Shrine Bowl Notebook: Wednesday
The big news coming out of the Shrine Bowl on Wednesday was that Clemson extended offers to offensive tackles Jamal Medlin from Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Chris Hairston from Winston-Salem. Hairston wasted very little time in jumping on the offer from the Tigers.
Hairston had been waiting on the Tigers to offer, and it was an easy decision for him to make. Hairston is a firm pledge. Hairston has a big upside at 6-5 270. In scouting him this week, he has shown good footwork and quickness off the line. He will face a big test in blocking Ricky Sapp on Saturday.
Medlin told us after his interview on Sunday that he was excited to have the opportunity to perform against the best, and perform he has. Medlin is a powerful run blocker, and he could potentially play guard or tackle at the next level. Clemson is recruiting Medlin as an offensive tackle. NC State and South Carolina have also offered Medlin this week to go along with Maryland. We believe Medlin will set up his official visit with Coach Burton Burns on January 13th or 20th.
The staff was very impressed with these two offensive linemen this week. With the commitment of Hairston, Clemson will look to take one more offensive tackle in this class.
- The obvious question that is already coming in is what about Clifton Geathers. The first answer is Clemson is still recruiting Geathers, but there are obvious academic hurdles to overcome here. Clemson will try to sign and place Geathers, but Geathers may find himself in the same situation Travil Jamision ended up in last year.
- Clemson resumes bowl practice tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Players may or may not be made available to the media as exams are still on-going. We can tell you there are four seniors, who need to perform well on exams to be eligible for the bowl game. If there is any news to report coming out of the morning session, we will have it for you.