PK Cole Chason (6'0, 155), out of Atlanta Christian in Norcross, Georgia has given his verbal commitment to play football for Clemson. This season he was 6-of-9 on field goals with a long of 48 yards. He was also 31-33 on extra points 60% of his kickoffs reached the endzone. He also averaged 45.9 yards per punt this past year and he has indicated that the Tigers want him to try his hand at both punting and placekicking.
Virginia, Michigan, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Furman, and Princeton were several of the other schools that were showing the most interest.
Chason was an all-state performer as a junior, making 9-of-10 field goals. Chason is the first specialist, and probably the only specialist that the the Tigers will sign in 2002. He will come into practice next fall and immediately compete with punter Wynn Kopp for the starting job.
"Clemson was one of the first schools I saw," said Chason. "I went down there last February and met Coach (Rick) Stockstill. I went to a few games, got an academic tour and liked the coaches. I am from a small school and I think Clemson will be a good fit."
"My ultimate goal is to win both the punting and kicking jobs. I will first get a shot at punting and kickoffs. If I do not get it, I will red-shirt."
Clemson also received a verbal from OL Tim DeBeer (6'6, 280, 5.1) out of Marist High School in Atlanta. DeBeer's primary strength is run blocking as his team's main offensive set was the wishbone. He can bench press 300 pounds, squat 560 and power clean 300 pound. DeBeer is described as quick on his feet, an athlete that can get off the ball quick and attack the defensive line.
DeBeer had offers from East Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Southern Methodist. He was also hearing from Florida, Auburn, and North Carolina. He met with Clemson offensive line cach Ron West this past Friday and made his decision over the weekend.
"I like their facilities, campus and coaches. Everything was real good over there. I like their style and I think they can be a powerhouse."
DeBeer becomes the second offensive lineman to commit to Clemson. It is believed that the Tigers could still take up to 4 more. It is believed that DeBeer will probably redshirt.
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