Lineman Switches Commitment from MSU To Clemson

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CLEMSON -- Dallas, GA offensive lineman Nathan Bennett committed to Clemson after visiting the Tigers this weekend according to

The 6-foot-4 295-pound Paulding County senior had committed to Mississippi State when he visited there 2 weeks ago but decided to switch to Clemson because he said it was a better fit for him and it was closer to home.

“He is strong aggressive, run blocker, “said high school coach Lynn Rowe. “He has made great strides playing the past three years.”

Paulding County advanced to the AAAA semifinals this season behind Bennett. The team ran the wish bone and according Lowe, "everybody in the stadium knew it was going to be run behind Nathan." The team lost just twice in 2001, the second time coming in the semifinals against Dalton, 22-3 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Bennett bench presses 350 lbs, power cleans 305 and deep squats 435.

Clemson assistant Ron West recruited Bennett for the Tigers.

2002 Football Commitments

1 DL Cory Groover 6-3 235 Hannah-Pamplico

2 LB Brandon Jamison 6-2 220 SW Miss JUCO

3 LB Kelvin Morris 6-3 225 SW Miss JUCO

4 QB Will Proctor 6-3 190 Winter Park, FL

5 LB Anthony Waters 6-3 205 Lake View, SC

6 DE Irvin Brisker 6-7 240 Conyers, GA

7 ATH Gerald McCloud 6-3 185 Jacksonville, FL

8 WR Ty Zimmerman 6-4 195 Fork Union Prep, VA

9 OL Roman Fry 6-4 255 Ironton, OH

10 P/PK Cole Cason 6-0 165 Roswell, GA

11 OL Tim Debeer 6-6 270 Atlanta, GA

12 RB Reggie Merriweather 5-10 190 North Augusta

13 DB Larry Williams 5-11 175 Tallahassee, FL

14 DB Jeff Francoeur 6-4 195 Lilburn, GA

15 OL Dustin Fry 6-2 295 Summerville

16 OL Brad Lee 6-4 265 Hephzibah GA

17 DB Chris Carter 5-11 174 Kannapolis NC

18 DL Brandon Cannon 6-4 250 Stone Mou. GA

19 DL Vontrell Jamison 6-8, 260 Holly Hill SC

20 LB Donnell Clark 6-2, 245 Griffin GA

21 DE Gaines Adams 6-6, 235 Fork Union Prep, VA

22 WR Kelvin Grant 6-2 200 Camden, SC

23 QB Chansi Stuckey 6-0 170 Warner Robins, GA

24 OL Nathan Bennett 6-4 295 Dallas, GA

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