Signing Day Fireworks?

There's just over a week until signing day and Clemson still has a few lines in the water with hopes of landing some of the nation's top defensive players.

The biggest one still out there is five-star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and he's scheduled to visit Clemson this weekend. An official visit had previously been scheduled for the weekend of the awards banquet (Jan. 14-16). The trip was promptly cancelled when former Clemson defensive ends coach Chris Rumph took a job at Alabama.

Rumph's replacement, Marion Hobby, has made some serious in roads since he was hired a couple of weeks ago.

Clowney had scheduled an official to Florida State for this past weekend, but he elected to take an unofficial visit to South Carolina. The weekend just so happened to be the Gamecocks' biggest official visit weekend of the 2011 term.


Clemson has made a late push with Jadeveon Clowney but South Carolina is the team to beat. (Scout.com)
Still, all signs point to Clowney signing with South Carolina. And it appears that may happen on his birthday, Feb. 14, not on signing day, which is 12 days earlier.

Five-star Stephone Anthony and four-star Tony Steward did make their official visits to Clemson two weekends ago.

This past weekend, Steward visited Florida State and Anthony saw Virginia Tech. Both schools are the main competitors for Clemson as the Tigers look to add to the backer commits—Lateek Townsend, B.J. Goodson and Colton Walls.

Anthony, who was a longtime Florida lean, is expected to take an official visit to North Carolina this weekend. Clemson is firmly in the mix with Virginia Tech, Florida and North Carolina.

Steward's situation is a little more cut and dry. It's either the Tigers or the ‘Noles.

He grew up a Florida State fan and has long been considered a lean to Florida State. Credit recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott for making getting his foot in the door and making this a much more competitive battle than most analysts figured.

Anthony's teammate, three-star safety Brandon Ellerbe, was once committed to Clemson. Ellerbe is currently a North Carolina commit. He was originally scheduled to visit Chapel Hill this past weekend, but postponed that a week—the same weekend of Anthony's scheduled official.


Anthony, who was a longtime Florida lean, is expected to take an official visit to North Carolina this weekend. (Scout.com)
Though CUTigers expects Phillip Dukes and Jerell Adams to pick South Carolina, Clemson is still in the mix for both in state defenders.

Dukes, a four-star tackle, visited South Carolina last weekend, and so did Adams, a three-star who Scout.com lists as a tight end.

Roderick Byers is a name that's still on the CUTigers radar, but he's yet to pick up an offer from Clemson. As of Monday afternoon, he's scheduled to visit South Carolina this weekend. An offer from the Tigers might render a commitment.

Clemson picked up verbal commitments on consecutive official visit weekends. First was four-star defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan. Next was kicker Ammon Lakip, who picked up an offer from Clemson earlier in the month.

Pagan visited Alabama this past weekend, but is still committed to Clemson.

Eight days until signing day and there are still plenty more twists, turns and story lines to follow.

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