What a weekend!
Friday night, the prospects and their hosts went to the Sports City Grill in Anderson, before heading over to Tommy Bowden's house for dessert. The rest of the evening each recruit had free time with their host.
Saturday featured all of the essential tours of Clemson. This included Vickery Hall, Death Valley, the dorms, the weight rooms, and all associated football facilities.
Of course, Saturday also included the prospects running down the hill at Death Valley with the loudspeakers playing Tiger Rag. By all accounts, that was the highlight of the weekend.
From a personal standpoint, Saturday was as exciting as any day I've been involved with in terms of covering Clemson football recruiting.
Because the early returns have been nothing but positive. In fact, the only thing negative you can say is that the Clemson coaching staff could be in a position where they may not be able to accept all of the commitments they may receive on Sunday.
But, let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Here's how we currently see things developing on Sunday:
#1. The coaching staff will walk away from this weekend with at least one verbal commitment at running back. Right now, it looks like it will be Andre Copeland. Albert Ashcraft mentioned to us last week that Clemson was indeed his leader again and that the Tigers' lead was growing, but he may have to pull the trigger on a verbal commitment Sunday if this deal is going to go through. The coaching staff feels as though it can't go wrong with either prospect.
#2. Mike Hamlin appears to be close to a commitment to Clemson. His dad was extremely high on what Clemson had to offer academically on Saturday afternoon, and sounded confident that his son may be ready to pull the trigger before the end of the weekend. In our estimation, Hamlin was one of the top defensive prospects at December's Shrine Bowl.
#3. Travis Robinson made the trip to Clemson this weekend, and appears to be the #1 target of the Clemson coaching staff at cornerback. #2 on that list is Alabama native Marcus Folmar. CUTigers.com was told late Saturday evening that Robinson has been thinking hard about his current commitment to Alabama. Tribble Reese has been working Folmar particularly hard.
Keep in mind that the staff likes the idea of current Clemson verbal commitment Brandon Croley as a cornerback. So before you start talking about the fact the Tigers won't get a corner this year, don't bank on it.
#4. Some of the names we are hearing that the players have taken a liken to the most, include Aaron Kelly, Leland Jones, and Sinclair Cannon.
#5. Other names we are hearing that could be making their commitment to Clemson this weekend include Phillip Morris and Adrian Kindred. Kindred told us Saturday that he'll most likely commit after his one-on-one meeting with Tommy Bowden on Sunday morning.
Morris could very well be a sign and place. The latest has him going to Georgia Military for prep school should he not be able to make the grade.
#6 Clemson verbal commitment LB Courtney Vincent has been one of the most vocal prospects for the Tigers this weekend. Vincent has always been passionate about Clemson, and it appears that passion may be making some headway with Atlanta LB Leland Jones, a current verbal commitment to Minnesota. Don't be surprised to see either Jones or Travis Robinson leave Clemson with the Tigers as their leader this weekend.
#7 The #1 wide receiver prospect on the board for the Clemson Tigers, Jacksonville native Mike McIntosh, will announce his decision to the world on Wednesday on Fox Sports' Countdown to Signing Day Show. From what we've been told, it's a mortal lock that McIntosh will announce that the.....nah. He's going to tell you on Wednesday, so tune in then!
Here are the hosts that we know of so far:
Cory Lambert - William Henry
Tribble Reese - Charlie Whitehurst
Cullen Harper - Charlie Whitehurst
Adrian Kindred - Travis Pugh
Mike Hamlin - Anthony Waters
La'Dontae Harris - Airese Currie
Travis Robinson - Justin Miller
Leland Jones - LeRoy Hill
Mike McIntosh - Kelvin Grant
Jacquez McKissic - Vontrel Jamison
Dorrel Scott - Eric Coleman
Aaron Kelly - Tony Elliott
Shaun Branscome - Bobby Williamson
Jake Wingo- Thomas Hunter
Bobby Hutchinson - Tommy Sharpe
C.J. Barber - Jamaal Fudge
Andre Copeland - David Dunham
Albert Ashcraft - Cliff Harrell
Maurice Reevey - Mo Fountain
The recruits are scheduled to have breakfast between 8:00 and 10:15 AM at the Madren Center Ballroom, pending instructions from their recruiting coach. It is during this time that a one-on-one meeting will take place with their recruiting coach and/or Tommy Bowden.
It also at this time that we are anticipating several verbal commitments to fall.
Lunch is then scheduled at 10:30 AM at the McFadden Building, and prospects will then be departing for their respective homes.
As always, stay tuned to CUTigers.com for continuous updates ALL DAY LONG on every single prospect that visited Clemson officially this weekend.
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