Signing Day Targets: The Offensive Line

Here is the first of many indepth looks of athletes already looking in the Tigers' direction. Today, we present you with an initial glance at all the offensive line prospects that could come into focus come Signing Day 2003.

OL B.W. Yates (6-4,287,5.4) Stratford
Yates is a student of the game and a very strong student in the classroom. He carries a 3.2 GPA and scored 1130 on his most recent attempt on the SAT. He has already started receiving interest from Clemson, as well as several other Division I-A schools.

Yates, who is projected as either an offensive guard or tackle at next level, says his strength lies several areas. "I believe my strengths on the field are pass protection, my footwork, and my understanding of what I am to do on any certain play," says Yates.

Yates has some work to do to catch up with the likes of Eric Young or Zeb Mckinzey, but he's got all the physical tools in place to do it. B.W. came up to spring game at Riggs Field in early April. Clemson and Virginia are two of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

OL Eric Young (6-3,265,4.8) Union
Could play either on the offensive line or at defensive end at the collegiate level. He runs a 4.8 40-yard dash and was the fastest lineman at Clemson's one day camp last summer. All state perfomer last season in only his second year of organized football.

He is the prototypical linemen desired by the Tigers' coaching staff. Clemson, South Carolina, UNC, and Virginia are all hot on the trail. He'll likely be the top offensive linemen in South Carolina next year.

OL Zeb McKinzey (6-3,280,5.2) Parkview
Powerful offensive line prospect. Projects as a guard on the collegiate level. Devastating run blocker and a quality pass protector. He graded out at 87.5% last season.

"Strength is my best attribute," said McKinzey. "I also have good technique. I would say I am a little better run blocker than pass protector." According to McKinzey, he has one verbal offer (from Clemson) so far. Clemson, Georgia and Auburn are his favorites.

The Tigers are in prime position to make a serious run here. It also helps that Clemson will be recruiting several more prospects from Lilburn's Parkview. (Including another offensive linemen- David Overmyer)

OL Matthew Brim (6-6,305,5.1) Carver (NC)
Graded out at over 89% as a junior. He'll be at Virginia, NC State and Wake Forest this summer. All-conference and all-county peformer last year.

Brim can bench 350 lbs, squat 495 lbs, clean 300 lbs, and has a vertical of 28 inches. Quite impressive for a man of his size. He lists his favorites as Clemson, NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wake Forest.

Brim wants to commit early, so watch where he camps this summer.

OL Marcus Harris (6-3,256,4.9) Lakeside (GA)
"Right now I like Georgia Tech, Clemson, Virginia, Florida, and NC State the best. They all have engineering schools, and I'd like to go to an engineering school."

Harris is one of those kids that is still growing, so it is possible that he could switch over to a defensive lineman at the collegaite level- especially if he's able to retain his speed.

There are, of course, additional linemen looking at the Tigers, including two in the great state of Texas. We should have more on those two gentlemen in the coming weeks.

The guys you probably want to focus on in this group (at least right now) are Eric Young, B.W. Yates, and Zeb Mckinzey. All three are solid performers and all three have the Tigers high on their list.

Young has created quite a stir in South Carolina simply because he's so quick. Its tough to find an offensive linemen that clocks in under 4.9 in the 40, and he might blow that away after another year under his belt.

This list will likely grow exponentially over the course of the summer, but there are at least 3 or 4 of these guys who have Clemson in their top 2 or 3 already.

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