ESPN: Clemson recruiting needs


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From Heather Dinich of ESPN:

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Linemen: The Tigers will lose three starters on the defensive line and three more on the offensive line from the 2011 ACC championship team. Center Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
RS Jr. Offensive Line
#55 6-5, 285
Pelion, SC

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is a returning starter, but he will be a senior. Six players on the final two-deep depth chart on the offensive line were either seniors or graduate students in 2011, and four on the defensive line two-deep must be replaced.

Running back: Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
RS Jr. Running Back
#23 5-10, 190
Moncks Corner, SC

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is entering his senior year, and while Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Fr. Running Back
#5 5-10, 175
Nocatee, FL

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is back in school and in the good graces of coach Dabo Swinney, the future of the position is uncertain. Rod McDowell played well in the bowl game, and D.J. HowardD.J. Howard
RS Fr. Running Back
#22 5-11, 195
Lincoln, AL

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has been a backup.

Defensive backs: The Tigers could start three seniors in the secondary in 2012: Xavier BrewerXavier Brewer
RS Jr. Defensive Back
#29 5-11, 190
Jacksonville, FL

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, Rashard HallRashard Hall
Gr. Safety
#31 6-1, 210
St. Augustine, FL

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and Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Jr. Safety
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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.

Kickers: The Tigers will lose punter Dawson ZimmermanDawson Zimmerman
Sr. Punter / Kicker
#96 6-2, 205
Lawrenceville, GA

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, opening up an opportunity for a true freshman to play immediately.

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