Shrine Bowl preview

Several Clemson commitments and targets will be in Spartanburg this week preparing for the 76th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

The South Carolina team has three son commitments.

Earlier this summer, four-star wide receiver Mike Williams committed to Clemson during a ceremony at Lake Marion.

T.L. Hanna three-star middle linebacker Ben Boulware committed to Clemson March.

Jadar Johnson, a three-star defensive back from Orangeburg-Wilkinson, made his pledge to the Tigers in March about three weeks before Boulware. He's scheduled to enroll in January.


Jadar Johnson will cornerback and/or safety at Clemson.
Four-star defensive tackle Michael Hill [Pendleton] committed to Ohio State over Clemson just before Independence Day.

Goose Creek teammates Tramel Terry and Gerald Turner were both offered by Clemson. Turner, a three-star middle linebacker, committed to South Carolina in March.

Terry took an official visit to Clemson before reaffirming his pledge to Georgia earlier this month.

Dillon offensive linemen D.J. Park and Bryce King committed to South Carolina, but each had a fair amount of interest in Clemson.

East Carolina four-star outside linebacker commitment Devaris Brunson [Lake City] could be the best player in the state's class of 2013.

Several other notable South Carolina players were evaluated by Clemson, but were never offered -- two-star safety Jahnari Devoe [Allendale-Fairfax], two-star quarterback Mykal Moody, three-star defensive end Jaylen Miller [Gaffney], three-star Akia Booker [Byrnes], three-star cornerback Chocolate Wilson [Myrtle Beach].

One current Clemson pledge will be representing the North Carolina team, but there are several other notable names on a Tarheels team that has more talent than its opponent from the south.

Crest defensive end Dane Rogers is the lone Clemson commitment from North Carolina, but offensive guard Tyrone Crowder and defensive back Korrin Wiggins are still on the Clemson board.

A four-star prospect, Crowder [Richmond] lists Clemson and Georgia as his leaders. Right now the Tigers could be in the best position to land his signature in February.

Wiggins, who has been committed to UNC since February, has maintained contact with Clemson and could be taking an official visit to Tigertown. His Hillside teammate, running back Khris Francis, also committed to UNC in February.

Former Clemson commitment R.J. Prince joined the UNC class shortly after dropping from the Tigers. The three-star from Albermarle is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 49 offensive tackle in the country.

Four-star defensive tackle Greg Gilmore [Hope Mills] and four-star and three-star linebacker Lewis Neal [Hunt] considered Clemson before committing to LSU.


Larenz Braynt might be the top prospect playing in this year's Shrine Bowl.
Four-star outside linebacker Larenz Bryant [Vance] committed to South Carolina after taking a long look at Clemson. Tarboro four-star defensive end Tyquan Lewis also took a serious look at Clemson, but he's now committed to Ohio State.

North Guilford four-star running back T.J. Logan had a Clemson offer before he committed to UNC.

Several other notable North Carolina players were evaluated by Clemson, but never received offers -- UNC cornerback commitment Brian Walker [Mallard Creek], Virginia middle linebacker commitment LaChaston Smith [South Iredell], Virginia Tech wide receiver commitment Carlis Parker and East Carolina middle linebacker pledge Tristan Mumford [Statesville].

Quarterback B.J. Beecher [Concord] and offensive tackle Jeff Deleon [T.C. Roberson] are also on the North Carolina team.

CUTigers will be on hand at Spartanburg High School throughout the week while both teams practice from 9:30-11:30 and 2:30-4:30.

The 76th annual game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium on the Wofford campus.

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