The stars aren't always aligned

ROEBUCK - One doesn't have to look any further than the first overall pick in last week's NFL Draft to realize that recruiting rankings aren't always accurate.

Coming out of high school, Scout.com listed Eric Fisher as a two-star offensive guard. In the class of 2009, he was ranked as the 132nd best player at the position.

Four years later, he was selected with the first overall pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2013 draft as an offensive tackle.

"This is not an exact science," Dave Gutshall said in an interview with CUTigers on Tuesday afternoon at Dorman High School.

The Dorman head coach was referring to high school recruiting.

Not everyone gets it right, college coaches and recruiting services included. Gutshall has first-hand experience.

Though Adam Humphries, who graduated from Dorman in 2011, probably won't be the first overall pick in the NFL Draft when his playing days at Clemson are over, many college coaches and recruiting services were wrong about him, kind of like they were with Fisher.

"There was never any doubt in my mind that Adam could play division one football," Gutshall said.

Gutshall just had a hard time convincing the folks in charge of handing out the scholarships that Humphries was worth one.

"A lot of people thought I was shooting bull," Gutshall said. "Now, they all know I was telling the truth."

Through his first two seasons at Clemson, Humphries has 56 catches for 410 yards and a touchdown.


Charone Peake could be in store for a big junior season at Clemson.
High school classmate Charone Peake has caught 29 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns in the first two seasons of his Clemson career.

Humphries was a three-star, ranked as the No. 123 cornerback in the class of 2011. His Scout.com profile was created two days before Clemson offered.

A four-star and ranked as the No. 9 wide receiver in the country, Peake was a household name on the recruiting scene long before Humphries could even get a sniff from college recruiters, much less any pub from recruiting websites.

"It was very difficult to get Adam recruited, because of Charone," Gutshall said.

He added, "Nobody thinks you've got two.

"So when [coaches] come in to visit Charone and I say, ‘I've got another one.'

"They say, ‘Oh, yeah. Well, we're here to visit Charone.'"

Clemson landed both because of their persistence in recruiting Peake.

"The only reason that Clemson offered [Humphries], they were here recruiting every opportunity, to recruit Charone," Gutshall said. "They saw Adam so much, everyday that they came, there's that kid out there doing the same thing.

"Then, finally, Jeff Scott and Billy Napier were like, wait a minute. This kid looks pretty good every time we come. So then it was in the spring game going into Adam's senior year, Clemson finally offered.

"To my knowledge, Clemson was the only division one school that offered him."

Humphries reciprocated the interest. Offered on June 2, he committed to the Tigers three days later.

Less than two weeks after that, Peake made his pledge.

"Charone knew pretty early too that he wanted to go to Clemson. It all worked out great for him," Gutshall said.

It's worked well for Humphries, too.

"I think Clemson is happy," Gutshall said, while sporting a grin from ear to ear.

He certainly is.

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