Sunday Evening Recruiting Scoop

All the news, notes, and quotes you need to know about recruiting from this point forward. Updates on James Thompson, Nygel Pearson, Xavier Littleberry, Durrell Barry, Jamar Bryant, and many more are contained in this exclusive report!

* Look for the Tigers to push for a commitment from Miami native Akeem Robinson on Tuesday during Tommy Bowden's in-home visit.

The only obstacle that could stand in the way is a possible trip to Florida. Apparently, the Gators have received the same film that prompted several schools, including Clemson, to move in with a formal scholarship offer late in the game.

From what we understand, Robinson will likely be a Tiger, and may be the most underrated prospect to sign with Clemson this year.

* Clemson is backing off of Nygel Pearson, a possible grey-shirt candidate on the offensive line for the 2004 class out Darlington.

"I am still considering them but I haven't made up my mind yet," Pearson told this weekend. "They have been talking with me about starting in January. Other schools will give me a chance to play in the fall so I'm not sure what I will do."

Look for Darlington stand out to possibly ink with Central Florida.

* Xavier Littleberry, the Camden Military standout that was in Clemson this weekend for an official visit, is high on the wish list as a tight end/defensive end. He's a big time athlete that's got outstanding size and good quickness. Assuming his grades are in order, which is still a slight issue, look for Littleberry to sign with Clemson.

* The big wide receiver from Ft. Dorchester that was in town this weekend, Durrell Barry, is viewed as a bonafide playmaker at 6-4, 245 pounds. But he's a TIGHT END, not a wide receiver. Grades again could be the issue here, and he could be placed by Clemson.

* Lake View RB Vernell Jones will also be placed by Clemson.

* James Thompson, one of the top linemen in the state this year, is still set for his official visit to Clemson next weekend. has been told that his chance of signing with Clemson is now better than ever after progress has been made with his family. In fact, we've learned that Thompson was extremely close to committing to Tommy Bowden during a recent in-home visit.

* Finally, hope is not lost for North Carolina native Jamar Bryant, who is still a big target of the coaching staff. In fact, we've been told that a scholarship will be held for Bryant, right up until signing day should he change is mind.

As a side note, Bryant continues to accept phone calls from the Clemson coaching staff and he is maintaining that he is still "open."

* Clemson still should land Maurice Reevey and Mike Hamlin. C.J. Barber's commitment to South Carolina will effect Hamlin's decision in no way. Top Stories