Zimmerman Fails In Final Attempt To Qualify


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<font class=caption>Clemson signee Tymere Zimmerman.</font>
Clemson signee Tymere Zimmerman.

CLEMSON -- Clemson's prize wide receiver recruiting class officially was cut
in half late Friday afternoon, when Tymere Zimmerman learned he failed in his
final attempt to meet the minimum NCAA qualification standards, thereby
blocking his admission to the university this fall.

According to a source close to the family, Zimmerman's score on the ACT was
17, two points short of the 19 required by the NCAA. He had earlier failed on
his final attempt at the SAT.

The Marlboro County High School standout was an early commitment to Clemson
last year, joining Roscoe Crosby, Airese Currie and Derek Higgins in what many
experts considered the top wide receiving class in the country. Higgins also
failed to qualify.

But Currie qualified easily, and after much discussion Crosby announced in
June he would play both college football at Clemson and minor league baseball
for the Kansas City Royals, who drafted him in the second round (53rd
overall) of the MLB draft.

Zimmerman's next move is deciding how to further both his education and
football career. Sources say Clemson would like to see Zimmerman go to junior
college, however the speedy receiver is thought to be leaning heavily toward
Fork Union Military Academy.

Messages left with Zimmerman were not returned by late Saturday afternoon.

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