On the board

Two days after Clemson finished regular season play, the NCAA contact period began, allowing Clemson coaches to hit the road.

From Nov. 29 until Jan. 30, coaches may visit recruits off campus. Coaches can make only one visit per week to individual recruits. Also during this window, coaches must be wary of changes from quiet to dead periods, during which no in-person contact is permitted.

Quiet Period: Coaches may not have any in-person contact with recruits off campus, nor can the coach watch a recruit play in-person. Recruits can visit campus and communicate over the phone and in writing.

Dead Period: Coaches coach may not have any in-person contact at any time. Recruits can communicate over the phone and in writing.

Dec. 13: Quiet Period

Dec. 14-17: Dead Period

Dec. 18-19: Quiet Period

Dec. 20: Quiet Period

Dec. 21-January 1: Dead Period, though staff are allowed to have contact with recruits who have been admitted for mid-year enrollment.

Jan. 2-3: Quiet Period

Jan. 4-9: Quiet Period

Jan 10: Quiet Period

Jan. 11-14: Dead Period, though staff are allowed to have contact with recruits who have been admitted for mid-year enrollment.

Jan. 15-16: Quiet Period

January 31: Quiet Period

February 1-4: Dead Period (Feb. 3 is national signing day, the first day that recruits can sign a National Letter of Intent)

Clemson's 2011 recruiting class is close to full, but there are still a few areas the staff hopes to address before finalizing the group:



TIGHT END

Can Clemson make a late run for the services of five-star tight end Jay Rome? (Scout.com)
Jay Rome - The five-star legacy hasn't visited Clemson during the calendar year. At one time, he was figured to be a heavy lean to the Tigers, but things have since changed as publicly he has claimed Alabama and Georgia are his top two.

He visited Georgia over the weekend for the Georgia Tech game.

Clemson, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee make up Rome's final group.

Rome is the No. 1 tight end in the country according to Scout.com and is the top rated ucommitted offensive prospect remaining on the board for the Clemson coaching staff in the 2011 recruiting class.




DEFENSIVE LINE
Ray Drew - The Scout.com four-star defensive end had been quiet for quite some time when it came to recruiting interviews. On Nov. 22, an interview with Chad Simmons revealed Drew's most updated list.

"Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, and LSU are schools that I have visited that are still in it and Michigan, Notre Dame, and UCLA are three schools I haven't visited yet that I am still looking at."


The former Florida commit has always kept a close eye on Clemson during his recruitment, despite his commitment to the Gators. (Scout.com)
Jeoffrey Pagan - The former Florida commit has always kept a close eye on Clemson during his recruitment, despite his commitment to the Gators.

We've felt all along that Clemson would be in the thick of it. Sure enough, the Tigers are.

Pagan has taken several unofficial visits to Clemson over the past two years, including one earlier this season. He's expected to take an official visit to Tigertown, too.

Gabe Wright - A frequent visitor to Auburn, Wright has kept Clemson under consideration for quite some time now. The four-star defensive tackle will have two former Carver High School (Columbus, Ga.) teammates at Clemson this January when Corey Crawford arrives from Hargrave Military Academy.

Wright was in Athens this past weekend. Auburn leads Tennessee, Clemson and Georgia.

Phillip Dukes - South Carolina's top defensive tackle in the class of 2011 was in Clemson over the weekend for the South Carolina game.

Always mum when it comes to interviews regarding his recruiting, Dukes' courtship is likely to come down to the in-state schools. He took several visits to South Carolina this season, but had been considered a long-time Clemson lean.



LINEBACKER
Stephone Anthony - Anthony was once considered a heavy Florida lean, but things have since changed with Anthony.

He's scheduled three official visits so far, including: Clemson- Jan. 15, Florida- Jan. 8 and N.C. State- Jan. 29. Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina are also in the mix to receive officials, too.


Travis Hughes will announce his decision on Dec. 18. It'll come down to Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland. (Scout.com)
Tony Steward - Clemson gets the last official visits from the top-rated linebacker in the country.

His official visits start this weekend, when he heads to UCLA. Later in December, he heads to Florida. In January, Hughes will visit Alabama, Florida State and then Clemson.

Steward left the Dabo Swinney Football Camp in June with Clemson has is his favorite. He's yet to make a return visit and most figure that he's leaning towards Florida State—his childhood favorite.

Travis Hughes - Clemson received Hughes' final official visit this past weekend for the South Carolina game.

He'll announce his decision on Dec. 18. It'll come down to Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, North Carolina and Maryland.

Curtis Grant - Though Clemson remains a long shot, Grant has kept the Tigers in mind among some of the big boys on the college football landscape.

Clemson's has managed to get in good standing with one highly touted prospect in the latter stages of a recruiting term. Might Grant be the guy this year?

Cedrick Cooper - The three-star from Lithonia, Ga. visited Clemson this past weekend. He saw the Tigers play the Gamecocks, another one of the four schools that he's still considering.

Along with the South Carolina schools, Cooper also likes Ole Miss and Arkansas.

Lateek Townsend - One of the top in-state linebackers was in Clemson Saturday, the second time he's been to a game in Death Valley this season.

He's already taken official visits to Southern Cal and South Carolina.



DEFENSIVE BACK
Geraldo Orta - The former Clemson commit is still high on the Tigers, though it's been reported that Tennessee currently claims his top spot. South Carolina and Wake Forest are among the schools below the Tigers and Volunteers.

Brandon Ellerbe - Another former Clemson commit, Ellerbe is currently a soft verbal to North Carolina, because of the NCAA investigations in Chapel Hill.

High school teammates with Anthony, Ellerbe has already scheduled an official visit to Clemson for Jan. 14.


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