1) Clifton Geathers – Geathers remains the number one prospect in the state of South Carolina. He has been very tight lipped about his recruitment. He has not attended any games this season. He has a busy schedule with his high school, and also trying to go to his brother (Robert Geathers) games in the NFL. We still believe Tennessee and Clemson are the front runners with Tennessee holding the edge in October. Geathers will be a January decision. Burton Burns will give Clemson a chance to close strong here.
2) Brandon Spikes – Spikes is very similar to Geathers. He is high profile prospect with a who’s who of offers, but he has remained quiet. He is the top linebacker on our board, but we feel he is a long shot for the Tigers. He has made one unofficial visit to Clemson for the Miami game. His visit went well, but he has stayed away from the radar since.
3) Darius Gaither – The fastest prospect in the South Carolina crop of 2006. Gaither is the most realistic shot at being the second safety in Clemson’s class. The opportunity to play early is attractive to Gaither. Clemson, NC State, and Tennessee have the lead with Gaither. Gaither could become a prized recruit as Clemson has some worked to do to hang on to DeAndre McDaniel. He could contribute as kick returner as well.
4) Xavier Harris – Harris remains a heavy Clemson lean. He skyrocketed up the board at the Clemson camp. If we were forced to predict a player to Clemson, Harris would be the choice. He is coached by former Tiger Charles Hafley, and all signs point he is headed to Clemson. He is receiving heavy interest from Florida, but he remains high on Clemson.
5) Deantwan Whitehead – I would have felt much better about Clemson’s chances of landing Whitehead had he not gone to Alabama last weekend. The Crimson Tide went from off the radar to maybe the front runner for Whitehead. Dabo Swinney now has his hands full to land one of the top priorities on the board. Clemson will need to make a big impression on Whitehead. One thing still going in Clemson’s favor is Whitehead has said he wants to go out of state. He is beginning to cool off of that, but we will track him closely.