Which Davis would sign with Clemson if today were signing day? How many true running backs will the Tigers sign?<BR>
: The Tigers have already secured the verbal commitments of two running backs for the 2005 recruiting class in Maryland native Tony Nelson
and Florida's Demerick Chancellor
. Nelson is a solid back that could play one of several positions at Clemson, and Chancellor could also have some flexiblity once he arrives on campus.
Nelson remains firmly committed to Clemson, even with the loss of his main recruiter, John Lovett.
Chancellor also appears to be firm to Clemson after making his verbal commitment just last month during an in-home visit with David Blackwell and Burton Burns.
Both players are set to visit the Tigers officially on January 14.
Central RB Sadat Chambers also remains committed to the Tigers, but he figures to be headed to the secondary once he arrives on campus next fall. Keep in mind that Chambers is also considering taking several official visits outside of his Jan. 14 trip to Clemson, including one to South Carolina.
Looking ahead, the Tigers would like to sign at least one more running back this year, and if the right scenario falls into place, maybe two.
How could the Tigers bring in two more backs with 23 prospects already verbally committed?
That's easy, because last season, the staff elected to pass on players like Albert Ashcraft and Andre Copeland when it looked like there would be more talent, and better talent available this year.
And they were right.
The 2005 crop of running backs is strong, and the Tigers should be able to bring at least one more true running back on signing day.
At the top of the wish list, is Atlanta native James Davis. Closely behind him is Columbia's Mike Davis and Greenville's Travil Jamison.
All three players have their respective advantages, but there may not be a more complete back than James Davis.
Remaining Clemson RB Targets
RB James Davis
Douglass High School
Outlook: Davis is best described as one of the most complete running backs in the southeast. He can run, he can block, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, and he should have no problem qualifying. On film, he displays good vision and the ability to get into the open field.
Recruiting: While other teams will challenge, this likely stands as a two team race between Clemson and Virginia Tech. The Tigers have made him a clear priority, and he currently sits at the top of the recruiting board at running back, with Mike Davis and Travil Jamison close behind.
Percentage He Signs with Clemson: 60%
RB Mike Davis
Columbia High School
Columbia, South Carolina
Outlook: A back who reminds some of current Tiger Reggie Merriweather, except a little taller. Davis is one of the top two running backs in the state of South Carolina and rushed 241 times for 2,133 yards and 26 touchdowns this past season.
Recruiting: Davis has been a priority for Clemson from day one. He's ellusive, powerful, and had an outstanding senior season at Columbia High School. Clemson holds a slight lead over Alabama, Kentucky, and North Carolina. Interestingly enough, Davis also is watching who else the Tigers bring in at running back. If James Davis were to commit to Clemson first, it may have effect on his decision.
Percentage He Signs with Clemson: 60%
RB Travil Jamison
Greenville High School
Greenville, South Carolina
Outlook: One of the top running backs in South Carolina this year. Likes the spread offense, and is very comfortable running out of the shotgun. Rushed 240 times for 2055 yards and 24 touchdowns during his senior season for the Red Raiders.
Recruiting: Jamison has narrowed down his list to two schools, Clemson and South Carolina. As it stands now, he's likely a sign and place candidate, meaning he'll go to either junior college or prep school next year. Sources tell CUTigers.com that he'll likely be a junior college candidate. Academics aside, he's one of the top backs in southeast.
Percentage He Signs with Clemson: 50%