Weekend Wrap Up and Analysis

Whispers of a down year in recruiting were quickly crushed this past weekend as Tommy Bowden worked some of his magic on the recruiting trail. 4 new verbal commitments got on board the Clemson bandwagon, and all of them will be brought in to help out the defense. Could any of these studs see action next season?

Clemson addressed two areas that badly needed attention this past weekend as the Tigers got verbal commitments from a two linemen and two speedsters in the secondary.

CB Larry Williams (5-11, 175, 4.4) is a big time shut down cover corner out Tallahassee's Lincoln High School. Without question, this is the type of athlete that could come in and contribute immediately to the Tigers' defense. He has true 4.4 speed and finished the season with 117 total tackles, three interceptions and two blocked field goals.

"Buddy" Williams is a legitimate cover corner, he's the type of player that this program hasn't truly had in a long time. He's a emotional football player that brings that sort of nastiness back to the Tigers' secondary. Look for him to get serious playing time as a true freshman.

The bottomline on this kid is that you can put him out there on an island with the opposing team's best receiver and feel confident in doing it.

DL Brad Lee (6-4, 265, 4.9), of Hepzibah, GA is a bruising lineman on both sides of the ball, and its a little unclear as to which position he'll play at Clemson. He benches 300 lbs, powercleans 295 and squats 400, so he's already got a head start in the weight training department.

Lee chose the Tigers over East Carolina and also received offers from Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State. It seems likely that Lee will be redshirted his first year on campus.

DB Jeff Francouer (6'4, 206, 4.6) is known primarily as a big time playmaker. If you follow high school football in Georgia closely, you'll know that Jeff has been a mainstay in the metro Atlanta area's highlight reel for the past two seasons.

He helped lead Parkview High School to over 30 consecutive wins and 2 straight state championships while hauling in over 20 interceptions in the secondary, and bringing in almost as many touchdowns as Parkview's go-to wide receiver.

Jeff is also a player that will come in and challenge for serious playing time and will most certainly crack the Tigers two deep depth chart before the trip down to Athens. He's extremely athletic, quick, and has good make up speed.

We had one of our CUTigers regulars, Pole301, check him out in the Georgia Dome back in early December and one of the only weaknesses that he could spot in Francouer's game was ability to come up and deliver the big hit. He's got good height and good speed, and with the proper training he should develop into one helluva a player in a Clemson uniform.

Francouer will also be playing baseball for Clemson head coach Jack Leggett. He was widely considered to be one of the best two sport prospects in the country.

OL Dustin Fry (6-2, 305, 5.0) will also have the chance to come in and receive significant playing time as a true freshman. Fry is one of the strongest players in the country, as he has benched over 400 lbs and squatted over 600.

Dustin graded out in the high 80's this past year at Summerville High School and recorded over 80 knockdowns. He is projected to play guard at Clemson and will compete immediately once he arrives on campus. He loves to pull and trap and he considers his strengths to be in run blocking.

Fry reminds me of some of the true great offensive linemen of the Danny Ford era. He's big, he's strong, and he's only going to get bigger and stronger while he's at Clemson- and thats scary.

Before he leaves, he'll have made a big impact on our football program. Mark it down now.

Certainly Tommy Bowden has to feel pleased with this weekend's outcome. Dustin Fry and Jeff Francouer have been big targets for quite some time, and Larry Williams is just the athlete the Tigers need to throw into mix in the secondary.

Add in DL Brad Lee, and you have a solid weekend that turned out as best as could possibly be expected.

That being said, what should we look for over the next few weeks as signing day approaches?

I believe there are several players out there who could add some significant value to this year's class:

1. QB Chansi Stuckey
2. DB Fred Bennett
3. DL Gaines Adams
3. OL Brian Johnson
4. DB Justin Miller
5. DB Chris Carter
Clemson will land 2 out of these 5 athletes, with those two most likely being Stuckey and either Gaines Adams or Chris Carter. Johnson and Miller both have Clemson in the mix, and it will likely come down to the very end with those two.

Update on Fred Bennett
Based on new information received this morning, it appears that Fred Bennett has done an about face and decided to stay a bit closer his home in Manning, SC. We'll have more later today, once we can confirm this.

Certainly, it looks like Tommy Bowden is bringing in another Top 15 recruiting class to Clemson, and thats great news if you are a Tiger fan!

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