MacLain's recruiting pitch

SPARTANBURG - Clemson commit Eric MacLain spent part of his time at the Shrine Bowl last week reminding North Carolina linebacker Stephone Anthony about Clemson.

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MacLain, a Jack Britt High School (Greensboro) tight end, was the only Clemson commit on the Tarheels' squad in this year's Shrine Bowl.

With hopes of adding at least one more, his main target during the week was Anthony, a five-star outside linebacker from Anson County (Wadesboro).

"I'm really pushing Stephone. We'll see what we do with him," MacLain told CUTigers at Spartanburg High School last week.

And according to him, Anthony was receptive.

"I think it's really, we've got it down to [Clemson] and Florida. That's what I think it's down to," MacLain said.

He's a key cog in the 2011 Clemson class, which currently rates as the No. 9 group in the country.

Other highly rated players like Sammy Watkins, Charone Peake, Mike Bellamy and Marlin Lane have MacLain chomping at the bit.

"I can't wait to get down there with all of my teammates," he said. "I can't wait. I think this class really has a special bond. We all know each other really well. I think it's going to be exciting in Death Valley for the next few years."

The four-star rated offensive tackle is excited about the future.

"It's crazy, just knowing we can set up and do some crazy things in Tigertown," MacLain said.

Clemson defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks recently stopped through from Tigertown to check in on him.

"He came to a basketball game. Then he came by the school. He came by the house after the game," MacLain said. "We were talking the whole night."

Although has MacLain classified as an offensive tackle, he will play tight end at Clemson. Top Stories