Recruiting Notes For This Weekend

We have updates on several players who are scheduled to visit Clemson in the next few weeks. Chansi Stuckey, Gavin Dickey, and Franklin Payne are just some of the names you'll find in this report.

WR Franklin Payne out of Jackson, Tennessee has moved his visit to Clemson from this weekend to January 18th. Payne is also considering Illinois and Georgia Tech.

Right now, I am wide open," said Payne. "I will visit Clemson (1-18) and Georgia Tech (1-25). I am also looking at Auburn and I have already visited Illinois."

Franklin Payne has seemingly been a forgotten recruit with all the hype surround instate receivers Kelvin Grant and Troy Williamson. Most experts agree though that his talent level is right there with both of those players, and he would be another gem of the 2002 class.

Payne registered 1190 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns this past season while leading University School to the playoffs.

There are several athletes making the trip to Clemson over the next two weekends that might suprisingly be leaning to the Tigers. Word is that OL Steven Sene, QB Gavin Dickey, and QB Chansi Stuckey all have been considering the Tigers heavily.

Chansi Stuckey, out of Warner Robbins, Georgia and Gavin Dickey out of Tallahassee, Florida have had Clemson in their top 2 or 3 for the last several weeks. With Steve Spurrier stepping down, the door may have been reopened with Dickey and several of his all-star teammates.

Stuckey could be the Tigers' best bet, as he has been leaning towards Clemson all along, and has now started publically saying that the Tigers are the school to beat. Clemson is recruiting Stuckey as a quarterback, although a position change certainly wouldn't be out of the question- he's just too good of an athlete to keep off the football field.

Stuckey had a phenomenal season, leading Northside to the Georgia State Championship game. His stock has been steadily rising with all the major powers in the southeast.

Gavin Dickey passed for almost 2,600 yards and rushed for another 1000 yards and 15 touchdowns this past year. His two favorites are the Tigers and Florida.

Dickey will take three straight visits in January before making a final decision. "I leave for Clemson on Friday," he said. "They're kind of new. I really like my recruiting coach. He's been to my school for a few years in a row now and I have been talking to him more and more. Their offense is exactly what I'm looking for," said Dickey.

"Like I said, Florida's my leader, then it's Clemson and Southern Cal. That's my top three and that's probably who it will be out of." I'm expecting one of these two players (Stuckey or Dickey) to eventually commit to Clemson. Stuckey would be the best bet right now, but Dickey isn't out the question just yet. Coach Bowden would certainly over sign at the quarterback position if it meant getting these two athletes.

OL Steven Sene out Columbia's Dutch Fork High School has reportedly started thinking about staying instate- and not in Columbia. Virginia and Virginia Tech have been his top 2 schools for a while, but the Tigers are now making a hard push, and with a good official visit- expect the unexpected. We are right in the thick of things for Sene.

We will continue with more updates Friday morning. Top Stories