2013 signing class superlatives

CLEMSON - Now that Dabo Swinney and company are finished with the 2013 signing class, CUTigers hands out this year's superlatives.

The Stud

Offense
OG Tyrone Crowder


In recent years, Crowder is among the top OL signed by Clemson.
There's a reason Crowder is rated with four stars by every major recruiting service. He's that good. And, according to Scout.com, he's the No. 4 guard in the class of 2013.

Offered by several of the big-time players in college football, Crowder imposes every bit of his 325-pound frame on would-be tacklers. He's strong, too. As a junior, Crowder benched 375, maxed out on the squat rack at 565 and had a 410-pound clean.

In recent years, Crowder was probably a shoe-in for a spot on the two-deep depth chart. But, in this offense, he'll need to improve his body composition and conditioning before he's ready to contend, so a redshirt could be in order.



The Stud

Defense
S Jayron Kearse and CB Mackensie Alexander


Alexander will contend for playing time the moment he steps on campus.
With a number of key contributors gone from the Clemson secondary over the last two seasons, the Tigers' coaching staff had to address the depth at both cornerback and safety. And they needed to do so with blue chip talent to the group.

Both Kearse and Alexander have elite-level skill sets and high upside.

Kearse, nephew of ‘The Freak', is a bit of a freak in his own right. At 6-4, 205, he could eventually grow into an outside linebacker. For now, he'll play safety and could also work at the nickel/Sam position.

Alexander is a ready-made cornerback that will help add the swagger that's been missing from Clemson's defense over the last couple of seasons.




Green could play either safety or wide receiver at Clemson.

The Sleeper

Offense
ATH T.J. Green

In the days leading up to Green's official visit to Clemson, he was a relatively unknown in recruiting circles. Shortly after his pledge to the Tigers, he went from unranked on Scout.com to a three-star prospect.

Classified as a safety by Scout, Green might have a higher upside as a wide receiver, based on the senior film that helped him add several late offers.

Green runs very well and has good ball skills. But he'll need to refine his route running if he indeed sticks on the offensive side of the ball.




Marcus Edmond

The Sleeper

Defense
CB Marcus Edmond

Edmond was a typical Tom O'Brien recruit at N.C. State -- under-recruited by others and underrated on the Internet. Then, O'Brien left. And so did defensive backs coach Mike Reed.

One of the state's top cover corners over the last few years, Edmond has the speed and length to develop into a solid cornerback in the ACC. He's a true cover corner, and there weren't many of those on the Clemson roster before Wednesday.




Scout.com rates Williams as a four-star prospect.

Don't Forget About

Offense
WR Mike Williams

Williams isn't necessarily a threat to score anytime he touches the ball, but he brings plenty to the table as a pass catcher. He has both the size and ball skills to offer matchup problems, particularly in the red zone.

What fans should be most excited about with Williams is his upside. Also a basketball player at Lake Marion High School, Williams made tremendous strides on the gridiron between his junior and senior seasons. And he should make even more improvements once he's at Clemson playing football full-time.




Ben Boulware

Don't Forget About

Defense
MLB Ben Boulware

When Boulware hit the all-star circuit in December, he backed up the gaudy tackling stats compiled during his career at T.L. Hanna -- he had over 350 of them in his final two seasons.

If Crowder is the most physical addition on the offensive side of the ball, then Boulware is the most physical on defense. He seeks out contact and blows up anybody who crosses his path.

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