Mail Call-July 21


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Question-Will C.J. Gaddis stay at cornerback? Jimmy

Answer-Good question because the staff still does not know. Gaddis was moved to corner because that was the area where he was needed the most at the time. There are several things to consider about his future. First, he is too good of an athlete to stand on the sidelines. He throws the ball better than they first thought but is probably not the answer at quarterback. If Croley, Reese, Clemens and Gilliam step up at corner then he may be able to move again. The safeties, rovers and whips look solid especially if Walker, Hamlin, Kindred, Billie and Nelson are as good as advertised but Gaddis could move there. I think Gaddis looks great with the ball in his hands. The wide receivers could use his open field athletic ability. However, if he does move I would think tailback could be a fit. He looks like a natural tailback to me. Also don't forget Gaddis will be a terrific kick returner. In summary consider two more issues. The need is currently at cornerback but that could change. Also there are few athletes that can be considered good enough to move to that many positions.


Question-How many wide receivers will Clemson sign? How does this class rate at wide receiver? Who are we still waiting on at wide receiver? Bruce

Answer-I think the Tigers will sign three or four wide outs in this class. Several of these type players are listed as an athlete because they can also play in the secondary. Clemson already has two players that fit in that mold that have committed. Renderick Taylor and Tyler Grisham can play several positions. The Tigers are still recruiting several top rated wide outs like Byrd, Thomas, Billings, Hunter, Briscoe, Frierson and Williams. Byrd, Billings and Thomas are rated as high as any wide receivers in the South. The Tigers will have a good shot at Byrd. He will come down to Clemson, Georgia and maybe FSU. Thomas could come down to Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Clemson. Billings likes Clemson but it will be difficult to get him out of the state of Alabama.


Question-How is the state of South Carolina this year compared to recent years? Ron

Answer-The state does not change all that much each year. The state produces 20-30 Division I prospects each year. Clemson offers between 12-20 players in the state each year on average. There are two differences each year however. First is the number of great players. Usually we have four to eight great ones that get offers from FSUs, Floridas and UGAs of the world. The great years are when we get eight to ten of those type players. The other difference every year is where the strengths and weaknesses lie. Last year we had a bunch of big bodies. We had the most linemen we have ever had in the state. This year we have wide receivers and big safeties as the strength.



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