CLEMSON – Two more pieces of the recruiting puzzle came together for the Tigers over the weekend as they received commitments from DB Robert Reese (5-11, 175, 4.3) from Temple, GA and TE Zach Green (6-6 240) from Conyers, GA.
Reese visited the Tigers over the weekend and decided to commit during a visit with Tommy Bowden at his school on Monday.
"Coach Bowden is a real good coach,” said Reese. “He is very intellectual and talks to me. It's a business, but he didn’t carry on like it is a business. The players made me feel like I fit right in. I feel real good about my decision."
Clemson is recruiting Reese as a cornerback even though Reese played quarterback and free safety his senior season. On offense, he rushed for 1123 yards and 20 TDs and also had 776 pashing yards. On defense he had six interceptions and 58 tackles. Reese says he also returned punts and kickoffs and will be given a shot at doing that at Clemson.
Reese is one of the faster players in Georgia with 10.8 speed in the 100 meters, and he says he runs a 4.3 40-yard dash and has even been clocked at 4.2.
Reese also visited and had an offer from Auburn. He also had interest from Colorado, Troy State and Georgia.
“I’ve have not seen him play, but it says a lot that Auburn and Clemson were his two visits,” said recruiting Analyst Mickey Plyler. “I know Clemson could use another corner. In today’s game you can never have enough corners. Having another corner step up in this class could help move Justin Miller to safety.”
Clemson assistant Jack Hines recruited Reese for the Tigers.
Zach Green also visited Clemson on January 24th and was offered by the Tigers. He had previously visited Middle Tennessee State, Georgia Tech and Arkansas. His only other offer besides Clemson was from Middle Tennessee State, but Green’s father said he thought Georgia Tech and Arkansas were about to offer.
“I think the Clemson staff wanted to sign a tight end, but it’s a poor year for tight ends in the South,” said Plyler. “They are really very few that stood out so a lot of schools like Clemson had to go out and find tight end type bodies. According to his high school coach Green has a very good upside and the size and frame to grow into a really good player.”
Green caught 15 passes for Salem High this season on a primarily running team. Clemson assistant Ron West recruited Green for the Tigers.
2003 Reported Commitments
1 QB C.J. Gaddis 6-1, 197 Raeford, NC
2 K Jad Dean 5-11, 190 Greenwood, SC
3 OL Clint LaTray 6-3, 265 Allen, TX
4 OL Marion Dukes 6-4, 290 Pickens, SC
5 OL Brandon Pilgrim 6-5, 270 Lilburn, GA
6 ATH Sergio Gilliam 6-3, 175 Greer, SC
7 OL Christian Capote 6-5, 291 Miami
8 WR Chris Jefferson 6-2, 170 Morganton, NC
9 RB Brandon Nolen 5-11, 190 Old Bridge, NJ
10 DB Brian Staley 5-10, 185 Georgia Military JC
11 LB Nick Watkins 6-2, 215 New Orleans, LA
12 DL Tony McDaniel 6-7, 275 Columbia, SC
13 RB Tramaine Billie 6-1, 195 Columbia, SC
14 DL Chris McDuffie 6-5, 310 Hargrave Military
15 LB Maurice Nelson 6-2, 205 Sumter, SC
16 TE Zach Green 6-6, 240 Conyers, GA
17 DB Robert Reese 5-11,175 Temple, GA