2005 Recruiting Class Bios

An in-depth look at all the top prospects from the 2005 recruiting class at Clemson.

Thomas Austin
Graded out at over 90% during his senior season...all-State selection by The State Newspaper in Columbia, The High School Sports Report and SC Varsity.com...upstate Lineman-of-the-Year for South Carolina in 2004......Shrine Bowl participant...all-county, all-region and all-area on the gridiron in 2003 and 2004... named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 11th-best prospect in South Carolina...all-region and all-area as a senior...97th-best player on the east coast by SuperPrep...ranked 9th on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Fab-50 list...ranked seventh in South Carolina by CUTigers.com...number-one offensive lineman in South Carolina by The State...graded out at over 85 percent as a junior...three-year letterman in wrestling who won the AAA State Wrestling Championship as a junior...he had a 55-3 career record in wrestling on signing day (Feb. 2)...will defend his state championship Feb. 25-26 in Columbia...played for Jimmy Neal on the gridiron... four-year letterman in football, he played on the 3A State Championship team of 2001 at Camden as a freshman offensive tackle...selected Clemson over offers from Maryland, Penn State, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest...President of FCA at his high school and a soloist in the church choir...born Thomas Austin on Nov. 14, 1986.

Durrell Barry
One of the most productive tight ends in the country in 2003, he had 66 catches for 1126 yards and 11 touchdowns during his senior season…#33 tight end in the country by Scout.com...named All-State in 2003...received player of the week honor once in 2003 grom the Post and Courier...in 2002, had 43 catches for 863 yards and 8 TDs...in 2003, had 66 catches for 1,126 yards and 11 TDs...played at Fort Dorchester High School for Steve La Prad…chose Clemson over Louisville…born Durrell A. Barry on January 23, 1985.

Sadat Chambers
The 2A Back-of-the-Year in South Carolina by the High School Sports Report...All-State selection by the High School Sports Report...named honorable mention All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel...Shrine Bowl participant...named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 17th-best prospect in South Carolina...ranked 28th on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Fab-50 list...two-time all-state and all-region selection...an All-State and All-Region performer as a junior...had 13 carries for 202 yards and two touchdowns in the state championship game as a junior...compiled 1,031 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns as a quarterback and running back as a junior...helped Pageland High to the state championship as a junior...played for Joey Mangum...chose Clemson over an offer from South Carolina and Virginia Tech...born Samuel Chambers on Dec. 23, 1986.

Chris Chancellor
Tallied 40 tackles, seven tackles for loss, six interceptions, and two fumble recoveries as a senior at Miami's Edison Senior High...had six interceptions, two of which were returned for touchdowns...had five touchdowns via returns for the season, he also had two on kickoff returns and one on a punt return...all-state, all-conference and All-Dade County in Florida as a senior....... named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 55th-best prospect in Florida...same service ranks him as a 4-Star player... 40th-best player in Florida according to SuperPrep...holds the record for career interceptions at Edison Senior High School with 23...named first-team All-Dade county by the Miami Herald...honorable mention All-State as a junior...collected 33 tackles, five interceptions and 13 pass break-ups as a junior...named third-team All-Dade County as a junior...had nine interceptions as a sophomore...brother and high school teammate of Tiger signee Demerick Chancellor...has been timed in 4.4 in the 40...played for Corey Bell...also a standout in track...chose Clemson over offers from Florida State, NC State, Florida, Auburn, Rutgers and Oklahoma State... born Christian Chancellor on December 22, 1986.

Demerick Chancellor
Had 87 carries for over 812 yards and 16 touchdowns rushing , had 14 catches for 211 receiving yards and two more scores as a senior...missed several games with an injury, or his stats would have been better... . averaged nine yards per carry in 2004...named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 42nd-best prospect in Florida...Super 75 player in Florida by Florida Times Union...98th-best wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep...clocked at 4.38 in the 40-yard dash -- third fastest running back and the sixth fastest player overall at the Nike Combine in Miami, FL...rushed for over 500 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior...brother and high school teammate of Tiger signee Chris Chancellor...like his brother, all-state, all-conference and All-Dade Country as a senior...played for Corey Bell...chose Clemson over offers from Auburn, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, and Tennessee...has been times in 4.35 in the 40... born Demerick Chancellor on January 11, 1986.

Kavell Conner
Averaged 8.2 yards per carry as a senior...rushed for 1,301 yards and 25 touchdowns during the 2004 season... named first-team All- AAA Central Region...finished his career as the number three rusher in region history...First-team All-Richmond Metro on defense...had 25 tackles for loss in 2004...named to the Mid-Atlantic team as the 22nd-best player in Virginia by SuperPrep...three-year starter on offense and defense...honorable mention All-State as a safety during his junior year...all-district as a safety and running back as a junior...all-region and all-metro as a safety in 2003...had 1,187 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior...had 1,223 and 16 touchdowns as a sophomore...played for coach Tom Hall...born Kavell Conner on Feb. 23, 1987.

James Davis
Rushed for 2500 yards and 28 touchdowns on 350 carries as a senior...rushed for 300+ yards in two games as a senior.... 42nd-best player in the nation, 7th-best running back in the nation, and the 16th-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com....named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 4th-best prospect in Georgia...team captain in 2004... Georgia North/South game participant...scored the only touchdown to lead the North to victory...17th-best running back in the nation by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...totaled over 5,000 yards and more than 60 touchdowns in his high school career...17th-best running back in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...named honorable mention All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel...received the Golden Helmet Award from Coca-Cola as the most valuable player of his team...SuperPrep All-American as the 24th-best running back in the nation, he is listed 26th by Scout.com...56th-best player in the southeast by SuperPrep.... named class AAAAA All-State by the Atlanta Journal Constitution as a senior...honorable mention All-State in class AAAAA as a junior...first team All-City as a junior... played for Gary Cantrell...chose Clemson over offers from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech... born James Davis on New Year's Day, 1986.

Elsmore Gabriel
Enrolled at Clemson in January of 2005, he will go through spring practice with the Tigers...played at Fork Union Military Academy in 2004.... in high school was an All-Northeast pick and 17th-best player in New York by SuperPrep...had 37 tackles, three fumble recoveries and 10 sacks (six of which were in two playoff games) despite playing only six games due to injury...played on the league title team as a junior and senior...played on the CHSFL League Championship team of 2002 and 2003...played in New York Senior Bowl and had an outstanding game in the televised event... team captain and team leader in sacks...first Clemson signee from the state of New York since 1995...prep school teammate of Tiger signees Phillip Merling and Elsmore Gabriel at Fork Union...played for Kevin Kelly at Christ The King High School... played for J.C. Harmon at Fork Union Military Academy in 2004...chose Clemson over South Carolina, Syracuse, and Virginia...born Elsmore T. Gabriel on February.

Jamarcus Grant
Named class 2A All-State by the High School Sports Report...56th-best offensive lineman in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...named honorable mention All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel...named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 14th-best prospect in South Carolina...ranked 26th on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Fab-50 list...two-time all-state...PrepStar All-American...played in the North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach...US Army All-American Bowl nominee...named to All-Zone team as a junior...selected to All-Region team as a junior...played for coach Denver Cromer...chose Clemson over offers from Florida, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and North Carolina... born Jamarcus Grant on Dec. 18, 1986.

Tyler Grisham
Named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 7th-best prospect in Alabama...82nd-best wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep and 85th best by Scout.com...other services rank him among the top 15 players in Alabama...a Max emfinger All-American in 2004...all-region team choice who led his high school to third round of the playoffs...versatile player who played wide receiver, tailback, quarterback and defensive back...chosen for the Alabama team in the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star game in June...committed to Clemson last June after coming to Clemson's football game... totaled 338 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a junior...had 62 tackles and five interceptions as a junior...played for Vince DiLorenzo at Spain Park High School...born Tyler Grisham on June 11, 1987.

Barry Humphries
Captain of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team...played offensive guard and tackle in high school, but played center in the Shrine Bowl, his first game at that position...likely will play center at Clemson...named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 7th-best prospect in South Carolina...consensus all-state selection in 2004, he was named by Associated Press and The State Newspaper along with the High School Sports Report... 36th-best offensive lineman in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...88th best player on the east coast by SuperPrep...SuperPrep All-American as the 22nd-best offensive lineman in the nation...fourth best center in the nation...helped BHP to 15-0 record and the state 3A Championship as a senior...ranked 22nd on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Fab-50 list...selected all-state as a junior and senior...selected All-Region three times...outstanding track athlete who was state champion in the discus in 2004 and runner-up in 2003...all-state in track last year as a junior...played football for Wayne Green at Belton-Honea Path High School in Belton, SC, just 30 miles from the Clemson campus . . Green was also David Blackwell's High School coach at Berea High School in Greenville....a four-year starter and two-time All-ACC selection...already has a 405-pound bench press... first player to commit to Clemson in this signing class, he announced on May 28, 2004...joins another outstanding young lineman named Barry at Clemson, Barry Richardson, a first-team freshman All-American at Clemson in 2004...selected Clemson over offers from South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Tennessee... born Barry Humphries on November 4, 1986.

Corey Lambert
National top-100 player...98th-best player and eighth-best tackle in the nation by Tom Lemming...SuperPrep All-American...fourth-best player in the state and 23rd-best offensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep...125th-best player and 18th-best offensive lineman in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...12th-best offensive lineman in the nation and an All Mid-Atlantic pick by SuperPrep...Super Southern 100 team member by Atlanta Constitution...All-Southern team member by Orlando Sentinel...Shrine Bowl participant...AP All-State as a senior...two-time all-conference pick...high school teammate of Tiger signee Alex Pearson...second-team All-South by Countdown to Signing Day...played for Larry Frost...chose Clemson over Alabama, Florida State, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee...born Corey M. Lambert on March 19, 1986.

Ramon McElrathbey
Georgia North/South game participant...named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 28th-best prospect in Georgia...15th-best safety in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...29th-best cornerback in the nation by SuperPrep and 32nd best corner by Scout.com...96th-best player in the southeast and the 27th-best player in Georgia by SuperPrep...named honorable mention All-State by Atlanta Journal-Constitution...played for Durrell Caldwell...chose Clemson over offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Tulane, and Vanderbilt...born Ramon McElrathbey on September 26, 1986.

Jacquez McKissic
Has already enrolled at Clemson, he began his Clemson career in January of 2005...will go through spring practice and could be a factor as a defensive lineman in 2005...athletic defensive linemen who was the final signee of Clemson's 2004 recruiting class...played both ways in high school before settling in as a defensive lineman as a senior...preseason All-American as a senior by PrepStar...had 43 tackles, eight sacks, and an interception as a senior...starting nose guard on a defense that allowed just 37 points in 12 games...started as an offensive tackle as a junior...had 32 tackles and eight sacks in six games as a junior...high school teammate of red-shirt freshman Adrian Kindred...chose Clemson over offers from N.C. State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Louisville, and Illinois...born Jacquez McKissic on July 17, 1986.

Phillip Merling
Played tight end and defensive end at Fork Union in 2004... had 20 catches and four touchdowns on offense...had 12 sacks, one interception, and four pass deflections in 2004...named team MVP at Fork Union in 2004...18th-best tight end in the nation by SuperPrep and 20th best tight end by Scout.com...25th-best prep school player in the nation by Rivals.com...34th-best tight end in the nation by SuperPrep in 2003...had 20 receptions for 430 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at Cordova High School in Memphis, TN...totaled 34 tackles, four sacks, and two fumble recoveries during his senior year. . played in the Tennessee/Kentucky All-Star game...first-team all-state and All-Region in 2003...named to All-Dixie team by SuperPrep...All-Atlantic Region selection by PrepStar...attended Calhoun High School in St. Matthews, SC for three years before transferring to Cordova...played for former South Carolina player Chris Rumph during his first three years in high school...Rumph played for Clemson assistant coach Brad Scott when Scott was head coach at South Carolina...named best male athlete at Calhoun High School as a junior...defensive MVP at Calhoun in 2002...all-conference, all-region, and all-area in basketball as a sophomore and junior at Calhoun High School...also starred in basketball at Cordova High averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds per game through February 1...averaged a double-double as a junior at Calhoun High, 15 points and 13 rebounds per outing...prep school teammate of fellow signees Durrell Barry, and Elsmore Gabriel at Fork Union...played for J.C. Harmon at Fork Union Military Academy in 2004...chose Clemson over offers from Arkansas, Kentucky, Memphis, and South Carolina...born Phillip Blaine Merling on August 19, 1985.

Josh Miller
Two-way performer in high school who will be a linebacker at Clemson...rushed for 2,271 yards and 32 touchdowns as a senior and for over 5,500 yards for his four-year career...also scored 66 touchdowns for his four years...defensively, had 232 career tackles for his four years on the varsity, including three interception returns for touchdowns...a three-time all-region and two-time all-state selection...Shrine Bowl starter for victorious South Carolina team...named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 6th-best prospect in South Carolina...all-state selection by the High School Sports Report...named honorable mention All-Southern Team by the Orlando Sentinel...SuperPrep All-American by as the 24th-best linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep...55th-best player on the east coast by SuperPrep...ranked as the second best football athlete in South Carolina for 2004 by The State Newspaper...went 68 yards for a touchdown on his first carry in high school... ranked 5th on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Fab-50 list...Florence Morning News Player of the Year, Pee Dee Player of the Year and Sumter Daily Item Player of the Year...played for Robbie Briggs...chose Clemson over offers from Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech...born Joshua Miller on December 12, 1986.

Antwon Murchison
Named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 27th-best prospect in North Carolina...totaled 72 tackles and 10 sacks as a senior at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines... had 12 receptions for 112 yards and four touchdowns as a tight end during his senior year...two-star player by Scout.com as a defensive lineman and tight end in high school...also averaged 12 points per game on the hardwood...won the Coaches Award for his Pinecrest Football team in 2004...is an accomplished pianist and drummer...played for John Washington...chose Clemson over offers from Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, N.C. State, and South Carolina...born David Murchison on Feb. 3, 1987.

Paul Muse
Named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 91st-best prospect in Florida...28th-best tight end in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...40th-best tight end in the nation by SuperPrep...named a Florida Times-Union Super 11 and a member of the Super 24 team in Florida...high school teammate of Tiger red-shirt freshman Brandon Croley...played for Marty Lee at First Coast High School...chose Clemson over offers from Auburn, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Maryland, and Ole Miss...born Paul Muse on March 30, 1986.

Quentez Ruffin
Named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 66th-best prospect in Florida...Super 75 player in Florida by Florida Times Union...ranked as the top offensive lineman in Florida by Gatorbait.com...All-Big Bend, all-state and all-region...Prep Star All-American in 2004...chosen to the Sunshine State Super 75...athletic tackle who led his high school team to the third round of the state playoffs...had 32 pancake blocks, 12 tackles, and surrendered only one sack through the final five games of his junior season...high school teammate of Tiger signee T.J. Williams...played for Wade Rollinson at Leon High in Tallahassee...chose Clemson over offers fromFlorida, Texas, NC State, Tennessee, Oklahoma State, South Carolina and LSU... born Quentez Ruffin on September 29, 1986.

Rendrick Taylor
Consensus top five player in the state of South Carolina who played in the Shrine Bowl... named third-team "All-South" by Countdown to Signing Day... all-state selection by the High School Sports Report...22nd-best wide receiver in the nation by Tom Lemming of ESPN.com...named to the SuperPrep Mid-Atlantic team as the 2nd-best prospect in South Carolina...19th-best wide receiver in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...named to the All-Southern team by the Orlando Sentinel...SuperPrep All-American as the 93rd-best player in the country and the 11th-best wide receiver in the nation...caught 24 passes for 515 yards and four touchdowns as a senior...averaged 21 yards per catch.... 38th-best player on the east coast SuperPrep...two-time all-state and all-region...finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina...Lower State 4A Player of the Year...US Army All-American Bowl nominee...16th-best athlete in the nation and the 5th-best player in South Carolina according to Rivals.com...ranked 3rd on the Spartanburg Herald-Journal's Fab-50 list...146th-best player in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...All-Region and All-County as a junior...had 28 receptions for 803 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior...totaled 49 tackles and one interception on defense as a junior...also had two kick returns for touchdowns and a rushing touchdown...played for Dean Boyd...strong receiver who can already bench press 335 pounds...chose Clemson over offers from Florida State, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and South Carolina... born Rendrick Taylor on April 3, 1987.

T.J. Williams
Had 37 receptions for 740 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Leon High School in Tallahassee...on defense tallied 23 tackles, three interceptions, and 10 pass breakups... named to the SuperPrep Dixie team as the 79th-best prospect in Florida...played in the California vs. Florida Bowl...50th-best wide receiver in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...72nd-best wide receiver in the by SuperPrep......had 45 receptions, over 1,000 yards, and 11 TD's as a junior...had 24 tackles and three interceptions as a junior...high school teammate of Tiger signee Quentez Ruffin and brother of Florida State defensive back Antonio Cromartie. . played for Wade Rollinson...chose Clemson over offers from East Carolina, Georgia, Louisville, N.C. State, and South Carolina...born Tyres Williams, Jr. on July 10, 1986.

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