It's about time.
It's about time that we've seen the Clemson coaches and the Clemson players wear their newfound confidence on their sleeve.
That confidence, fueled by a season ending 4-game winning streak, including 2 wins over teams ranked within the top 6 in the country, has now carried over into the world of recruiting.
The Tigers grabbed the services of several of their biggest targets on the board this past weekend and re-established themselves as the only true football school in the state of South Carolina.
Led by the verbal commitment of wide receiver Mike McIntosh, the Clemson Tigers are well on their way to locking down a class ranked in the top 25 in 2004. Here's a breakdown of what transpired in Clemson this past weekend, and how we see the following three weeks shaping up.
CUTigers.com Coverage on Sunday
* Clemson has a Shot with 4-Star RB
* Folmar Waiting on the Official Offer
* Wingo Down to Clemson and Bama
* Tigers Will have to Work to Keep Richardson
* McKissic Enjoys Visit; Decision Looming
* Bryant Says Clemson Leads
* Benedict Hears Back from Clemson
* Ellerbe Enjoys Visit
* Georgia WR Back from Clemson
* Leland Jones Back from Clemson
* Sources Say Scott Commits to Clemson
* Cotton Misses Trip to Clemson
* Kindred Commits to Clemson
* Davis Close to a Decision
* Richardson Commits to Clemson
* The Scoop on Ashcraft
* Travis Robinson Returns from Clemson
* Cullen Harper Breaks it All Down
* Benedict Awaits the Word from Clemson
* Phillip Morris Commits to Clemson
* Ashcraft to Commit at Noon
* What You Need to Know for Sunday
* Another Commitment to Fall at 1 o'clock
* Reese Talks about the Big Weekend
CUTigers.com Saturday Coverage
* Reese Comments on Saturday
* McIntosh Talks about Visit
* Another Commitment Very, Very Close!
* Harper Enjoys Saturday
* Kelly Impressed with Vickery Hall
* Hamlin Close to Commitment
* Saturday Morning Quick Hits
The Clemson Tigers added the verbal commitments of Timmonsville WR Phillip Morris, Wando OL Barry Richardson, Jacksonville WR Mike McIntosh (who will formally announce on Wednesday), Opelika, Alabama DB Adrian Kindred, and Arcadia, Florida DB Chris Clemons this past weekend. Ridge View DT Dorrel Scott will also be making a formal announcement for Clemson within the next 48 hours.
Upon further review, it looks as though the Clemson coaching staff elected to hold off on running backs Albert Ashcraft and Andre Copeland this weekend. The thought here is that Copeland is too similar to the current stable of running backs in 2004 (Duane Coleman and Reggie Merriweather) and that all-world running back Jamaal Edwards (a current FSU commit) is still somewhat in the picture next weekend. Edwards confirmed that with us in an interview late Sunday night.
The Big Fish, Caught
Mike McIntosh will make it public to the rest of the world on Wednesday that he will indeed commit to the Clemson Tigers. Here's something you have to know about the future Clemson star: look for McIntosh to start next season. In fact, sources close to the football program say that he could have started at Clemson....last year. Wow. It's going to be awfully nice to have him in the mix after losing Derrick Hamilton and Kevin Youngblood.
Chris Zellner, Mike Hamlin, Jamar Bryant, Dannell Ellerbe are your best bests for future commitments. With 6 scholarships still on the table, those 4 athletes look like the ones that will most likely be wearing orange next year. Sources close to the program like the Tigers' chances, even though Zellner was unavailable for comment on Sunday as he made the trip up to Columbus, Ohio to visit Ohio State.
Hamlin almost committed to Clemson in a one-on-one meeting with Coach Burns on Saturday, and we think he'll seal the deal with Clemson after his official visit with South Carolina next weekend.
Bryant emerged from Clemson with the Tigers as his leader. His mom is also very fond of the school, stating that she wished he would go there.
But you said that Dorrel...
Yes, we said it, and we said it yesterday. Dorrel will be a Tiger, but he was unavailable for comment the entire day on Sunday. Several sources told CUTigers.com however that Dorrel has made his decision already, and it is indeed Clemson. Look for a public announcement very, very soon.
Who is Chris Clemons?
He is a defensive back prospect, or an "athlete," that will likely end up in the defensive backfield at Clemson next season. He has been recruited by offensive coordinator Brad Scott and rushed for just over 1,200 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season as a running back for DeSoto High School. At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, and 4.4 speed, he's a versatile athlete that could play a number of positions, including wide receiver, free safety, or cornerback.
Maybe the Only Setback
We had a sneaking suspicion that Alabama cornerback Travis Robinson would be in town this weekend, even though he publicly denied it for quite some time. Robinson was the top ranked cover corner on the Tigers' 2004 board, but it appears he will stick with the Crimson Tide. The Tigers only true cornerback prospect that is currently committed is Jacksonville native Brandon Croley. Stay tuned to see what happens with Marcus Folmar. He would likely commit to Clemson if the Tigers push, despite his commitment to Louisville.
What's the deal at WR?
Jamar Bryant and Aaron Kelly are basically the lone remaining targets at wide receiver for the 2004 class after the commitment of Brooks Foster to North Carolina. We have been told that the Clemson coaching staff likes both prospects equally, and would consider taking both prospects under the right circumstances. Clemson received the verbal commitment of Phillip Morris this weekend, but he's likely a sign and place at Georgia Military. That gives the Tigers 2 commitments right now with McIntosh and Harris, 1 commitment that will be a sign-and-place, and at least 1 more expect to come from the Bryant/Kelly combination.
What's the deal on the OL?
There's only the potential for one more commitment on the offensive line now that Barry Richardson has committed. That would be Sumter's James Thompson, who visited UNC this weekend but remains firm that he'll stay in-state with either Carolina or Clemson. Heath Benedict, the potential transfer from Tennessee, has been invited to walk on, but it is unclear whether or not he'll accept that invitation.
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