Monday Morning Recruiting Notes

The Tigers welcomed RB Duane Coleman to Clemson this past weekend. We've got the latest on that visit, as well as a wrap up of other athletes and their respective weekend visits.

Duane Coleman, out of Naples, Florida, had a good trip to Clemson this past weekend but did not commit. He will make his final decision after visiting the Florida Gators this weekend. Coleman has already visted Ohio State.

Duane still needs a few more points on his SAT to become qualified, but sources say he is close. Coleman, the Sunshine Network's Player of the Year in the state of Florida, averaged more than 11-yards every time he touched the ball this past season. He rushed for 2,814 yards and 33 touchdowns while leading Naples to its first 5A state title.

"There is not a better running back in the state of Florida," says Naples football coach Bill Kramer.

Coleman hasn't finished his high school career just yet as he is a star guard for Naples' basketball team.

In other news from this weekend, OL Antonio Mercier committed to South Carolina over several schools, including Georgia and Clemson. He was a rumored to be a lean to Georgia throughout the recruiting process, but it appears that Lou Holtz has worked his magic yet again.

Camden WR Kelvin Grant visited the Georgia Bulldogs this past weekend. "The Georgia campus is beautiful," said Grant, of his official visit to Georgia.

"I really like coach Eason (WR coach) because he can get you to the next level. He is also like a father figure. Coach Richt is a passing coach with a passing instinct. I like that. I can see myself being in Athens. But I can say the same for South Carolina and Clemson. I am torn between the three. I am now very confused. I have weighed all the pros and cons. I have it down on paper but nothing is working. It will come down to where my heart leads me."

Kelvin Grant, Chansi Stuckey, Justin Miller, and Duane Coleman are perhaps the best athletes still available. A combination of any of these kids would be a huge to Tommy Bowden's 2002 class.

Stuckey visited Tennessee this past weekend, and judging by his comments, it still sounds like Clemson is the team to beat. He could have an announcement as early this week after he entertains coaches from Auburn, Clemson, and Tennessee.

DB/WR Justin Miller, in a surprise move, has seemingly taken the Florida Gators off of his list. It is now down to Tennessee, Arkansas, and Clemson. Miller, who is being recruited as a defensive back by the Tigers, will likely make his decision close to signing day.

Most experts currently have the Tigers pegged somewhere between #18-24 in the recruiting rankings. The addition of any of the previous four athletes would likely put Clemson closer to the top 15.

Most importantly, the Tigers have filled several key holes on the offensive line and in the secondary with this year's class. Both areas needed addressing and Coach Bowden and his staff have done an outstanding job, with mostly out-of-state talent.

We will continue to keep you updated on these athletes as we receive more information. Top Stories