Top 5 prospects left for 2011

Four five star prospects are left on Clemson's 2011 board, two of which are linebackers, a position of critical need heading into the final month before signing day.

CUTigers has the latest on the top-five rated prospects left on the Tigers' radar:

DE Jadeveon Clowney - Rock Hill
The nation's best defensive end has planned an official visit to Clemson for the weekend of Jan. 21-23.

But he still remains a long shot for the Tigers.

Most figure Clowney will head to South Carolina, where he'd join South Pointe High School teammates Devonte Holloman and Stephon Gilmore.

Clowney, who recently received defensive MVP honors for the South Carolina team at the Shrine Bowl, is one three highly-rated defensive ends the Clemson coaching staff is still pursuing. And the Tigers' have a much better shot at landing Jeoffrey Pagan or Ray Drew.

TE Jay Rome - Valdosta, Ga.
The last time heard from America's top-rated tight end, he had just wrapped up an official visit to Athens.

He claims Georgia as his current leader, but still has visits to Clemson and Alabama tentatively scheduled next month.

Clemson's coaches have already landed a commitment from Eric MacLain, who's expected to work into the two-deep rotation as soon as he steps on campus.

Rome is the only tight end prospect left on the 2011 board.

MLB Tony Steward - Saint Augustine, Fla.
Most figured that Steward would be heading to Florida State. Thanks to the recruiting efforts of coordinator Jeff Scott, Clemson is firmly entrenched in a battle with its ACC Atlantic rival.

After his three-day stay for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp last summer, Steward claimed the Tigers as his leader.

Originally scheduled to take his last official visit to Clemson, his trip was re-scheduled for the weekend of the awards banquet (Jan. 14-16). That might work to Clemson's favor anyway, because Steward's mom is expected to make the trip, too.

Officials to Florida State and Alabama also remain. He's already visited UCLA.

Linebacker was arguably one of the most pressing needs for this year's class, and Steward would be a huge grab for the Tigers.

OLB Stephone Anthony - Wadesboro, N.C.
During the week of Shrine Bowl, Anthony told CUTigers that he was wide-open.

He has official visits to Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech and N.C. State scheduled in January.

Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele and defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks recently made an in-home visit with Anthony, who would compete for a spot on the two-deep depth chart if he was to sign with Clemson.

DT Gabe Wright - Columbus, Ga.
Clemson is believed to have made great strides with Wright in the past few weeks.

He's scheduled four official visits, and one of them will be to Tigertown—the weekend of Jan. 21-23.

Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee will also receive visits.

Defensive tackle is another position of pressing need for the Tigers. If Wright was to join former Carver High School teammates Corey Crawford and David Beasley at Clemson, he would put himself into immediate contention for playing time. Top Stories