Monday Morning Recruiting Updates

Big OL Zeb McKinzey helped pave the way for a 58-0 win over Meadowcreek Friday evening. McKinzey was supposed to take in the UGA/Tennessee game Saturday, but he couldn't make it due to an illness. Updates on Zeb and all the other big names looking at the Tigers are contained in this report.

A new running back has emerged onto the recruiting scene for the Tigers. Andre Callender, a 4-star prospect out New Jersey will likely set an official visit to Clemson in the coming weeks. "I'm still getting a lot of calls, offers, and that kind of stuff, but I'm probably going to set up my visits to Michigan State, Penn State, Boston College, and Clemson," said Callender.

Callender, who already has a formal scholarship offer on the table from the Tigers, has 427 yards rushing through the first 3 games on the season.

WR Terrell Allen caught 3 passes for 81 yards, including a 57-yard scoring strike to help lead Byrnes to a 42-7 win over Gaffney. Allen, who has battled double and triple teams all season long now has 22 catches for 419 yards and 2 touchdowns. He currently has offers on the table from Alabama, Clemson, Pittsburgh, and Texas, but he maintains Clemson as his current leader.

Greenville's Noah Whiteside continues to bring in the passes at a record setting pace. Whiteside registered 13 catches for 217 yards and 3 touchdowns. Incredibly enough, he also added one kickoff return for 41 yards and a punt 67 yards to set up a score, and he had another kickoff for 69 yards and a touchdown that was called back by a penalty. Whiteside, who has is a hard Gamecock lean, has 57 receptions for a mind boggling 1255 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year.

Stratford running back Rodney Kinlaw ran for 178 yards on 12 carries Friday night to jelp lead Stratford to a 32-12 win over West Ashley. Stratford improved to 7-0 on the year with the win. Kinlaw, who is the Tigers' top in-state running back prospect this year, ended the evening with 3 touchdowns, including runs of 44, 1 and 79 yards. He now has 116 carries for 1,194 yards and 16 touchdowns in 7 games so far this season. Kinlaw also maintains the same top 5 (in no particular order) of Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State, and Penn State. "They're all about even," said Kinlaw in his most recent recruiting interview.

Maurice Nelson registered 6 tackles, including 1 for a loss in Crestwood's 23-6 loss to Marlboro County High School. Nelson is a hard Clemson lean who has already set his official visit to Tiger Town for the weekend of January 10th.

Camden QB Eric McCollom connected on 12-of-21 passes for 254 yards and 1 touchdown to help lead the Bulldogs to a 26-21 win over Wilson. McCollum continues to hear from Clemson, South Carolina, and Penn State.

Clemson verbal commitment QB C.J. Gaddis had his game cancelled due to excessive rain.

Zeb McKinzey was feeling a bit under the weather this weekend and didn't get to travel to the Georgia/Tennessee game this weekend. "I don't know what happened," said McKinzey. "I think I got a mild case of food poisoning or something, because it came and went fast. I feel fine now."

McKinzey's Parkview team whipped an out manned Meadowcreek squad 58-0 on Friday night, and face an undefeated Norcross team next Friday night.

As far as recruiting goes, McKinzey is standing ground on his top 3 schools. "I still like Georgia, Clemson, and Florida State. I'm planning on getting up to Georgia next week since I missed this week's game. I'm also going to FSU on November 30th for their game against Florida. They're all still pretty much even right now."

Clemson verbal committment Jarrod Britt is finding out that an early commitment can be as much pressure as waiting till signing day.

"Man, this stuff is hard," said Britt. "I'm concerned the way Clemson is playing right now. I want to go to Clemson, and I still really like them, but I don't want to go somewhere and not win. I like Florida too, and look what happened to them yesterday. This is really tough," said Britt with a rueful laugh.

"I still like South Carolina. I really like their coaching staff. The way Georgia is playing right now, I'd have to give them another look."

When asked if he still wanted to be listed as a Clemson commitment, Britt was straight forward, "Yeah, I'm still committed to Clemson, but I'm still looking at other schools."

Britt was instrumental in helping pave the way for a 200-yard rusher Saturday night. Britt had two key pancacke blocks on two scoring runs that went over 70-yards.

Lexington RB Demetris Summers, ranked as the top running back in the nation by, rushed for 158 yards on 21 carries and 2 touchdowns Friday night in a 34-14 win over North Augusta High School. Summers continues to favor South Carolina over Clemson and Florida State.

Two kids to keep an eye on in the coming weeks, OL Brandon Pilgrim out of Lilburn, Georgia's Parkview High School, and OL Marion Dukes out of Pickens. Both are hard Clemson leans at the present time.

Another prospect to keep your eyes on is Silver Bluff QB/DB DeAngelo Bryant. Bryant completed six of eight passes for 121 yards and a touchdown Friday night to help lead the Bulldogs to a 42-3 win over Wade Hampton. Bryant is still being recruited as a safety by both the Tigers and Georgia. Top Stories