What We are Hearing...Recruiting

Some insider news and notes about who we expect to sign with Clemson, which players appear to be coming to Clemson next weekend for an official visit, and some final parting shots about Hargrave DE Anthony Hill, who was in Clemson this weekend for an official visit.

* More than 90% of 2004 class has been settled, and only a few scholarships remain open. If we had to rank the remaining targets in order of importance, and the realistic chance of actually signing with Clemson, it would go something like this:

1) LB Maurice Reevey
2) DE Chris Zellner
3) DE Anthony Hill
4) DT Matt Raysor
5) S Mike Hamlin
6) LB/S Dannell Ellerbe
7) WR Aaron Kelly & WR Jamar Bryant
8) LB/S C.J. Barber
9) OL James Thompson

Off of that list, we expect the Tigers to sign at least one more wide receiver, Hamlin, Reevey, and two out of the three between Zellner, Raysor, and Hill. Stay tuned!

We've been told that the prospects of signing James Thompson are getting slim. Thompson is scheduled to be in Clemson for an official visit next weekend. In the end, we've been told that we should not be surprised to see him go out of state.

In terms of who went where this weekend: Hamlin was in Columbia, Thompson was supposed to be in Columbia, Kelly was at Duke, Bryant and Ellerbe were at Georgia.

* CUTigers.com continues to hear that Northwestern's C.J. Barber is leaning towards South Carolina. As we've maintained for quite some time, we believe that Jonathan Joseph will be one of the deciding factors here. Barber should be making a public announcement early this week.

* We also think that Matt Raysor's recruitment is nowhere close to being over. Look for the coaching staffs of both South Carolina and Clemson to continue to push hard for his services. As one Shrine Bowl coach told us back in December, "He's probably got the most upside of any prospect in the state."

* We are hearing that Lake View RB Vernell Jones, otherwise known as "Tootie Boots" will make an official visit to Clemson next weekend. Jones will likely be placed by Clemson at a junior college (most likely Southwest Mississippi) next year.

* We believe that Albert Ashcraft is holding out hope to sign with Clemson. It all hindges on whether or not the Tigers will sign a running back in 2004. As of early Sunday afternoon, indications are that they will not. Ashcraft did not commit to South Carolina this past weekend after being hosted by Jermaine Harris.

* The saga surrounding Spring Valley's Anthony Davis, who is still committed to Clemson as of Sunday morning, appears to be neverending. The Davis household reported late Saturday evening that Davis had gone "out of town" after he was supposed to be accepting calls earlier Saturday afternoon.

There is no confirmation that Davis will remain committed to Clemson and his parents have elected not to reveal his "final" choice. The fact that a decision still remains somewhat up in the air, may not bode well for Clemson down the stretch.

* CUTigers.com was told by regional recruiting analyst Miller Safrit that Hargrave DL Anthony Hill was headed into this weekend thinking that a commitment could be in the works. From what we've been told, Hill did not commit to the Tigers but he did throughly enjoyed his visit. Hill has already visited N.C. State, and will now visit Mississippi State and Ohio State in the next two weeks.

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