Signing Day is Here!

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Tommy Bowden Quotes on Signing Day:

Emphasis for 2002 class
Anytime you go into a recruiting year there is a plan as far as specific numbers that you have and needs that you have. Overall, we went into this year with South Carolina being a primary state along with Georgia, North Carolina and Florida. We felt like we went in with offensive line being a big need for us. We signed five this year. All five we signed are qualified (from a test score standpoint), so we thought that was pretty critical getting those guys.

In-State recruiting
We felt like last year Kelvin Grant was the one we needed to pinpoint and go after and we got him. We didn't feel like there was a quarterback here in the state that we were comfortable with. Reggie Merriweather is the top running back in the state and we signed him.

Signing high-profile recruits
In this profession closing is a big deal and you've got to be able to close on some key guys. We felt like within the last week that Kelvin Grant, Chansi Stuckey and Justin Miller were three guys that you just try to get one. If you get one of them, you feel pretty good. Kelvin was a pretty heavily recruited guy who fell our way. Chansi was the 5A Player of the Year in Georgia and then Justin Miller was a top guy. Jeff Francoeur was another Player of the Year in Georgia with baseball capabilities. He's another smart, tough player who we felt pretty good about.

Early commitments
I think Irvin Brisker committed early and stayed strong with his commitment. He was recruited by most of the schools in the southeast. When guys commit like that early, some of them lose their luster and some of their stars drop.

Recruiting against his father
Chansi's last visit was supposed to be Florida State. My father went in to visit him the week before I did. I put a tape recorder under the couch and listened to what he said. Of course, he says I'm adopted.

Recruiting under sanctions
I think every coach would be happy today because it was a difficult year. We had one of our top recruiters off the road for a year, which hurts you. A lot of Justin Miller's recruiting was done by one of our graduate assistants, Robbie Brown (over the phone). John Turner did a great job recruiting Roman Fry. To pull a guy out of the state of Ohio a week before signing day with Ohio State sitting there and the coach that's recruiting for Ohio State played for that high school, that's a pretty good job. When you take one of your guys off the road, you've got to pick up some slack somewhere. We had two G.A.'s that did some great phone work. The NCAA won't except self-imposed penalties unless they do damage. If they don't do damage, it's like you're mocking them.

Jeff Francoeur
He's another guy that will have an opportunity. He's the player of the year in the state of Georgia. He'll have some opportunities to come in on defense and play. I think [his situation] depends on the Major League Baseball Draft. Roscoe [Crosby] had a strong desire to play college football. He could have been a first rounder but said, 'No, I want to play (football).' I think Jeff has a pretty strong desire to play right now but he won't be eating in front of George Brett or whoever for another month. A lot of coaches don't like two-sport athletes. It's never bothered me. I think guys that are interested in playing two sports have more of a comfort zone knowing we're pretty honest in what we do because the recruiting process can get kind of sticky.

Signing Gaines Adams
Steve Taneyhill [former USC quarterback] did a good job for us. I sent him an IPTAY card but he tore it up and sent it back.

26 players have now signed their National Letter of Intent to play football for the Tigers as of 4:35 ET. Justin Miller has now faxed his letter of intent to the athletic department. He is a Clemson Tiger, it is a done deal.

Complete List of 2002 Tigers:
Kelvin Morris
Brandon Jamison
Brandon Cannon
Will Proctor
Tim Debeer
Irvin Brisker
Chansi Stuckey
Cole Chason
Roman Fry
Nathan Bennett
Anthony Waters
Kelvin Grant
Tymere Zimmerman
Jeff Francouer
Chris Carter
Brad Lee
Gaines Adams
Dustin Fry
Gerald McCloud
Reggie Merriweather
Duane Coleman
Cory Groover
Donnell Clark
Larry Williams
Justin Miller

Also keep track all the ACC Signings right here: ACC Signing List.

WR Kelvin Grant

QB Will Proctor
Winterpark, FL

RB Reggie Merriweather
North Augusta

DB Jeff Francouer
Lilburn, GA

OL Dustin Fry

DE Cory Groover

LB Anthony Waters
Lake View

WR Tymere Zimmerman
Marlboro County

OL Brad Lee
Hepizbah, GA

DE Irvin Brisker
Conyers, GA

CB Larry Williams
Tallahassee, FL

OL Roman Fry
Ironton, OH

PK Cole Chason
Atlanta, GA

DB Justin Miller
Owensboro, KY

WR Gerald McCloud
Jacksonville, FL

QB Chansi Stuckey
Warner Robbins, GA

RB Duane Coleman
Naples, FL

OL Tim DeBeer
Marist, GA

LB Brandon Jamison
Summitt, MS

CB Chris Carter
Kannapolis, NC

DT Vontrell Jamison
Gulfcoast, MS

DE Gaines Adams

OL Nathan Bennett
Dallas, GA

DE Brandon Cannon
Stone Mountain, GA

LB Donnell Clark
Griffin, GA

LB Kelvin Morris
Summit, MS

As of Tuesday evening, 25 recruits have given their verbal commitment to the Clemson Tigers. DB Justin Miller is the main player who has yet to place all of his cards on the table, however he has already informed the coaches at Arkansas and Clemson where he'll be going.

He'll announce his decision to rest of the world around 3:00 ET time Wednesday afternoon. All reports we are receiving indicate that things look GREAT for Clemson. (In other words, he'll be a Tiger.)

Ty Zimmerman and defensive end Gaines Adams will sign their letter of intent with Clemson Wednesday morning at 8:00.

Meanwhile, OL Troy Reddick who was set to anounce his decision around 9:00 ET Wednesday morning, has reported leaked out that he will go to Auburn University.

RB Duane Coleman, out of Naples, FL has now confirmed that he has committed to the Tigers. Coleman is probably the most explosive running back to sign with the Tigers since Ronald Williams back in the early 90's. He was the Sunshine Network's Player of the Year in the state of Florida this past season.

Coleman rushed for over 2,800 yards and 33 touchdowns this past season for Naples High. His team romped through the playoffs and claimed the AAAAA State Championship.

The Tigers have filled almost every possible need this offseason, especially on defense. DE Brandon Cannon, DE Cory Groover, DB Jeff Francouer, and DB Larry Williams highlight a group that might be remembered as one that helps the Tigers finally reach the next level in the coming years.

WR Kelvin Grant, QB Chansi Stuckey, OL Dustin Fry, OL Roman Fry, and WR Tymere Zimmerman figure to be the headliners on offense.

In a year in which many fans have referred to as "down," Tommy Bowden and his coaching staff have done one incredible job on the recruiting trail. Without question, this class will be ranked somewhere near the top 15 nationally, and even more importantly, the Tigers have addressed all of their needs on both sides of the ball.

Several players in this class have the ability to come in and contribute right away. Defensively, Groover, Brisker, Cannon, Williams and Francouer all are big time athletes that possess the right combination of speed and strength to avoid a redshirt next season.

And if you follow high school football at all, you know that Cory Groover, Irvin Brisker, and Brandon Cannon terrorized their opponents with regularity during the high school careers. All 3 athletes have great size and fantastic speed for defensive linemen.

Groover, one of the most initimidating players in the state, would stand in front of the opposing team and pound on his chest before the opening kickoff of every game. Cory stands 6'3, weighs over 260 lbs, and has incredible muscle tone for a high school athlete. It seems difficult to think of anything else that would send a message quite like that.

In the secondary, you won't be able to find two players that the Tigers needed more than Jeff Francouer and Larry Williams. Francouer, Mr. Football in the state of Georgia for 2001, is one of the top playmakers in the country. He helped lead Parkview High School to two consecutive AAAAA state championships. And Williams is the cover corner that the Tigers have been needing for quite some time. He runs a legitimate 4.4 forty and has the ability to completely shutdown the opposing team's top wide receiver.

JUCO transfers Kelvin Morris and Brandon Jamison also figure to see serious playing time at linebacker. Morris was actually ranked as the 4th best player in junior college football by this past season. Brandon Jamison also is a well respected athlete, coming in at #60. (Incidently, Randy Jackson was #50 on that same list.)

On offense, either Dustin Fry or Tim Debeer could see playing time early on the offensive line. Fry will be one of the strongest freshmen on any campus in the country this fall. He has already benched over 400 lbs, and he hasn't even set foot in a Clemson weight room.

WR Kelvin Grant, probably the most polished receiver in South Carolina this year, and Tymere Zimmerman, if he plays offense, could also step in right away.

QB Chansi Stuckey was interviewed by Jamie Newberg Monday evening had the following to say about his commitment to Clemson, "I committed to Clemson because it is the best fit, the best school and the best opportunity," said Chansi Stuckey.

"Plus, they are going to let me play quarterback." Stuckey is from Warner Robins (Ga.) Northside. He committed to the Tigers over Tennessee, FSU, GT and Auburn.

Finally, don'tt forget P/PK Cole Chason. Chason has already been informed that he will be challenging starter Wynn Kopp as the first team punter this fall. Chason has a strong leg and excellent technique for an incoming freshman.

Now more than ever, its incredibly obvious that Tommy Bowden knows how to build the foundation for a solid football program. It all starts with recruiting, and Coach Bowden is doing one fantastic job in that department. Top Stories