Tigers Talking with Greenwood Duo

Clemson fans are all too familiar with Greenwood High School when it comes to recruiting, and especially when it comes to recruiting specialists. Interestingly enough, this year, the Eagles have two special teams prospects that are squarely on the Tigers' radar. One name you may have heard of, the other- you haven't.

It was only two years ago that the Tigers were fortunate enough to sign one of the top placekickers in the country in Jad Dean.

Dean, out of Greenwood High School, signed with Clemson in 2003 and has handled kickoffs the last two seasons and also field goals a year ago.

Now, CUTigers.com has learned that the Tigers are now close landing the services of another Greenwood prospect, long snapper Eddie Adams (6-2, 260) of Greenwood High School.

Long snapper you say?

That's right, he's a long snapper, and based off of a strong performance in the Tigers' kicking camp last weekend, the Clemson coaching staff wants Adams wearing orange as soon as possible.

"He went to their camp this weekend and got the ball back there on a punt in .64 seconds," said Greenwood assistant coach David Walton. "I believe the fastest their current guy can do that is .74 seconds.

"They talked about getting him up there and having him walk on, but as the camp went a long and he kept up what he was doing, they talked about offering him to come (to Clemson)."

And now here's the interesting part: Adams is on pace to graduate in December so that he possibly enroll at Clemson in January can participate in spring practice next year.

"Coach Bowden called him and asked him how many credits he needed to graduate, and he told him that he just needed two. Then he asked him what would be the possibility of finishing those classes early and getting on up to Clemson by December. And from what I understand, he talked to the counselors (at Greenwood) and he's got everything lined up to be there in January with them.

"I think he'll be able to get an academic (scholarship) from January through the beginning of the next school year, and then I think they'll be able to pick him up on athletic (scholarship) after that. He's a real strong student. He's in the honor society and all of that."

According to Adams, he wants to play football at Clemson.

"I want to be a Clemson Tiger," he said. "If another school was to come in and offer me a full ride immediately, then I'd have to go where the money is. Right now, Clemson is talking to me as well as a couple of other schools like Vanderbilt."

Adams says he starting getting more recognition as a long snapper just a few weeks ago after he attended one of the Ray Guy kicking camps.

"I was ranked No. 1 in the nation at one of the Ray Guy camps earlier this year. I think I've fallen a couple of spots since then, but I can get off some .64 and .65 (seconds) snaps in good conditions."

While Clemson will not extend a formal offer to Adams immediately, it does appear he will have the chance to earn a scholarship next spring if he can claim the starting long snapper position.

The Tigers have also taken notice of Greenwood kicker Clay Baldwin, who was also at Clemson's kicking camp last weekend.

"He did pretty good up there at the camp too," Coach Walton added. "I think they started him from 45-yards back and brought him in closer and he didn't miss one. His leg strength is comparable to that of Jad Dean's (when he was in high school)."

Baldwin, who is expected to be named the No. 1 kicker in the southeast in an upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, has attended several camps this year including Clemson, LSU and Tennessee.

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