What You Need to Know...Recruiting

Some intresting tidbits on Akeem Robinson, Lawrence Timmons, Jamar Bryant and a whole host of other prospects looking at the Tigers coming down the stretch. Is there any chance that all three prospects could end up wearing orange next year?

* CUTigers.com has been told to watch out for Florida native Akeem Robinson. Robinson, who is another defensive lineman prospect for the 2004 class, made it up to Clemson on an official visit during the weekend of January 9th.

The scoop here concerns Robinson's development.

The word out of Clemson suggests that Robinson developed so much from this first game as a high school senior, to his last in the playoffs, that he literally became a top-notch Division I-A prospect by the end of the season.

While Robinson left Clemson disappointed that he didn't have an offer, that all changed just a few short days later after the staff had a chance to evaluate him more. The Tigers want him on the defensive line, and are now making a hard push for his services.

* CUTigers.com has also learned that the push for Jamar Bryant is now on. We've learned that Bryant came so close to pulling the trigger on a commitment to Clemson on his visit, that a scene was caused after his exit meeting when his mother learned that he did not commit. The Clemson coaches have not backed off here in the least.

* We're also hearing that the hope to get in Lawrence Timmons for a visit is still strong. In fact, linebackers' coach and recruiting coordinator David Blackwell will be stopping by Wilson High School tomorrow to try and secure Timmons' official visit to Clemson for the weekend of January 30th. Keep in mind that Timmons has never even set foot on the Clemson campus, so it would likely be conceived as a small victory just to get him up there.

* Head coach Tommy Bowden and defensive coordinator John Lovett are meeting with Maurice Reevey at Fork Union this afternooon. Reevey is clearly one of the top remaining targets on the board for the Tigers in the 2004 class.

* James Thompson is the only other offensive linemen still on the board. Clemson's chances appear to be improving as Coach Blackwell should be stopping by for a visit tomorrow.

* Finally, it was reported earlier in the week that Irmo ATH Grayson Mullins chose the Gamecocks over Clemson. Don't believe that for one second. Mullins was told early last week that the numbers were not there for a scholarship for him this year but that he could be invited to "walk-on" at Clemson.

Mullins then committed to the Gamecocks last weekend after his official visit.

Think the Tigers don't have the edge this year in the state of South Carolina? Think again.

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