Top out-of-state targets

Clemson recruits the states surrounding South Carolina as hard as any other school in this part of the country. Between Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, there's plenty of talent for the taking.

In the first of a two-part series, CUTigers takes a look at the out-of-state targets Clemson must get in the 2013 signing class.

1-DT Montravius Adams - Vienna, Ga. - Dooly County
Clemson was the first school to offer Adams, who's regarded as one of the top defensive tackles in the country. In the last couple of months, he's secured a number of big-time offers. Along with Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma and USC have come forward.

Because they jumped on him in the fall of his junior year, Adams has listed Clemson as his leader several different times.

The Tigers have plenty of work ahead to hold off some of the top programs around the country and Adams plans to wait all the way until signing day before making a decision.

Landing Adams would help Clemson make a big splash in Georgia, a state that they've recruited well in the past, but haven't had much luck in lately.

2-DE Isaac Rochell - McDonough, Ga. - Eagles Landing Christian
It's a case that's similar to Adams. Clemson needs to add Rochell to help keep the brand strong in the state of Georgia.

Also like Adams, there are plenty of teams that are in pursuit of Rochell. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State and Virginia Tech, just to name a few.

Unlike Adams, Rochell plans to make a decision before the start of his senior season. Clemson has firmly been in the mix for quite some time now and he recently visited for the January Junior Day. Plus, defensive end is one of the biggest, if not the biggest need for Clemson in the 2013 class.

3-WR Ahmad Fulwood - Jacksonville, Fla. - Bishop Kenny
When Fulwood made his first visit to Clemson last summer, he was quite the household name that he is now. After all, he was only a rising junior. But it hasn't taken him long to be a household name across the country.

One of the top 2013 wide receivers in the nation, Fulwood has a boatload of offers. And chances are pretty high that he's going to leave the state of Florida to pursue his college football career.

He's visited Clemson twice since last summer's camp stop. Also in the mix are Alabama, Ohio State, Georgia and Florida.

As is the case all around the state of Florida, Jacksonville is always loaded with blue-chip talent. Clemson, in the past, has cashed in on players from the Jacksonville area. After getting shutout in 2012, this is one prospect from that area they would love to add next February.

4-LB/DE Peter Kalambayi - Matthews, N.C. - Butler
Quite possibly the best player in the Carolinas next year, Kalambayi could play weak-side defensive end or linebacker at the next level.

Already selected for the U.S. Army All-American game, Kalambayi has received interest from suitors all across the country. Oregon, Stanford, Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Florida -- just about everybody wants him. And he's right up the road from Clemson.

Kalambayi recently listed a top five of Clemson, Michigan, Stanford, North Carolina and Florida, in no particular order.

An elite defensive player who can play multiple positions, and he's just a couple of hours up the road -- sounds like a must have.

5-RB Tyshon Dye - Elbert County, Ga. - Elbert
Clemson and Georgia were the first schools to offer Dye, who could be the best running back in the Peach State's loaded 2013 class. Along with a one-day camp stop last June, Dye visited Clemson in the fall for the Florida State game.

After last weekend's trip to Auburn, Dye listed Clemson and Auburn as his favorites, but said there could be more added to the mix.

Along with Clemson, Auburn and Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and USC have offered.

Dye's physical running style fits right in line with the type of back Chad Morris wants for his offense. Top Stories