Shanks Teammates Leave Clemson Program

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Ronnie Thomas will follow Willie Simmons to Florida A&M.

CLEMSON – Wide receiver Ronnie Thomas and safety Charles Harper will join fellow Shanks High School (Quincy, FL) teammate Willie Simmons and leave the Clemson football program early.

Thomas, a Super Prep All-America receiver who caught 130 passes for 2850 yards and 37 touchdowns in his high school career, will follow Simmons to Florida A&M. He caught just two passes while at Clemson.

Harper, who graduated in May but has a year of eligibility left, informed the coaching staff he will leave the program. Harper was one of the strongest player on the team with a bench press of 435 pounds at 5-10 and 180 pounds. However, he never translated that strength to performance on the field. He played just two games on special teams the last two seasons.

The Tigers are currently 9 scholarships under the 85 allowed by NCAA rules. Four of those will be given to walkon players - offensive lineman Tommy Sharpe, wide receiver Tony Elliot, snapper Geoff Risby, and defensive back Toure Francis.

Recent Losses to the Tigers:

- QB Willie Simmons transfers to Florida A&M.

- WR Ronnie Thomas transfers to Florida A&M.

- SS Charles Harper leaves program with one year eligibility left.

- WR Roscoe Crosby decides to play baseball fulltime

- OL Jermyn Chester decides to end career after knee injury.

- DB Brian Staley, a JUCO All-American corner signee, came up short academically and will have to wait one year to enroll.

Recent Additions:

- TE Ben Hall rejoins team after leaving the team for spring practice.

- ATH Roy Walker becomes a late signee for the Tigers’ 2003 class.

Scholarship Breakdown

2003 2004 2005
QB (4)
-Charlie Whitehurst*
-Will Proctor* -Chansi Stuckey*
-C.J. Gaddis
RB (5)
-Keith Kelly* -Kyle Browning* -Duane Coleman^
-Reggie Merriweather*
-Tramaine Billie
FB (3)
-Chad Jasmin* -Clifford Harrell* -David Dunham*
TE (4)
-Ben Hall -Bobby Williamson* -Rod Whipple*
-Zach Green
WR (8)
-Kevin Youngblood* -Tony Elliot* -Derrick Hamilton* -Airese Currie  

-Curtis Baham* -Michael Collins
-Kelvin Grant*
-Chris Jefferson
C (3)
  -Tommy Sharpe*
-Dustin Fry*
OG (4)
  -Cedric Johnson* -Chip Myrick*
-Nathan Bennett*
-Clint LaTray
OT (7)
-William Henry*  
-Tim Debeer* -Brad Lee* -Roman Fry* -Greg Walker*
-Marion Dukes -Brandon Pilgrim -Christian Capote
DT (7)
-DeJuan Polk* -Todd McClinton^ -Donnell Washington* -Eric Coleman -Trey Tate*
-Donnell Clark*
-Chris McDuffie
DE (7)
-JJ Howard* -Khaleed Vaughn* -Maurice Fountain -Vontrell Jamison
-Gaines Adams* -Brandon Cannon*
-Kuam Williams
LB (10)
-John Leake -Brandon Jamison -Kevin Morris -LeRoy Hill -Brian Carr* -Roosevelt Nelson* -Charles Bennett*

-Anthony Waters*
-Maurice Nelson -Nick Watkins
  -Ronny Delusme* -Jamaal Fudge  
-Gerald McCloud*
-Sergio Gilliam
FS (3)
-Travis Pugh

-Tavaghn Monts*
-Roy Walker
CB (7)
-Toure Francis* -Ryan Hemby*   -Justin Miller -Tye Hill*

-Larry Williams*

-Robert Reese -Brandon Nolen
PK (2)
-Aaron Hunt
-Jad Dean
P (1)
-Cole Chason*
ST (1)
-Geoff Risby
Total: 80 out of 85


# -True freshmen who have played this season. Some positions for true freshman
are where they are projected to play. When true freshman play they will be moved
from the 2007 to 2006 column.

* - red-shirted one year

^ - partial qualifier who could get an extra if they graduate on time.


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