Clemson Welcomes Five Official Visitors On Friday


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Clemson will welcome five official visitors on Friday. Four of the five official are committed or have been committed at one point. Jacoby Ford is the one, who is not committed that is coming in this weekend.


Ford (5-9, 175), originally from West Palm Beach, is a true speedster. Fork Union hand timed him at 4.19 in the forty. The main players for Ford are Clemson and Florida. Running backs coach Burton Burns is recruiting the athlete for the Tigers. Ford has become good friends with 2005 signee TJ Williams. Williams was a teammate of Ford at Fork Union this year and will be joining Ford in Clemson this weekend.


Williams is 2005 holdover out of Tallahassee, Florida. He is the former high school teammate of redshirt freshman Quentez Ruffin. Williams can be a difference maker at wide receiver. He has good speed and quickness. Williams ran a 4.39 forty at the Fork Union combine. Last year, he had the fastest shuttle time at the Tallahassee Nike Camp.


Two more 2006 verbal commitments will be joining Clemson this weekend. The first is Jeffrey Ogren, who will enroll in January. Ogren (6-3, 185) committed to the Tigers during the summer. Ogren has good speed with a 4.4 being his fastest time in the forty. Ogren will give a little size to Clemson receiving core. Enrolling early may give him a chance to avoid a redshirt in 2005-06.


Kendrick Johnson is also scheduled to be arriving in Clemson on Friday. Johnson could very well be the best receiver of this group. Johnson has really good ball skills, and he makes great adjustments on the ball. His paperwork is being pushed through right now to enroll in January. He did not make his official visit to Colorado last weekend, and everything is firm between Johnson and the Tigers. Georgia and Florida made a strong push for the Fort Lauderdale wideout, but coaches Dabo Swinney and David Blackwell locked up Johnson for the Tigers.


The last visitor will be Terrell Smith. Smith signed with the Tigers in 2005, but he was unable to enroll in August. The plan is to try and get Smith enrolled at Clemson in January. If Smith does not enroll at Clemson in January, then his future would remain uncertain. Smith would play linebacker or defensive back for the Tigers should he enroll. We hope to have more news on his status following his official visit this weekend.


With really four commitments on hand this weekend, you can expect those four to work Ford really hard for Clemson. Ford is one of the top remaining prospects, and the Tigers will pull out the stops for him this weekend. Ford has said he will not make a verbal commitment this weekend, but he could make his decision before Christmas.

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