The past two years have been extremely successful ones for Clemson on the recruiting trail, and nowhere has that been more evident than at wide receiver.
Nationally ranked players such as Roscoe Crosby, Tymere Zimmerman, Airese Currie, and Kelvin Grant are all in the mix in 2002, and you can be sure that more are on the way.
I think this year could be another fine year for skill position players in the state of South Carolina, but it wouldn't surprise me to see the Tigers venture more into the neighboring states to pluck out some of the top talent available.
David Smith and Terrell Allen are two of the names that should initially grab you from the Palmetto State. Here is our initial look at those two players, as well as some of the biggest names from other states considering the Clemson Tigers in 2003.
WR David Smith (6'4,185,4.55) Union HS
This past year David Smith registered 76 receptions for over 1,328 yards (18.2 yards/catch) and 13 touchdowns and was an all-state performer. He was also a big reason for the Yellow Jackets' run to the South Carolina AAA State Championship game against Camden.
Smith has outstanding size and a great toughness about him when the ball is in the air. He also is an excellent all-around athlete, with a 315 squat, and a 30-inch vertical leap. He'll likely end up deciding between South Carolina and Clemson.
WR Armand Cauthen (6-1,180,4.45) Douglas County, GA
Armand Cauthen had 43 catches for 540 yards last season, which would be modest numbers for some of the more wide open offenses, but those 43 catches were a Douglas County School record.
Cauthen was impressive at the NIKE camp, demonstrating great quickness and pure speed in Athens this past weekend. He'll likely be one of the top wide receivers in the state of Georgia next season.
Auburn and Georgia are the two teams with the early lead for his services and he plans on camping at both schools this summer. He also lists Virginia and Maryland as two other schools he'd like to visit.
WR Floyd Reddick (6'2,190,4.5) Fort Lauderdale, FL
Reddick is a powerful receiver who is starting to get recognition from around the country. He lists Pittsburgh, Purdue, Boston College, Kansas State, Wisconsin, and Clemson as his current favorites.
He was very impressive at the recent NIKE Camp at Miami, and he is expected to start seeing the offers pour in after the May Evaluation Period.
Too early to tell if he is seriously considering the Tigers.
Travis Lee (6'1,170,4.5) Shelby, NC
"He makes big plays," said Crest assistant coach Brian Clary. "It's that simple. Travis has the ability to turn a little play in to a big play."
Lee averaged better than 25 yards per catch and a touchdown for every 3 times he touched the ball last season. He finished with 33 catches for 833 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.
His favorites are Tennessee, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Clemson. Lee was an impressive participant at the NIKE camp at Chapel Hill the weekend of April 6th and he plans on camping again this summer at North Carolina, as well as N.C. State.
Cory Clemmons (6'0,205,4.48) Valdosta, GA
One of the top prospects in the state of Georgia. Strong wide receiver that can already bench 325 lbs. Has 4.48 speed and a 31-inch vertical leap.
He is currently planning on camping at Auburn, Clemson, and Florida this summer and he was a solid participant at the NIKE camp in Athens this past weekend.
Clemmons will likely be one of the top targets on the Tigers' board before its all said and done with as he possesses all qualities you'd like to see in a star wide receiver.
WR Terrell Allen (6'1,180,4.37) Brynes HS
Allen caught 36 passes for 645 yards, and 7 touchdowns last season. He as outstanding pure speed and was clocked right around 4.3 while camping at Clemson last summer.
Allen dominated almost everyone he faced last weekend at the NIKE camp in Athens, and his stock is just about set to go off the charts. He camped at Clemson last summer, and he'll be there again this year. Allen also plans on attending camps at South Carolina and Tennessee.
Allen, along with David Smith, just might be the top two wide receivers that South Carolina has to offer next year.
We will continue to keep you updated on these, and all the other fine athletes looking at the Clemson Tigers throughout the coming months.
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