Wednesday Recruiting Tidbits

Here is a look at various tidbits surrounding Clemson football recruiting, including a list of possible early verbal commitments, a look at some of the big names in-state, and some news involving the 2002 class.

* Irvin Brisker is still waiting on a qualifying test score to determine whether or not he'll be able to attend Clemson this fall. If all else fails, he'll do just what Ty Zimmerman did and enroll at Fork Union Military instead. The big defensive end should know something by the end of this week, if not sooner.

* It was reported in an InsideCarolina interview with QB C. J. Gaddis, out of Hoke County High (NC), that the Clemson Tigers are his current leader.

"They pretty much are recruiting me exclusively at quarterback," said Gaddis. When asked if he saw himself as a player similar to Woodrow Dantzler, he responded, "Sort of but I think that I throw better than he does."

Gaddis is a dual threat quarterback with blazing 4.37 speed. He currently has 14 scholarship offers on the table, including Clemson, Georgia, Marshall, N.C. State, South Carolina, and North Carolina.

* If you are looking for an early verbal commitment list, too bad- absolutely nothing truly news worthy has developed just yet.

Continue to keep your eye on WR Terrell Allen, SS/LB Maurice Nelson, OL Zeb McKinsey, QB Roger Heinz, and OL David Overmyer. It wouldn't suprise me to see the Tigers' first public verbal commitment could come from an offensive lineman.

* Early reports on some of the biggest names in the state of South Carolina look like this: LB Ryan Brown, QB Syvelle Newton, WR Ko Simpson, WR David Smith are all heavy leans to South Carolina, but don't worry about that list just yet.

The Tigers have the inside track for LB Marcus Howard, SS Maurice Nelson, WR Terrell Allen, and RB Rodney Kinlaw. Make no mistake about it, Nelson, Howard, Allen, and OL/DE Eric Young are four big instate targets that would look great in orange in 2003.

Ideally, you'd like to pluck LB Ryan Brown off that South Carolina list above. He's just an outstanding linebacker with a world of upside. And while the Tigers would take Syvelle Newton, it's just not a good fit right now. He wants to play early, and the Tigers are looking at more pure passing quarterbacks.

* Union's Eric Young is going to be one of the most saught after prospects in the state before February comes rolling around- and don't be worried that Clemson isn't up there in the latest reports released a few days ago. Remember these kids usually change their mind after almost every visit or camp.

* Terrell Allen is clearly the top wide receiver prospect in the state, and he's a strong Clemson lean.

* Rodney Kinlaw received his first offer from the Tigers, and most experts have him pegged as the either the 2nd or 3rd best running back in the state. The kid has blazing speed and great strength for an athlete of his size.

* Of course the wildcard in South Carolina is Demetris Summers, the all-world running back out of Lexington. Nothing new has come out on Summers in quite some time.

* Still no offer for Demetrius Morant, the bruising fullback out of Crestwood High School. As first reported on back in March, the coaching staff is seemingly waiting for other plans to develop before extending a formal offer to Morant. That statement still remains true today. Top Stories