2012 Intro: The best of the rest

There's a unique relationship that's shared between Clemson and the state of Alabama. And the Tigers have several 2012 targets there and in states as far away as Arizona entering the end of February.

Jameis Winston, the top 2012 quarterback in Alabama, could be the nation's best quarterback. Clemson is in the mix for the Hueytown four-star but there are several schools in the way of the top slot, including Alabama, LSU and Florida State.

Still, a trip to Clemson could be in the cards next weekend. It would be his first visit to Tigertown since October. While in town in the fall, Winston also met with Tiger baseball coach Jack Leggett. Winston plans to play both sports at the collegiate level.


Jameis Winston, the top 2012 quarterback in Alabama, could be the nation's best quarterback (Scout.com)
Another four-star quarterback with a Clemson offer, Zeke Pike, has offers from all across the country. The Tigers are sitting in good position for the Dixie Heights High School (Ft. Mitchell, Ky.) quarterback. Last summer, he visited Clemson to throw for then offensive coordinator Billy Napier. The Tigers offered shortly thereafter.

Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma, Penn State, Michigan and Tennessee have all offered.

The top national recruit that Clemson's after this year is five-star Andrus Peat, who hails from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Ariz. And he's received offers from all the power houses in college football.

Peat first visited Clemson in the summer before his sophomore year before visiting again a year later for a game in Death Valley. The Tigers have an in also—Peat has family that lives in North Carolina. His brother signed to play at Nebraska during the 2011 cycle. The younger Peat has admitted that helps the Cornhuskers' chances, though it's not going to heavily weigh against other suitors.

The nation's top 2012 defensive tackle, Edison-Friendship Public Charter School (Washington, D.C.) junior Eddie Goldman, has offers from all over the country. Clemson is among those schools that's thrown its hat into the ring for the five-star.

In a December interview with CUTigers, Goldman expressed an interest in Clemson. He remains wide-open and hasn't publicly claimed a favorite.


Maryville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Jay Guillermo is the first commitment to Clemson's 2012 class. (Scout.com)
Maryville (Tenn.) offensive lineman Jay Guillermo is the first commitment to Clemson's 2012 class. Just days after he received the signing day offer, he pledged to the Tigers. Guillermo didn't have any other offers, but Alabama, Miami and North Carolina had expressed interest.

Clemson has been the longtime leader for Oxford (Ala.) cornerback Trae Elston and he's received offers from the top SEC and SEC programs. The Tigers are recruiting him as an athlete, but most schools are looking at Elston as a safety.

Kwon Alexander, Elston's teammate, is one of the nation's top outside linebackers. With offers from all over, including Clemson, Auburn was standing out at one point. Alabama is considered to be the front-runner with rival Auburn.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris brought word of A Maceo Smith High School (Dallas) junior wide receiver Damien Lawry. Oregon, TCU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, Tennessee and Clemson have offered. Though Lawry may not be able to make an unofficial visit to Tigertown, he's interested in taking an official.

Dunbar High School (Baltimore) three-star wide receiver Deontay McManus has two early favorites in Oklahoma State and Oregon. Clemson is among the several schools that have offered.

Woodlawn High School-Magnet outside linebacker Cassanova McKinzy does not have an offer from Clemson, but he has received plenty of interest from the Tigers. Alabama, Auburn and UAB have offered.

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