Recruiting: Tigers Add Tenth Commitment for 2004


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Shaun Branscome Defensive tackle Pulaski County High School (Dublin, VA) 6'6", 255 lbs. Although the Pulaski County Cougars finished the season with a 6-4 record, Shaun Branscome put together an amazing year. Along with his 77 tackles, he also blocked five field goals and tallied over ten sacks. Even more impressive than his stats, however, is his speed. Despite standing at an impressive 6'6" and 255 lbs., Branscome runs the 40 in 4.7 seconds. "I was able to improve my speed by doing things over the summer," Branscome said. "I ran ten 100-yard sprints every day, and did a lot of squats and box jumping." Branscome's stats and skill made him a hot commodity to Division I schools, as Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina, and Colorado State were just a few of the schools hoping for his services. When it came time for his choice, Branscome decided on Clemson. "The facilities and the coaches were the main players in my decision," Branscome said. "And when Coach Bowden got his contract extension, that played a very big part." Branscome will make an official visit to North Carolina on January 23 and is working on setting up a date with Colorado State, but said it would take a lot to make him change his mind and break his verbal commitment with the Tigers. "There might be a chance I would change my mind, but I seriously doubt it," Branscome said. "The main reason I am visiting those other two schools is to let myself know that I made the right choice. I just want to put my mind at ease." Coach John Lovett and Coach Thielen Smith have both been recruiting Branscome for the Tigers. Other Recruiting Updates 12/12 Kyle Belcher, Albany, GA 12/11 Devin Shivers, Monroe, Ga 12/10 Mario Melton, High Point, NC 12/09 Travis Robinson, Duncanville, Al 12/09 Clemson RB Outlook and Prospects 12/08 Paul Cianciolo, Charleston, SC - Clemson Offer 12/07 Markell Thompson, Southwest Mississippi JC - Clemson Offer 12/06 C.J. Barber, Rock Hill, SC - Clemson Offer 12/05 Clemson QB Outlook and Prospects 12/05 ATH Michael Hamlin, Lamar, SC - Clemson offer 12/04 LB Lawerence Timmons, Florence, SC - Clemson offer 12/03 DT Matt Raysor, Bamberg, SC - Clemson offer 12/02 ATH Phillip Morris, Timmonsville, SC - Clemson offer 12/01 OL Leon Hart, Columbia, SC - Clemson offer 11/30 FB Josh Smyth, Hoover, AL - No offer 11/27 WR Tremel Kline, Seabrook, SC - No offer 11/26 DL Cory Groover, Southwest Mississippi JC - Clemson offer 11/24 RB Albert Ashcraft, Monroe, NC - Clemson offer 11/23 DL Dorian Capers, Ridgeland, SC - Clemson offer 11/20 QB Jordan Steffy, Leola, PA - Clemson offer 11/19 OL James Thompson, Sumter, SC - Clemson offer 11/18 ATH Sinclair Cannon, Greer, SC - Clemson offer 11/17 WR Brooks Foster, Boiling Springs, SC - Clemson offer 11/16 DL Bryon Bishop, Union, SC - Clemson offer 11/13 WR Sidney Rice, Gaffney, SC - No offer 11/12 Willis Firm With Commitment 11/11 Harris Still Firm with Verbal Commitment to Tigers 11/09 Recruits Excited about Clemson after FSU Blowout 11/06 WR Dwayne Jarrett, New Brunswick, NJ - Clemson offer 11/05 DB Chris Haslon, Burlington, NJ - Clemson offer 10/29 WR Douglas Dutch, Bowie, Maryland - Clemson offer 10/28 LB Eric Berry, Suffolk, VA - Clemson offer 10/27 DL Dwayne Hendricks, Millville, NJ - Clemson offer 10/23 K C.J. Rhody, Stuart, FL - No offer 10/22 OL Ell Ash, Willingboro, NJ - Clemson offer 10/21 Shrine Bowl Rosters Announced 10/20 OL Rashaad Jackson, Union, SC - Clemson offer 10/19 OL L.J. Anderson, Sumter, SC - No offer 10/17 DL Matt Raysor, Bamberg, SC - Soft USC Commitment, Clemson Offer 10/16 DL Elemore Gabriel, Brooklyn, NY - Clemson Commitment 10/15 OL Mike Byrne, Lilitz, PA - No offer 10/14 DT David Brown, Madison, AL - Clemson offer 10/09 OL Courtney Abbott, East Point, GA - Clemson offer 10/08 DE Shukree Barfield, Sicklerville, NJ - Clemson offer 09/25 WR Rodriguez Johnson, Greenville, SC - No offer Clemson Commitments 1. DB Brandon Croley (6-0, 180, 4.5) Jacksonville, FL 2. DT Cory Groover (6-3, 282) Summit, MS (SW Miss JUCO) 3. QB Cullen Harper (6-3, 200, 4.8) Alpharetta, GA 4. WR L'Dontae Harris (6-0, 180, 4.5) Gadsden, AL 5. OL Bobby Hutchinson (6-4, 270, 5.1) Greenville, FL 6. OL Taylor Tremel (6-4, 260, 5.0) Lake Mary, FL 7. LB Courtney Vincent (6-1, 220, 4.6) Allendale, SC 8. OL Tony Willis (6-6, 305, 5.3) Highland Springs, VA 9. DL Elemore Gabriel (6-4, 250, 4.89) Brooklyn, NY 10. DL Shaun Branscome (6-6, 250, 4.7) Brooklyn, NY

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