Tigers Secure Current Commitments
One of the main goals going into last weekend for the Tigers was to lock up committed players that could possibly be wavering. There was about four or five players that were scheduled to take visits to other schools coming into the weekend. Ramon McElrathbey was the one the staff may have felt the most uneasy about coming into the weekend.
The visit combined with the commitment of James Davis locked up McElrathbey for the Tigers. Florida had been lurking in the background with both of these players, but now neither will visit the Gators. Making it very unlikely the Gators steal one from the Tigers again this year.
Rendrick Taylor had been pondering visits to South Carolina and Florida State. Even as early as the Shrine Bowl, it appeared that Taylor would cancel those visits. After his visit, Clemson will be the only school Taylor visits.
Jamarcus Grant had been looking at a possible trip to South Carolina. The Tigers once again did a great job, and Grant will not take any more visits.
Sadat Chambers had official visits scheduled to South Carolina and Virginia Tech. The campus and facilities really impressed Chambers, especially Vickery Hall. Chambers will no longer make the trips with the Hokies and Gamecocks.
Quentez Ruffin and Demerick Chancellor were firm coming into the weekend, and now we realize how important their official visits were. Ruffin received a call from Urban Meyer and Florida last night with an offer, and he declined. Florida State is expected to come by the school later this week, and Ruffin says they will offer then but will get the same response he gave to Meyer. Chancellor is not wavering in his commitment, but will visit North Carolina fulfilling a promise he made to his recruiter for the Tar Heels.
The staff had two goals coming into last weekend secure the verbal commitments, and try to pick up a commitment from Mike or James Davis. Both goals were accomplished, and now the staff is geared for a strong finish to the 2005 recruiting class.