 6-7 in the high jump (state record)...also part of state championship 1,600 meter relay team...played football for Rick Reetz at Porter Gaud High...recruited by assistant coach Dan Brooks...born Aug. 20, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Seckinger: "I have only seen Seckinger on film and he did not play against very good competition. However, it looks like he catches the ball very well and runs good routes. I think he has a lot of potential because of his size. He is a little more athletic than I first thought."
Reminds Plyler of: Kenya Crooks
DeShawn Williams DL 6-1 295 5.20 Central, SC (Daniel HS)
Another outstanding defensive lineman from nearly Daniel High who will come to Clemson...follows in the footsteps of 2010 first-team All-ACC defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins, Williams wore the same #99 jersey that Jenkins wore at Daniel and at Clemson...Williams finished his senior year with 106 total tackles, 26 of which were tackles for loss...also had seven tackles, 22 quarterback pressures and three passes broken up...also had an interception and three fumble recoveries for four takeaways...helped his Daniel team to the state playoffs, he had seven tackles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked extra point against South Pointe in his final high school game...helped Daniel to 13-1 record as a starter in 2008 and 2009....moved into the starting lineup halfway through his freshman year (2007)...ranked as 17th best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...rated as 37th best defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...Area Defensive player of the Year by the Seneca Journal...also a fine track athlete, he finished third in the state in the shot as a junior...plans to compete for state title again this spring...played football for Randy Robinson at Daniel High in Clemson...comes to Clemson from same school that the aforementioned Jenkins and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Clemson....recruited by Brad Scott...born Dec. 29, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Williams: "I saw DeShawn a bunch over the last three years. He has grown a couple of inches, but is still not a tall tackle. He will have to be a leverage guy. He is athletic enough to make plays and pursues the football well. If he comes into camp in great shape, DeShawn will get a long look for playing time this year."
Reminds Plyler of: Terry Jolly
Kevin Dodd DL 6-5 270 4.82 Greer, SC (Riverside HS)
Ranked as 14th best player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...rated as 27th best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...played in the North-South High School All-Star game in Myrtle Beach...had outstanding performance in that contest as he had five tackles, two of which were sacks, caused a fumble and recorded a fumble...named all-region for the region 2-4A level and also an all-county selection for Greenville County...finished the year with 78 tackles, 45 assists, 22 tackles for loss, including nine sacks, had three caused fumbles, one recovered fumble and four passes broken up...also an outstanding athlete in track, he joined that team in the spring of 2010... the Greenville County Champion in the Shot Put, runner-up in the discus and named the Greenville County Field Athlete of the Year....also the region champion in both the shot and discus and was a 3A state qualifier in the shot put... Riverside Field Athlete of the Year and was voted as a 2011 team captain...set school records in the shot 49' 1" and the discus 128' 6.5"....ran track at Riverside for Eric Cummings....played football for Steve Eoute at Riverside High School in Greer...recruited by Jeff Scott...born July 14, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Dodd: "This is the best of the future interior defensive linemen in terms of athleticism. He ran very well at some summer events and his speed caught coaches' eyes. Dodd is still very raw, but he starts out with a skill set that allows him to have a higher ceiling."
Reminds Plyler of: Jake McCullough
Adam Humphries WR 5-11 175 5.50 Roebuck, SC (Dorman HS)
Versatile player who has played running back, tailback, quarterback, wide receiver, safety and cornerback in addition to a kick returner over his four-year career at Dorman High...as a senior in 2010, he helped his team to a 14-1 record and the state championship game...team was 47-5 in his four years...in 2010 had 17 receptions for 329 yards and four touchdowns...had 34 rushes for 178 yards and 11 touchdowns, giving him 15 total touchdowns for the year also had 7-155 in kickoff returns...had 32 tackles, nine passes deflected and three interceptions on defense...had 30 tackles, three interceptions and four tackles for loss as a junior...also averaged 15.5 yards a catch on offense and had a touchdown on a punt return...played in the Shrine Bowl for the South Carolina team...ranked as 19th best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...teammate of Clemson 2011 signee Charone Peake......Big 16 Back of the Year for the Upstate...Hometown News Player of the Year as well...also a starter on the Dorman basketball team...played for David Gutshall at Dorman High School...recruited by Jeff Scott...born June 24, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on Humphries: "As a junior, I like Humphries toughness. He is more athletic than I thought. He shut down some very good players as a corner, but I think he plays wide out in college."
Reminds Plyler of: Tyler Grisham
Charone Peake WR 6-4 210 4.40 Roebuck, SC (Dorman HS)
Ranked among the top 100 players in the nation by every service...played in US Army All-America game in San Antonio and the Shrine Bowl...second-team USA Today All-American...ranked 14th best overall player by ESPN.com, 50th by 247sports, 63 by Tom Lemming, 66 by Sporting News, 73 by Scout.com and 83 by Rivals.com...ranked as second best receiver in the nation by ESPN.com, fourth bet by Scout.com, ninth best by 24/7sports.com and 11th by Rivals.com...Rivals also lists him as third best player in South Carolina...SuperPrep All-American who is ranked as eighth best wide receiver in the nation and fourth best overall player in South Carolina...finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina...helped Dorman to state championship game...had 65 receptions for 1,053 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior...averaged 16 yards per reception...had a long touchdown of 80 yards...also had 18 rushes for 120 yards as a senior...had 52 catches for 881 yards and nine scores as a junior receiver, he also had 41-319 rushing and three scores...had 19-300 receiving as a sophomore, but used extensively as a running back that year and gained 582 yards on 36 attempts and scored five touchdowns...had 24 catches for 530 yards and seven touchdowns as a freshman...finished his career with 160 catches for 2764 yards and 28 receiving touchdowns...added 95 rushes for 1,021 yards and eight touchdowns, he averaged 10.75 yards per rush...averaged 17.3 yards per reception over his career...helped his team to a 41-3 record over his last three years, 14-1 as a junior and senior and 13-1 as a sophomore...won two prestigious summer camp awards, he was the MVP of the 2009 Nashville 7-on-7 competition and MVP of the 2010 Hoover Select 7-on-7 camp...also a starter on the Dorman High basketball team...played for David Gutshall at Dorman High School where he was a teammate of Clemson signee, Adam Humphries....recruited by Jeff Scott...born Oct. 16, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on McNeal: "I saw Peake as a freshmen and sophomore and knew he was a future star. He has everything you are looking for in a wide out. He has great size, speed, quickness, agility, ball skills, etc. I love his big play capability. This is one of the best receivers to come out of the upstate in several years."
Reminds Plyler of: Roscoe Crosby
Jerome Maybank DL 6-4 335 Pawley's Island, SC (Waccamaw HS)
Ranked as 25th best overall player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...played in the Offense-Defense All-America game after his senior year...earned four letters at Waccamaw High in football, he also lettered in basketball and track during his career...three-time all-regional selection, three years Toast of the Coast Team member as chosen by the Myrtle Beach Sun News...member of WPDE All-Zone team as a junior and senior...two-time offensive lineman of the year at Waccamaw High...two years all-state selection as an offensive lineman by the High School Sports Report...had 36 tackles and three sacks on defense and graded 80 percent for the season as an offensive lineman...played for Coach Davis at Waccamaw High School in Pawleys Island....recruited by Danny Pearman...born Dec. 6, 1992, the same birthday as Clemson starting offensive tackle Antoine McClain.
Mickey Plyler on Maybank: "This is a wide body who is very raw at this stage. He moves his feet well and has the potential to develop into a solid lineman on either side of the ball. It is hard to tell with Maybank because he really did not play at a high level in high school and has not been coached up a lot so far."
Reminds Plyler of: Tony Stephons
Isaiah Battle OL 6-7 260 4.90 St. George, VA (Blue Ridge HS)
Two-time first-team all-state selection in Virginia...also named first-team All-Central Virginia...all-conference as both an offensive and defensive lineman...boarding student at his high school, he is from Brooklyn, NY...ranked as #36 offensive lineman in the nation and #11 overall player from the state of Virginia by Rivals.com...ranked as 59th best offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...had 60 tackles and seven sacks as a senior...had 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior...first-team All-Virginia Independent Conference as a senior...played at Blue Ridge High School where he played for Del Smith...also an outstanding basketball player at Blue Ridge High...he originally came to Blue Ridge to play basketball and was listed on ESPN.com site for sophomore players...first committed to Clemson in the summer...recruited by Danny Pearman...born Feb. 10, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on Battle: "I only saw Battle on film but his feet look to be his best quality. He is pretty athletic and has the frame to add more weight. I look forward to watching his body develop and to see how he develops as a football player."
Reminds Plyler of: Akil Smith
Grady Jarrett DL 6-2 282 5.31 Conyers, GA (Rockdale Co HS)
Played in North-South All-Star game in Georgia and the Florida Maxx Scout All-Star Bowl...in the two games combined had 3.5 sacks, three caused fumbles, seven tackles for loss and 17 total tackles...two-time all-state selection on defense...ranked as 41st best defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...three-time all-regional selection on defense and second-team all-region on offense as a senior...three-time selection as the team's top defensive player...four-year starter on both sides of the ball...had 101 tackles as a senior to go with nine sacks and 31.5 total tackles for loss...had 198 tackles, 27.5 sacks and 63 tackles for loss over his last two years... also a member of the school's wrestling team, he was fourth in the state as a junior and will challenge for a state title as a senior...named the 2010 Rockdale County Georgia Athlete of the Year...honored by the Superintendent Office and the County Board of Commissioners... played for Michael Ethridge at Rockdale Country High School...recruited by Kevin Steele and Dan Brooks...born April 28, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on Jarrett: "I only saw Jarrett on film and he appears to be a solid prospect. He is like DeShaun Williams, in that, he is not a tall guy so he will have to play low and get under the pads of the offensive linemen."
Reminds Plyler of: Steve Durham
Morgan Roberts QB 6-4 204 4.73 Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Country Day)
A 6-4 quarterback who led Charlotte Country Day to a state championship at the private school level...gained 318 yards of total offense and accounted for five touchdowns in a win over Charlotte Latin that claimed the state title for Charlotte Country Day...led his team to a 10-2 record by throwing for nearly 2000 yards and 17 touchdowns...also gained 700 yards in the ground and had 14 rushing scores...all-conference selection as a junior and a senior... played in the SCISA Shrine Bowl...preseason candidate for the WSOC Big 22 Player of the Year...had 1500 yards passing and 21 TD passes as a junior...gray shirt candidate...recruited by Danny Pearman...played football for Bob Witman at Charlotte Country Day...his school was Clemson's practice site for the Meineke Car Care Bowl this past year.
Mickey Plyler on Roberts: "This is a little surprise but the staff felt they need depth at quarterback and Tajh Boyd is the only quarterbackmon scholarship. I have not seen a lot of video of Roberts, but I know Clemson was attracted because he is a bright kid who picks things up quickly."
Reminds Plyler of: Tribble Reese
Tony Steward LB 6-2 225 4.5 St. Augustine, FL (Pedro Menandez HS)
First-team USA Today All-America linebacker...ranked as #1 outside linebacker in the nation by Rivals.com...Rivals also lists him as #13 overall player in the nation and the fourth best in the state of Florida...won the high school version of the Dick Butkus Award in 2010 as the best linebacker in the nation...ESPN.com ranks Steward as #1 inside linebacker in the nation and #9 overall player in the nation...rated as #2 outside linebacker in the nation by 247 sports...that service also ranks him as the 12th best overall player in the nation and the fifth best player in the state of Florida...played in the US Army All-American game....had 81 tackles and five sacks on defense and he scored 10 touchdowns on offense in 2010...member of the Florida Times Unions Super 24 Team...first-team all-state in Florida as a junior and senior...also a prep All-American by Max Preps and CBS Sports...recruited by Clemson assistant coach Jeff Scott.
Mickey Plyler on Steward: "On film it is easy to see why Steward is the nation's top ranked linebacker. He really runs around well. He moves like a safety, but he is in a linebacker's body. He plays in space well and is very athletic. His knee injury set him back a little, but this is a future superstar."
Reminds Plyler of: Wayne Simmons
A national top 100 player by Rivals.com, that service has him as the 59th best overall player in the nation and the sixth best tight end...played in the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl...one of the top 250 players in the nation by Scout.com and listed as ninth best tight end...ranked as sixth best tight end in the nation by SuperPrep...had 26 receptions for 393 yards and six scores as a senior...finished his career with 42 catches for 575 yards and eight scores... a big reason his high school team rushed for 12,000 yards the last three years...on defense, had 93 career solo tackles, eight sacks, four caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries and one interception...also punted 70 times for a 45-yard average...named first-team all-conference four years, and first-team all-region as a junior and a senior... all-state by North Carolina Preps and a four-year all-conference player...three-year All-Cape Fear Valley Region Team......named a Badger Sports Preseason All-American...as a four-year starter, helped his school to a 50-8 overall record, the best four-year record in school history...played on two conference, two Eastern Regional and two state runner-up teams...Max Preps Sophomore All-American...most valuable receiver as a junior and team MVP as a senior...also a four-year letter man on the basketball team...played on two conference, two sectional and two Eastern Regional Championship basketball teams on the basketball court...outstanding student who is in the National Honor Society...comes to Clemson from the same area as current Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen...played at Jack Britt High School...recruited by Dan Brooks...born March 6, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on MacLain: "I had a Clemson coach tell me that MacLain is the best tight end we have brought in since Jim Riggs. This is a tough prospect that has a lot of tools. It is easy to see why he is a four-star and ranked among the top 75 players in the country."
Reminds Plyler of: Jim Riggs
Lateek Townsend LB 6-2 197 4.60 Bennettsville, SC (Marlboro Co HS)
A US Army All-American in 2011...a national top 100 player by Sporting News, who lists him as 81st best overall player in the nation...second-team Parade All-American...also member of ESPN.com top 150, he is ranked 113th overall by that publication...a second -team Max Prep All-American...ranked as fifth best at his position by ESPN.com, Rivals has him as eighth best OLB and Scout.com has him 11th best...SuperPrep All-American who is ranked as eighth best overall player in state of South Carolina and 14th best linebacker in the nation...ranked as seventh best player in South Carolina by 247sports...played in the Shrine Bowl for the South Carolina team...had 132 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, and four sacks as a senior...also had 21 quarterback pressures, two caused fumbles and two recovered fumbles...had 189 tackles and 12 quarterback sacks as a junior...first-team all-state as a junior and senior...announced his commitment to Clemson at the Us Army game in San Antonio...recruited by assistant coach Kevin Steele...born June 10, 1992.
Mickey Plyler on Townsend: "This guy is a true character now. His film is as unique as I have ever seen. It is hard to say how he will play in college because he was such an undisciplined player in high school. However, he has a skill set that has coaches excited. Townsend runs really well and attacks skill people in the open field. He can be as good or as bad as he wants to be."
Reminds Plyler of: Tremaine Billie
B.J. Goodson LB 6-1 215 4.70 Lamar, SC (Lamar HS)
Rated as the #29 outside linebacker in the nation by ESPN.com...rated as #20 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...SuperPrep ranks him as 23rd best overall player in South Carolina...had 156 tackles his senior year, he ranked 15th in the state in total tackles...had 20 tackles, including eight sacks, in a state playoff game against Ninety-Six High School...played well in the North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach... as a junior had 96 tackles, six tackles for loss on defense and added 16 receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns on defense...all-state as a junior, his high school team reached the state championship game...comes to Clemson from the same high school that produced former Clemson All-American and All-Pro Levon Kirkland and current NFL player Michael Hamlin, who played at Clemson from 2005-08...also one of the top scorers on the Lamar basketball team as well...played for J.R. Boyd at Lamar High School in Lamar, SC....recruited by Kevin Steele...born May 29, 1993.
Mickey Plyler on Goodson: "Clemson's staff thought this was the best linebacker prospect in the state. He has good instincts and is athletic enough to make plays. With Clemson's depth chart issues here, I can see Goodman playing early, especially on special teams."
Reminds Plyler of: Ed McDaniel
Highest rated of the Clemson offensive lineman signees, he is ranked in the ESPN.com top 150 (#149) and played in the Under Armour All-American game in Florida...ranked as #9 offensive guard in the nation by ESPN.com...#19 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com and #23 OG in the nation by Rivals.com...#20 offensive tackle in the nation by MaxPreps...#98 overall player in the nation in the preseason by Tom Lemming...first-team all-state at the 5A level in Alabama...ranked as 31st best offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep...played some defense as a senior, he had six tackles for loss and three sacks...played his first two years at A.P. Brewer High School before he transferred to Cullman High...wore #73 in high school...recruited to Clemson by Charlie Harbison.
Mickey Plyler on Region: "I had to go back and watch the U-A All-American game and read the reports on Region after I found out Clemson was involved. He is probably the offensive linemen that is closest to playing. He is a big, barrel chested, interior offensive linemen that plays hard. It will be interesting to watch Region develop under Robbie Caldwell."
Reminds Plyler of: Stacey Seegars
Roderick Byers DE 6-3 260 Rock Hill, SC (Northwestern HS)
Outstanding defensive player who led Northwestern High School to a perfect season and state championship...had 98 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks...also had seven passes broken up and two caused fumbles...ranked as #31 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com...ranked #49 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com, who also sees him as 23rd best overall player in South Carolina...played his football at Northwestern High School for Jimmy Wallace.
Mike Bellamy RB 5-10 187 4.31 Punta Gorda, FL (Charlotte HS) Eric MacLain TE 6-5 261 4.70 Fayetteville, NC (Jack Britt HS) Spencer Region OL 6-6 330 Cullman, AL (Cullman HS)
Eric MacLain TE 6-5 261 4.70 Fayetteville, NC (Jack Britt HS) Spencer Region OL 6-6 330 Cullman, AL (Cullman HS)
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