Who Avoids a Redshirt?

CUTigers.com takes a look at the five top prospects that could play next year. <BR>

#5. Rendrick Taylor
Let's face the facts, the Tigers need help at wide receiver, and any of the four incoming freshmen that will be signed at the position should be able to challenge for early playing time. Rendrick Taylor's blend of speed, size, and power, are just some of the reasons we expect to see him on the field as a true freshman. In addition, from a physical perspective, he may be the one wide out that is most ready to play.

#4. James Davis
While we don't necessarily expect Davis to come in and start, we expect him to quickly become a viable option behind Reggie Merriweather. Davis is the complete back and seems perfect for the kind of offense Rob Spence wants to implement this year in his first season as Clemson's offensive coordinator. He has great vision, he can catch the ball out of the backfield, he can block, and he's dangerous with the ball in his hands. What more could you ask for?

#3. Tyler Grisham
Everything we hear about this kid is positive, and it's no secret that the Tigers need help at wide receiver. Simply put, Grisham may be one of the biggest surprises of the 2005 recruiting class. He's also one of the fastest players that will be signed this year.

#2. T.J. Williams
Again, the need at wide receiver is the dominant factor here, and Williams may be the one prospect with the biggest upside. The Tallahassee native is fast, he makes plays, and he is one of those players that an opposing defense must account for at all times. If you are looking for the true playmaker in this class, look no further than T.J. Williams.

#1. Phillip Merling
Merling isn't a wide receiver, he isn't a quarterback, and he isn't a running back, nevertheless, he may be one of the first impact players of the 2005 recruiting class. From a physical perspective, he's ready to compete right now at a multitude of positions. He also falls in line with the "jumbo athlete" mold, meaning he's over 6-feet-4 inches tall, he weighs over 260 pounds, and he can flat out move. For now, we think he ends up somewhere on the defensive line.

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