Jamison Clearly a Top Priority

Much to the surprise of many Clemson fans this past February, the Tigers elected not to take a running back in the 2004 recruiting class. However, when taking a look at some of the players that should be available in the Palmetto State this year, there is little doubt that indeed was the correct decision.

RB Travil Jamison
6-0, 205, 4.5
Greenville High School
Greenville, South Carolina

Not long ago, we had the opportunity to sit down with Greenville RB Travil Jamison, one of the top running backs in the southeast, to get his early thoughts on the recruiting process, and as well as a variety of other topics.

We also had the chance to speak with Jamison's head coach, Larry Frost, and his offensive coordinator, Jim Sosebee.

The first thing Coach Frost told us about Jamison was about his character.

"You won't find any better kids at this school then Travil and Jordan," said Coach Frost, speaking of Jamison and quarterback Jordan Sorrells. "And I'm serious when I say that. They are both just good kids."

The first thing Coach Sosebee told us was about his running style.

When asked to describe what kind of back Travil Jamison is, Coach Sosebee responded, "He's the kind of back that can do it all for you. He's got speed, power, and elusiveness. He almost reminds you of Priest Holmes. That's the kind of back he is."

Certainly those are bold words coming from a high school coach, but Jamison is a player that has the stats to prove it.

Jamison rushed for 2,400 yards on 289 carries and scored 33 touchdowns last season for the Red Raiders and has already gone over the 5,100 yards for his career.

"We put up a lot of yards last year," said Jamison. "But that's the style of this offense. We spread it out and people don't necessarily think we are going to run the ball, but that's exactly what we do."

Jamison was first offered by Clemson, but he insists that almost every school in the southeast is sending him mail.

"Clemson is my only offer right now," said Jamison at the time. "I'm hearing from just about everybody else."

Coach Frost told us just moments later that Kentucky had offered Jamison, QB Jordan Sorrells, and DL Nathan Pepper a scholarship just a few days before when Pepper made it up to Lexington for the Wildcats' Junior day.

But for Jamison, even though the recruiting process is starting to heat up, he's taking everything in stride.

"I know what it's going to be like," said Jamison. "Alex and Cory told me. Noah (Whiteside) told me. They told me just to go where I feel comfortable, and that's what I'll do."

Jamison maintains that he has yet to set his sights on any summer camps, and will likely just play everything by ear.

"I don't have anywhere in particular I'd like to go," said Jamison. "I know about a lot of schools already, and what they have to offer."

"I know Clemson runs the same kind of offense we do, and they need a running back, but I'm keeping all my options open right now."

We will continue to keep you updated on this talented running back, right up through signing day 2005.

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