Signing Day Targets: Quarterback

The quarterback position at Clemson University isn't quite what it used to be. The Tigers have brought in some outstading talent over the last few years- and its only going to get better. Here is our initial look at several quarterbacks looking at the Clemson Tigers.

QB Jimmy Barthmaier (6-4, 220, 4.7) Roswell, GA
Jimmy is a prototype quarterback with great size and a strong arm. He also has good speed and pocket presence and he wants to play both football and baseball in college. In his career, Barthmaier has passed for just over 3,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"Right now I like Auburn, Penn State, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, and South Carolina. I've been hearing from Penn State a lot recently, so I added them to my list. My dad went to FSU, and I grew up a big fan of theirs, but I don't know how interested I am in them."

I've been told that he reminds a lot of people of Charlie Whitehurst.

Coach Timmy McFarlin knows what he has returning in his senior QB, "Jimmy brings the full package to the QB position," said McFarlin. "He has a great arm but also runs the ball well. He's a very talented athlete."

QB Syvelle Newton (6'2, 215, 4.4) Marlboro County
Looking for the perfect blend of a strong arm and the ability to make something happen? Look no further than Syvelle Newton.

"I'm pretty wide open right now," says Newton, "but I really like the Clemson offense. I also really like Florida State and South Carolina."

In leading his team to the 4A State Championship, he passed for 1,700 yards and 23 touchdowns. This would have been a pretty good season for almost any quarterback in the country, but not for "The Super Newton" as he also ran for another incredible 1,921 yards and scored another 21 touchdowns on the ground.

This will likely be an instate war between South Carolina and Clemson- although several out of state teams will make a strong push.

Newton is also best friends with incoming freshman Ty Zimmerman, and the two plan on working out extensively this summer.

QB Eric McCollum (6'0,180,4.67) Camden
Eric McCollum had the benefit of playing with Kelvin Grant last year and now that Grant is gone, he'll be throwing to another highly touted prospect in Todd Glee.

McCollum helped lead Camden to a 15-0 record and the 3A South Carolina State Championship in 2001. He finished the year with over 2,700 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.

McCollom, who has a great head on his shoulders with a 3.3 GPA, figures to be a full qualifier next year, and his on the field talent will surely push him up as one of the top quarterbacks in South Carolina.

He is, at this point, probably one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the state. Clemson, Georgia Tech, Georgia, and South Carolina are all involved.

QB Russell Hemby (6'1,200,4.5) Orangeburg-Wilkerson
Russell Hemby is likely one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks returning in the southeast next season. Last season, Hemby completed 188 of 305 passes (61%) for 1825 yards and 16 touchdowns through the air, and ran for an additional 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground.

He has great size, outstanding quickness and a strong arm. Contrary to popular belief, he also has the "throw first" mindset.

Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and Tennessee will likely battle it out for Hemby. He could possibly make the switch to the secondary at the D-I level, although a lot of colleges like him at quarterback.

QB Eric Priester (6'4,215,4.8) Allendale-Fairfax
Eric Priester, younger brother of former Clemson running back Raymond Priester, will be running the spread offense for his team next year, and he's likely to start bringing in some serious recognition in doing so.

Was one of the top quarterbacks at the NIKE camp in Georgia two weekends ago, and he figures to be involved with Clemson, South Carolina, LSU, Maryland, and Wake Forest.

A good size quarterback with a ton of upside, he'll be a star by the end of next season.

QB Pat Carter (6'3,170,4.8) St. Petersburg, FL
As a junior last season, Carter threw for 2,307 yards and 21 touchdowns and also rushed for 205 yards and four touchdowns. Academically, he's already a full qualifier. He led his team to close to 30 points a game and 400 yards of total offense and he's also the younger brother of current NFL and former Auburn wide receiver Tim Carter.

His current favorites are Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Miami, and Oklahoma.

The Tigers will probably sign one big name quarterback next season, and they could very well go out of state to do it. Syvelle Newton is probably the most attractive in-state candidate at this point in the recruiting process. He has had scouts from all over the country checking him out during the May Evaluation Period.

Be sure to stay tuned for more updates on these and other fine athletes looking at the Tigers.

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