This Weekend Huge for Tigers (Updated)


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Clemson will have all their commitments like CJ Gaddis in this weekend.

CLEMSON – The next few days will tell the story of the 2003 recruiting class
for the Tigers. In total Clemson will host close to
35 prospects this weekend including 12 of the top 15
prospects from South Carolina.


Why would Clemson select January 10th to spend close to 40 of
their allowed 56 visits with three more recruiting
weekends to go before National Signing Day on February
5th?


There are several advantages to this weekend according
to recruiting analyst Mickey Plyler.


“The first weekend after a dead period, coaches can
call prospects visiting on the weekend of the 10th an
unlimited amount of times up to the visit,” said
Plyler. “If the players were not visiting on the 10th
only one call a week is permitted.”


Another advantage according to Plyler is the recent
trend of prospects committing early.


“In the old days you wanted the last visit,” said
Plyler. “But recently the trend with kids is they
really don’t take all their visits anymore due to
pressure, so most schools this year will shoot for the
weekends of the 10th or 17th."


Clemson will also have all their current commitments visiting
this weekend to help in the recruiting process.


"Often your commitments and current players are your best recruiters," said Plyler.


Clemson has had success with the very large
recruiting weekend the last 2 years. Plyler says this
is due to the organization of Clemson’s recruiting
coordinator Rick Stockstill.


“Rick Stockstill has every thing super-organized,“
said Plyler. “Their itinerary is planned down to the
minute for the whole weekend.”


Some adjustments, however, are necessary due to the
large numbers of visits. For example, usually the head
coach will meet with prospects on Sunday before they
leave, but Tommy Bowden will meet with prospects
starting on Friday and throughout Saturday as well.


The following is a list of prospects visiting on this weekend. Official visits are often added or removed up to the last minute so
this list will be updated as more information becomes available.


January 10th visits

1 WR Terrell Allen 6-0 185 Byrnes (SC #11)

2 ATH C.J. Gaddis* 6-1 197 Raeford, NC

3 LB Marcus Howard 6-2 210 Hanahan (SC #4)

4 LB Maurice Nelson 6-2 205 Crestwood (SC #7)

5 RB Andre Calendar 6-0 190 West Orange, NJ

6 DB Keenan Little 6-1 183 Shelby, NC

7 ATH Sergio Gilliam* 6-3 175 Greer (SC #14)

8 QB Syvelle Newton 6-2 212 Marlboro Co (SC #3)

9 LB Dominic Cooper 6-4 213 New Orleans, LA

10 RB Rodney Kinlaw 5-10 180 Stratford (SC #9)

11 OL Clint LaTray* 6-3 285 Allen, TX

12 OL David Overmyer 6-4 270 Lilburn, GA

13 OL Marion Dukes* 6-4 290 Pickens, SC (SC #8)

14 RB Tramaine Billie 6-1 190 Dreher (SC #10)

15 PK Jad Dean* 5-11 190 Greenwood (SC #19)

16 OL Christian Capote 6-5 291 Miami

17 DE Kwam Williams 6-4 225 Atlanta

18 OL Brandon Pilgrim* 6-5 280 Lilburn, GA

19 DE Darryl Melvin 6-5 240 Nassau JC

20 WR Chris Jefferson 6-2 170 Morganton, NC

21 WR Brandon Allen 6-5 190 Atlanta, GA

22 RB Brandon Nolen 5-11 185 Old Bridge, NJ

23 OL Woodly Telfort 6-8 310 Dodge City, KS

24 OL Ken Shackleford 6-5 290 Villa Rica, GA

25 DL Anthony McDaniel 6-6 265 Columbia (SC #6)

26 DB Philip Brown 5-11 185 Hampton, VA

27 DB Brian Staley 5-10 170 Ga Military JC

28 DL D.J. Ernst 6-2 265 West Monroe, LA

29 LB Nick Watkins 6-2 215 New Orleans, LA

30 WR Noah Whiteside 6-0 175 Greenville (SC #5)

31 LB Ryan Brown 6-2 240 Berkeley (SC #12)

32 OL Eric Young 6-6 270 Union (SC #2)

33 LB Michael Heard 6-4 220 Lovejoy, GA

34 DE Kenny Price 6-5 300 Virginia Beach, VA



* - Current Clemson commitment

(SC #?) - Mickey Plyler's South Carolina Ranking


Scheduled to visit but will reschedule


1 DE Omar Savage 6-5 230 Piscataway, NJ

2 OL Mario Henderson 6-7 331 Lehigh, FL

3 LB David Hines 6-2 210 Suwanee, GA

4 DB Kareem Taylor 5-11 195 Fork Union Military

5 DB Robert Reese 6-0 180 Temple, GA

6 DL Eric Thomas 6-3 270 Lake City, FL

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