E-Mail Bag 7/1

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Anything new with Duane Coleman?

Coleman is still making good progress towards being reinstated. During the summer, no news is good news. A final decision will be made around the start of fall camp. I can tell you according to one source I spoke with late Thursday evening, he said Coleman will be reinstated to the team in August. Coleman has been participating in the voluntary workouts this summer. He made a mistake in the spring, and he was in danger of not being allowed back, but to his credit he has put himself back on track in the classroom first, and I expect he will return to form this fall.

Is Whitehead gone for good?

No, Clemson still leads. Auburn and Georgia will make strong pushes. He has stated he would like to go out of state, so it appears Clemson and Georgia will have a major battle for Whitehead's services. It is the first day of July, and it is better for him to commit and decommit than to have never committed at all.

When will see an updated Most Wanted list?

It will be the first part of next week. Mickey and I compiled the list last night, and we unveil the July edition of Most Wanted on Monday. We have extended the list to 15 players instead of 10.

How many more commitments can we expect this summer?

My guess would be three, maybe four. Clemson finished last summer with 9 verbals, and I believe they will be right around there once again. It cannot be stressed enough, how great of a job the staff has done early. The ball is really rolling now, which was very important. Under Bowden, Clemson has put together two great classes back-to-back. 2005 was maybe the best class under Bowden, and 2006 is off to an outstanding start. Clemson is in position to really elevate the program with a great class in 2006. Things are starting fall into place with WEZ, and Clemson has three twins over top 10 teams in the last two years. Despite not going to a bowl last season, the Tigers still have momentum heading into the 2005 season. It is vital the momentum is not allowed to slip away once again.

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