2006 Recruiting Class Bios

The official bios of the 2006 recruiting class.

RB C.J. Spiller
First-Team USA Today All-American, the first running back to come to Clemson with First-Team USA Today All-America credentials since 1989 (Rudy Harris)...First-Team Parade All-American; also first Parade All-America running back to come to Clemson since Harris in 1989...ranked among the top-50 players in the nation by six different services...also listed as the top all-around player in the state of Florida...Tom Lemming rated him as the 12th-best player in the nation...ranked 16th-best player in the country by Scout.com and the fourth-best running back...listed as 23rd-best player and fourth-best running back in the nation by SuperPrep...also 43rd-best player and sixth-best back according to CollegeFootballNews.com...ranked as 47th-best player in the nation by ESPN.com...EA Sports Second-Team All-American...U.S. Army All-American; he played in the U.S. Army All-Star game in San Antonio, TX in January...also slated to play in California-Florida High School All-Star Game...ranked among the top-100 players in the nation by most services...had an incredible career at Union Country High; he had 176 carries for 1,840 yards as a senior, an average of 10.5 yards per carry...scored 30 rushing touchdowns and had one on a kickoff return...added 15 catches for 249 yards...for his career, had 541 carries for 5,511 yards, an average of 10.2 yards per rush...scored 93 total touchdowns, including 85 rushing, three receiving, three on kickoff returns, and two on punt returns...three-time all-state selection...first-team All-South according to Countdown to Signing Day...played his high school football for the Fighting Tigers of Union County High School...selected Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), and Southern California.

TE Michael Palmer
First-Team All-State in Class AAAAA by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...caught 21 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns as a senior...high school teammate of current Tiger offensive lineman Brandon Pilgrim ...played for Cecil Flowe at Parkview High School...also a starter on the basketball team for Parkview....chose Clemson over Virginia.

DB DeAndre McDaniel
A national top 100 recruit by collegefootballnews.com, he is ranked as 72nd best player in the nation... a member of PrepStar's Dream Team Top 100...also an ESPN.com top 150 player, he is ranked 106th...rated as the #8 safety prospect in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com... the #16 safety in the nation by Scout.com, they list him as a four-star signee...the #13 defensive back prospect in the nation by PrepStar...a member of the Southern Hot 100 by Scout.com...showed his versatility as a senior, when he caught a touchdown pass, blocked a field goal, and intercepted a pass all in the same game against Leon County High School...recorded 58 tackles and had 39 catches for 696 yards as a senior...as a junior, had 53 tackles and eight interceptions, returning three for touchdowns...also caught 27 passes for 656 yards and six touchdowns as a wide receiver as a junior...two-ay starter on the gridiron, he had eight interceptions as a junior and three as a senior...also a starter on the basketball team, he is averaging 22 points per game...played for Shelton Crews at Godby High School...chose Clemson over Alabama, Louisville, Auburn, Florida, and Florida State.

LB Kevin Alexander
Ranked as the #41 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com...the #53 linebacker in the nation by Scout.com...all-state selection as a senior by Saint Petersburg Times...rated as the #52 prospect in the state of Florida by SuperPrep...as a senior, had 115 total tackles, including 84 first hits and 31 assists...had four recovered fumbles, five caused fumbles, and nine quarterback sacks as a senior...for his career, had 282 solo tackles and 107 assists for 389 total tackles...added 19 sacks, 14 caused fumbles, six recovered fumbles, and three interceptions...an all-state selection as a junior after registering 100 tackles and four sacks...played for Buddy Nobles...high school teammate of First-Team USA Today All-American C.J. Spiller...his brother Bennie started at cornerback at Florida...chose Clemson over Auburn, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Tennessee.

OL Jamal Medlin
The #14 player in the state of South Carolina by The State... ranked as the #25 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...played for Orangeburg-Wilkinson, the same high school that produced former Tigers Jackie Robinson (1999-02), and quarterbacks Mike O'Cain (1973-76) and Woodrow Dantzler (1998-01)...played for Tony Felder...chose Clemson over Maryland, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia, and UCF.

LB Jeremy Campbell
All-Southeast region by PrepStar...recorded 90 tackles including 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a senior at Spruce Creek High School...also had over 500 yards of total offense and five touchdowns on offense...team defensive MVP as a senior...named to the All Five-Star Conference first-team defense... played in the Central Florida High School All-Star game...also a starter on the Spruce Creek basketball team as a forward...honorable mention all-state in basketball as a junior...played for Jared Zito...chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Illinois, Purdue, Kansas, Louisville, and Indiana.

WR Jacoby Ford
Played the 2005 season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia...returned seven kicks for touchdowns at Fork Union (four punt and three kickoff), and also had 57 receptions for 1,254 yards and nine touchdowns...rushed 12 times for 306 yards (25.5 average) and three touchdowns...rated as the #36 wide receiver/kick returner in the nation by Scout.com...had the best 40-yard dash time at the Fork Union College Coaches Combine with a time of 4.126...Fork Union Coach John Schuman calls Ford "the fastest player ever at Fork Union"...Fork Union has produced 87 NFL Draft picks and two Heisman Trophy winners over the years...as a senior at Cardinal Newman High School in Florida, caught 22 passes for 550 yards (25.0 average) and 10 touchdowns...attended the same high school as former Tiger punter Ryan Romano (1996-99)...named the MVP of the Palm Beach County All-Star Game...a second-team all-state selection...2005 Florida state high school champion in the 100m dash with a time of 10.32, and the 200m dash with a time of 21.25...two-time football letterman in football...earned one letter in track...enrolled at Clemson in January and will be eligible to participate in spring practice...brother Davy played football at Florida State and once scored on an 82-yard run against Clemson in 2000...played for Don Dicus at Cardinal-Newman...played for John Schuman at Fork Union...chose Clemson over Florida, Michigan State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia.

OL Chris Hairston
A member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl Team...first-team all-state selection by the AP...all-region as a junior and senior...played his entire senior season as a 16-year old...played for Keith Wilks at Carver High School...first Clemson signee from Winston-Salem since Perry Tuttle in 1978.

DB Darius Gaither
The #9 player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep...the #21 safety prospect in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com...the #35 safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com... rated as the #9 prospect in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #35 defensive back in the nation by SuperPrep...a member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl Team...first-team all-state selection as a senior by The State...missed much of his senior season due to a high ankle sprain, but still rushed for 500 yards and eight touchdowns...as a junior, had 87 tackles, 16 pass break-ups, and seven interceptions...returned four punts for touchdowns as a junior...as a junior established state of South Carolina record for the longest interception return for a touchdowns (108 yards vs. Irmo)...won Specialist of the Year Award in South Carolina by the State Newspaper...played for Reggie Kennedy at Fairfield Central High School...also runs track at Fairfield Central...chose Clemson over Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Wake Forest.

WR Jeff Ogren
First-team All-State as a junior and senior, he only played two years of high school football...had 71 receptions as a senior and 62 as a junior...already on the Clemson campus, he enrolled in January and will go through Spring practice... the #76 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com...had over 1,500 yards receiving as a senior with 17 touchdowns...as a junior had 1,325 yards and 18 touchdowns...played both ways both years, he had 10 interceptions over his junior and senior season...set state of Alabama record with a 102 yard interception return for a score...also served as the punter for American Christian averaging 40.0 yards on 23 kicks...played for Steve Hooks... also a solid golfer, his career best score is a 66...chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, Central Florida, Tulane and UAB.

LB/S Chris Russell
At Colorado: Signed with Colorado out of high school and spent two seasons in Boulder...played on special teams in all 12 games, including the Big 12 Championship Game that year...missed the Houston Bowl with a knee injury...red-shirted the 2003 season as a defensive back...earned Scout Team Award in preparation for the Iowa State game in 2003... spent the 2005 season at Coffeyville Junior College in Coffeyville, KS...enrolled at Clemson in January and will go through Spring practice with two seasons of eligibilty remaining...majored in journalism at Colorado.

DB Crezdon Butler
the #19 cornerback prospect in the country by CollegeFootballNews.com...a member of the East Hot 100 by Scout.com...ranked as #24 cornerback in the nation by Scout.com, they rate him a four-star player...rated as the #17 defensive back prospect in the nation by SuperPrep...first-team all-state selection by the Associated Press... a member of the North Carolina Shrine Bowl team...had 61 tackles and seven interceptions as a senior...also played quarterback, and rushed for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns...threw for 749 yards and two touchdowns...helped lead his Asheville High School team to the Class 3A State Championship in 2005... all-time leading rusher at Asheville High with over 4,000 career yards, breaking the 63-year old record of Charlie "Choo-Choo" Justice...also runs track for Asheville High...played for Danny Wilkins...chose Clemson over Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

WR Kendrick Johnson
Had 30 catches for 450 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior...team captain...a member of the National Honor Society...offensive MVP of the South team in the Florida North-South All-Star game...All-Broward County selection...All-State selection...All-Conference and All-Region as a senior...led Broward County in touchdown receptions as a senior...played for Mark James...chose Clemson over Georgia, Oklahoma State, Colorado, and Michigan State.

K Richard Jackson
The #7 kicker in the nation by Scout.com... ranked as the #7 player in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #16 player in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep...member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl Team...South Carolina High School Coaches Association Special Teams Player-of-the-Year...first-team all-state selection by The State...averaged 46 yards per punt as a senior...was 8-for-11 on field goals as a junior with a long of 50 yards, and also averaged 44 yards per punt...set the state record with a 64-yard field goal as a senior, only four yards shy of the national high school record in 2005...his kick was featured as one of the plays of the week on ESPN by Chris Berman...also connected on a 47-yard field goal in that game...played for Don Frost at Riverside High School...high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee Michael Wade ...chose Clemson over LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, and Maryland.

DE Ricky Sapp
First-team USA Today All-American... first Clemson signee to be named first or second-team All-American by USA Today as a defensive lineman since Chester McGlockton in 1988... McGlockton went on to a four-time Pro Bowl career in the NFL...national top 100 player collegefootballnews.com, who ranked him as the 17th best player in the nation...a top 100 player by Tom Lemming, who ranks him as the 18th best player in the nation... a U.S. Army All-American, played in the U.S. Army Bowl in San Antonio, TX...second-team All-American by EA Sports....the #1 prospect in the state of South Carolina by SuperPrep and The State Newspaper...ranked among the top 10 defensive linemen in the nation by virtually every service...the #2 defensive end in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com...rated as the number-five defensive end in the nation by scout.com, that internet site also lists him as a five-star player... #6 defensive lineman in the nation by SuperPrep and #9 defensive lineman by Prepstar...the #1 defensive end in the east region by Scout.com ...a member of the East Hot 100 by Scout.com... named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...one of the top-25 players in the nation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution... 1st-team All-South by Countdown to Signing Day... a member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team... recorded 82 tackles, including 25 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a senior...an all-region and all-state selection as a junior...had 70 tackles, including 27 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a junior...as a sophomore he was named to the All-Region team...standout in track and basketball...three-year state Regional Champion in the 100 meters (10.76 career best)...the 200 meters (21.0 career best) and the 4X 100 meter relay...two-year starter in basketball, he has been All-Region the last two years...played for coach Ron Duncan at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School...chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, N.C. State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

CB Byron Maxwell
Rated as the #20 cornerback prospect in the nation by Scout.com...did not play his senior season due to injury...had 60 tackles, 19 pass break-ups and five interceptions as a junior, also returned a punt for a touchdown...#5 prospect in South Carolina by Scout.com...the 11th-rated cornerback prospect in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com... a member of the East Hot 100 by Scout.com...rated as the #19 defensive back prospect in the nation by SuperPrep... named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution...played for Steve LaPrad at Fort Dorchester High School...chose Clemson over Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

DE Jamie Cumbie
First-team Parade All-American, first incoming Clemson defensive lineman named to the Parade All-American team since 1989...a national top 100 player by many services...second-team USA Today All-American and by EA Sports...ranked as the 50th best player in the nation by Tom Lemming...listed as the 60th best player in the nation by collegefootballnews.com...an ESPN.com top 150 player, he is rated as the 87th best player in the nation...the 6th-rated defensive end prospect in the nation by Collegefootballnews.com... rated as the #10 defensive end prospect in the nation by Scout.com...the #1 defensive end in the midwest region by Scout.com...a member of PrepStar's Dream Team Top 100...a member of the Midwest Hot 100 by Scout.com...rated as the #24 prospect in the Midwest by SuperPrep...the #16 defensive line prospect in the nation by PrepStar...the #39 defensive line prospect in the nation by SuperPrep... top 100 recruit by High School Sport Magazine... recorded 125 tackles including 25 sacks as a senior for Morris Community High School...all-state selection by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune...Chicagoland Defensive Player-of-the-Year...a member of the Illinois Tremendous 26...Joliet Herald and Morris Daily Herald All-Area...had 610 yards receiving as a tight end and five touchdowns...helped his team to a 14-0 record and the Class 6A state championship...had 70 tackles and six sacks as a junior, also had 300 yards receiving as a tight end...2005 Class 6-A All-State...2005 Suburban Prairie Conference Defensive MVP...team captain...all-area and all-conference selection as a junior...also plays baseball for Morris...coached by George Dergo...chose Clemson over Notre Dame, Illinois, Northwestern, Ohio State, and Purdue.

QB Michael Wade
Son of parents who were both Clemson athletes, father (Mike) was letterman on Clemson's National Championship football team of 1981 and mother (Elizabeth) was on the volleyball team...rated as the #13 player in the state of South Carolina by The State...the #20 player in the state of South Carolina by Superprep...ranked as the #38 quarterback overall in the nation by Scout.com...team captain...completed 113 of 222 passes as a senior for 1376 yards and 13 touchdowns...rushed for 354 yards and five touchdowns...South Carolina Sports Report all-region and all-state as a senior...as a junior, passed for 1,338 yards and nine touchdowns...also ran for 623 yards and six touchdowns...team MVP as a junior...all-region and all-county as a junior...a member of the National Honor Society...member of Riverside's 2004 state championship baseball team...high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee Richard Jackson... chose Clemson over Maryland, and Duke.

RB Joe Joe Cox
First-team all-state selection by Atlanta Journal-Constitution...one of the top-five running backs in Georgia by Atlanta Journal-Constitution...rated as the #43 running back in the nation by Scout.com...ran for 1,662 yards and had 475 receiving yards as a senior...ran for 1,852 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior at Twiggs County High School...ran for nearly 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore...captain of the football team as a senior...high school teammate of current Tiger linebacker Antonio Clay...the #50 player in Georgia by SuperPrep...a four-year starter at Twiggs County High School...captain of the team as a senior...first-team all-region his last three years...coached by Dexter Copeland, who also coached Clay, and former Tiger linebacker and current Seattle Seahawk Leroy Hill at Baldwin County High School...two-year letterman in basketball and three-time letterman in track...had a career-best 10.9 in the 100m as a junior...chose Clemson over Maryland, Penn State, Purdue, UCLA, and West Virginia.

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