Recruiting Profile: Summerville's OL Dustin Fry

During the recruiting process, its easy to get caught up in who gets the best athletes, especially at the skill positions such as wide receiver or quarterback. Big names such as Roscoe Crosby and Airese Currie headlined a Top 10 class this year, but in order for those guys to make a catch, throw a pass, or get a first down, they have to have somebody to block.

The bottomline is it that it all starts in the trenches with the offensive line.

The Tigers will be losing several key players from the offensive line after this season. Guys like Academic All-American C Kyle Young and Second-team All-ACC OG Will Merritt, who have been a mainstay for Clemson over the last couple of years will be gone, leaving several holes to fill for Tommy Bowden's Tigers.

Who will the Tigers be focusing on signing come February?

From the Clemson area, head down I-26 towards Summerville to find the answer. His name is Dustin Fry.

Fry is considered by many analysts to be one of the top offensive line prospects in not only the southeast, but in the country. He is 6'3 runs a 4.9 40-yard dash and weighs in at an impressive 305 lbs.

As a three year starter for Summerville, he is ranked as the #8 prospect in the state by He was also designated the Post & Courier's Athlete of the Year for 2000-2001 and is listed as the #13 offensive guard in the country by recruiting expert Max Emfinger.

Furthermore, Fry is considered to be one of the strongest players in the state, as he has been recorded squatting 635 lbs. and bench pressing over 400 lbs.

Fry currently has offers on the table from over 20 schools, including Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Wake Forest & Maryland. He lists his favorites in no particular order as Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida State.

No question that the Clemson coaching staff has been recruiting Dustin Fry very hard. He has the size and athletic ability that any offensive coordinator dreams about. He won the state championship this season is both wrestling and the shot put (59-4.5), and was an all-state selection in three sports.

He also carries a GPA of close to 3.0 in the classroom.

Most schools are recruiting Fry as a center or guard, but he will playing right tackle his senior season at Summerville. Fry has said on several occasions that his primary strength is run blocking and that he is at his best when he is moving around either pulling or trapping. In other words he is good on his feet, and that fits right in with the offensive philosophy at Clemson. Imagine a 300 lb. offensive lineman who is quick on his feet and is as strong as anybody on the football field. I don't know about you Tiger fans, but that sounds pretty darn good to me.

The Tigers were one of the first schools to contact Fry this spring but rest assured there will be a serious recruiting war for the services of this young man come February. Top Stories