Tigers Will Know the Future of Receiver Class Soon

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Clemson signee Tymere Zimmerman.

CLEMSON - Tuesday's Major League Baseball Amateur Draft could play more of a
featured role in Clemson's football future than anyone realized. By the end
of the day, the Tigers could be facing the very real possibility of opening
the 2001 season with just one of its “Fab Four” wide receiver recruits
signed last February.

Roscoe Crosby, the Union High School two-sport star prodigy, is expected to
be taken in the draft's first 3-5 rounds. In fact, a report Monday from
ESPN.com had Crosby pegged as a top 10 pick in the opening round.

If that scenario holds true, barring an unforeseen change of heart by any
one of the 30 MLB teams, Crosby will be offered a signing bonus which should
approach - or easily exceed - seven figures. That alone could be enough to
convince the highly-coveted receiver to forego football for the immediate
future and concentrate solely on baseball.

If not, it wouldn't be surprising for whomever drafts Crosby to sweeten the
deal in an attempt to get him on the diamond exclusively.

If that happens, it could be the first of several disappointments for
Clemson fans.

As of today, of the Tigers' other three highly-touted wide receiver signees
- Ty Zimmerman of Marlboro County High School, Derrick Higgins of Lamar and
Airese Currie of Richlands Northeast - only Currie has met all NCAA and/or
Clemson entrance requirements.

Roscoe Crosby, the Union High School two-sport star prodigy, is expected to be taken in the MLB draft's first couple of rounds.

Both Higgins and Zimmerman took the SAT for the final time last Saturday.
The results of this last-ditch effort to qualify will be available June 15.
It's not known how far off Higgins was in his last attempt at the SAT, but
Marlboro County head coach Dean Boyd said Monday that Zimmerman was within
20 points of qualifying on his previous test. Boyd expressed optimism that
Zimmerman would make up the difference when these results are released.
"Twenty points equals about two correct answers,” Boyd said. "We're hoping
he can pull it off."

One other incoming receiver, 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end Ben Hall from
Byrnes High School, has already qualified, his mother said Monday evening.

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Dan Scott is the host of SportsTalk (10AM-Noon) on 104.9 FM in Upstate SC and
Managing Editor of Seneca Daily Journal/Clemson Daily Messenger

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