Big weekend for Clemson recruiting

Several highly touted football and basketball prospects will be in Littlejohn Coliseum for Saturday's basketball game against North Carolina.

Less than two weeks after National Signing Day, the Clemson coaching staffs in both football and basketball are preparing for a significant recruiting weekend ahead.

Starting first with football, Dabo Swinney and company will welcome three of the newest members of the Clemson football team—Charone Peake, Shaq Anthony and Eric MacLain.


Crest High School (Shelby, N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard told CUTigers earlier this week that he expects to receive his offer from the Tigers upon his arrival on Saturday. (Scout.com)
Of course, the possibility remains the nation's No. 1 prospect for 2011, South Pointe DE Jadeveon Clowney, could take one more unofficial visit to Tigertown, however it will not be known if he will go through with the visit until he either shows up on campus or not.

Two elite-level 2012 prospects are also expected to visit the Tigers, again, unofficially.

Crest High School (Shelby, N.C.) defensive end Jonathan Bullard told CUTigers earlier this week that he expects to receive his offer from the Tigers upon his arrival on Saturday. Bullard spoke with Swinney last week, who relayed that message.

Clemson was one of the first schools to recruit Bullard, but the Tigers weren't the first offer. Still, he's visited Tigertown several times. Clemson is among the leaders, though Bullard hasn't named a favorite.

Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State and South Carolina have all offered.

Swinney told Bullard he would have received the offer had he visited for junior day in late January.

One prospect that did make it in for junior day two weeks ago, Ninety Six offensive tackle Oliver Jones, is on the commitment watch. Though he's not publicly relayed that message, we believe that one could be on the way.

Jones had his first face-to-face meeting with offensive coordinator Chad Morris during his last trip, and according to what Jones told CUTigers after that visit, Clemson remains in strong contention.


The inside word on Oliver Jones is, at the present moment, he's a Clemson lean. (Scout.com)
The inside word on Jones is, at the present moment, he's a Clemson lean. His only other offer is from South Carolina. It's important to note both schools have maintained that offers are still on the table, despite the knee injury he suffered last season.

As you might expect, with a weekend game against North Carolina, there are going to be plenty of hoops prospects in town. Brad Brownell and his staff will be hosting several highly sought after prospects on Saturday afternoon.

One of those is 2011 Davidson Day (N.C.) power forward commit Bernard Sullivan, a Clemson signee.

Football/basketball prospect Shaq Roland visited Clemson two weeks ago -but that was a football unofficial. This weekend is a basketball trip for the junior shooting guard from Lexington.

He claims basketball offers from Florida and South Carolina.

Edisto junior power forward Brice Johnson last visited Clemson for the South Carolina football game. He was also in for the Brad Brownell Elite Camp.

Along with Clemson, Florida and South Carolina have extended offers to Johnson. He does not claim any favorites.


Football/basketball prospect Shaq Roland visited Clemson two weeks ago -but that was a football unofficial. This weekend is a basketball trip for the junior shooting guard from Lexington.(Scout.com)
Chattahoochee (John's Creek, Ga.) junior power forward Jaron Blossomgame holds several mid-major offers, including VCU and Wichita State. He also attended the elite camp last summer.

Mooresville (N.C.) junior shooting guard Shawn Lester is receiving interest from South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Miami and Charlotte, in addition to Clemson. He was also at Brownell's camp.

Patrick Rooks, another Brownell Elite Camp participant, last visited Clemson for the South Carolina football game.

The Charlotte Christian (N.C.) sophomore was recruited by Oliver Purnell while he and his staff were still in place at Clemson. Rooks grew up in Anderson before he moved to Charlotte.

Lancaster sophomore wing Sindarius Thornwell visited Clemson two weekends ago for the Florida State game. Along with Clemson, South Carolina, Charlotte, Georgia Southern and Tennessee State have offered.

Clemson and South Carolina are currently the leaders. Several other ACC, SEC and Big East schools have expressed interest.

Gaffney freshman L.J. Peak, who's 6-foot-4, will also visit. He played on Gaffney's 4-A state title winning team as an eighth-grader.

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