Tommy Bowden continued to upgrade Clemson’s athleticism with the addition of Terrence Huey, a lightening-quick athlete with 4.45 speed out of Marietta (Ga.) High School. The 5-9, 170-pounder committed to the Tigers following his visit to the school last weekend.
“I always have liked Clemson,” Huey says. “I liked all of the coaches. Coach (Burton) Burns, I liked him- I liked all of them, especially Coach Bowden.”
As a senior, Huey spent most of his time at running back. He says the Clemson coaches want him to split time at running back and inside receiver.
“It doesn’t matter where they want me. Whichever one is going to make me better, whichever one is going to help the program out,” he says.
Huey should have few problems adjusting to Clemson’s offensive scheme. Marietta’s offense was based largely on Rich Rodriguez’ “Indy 500” attack.
“Our offense was basically Clemson’s offense. They do a lot more stuff but it was basically theirs. The Clemson coaches and our coaches, they talk a lot,” Huey says.
Huey will be following in the footsteps of another Marietta tailback, current Clemson starter Travis Zachery. Huey says Zachery plans on showing him the ropes at Clemson.
“Travis is my boy. He’s going to take care of me and show me what’s what, who’s who and give me the big outlook. We’re not going to do anything but make each other better,” says Huey.
While Huey says that he is firm on his Clemson commitment, he still plans to visit Marshall and Mississippi.
TIGERS LAND PLACEKICKER AARON HUNT-Clemson addressed one of last season’s biggest weaknesses with the addition of placekicker/punter Aaron Hunt. Hunt, a native of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, hit on 10 of 16 field goal attempts last season, including a successful try from 52 yards. Perhaps most impressively, Hunt booted nearly 80% of his kickoffs into the end zone.
The 5-11, 205-pound Hunt says that Tommy Bowden’s success as head coach in 1999 was a factor in his decision to commit to the Tigers.
“I liked the way Coach Bowden has turned the program around and all of their facilities are top-notch. I think the program’s up and coming,” Hunt says.
In high school, Hunt kicked off a one-inch block. Collegiate kickers must kick off the ground, and Hunt says that he’s had no problems adjusting to kicking without the block in recent workouts.
Hunt had been offered scholarships by Middle Tennessee State and Western Carolina, although a number of SEC schools were interested in having him walk on.
DB Leroy Smith (6-0, 171) from Quincy, FL
DL Donnell Washington (6-5, 275) from Burton, SC
DB Ryan Hemby (5-10, 175) from Orangeburg, SC
P/PK Aaron Hunt (5-11, 205) from Oak Ridge, TN
RB Keith Kelly (6-0, 215) from Walterboro, SC
DB Ronnie Delusme (6-2, 185) from Naples, FL
WR Ronnie Thomas (5-11, 185) from Quincy, FL
DL Moe Fountain (6-4, 210) from Camden, SC
ATH Terrence Huey (5-9, 170) from Marrietta, GA
WR Derrick Hamilton (6-4, 190) from Dillon, SC
OL Derrick Brantley (6-6, 320) from SW Miss, MS