Top 5 Freshmen to Play Early

Wondering which members of the 2008 recruiting class have the best chance to see the field early? CUTigers.com takes a look at the possibilities in this report.

#1 - DE DaQuan Bowers
He's the No. 2 overall prospect in the nation. He's already on campus and last year's starter at defensive end is moving on to the National Football League. What else do you need to know? DaQuan Bowers is the highest rated recruit to ever sign with Clemson. Not only will he play early, he'll be an impact player as well.

#2 - LS Matt Skinner
Remember Matt Skinner? He committed to the Tigers in Jan. 2007 and has quietly remained firm for the past 13 months. While officially listed as an offensive tackle, he's a long snapper and a pretty good one at that. It's not often you see a school recruit a kid specifically for his long snapping ability but Clemson did exactly that with Skinner but with last year's starter Colin Leonard moving on, Skinner starts in 2008.

#3 - WR Marquan Jones
Like Bowers, Jones is already on campus and will have a leg up on his freshman teammates this fall. The freshman wide out show excellent route running at the Shrine Bowl and makes difficult plays look easy. He also has good hands and is eager to learn the offense. Add it all up and it equals early playing time.

#4 - S Spencer Adams
The Tigers need additional depth at safety and four-star prospect Spencer Adams is just the man for the job. He has excellent size at 6-2.5 and 190 pounds and is one of the fastest players in the 2008 recruiting class. He's a track guy that likes to hit. Go figure.

#5 - LB Stanley Hunter
Hunter has been waiting to explode on the scene for the last two years after learning he came up a few points short on his standardized test score last summer. Clemson needs help at outside linebacker, where the loss of Tramaine Billie and Nick Watkins creates an immediate need.

LINK - Who We Said Would Play Early Last Year

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