Tuesday Recruiting Tidbits

News and notes on several big name recruits, including OL Zeb McKinzey, WR Michael Collins and OL Gabe West. Also included in this report is a quick interview with the QB Roger Heinz' head coach, Tim Cokely.

Big OL Zeb McKinzey has offers rolling in from everywhere, but he still likes the Tigers and Dawgs as his top two.

"I still like Clemson and Georgia as my two top favorites," said McKinzey. The Florida State Seminoles just moved in with an offer this past week, but Zeb remains firm with his top two choices. "I will go to summer football camps at Clemson and Georgia."

Zeb remains firmly entrenched as one of the top targets on the offensive line, and it now appears that schools all across the country are starting to take notice.

Think that season opener won't be an important game in terms of winning recruiting wars against Georgia over the next couple of years? You can bet that Big Zeb and a whole host of other kids will be watching on August 31st.

We've received a large number of e-mails over the course of the past week in regards to QB Roger Heinz out of Tallahassee, Florida. Finally, we had the opportunity to interview his head coach, Tim Cokely about strong armed QB.

"Roger is the prototype Clemson quarterback," says Cokely. "He is very athletic and a very accurate passer with a strong arm. He is a good student in the classroom and a good student of the game."

"He already has offers from other several other ACC schools. If he stays healthy this season he will likely set all of our schools passing records."

"Last season he threw for 27 touchdowns and had only 7 interceptions. He really is a great quarterback, and whichever school gets him will be glad they did before his career is over with."

In other recruiting news, pay close attention to OL Gabe West. "The Clemson coaches were going to review Gabe's spring tape in the next couple of weeks and make a decision on whether or not to make an offer now or wait. Gabe has a high interest in Clemson," said his father Tim West in an interview with Scott Kennedy last week.

West is a big, bruising offensive guard that could play center at the next level. He'll be one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Tennessee this upcoming season. Stay tuned, he has already cancelled one camp at Vanderbilt this summer so that he could get in at Clemson.

It was announced this past week that the Tigers signed Tennessee transfer WR Michael Collins (6-6 215), orginally out of Commerce, Georgia.

Collins is expected to practice with the football and basketball teams this year, but he'll be required to sit out one year before he sees any action on gameday.

Certainly, the addition of Collins solidifies Clemson's receiving corps as one of the top offensive units in the country. On a side note, it will be interesting to see how the addition of Collins affects possible position changes this fall.

Could this possibly open the door for Ty Zimmerman to make the switch over to safety? Stay tuned.

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