Running back is one of those positions where you'd like to have a stockpile of talent, and once again next season the Tigers will need to get the job done when it comes to recruiting.
One of the top running backs in the southeast looking at Clemson is none other than Alan Abrams (6'0, 190, 4.45). Abrams burst onto the scene as a sophomore, rushing for over 1,300 yards at Edgewater High School in Orlando.
However before his junior season, he transferred to Apopka High School, and it was there where he ran into a wall of talent in the backfield. Abrams would see his playing diminish early in the season, before he turned it up a notch just in time to help the Blue Darters begin their playoff run.
Averaging close to 12 yards per carry, his coach began to get him into the mix more as the year wore on. The results were outstanding, as Abrams helped lead his team to the Class 6A state championship in Florida. He was named the MVP of the state championship game, rushing for over 165 yards on just 12 carries and a touchdown.
Abrams has schools all across the southeast in contact regularly, and he also has four scholarship offers on the table headed into the 2002 season. "At the present time he has written offers from Indiana, LSU, Purdue, and South Carolina," said Alan's father in a recent interview.
"At this point he is wide open among 10 schools and Clemson is one of them. I'm encouraging him to make a visit to Clemson in the Fall."
And while playing time was issue for part of last season, it won't be this year. "This year Alan will move to the feature back position in the offense and should put up some decent numbers. Most coaches who have seen him either on tape or in person, rave about his vision and quick decision making," said Mr. Abrams.
Alan is more of a north-south runner but he also has a shifty elusiveness about him that has many college coaches knocking on his door. He also excels in the classroom, projecting as a full qualifier with a 3.6 GPA (3.2 core) and a qualifying SAT score.
"Even though he's qualified, I'm pretty sure he will retake the SAT in the fall. He took it
midway through his junior year and feels he will improve when he takes it again as a senior," said Mr. Abrams.
Most recruiting experts agree that Abrams will likely start receiving several big time offers this fall, and even though Clemson hasn't moved in with a formal offer just yet, the Tigers could be next in line.
"He is really interested in Clemson University," said Mr. Abrams. Alan is currently listed as the #37 prospect at running back by TheInsiders.com, and naturally, we'll continue to keep you updated on Alan Abrams throughout the upcoming season.
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