E-Mail Bag 6/24

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Who will be the next commitment?

Things have started off great for the class of 2006. Normally, I do not like forecasting commitments, but Richard Jackson will be the next commitment. He will be in for a camp starting Sunday night. Clemson was his leader before Wade committed, and I believe that will only help Clemson's case. If Jackson does not commit, there are two kickers out of the state of Georgia that Clemson really likes.

Bani Gbadyu had a great visit with Clemson, but he is taking a lot of visits right now. He had a great time on his Clemson visit and he really liked what he saw. He will make a commitment later this summer, and it will likely be between LSU and Clemson.

What offensive linemen have we offered in South Carolina?

Clifton Geathers is the only offensive linemen in South Carolina that currently has a Clemson offer. They are still evaluating Josh Harrison and Myron Gattison. I believe they will offer Harrison, but not sure about Gattison. It is not a very good year for offensive linemen in-state. Geathers is as good as you will find, but there is a huge drop off after Geathers.

Is Whitehurst the best quarterback in the ACC this year?

He certainly has the chance to be. On paper, he is the best quarterback in the ACC. Whitehurst has a chance to really bounce back strong this year. A lot will depend on his wide receivers, which IMO is the biggest question mark on the whole team. Reggie Ball and Marques Hagans are the only other returning starters who are not being pushed by backups. Marcus Vick has the biggest upside of any quarterback in the ACC, but he must prove his off the field problems are behind him. Whitehurst is a big area where Clemson has an advantage over most teams. Clemson and Georgia Tech are the only two schools in the ACC, who will have a three year starter under center. Whitehurst has proven in the past he can win big games. This year he will have a much improved running game and offensive line to help him.

How are we on scholarship numbers?

We have been able to confirm that Brandon Nolen and Clint Latray are transferring. According to one source, neither of the players were very happy and the move was made in the best interest of all parties involved. The two transfers puts them right at the 85 scholarship limit. If Brent Schaeffer chooses Clemson, they would be at 86. However it is not likely that all of the incoming freshmen will be eligible. The numbers always work themselves out.

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