Recruiting: Merling Close to a Clemson Commitment

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Phillip Merling
Tight end / defensive end
Cordova, Tn (Cordova High School)
6'5", 255 lbs, 4.7

With a strong finish and the contract extension of Coach Tommy
Bowden, Clemson has sold a lot of players on the promising future of the

One of those players, tight end / defensive end Phillip Merling of
Tennessee's Cordova High School, is so impressed with the program
that he may choose Clemson without having made an official visit.

"I have really been thinking about Clemson a lot lately, and it is the only
school I think about," Merling said. "The coaches have been out to visit
me, and they have always treated me like family. Plus, I really like the
things they have told me about the weight training program."

If Merling does sign with the Tigers, he will more than likely play tight
end. Although there is no interest in any other schools right now, Merling
hasn't set a date in which he plans to make an announcement. Merling was scheduled to visit
South Carolina this weekend but has canceled that trip and one to Arkansas January 31st.

Merling, who is originally from Calhoun County (SC), is being recruited by Coach Brad Scott.
Merling lives with Memphis outside linebackers coach Chris Rumph,
who is Merling's uncle, legal guardian and former high school coach.

Previous Recruiting Updates

1/15 DE Anthony Davis - Clemson Verbal
1/14 DB Adrian Kindred - Clemson Verbal
1/13 OL Barry Richardson - Clemson Verbal
1/13 Plyler Interview: Dorell Scott
1/12 WR Phillip Morris - Clemson Verbal
1/11 ATH Sinclair Cannon, Greer, SC

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