Three five stars set to see Clemson

Clemson's biggest official visit weekend starts this Friday, with at least 20 commitments and targets from the class of 2011 scheduled to be in town for three days and two nights.

The weekend coincides with Saturday night's team banquet, but unlike last year, there's no basketball game at Littlejohn Coliseum beforehand.

Visitors are slated to arrive throughout the afternoon and evening on Friday and each guest is paired with a host player. Typically, it's with a younger player that plays the same position.

Extensive tours, meetings with coaches and academic advisors are scheduled on Saturday and Sunday.

Each visit ends with a sit down with head coach Dabo Swinney.

Several guests are highly rated and uncommitted.

MLB Tony Steward, the No. 1 middle linebacker prospect in the country according to, told Allen Trieu, midwest recruiting manager, that Clemson, Florida State and UCLA make up his final three.

It's Clemson and Florida State battling for the nation's No. 1 middle linebacker prospect Tony Steward. (
Steward will be accompanied by his mother, who's never visited Clemson. His only trip to Tigertown was a three-day camp stay last summer, and Florida State and Clemson have been neck and neck ever since. This visit could go a long way in securing Steward, though some consider him a lean to the Seminoles at the present time.

OLB Stephone Anthony has Clemson in a tight race with Florida, Virginia Tech and N.C. State. Two other Anson County teammates will also be in town. One is Clemson freshman Tra Thomas, a 2010 signee.

Anthony just visited Florida. After Clemson, he'll see Virginia Tech and N.C. State.

Florida has been considered the team to beat here for quite some time, but Clemson remains a legitimate consideration on his part.

DE Jeoffrey Pagan will be making his second official visit. His first was to Georgia in December, and he plans to also visit Alabama later this month. The other two are still up in the air, but Florida and Tennessee could be destinations.

CUTigers has written on several occasions in the last month Clemson is in prime position to land Pagan on signing day and maintains that stance today.

DT Phillip Dukes, the top in-state defensive tackle, is said to be a South Carolina lean.

Behind the scenes, CUTigers believes Phillip Dukes is a lean to South Carolina but the Tigers have a chance to make up ground this weekend. (
Following the Clemson trip, Dukes has scheduled visits to Alabama and South Carolina.

DE Jerell Adams camped at Clemson as a tight end, but he'd likely move to defensive end, if he was to chose the Tigers. He was scheduled to take an official to Arkansas last weekend and will visit South Carolina a week after he's in Clemson.

Most believe the Gamecocks have the advantage, though he claims it's neck and neck.

S Brandon Ellerbe remains a soft verbal commitment to North Carolina, but was once committed to Clemson. A final decision won't be made until signing day next month.

QB Tony McNeal is expected to stay in Clemson and enroll early after the end of the official visit.

RB Mike Bellamy visited Tennessee in the fall, but insists that he's firm with his commitment to Clemson.

CUTigers believes that Bellamy will hold true to his commitment through signing day.

RB Marlin Lane the longtime Clemson commit has taken three officials already—Purdue, Auburn and, most recently, Miami. After the trip to Clemson, he could also visit Florida State.

The Clemson coaching staff will have the chance to close down Marlin Lane's recruitment this weekend. (
S Cortez Davis, Lane's high school teammate, has also taken official visits to Purdue and Miami. Davis committed to Clemson, but later changed to Florida State. He remains committed to Clemson.

Lane and Davis were recruited by former defensive end coach Chris Rumph and CUTigers believes these are the two prospects the Clemson coaching staff has the most work to do to close on this weekend.

Considering both commitments lost their main recruiter just one week ago, not to mention Lane losing his offensive coordinator and running backs coach, that should come as no surprise.

It also shouldn't be surprising to learn both prospects firm their commitments this weekend, but only time will tell.

Several other commitments will also be in town, including the Tigers' most recent addition, four-star linebacker Lateek Townsend. Here's a closer look at those prospects slated to be on hand:

WR Stanton Seckinger - a gray-shirt candidate who's put up impressive numbers as a rangy target. Also considered a full ride from N.C. State. Solid to Clemson.

TE Eric MacLain - continues a string of recent quality tight ends coming to Tigertown. Good size, extremely athletic and highly rated. Solid to Clemson.

C Ryan Norton - The top center in South Carolina for 2011. Solid three-star prospect and solid to Clemson.

OT Shaq Anthony - Excellent footwork for a lineman. Athletic and has frame to add good weight. Solid to Clemson.

DT Deshawn Williams - Quality tackle prospect who remains firm despite coaching changes. Solid to Clemson.

DT Jerome Maybank - Massive lineman who committed last May, likely a D-tackle at Clemson. Solid with his commitment.

MLB B.J. Goodson - Most underrated prospect in the 2011 class. Solid to Clemson after making October commitment.

OLB Lateek Townsend - Dynamic playmaker at linebacker who committed at the U.S. Army All-American game. Solid to Clemson.

MLB Colton Walls - Certainly has the pedigree - his father is former Carolina Panthers TE Wesley Walls. Solid to Clemson. Top Stories