Official visit weekend preview

Coming up this weekend, Clemson will host a dozen prospects for official visits, including an uncommitted three-star defensive end.

Headlining this weekend's docket of guests is King High School [Atlanta, Ga.] three-star Kenderious Whitehead, the No. 45 defensive end in the class of 2012.

Whitehead is currently considering Clemson, Georgia and N.C. State. He's already taken official visits to Athens and Raleigh.

"I'm just really waiting on that feeling, when you get that great feeling when you go to that school that you know is the place for you to be," he told at the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. "That's what I'm really waiting on. Everybody can tell you one thing, but you've got to go with your heart."

Four-star defensive end Martin Aiken [Bamberg] committed to Clemson in late June over South Carolina and Georgia Tech. The Offense-Defense All-American selection is the No. 24 player at his position in the class of 2012.

Aiken projects as a strong-side defensive end, the same position played by Malliciah Goodman.

Four-star safety Ronald Geohaghan closed down his recruitment a long time ago after pledging for Clemson. (
T.J. Burrell, the lone linebacker commit in Clemson's 2012 class, is ranked as the No. 54 outside linebacker in the class. An Offense-Defense All-American game selection, Burrell picked Clemson over Duke and Vanderbilt. The three-star prospect is listed at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds.

Burrell [Goose Creek] could potentially work as a hybrid-type player -- an in-the-box safety/coverage linebacker.

One of the most under-rated prospects in Clemson's 2012 signing class, Josh Brown is the only member of the group without a national ranking.

Though he has work to do, in terms of reaching a qualifying test score, Brown has a future at Clemson as a defensive tackle. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound senior from South Aiken physically looks the part.

Also an Offense-Defense All-American, Ronald Geohaghan is rated as a four-star and ranked the No. 23 safety in the country. He picked Clemson over offers from South Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, Kentucky and Illinois.

Geohaghan, who worked as an in-the-box safety at Allendale-Fairfax, will play safety at Clemson.

Chad Morris arrived to Clemson in January. By early March, he identified Berry Academy [Charlotte, N.C.] athlete Germone Hopper as one of his top targets. Hopper committed to the Tigers before the end of the month.

Hopper picked Clemson over Auburn, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.

Though he projects to play the same wide receiver position as Sammy Watkins, Hopper has the skill set to be used in a myriad of ways, including in the return game. The US Army All-American will be another explosive option in the Clemson offense.

Four-star WR Germone Hopper picked Clemson over Auburn, UNC, Virginia Tech and Tennessee. (
It's a crime that lists 111 other defensive ends as better prospects than Shaquille Lawson.

The Daniel three-star picked up offers from Tennessee, Maryland and East Carolina after Clemson. Florida State, N.C. State and Auburn were expressing interest. Then he committed to the Tigers.

Lawson projects as a weak-side defensive end.

Of the 2012 offensive line commitments in Clemson's class, Javarius Leamon [Woodruff] rated the highest. The No. 32 offensive tackle in the nation, Leamon has plenty of work to do to get qualified.

If he was to qualify in time for next season, Leamon would be in the mix for early playing time at left tackle.

The four-star Offense-Defense All-American committed to Clemson over offers from Auburn, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Much like Hopper, Jay Jay McCullough [Nation Ford] was identified by Morris as a top prospect. At Clemson, McCullough will play the 3-back position, a hybrid tight end/h-back/fullback spot.

With the early departure of Dwayne Allen and graduation of Chad Diehl, McCullough has a shot at early playing time this fall.

Four-star DT Carlos Watkins figures to be an early contributor in his Clemson career. (
McCullough committed to Clemson over offers from South Carolina, Miami, and N.C. State. The No. 50 tight end in the 2012 class was selected to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.

One of the favorite prospects at CUTigers, the Clemson coaching staff identified Silver Bluff's Cordrea Tankersley long before he was a well-known commodity among recruiting circles.

Tankersley, who's listed as the No. 37 wide receiver in 2012, will play defensive back when he arrives to Clemson. Safety is the likely destination for the four-star prospect.

He committed to Clemson over offers from South Carolina, Miami and Minnesota.

A big-time defensive tackle was one of the biggest needs for Clemson's 2012 class. The Tigers got that when Carlos Watkins committed at Chase High School in Forrest City last fall.

The US Army All-American picked Clemson over Florida, South Carolina and Alabama.

Now listed as the No. 8 defensive tackle in the country, he's the top-rated prospect in Clemson's class.

Fox Creek three-star Marty Williams has the makeup of an intimidating strong safety. The No. 28 safety in the country, Williams picked Clemson over Florida, South Carolina and Arkansas. Top Stories