2008 Signing Day Bios

A closer look at all 26 signees in the 2008 recruiting class.

S Spencer Adams
Ranked as 40th best player in the nation by ESPN.com…four-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com… #3 safety nationally by ESPN.com… ranked #95 overall and considered the top safety in North Carolina by Tom Lemming…#18 safety in the country by Scout.com …SuperPrep's #7 player in North Carolina…SuperPrep's #19 defensive back nationally…had 246 tackles & four interceptions over his last two years, including 145 tackles as a senior…participant in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game …also ran track in high school and plans to run at Clemson…holds North Carolina state record in 300-meter hurdles…defending 4-A state champ in 110-meter hurdles…anchored a record-breaking 4x100-meter relay team in AAU…All- USA Track and Field Hurdler by USA Today…recruited by Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier…chose Clemson over Florida, Georgia, Miami (FL), Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, and Virginia Tech.

TE Dwayne Allen
National top 100 signee according to ESPN.com…ranked as 83rd best player in the nation by ESPN.com, including the number-three tight end in the nation…four-star recruit by Scout.com and number-eight tight end by Scout.com…had 68 receptions for 1257 yards for his career at Terry Sanford High School…that is a strong 18.5 yards per catch figure for his career…had 27 catches for 291 yards and five scores as a senior…had 25-551 as a junior…recruited by Clemson assistant coach Chris Rumph…selected Clemson after receiving offers from Georgia, Florida State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

S Daniel Andrews
Ranked as #107 safety nationally by Scout.com …rated as the#64 player in Florida by SuperPrep…had a solid senior year with 59 total tackles…also had a sack, three tackles for loss, two interceptions and a caused fumble and recovered fumble…third-team all-state and all-region team selection…played in the Jacksonville Shrine Bowl game…totaled 88 tackles & two interceptions as a junior…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over Florida and Miami (FL).

K Spencer Benton
Currently enrolled at Clemson for spring semester following high school graduation in December…#25 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…converted 22-37 field goals and 99-113 extra points in three years at Myrtle Beach, with a career long kick of 49 yards…also a punter and wide receiver… had 410 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2007 from the wide receiver position…two-time all-region & all-state selection…two-time "Toast of the Coast" selection…WPDE All-Zone Team…WBTW All-Blitz Team…Shrine Bowl selection…coached by Scott Earley in high school…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over Duke, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Virginia.

DE DaQuan Bowers
Number-one ranked player in the nation regardless of position by ESPN.com…first signee in Clemson history to come to the Tigers as the number- one player in the nation…ranked number-two player in the nation by Scout.com and Rivals.com, number-eight player in the nation by SuperPrep, and number14 player in the nation by Tom Lemming… five-star player by Scout.com and Rivals.com…named first-team All-American by Scout.com…participant in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he was the defensive MVP of the game when he had four tackles for loss…graduated from high school in December of 2007 and already enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester…five-star player by both Rivals.com and Scout.com…slated to be a factor on Clemson's defensive front in 2008 …won Dan Foster Award from the Greenville Touchdown Club as the top high school player in South Carolina…first-team All-American according to EA Sports… #1 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com… #1 defensive end nationally by Scout.com …# 2 player in South Carolina and #2 defensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep…SuperPrep Mid Atlantic Defensive Player of the Year…played at the same high school that sent current bandit end Ricky Sapp to Clemson…2007 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year…two-time AP all-state selection…totaled 267 tackles, 90 for a loss, and 37 sacks in his high school career…as a senior, he registered 97 tackles, 33 for a loss,14 sacks, and 3 fumbles recovered…also added over 1200 yards rushing as a senior and 840 yards rushing as a junior…also had a 40-yard average on kickoff returns as a senior… recruited by outside linebackers Coach Ron West…chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

CB Xavier Brewer
Ranked as the 65th best player in the nation by ESPN.com …#7 cornerback nationally by ESPN.com…participated in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game…#13 cornerback nationally by Scout.com…grabbed five interceptions as a senior, after picking off six passes as a junior… high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee QB Kyle Parker in high school…Florida Times Union All First-Coast first-team selection…rated as a four-star player by Scout.com... named to the Super 11 in Florida by the Florida Times Union…his father played for the Denver Broncos and his brother, Chris, is a wide receiver for the San Francisco 49ers…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame and Florida.

WR Jaron Brown
Wide receiver who led Cheraw High School to state championship game victories each of the last two years…played in three state championship games…had 31 catches for 516 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior receiver when he was named all-state, all-area and all-region…also had 100 tackles and four interceptions as a safety in 2007…Palmetto All-Star back of the year…ranked as a three-star player on Scout.com…#57 athlete nationally...#56 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com…#5 player in South Carolina and #36 wide receiver nationally by SuperPrep… Shrine Bowl selection…also a standout on the Cheraw basketball team…from same high school and hometown as former Clemson All-America punter and NFL All-Pro punter Dale Hatcher…recruited by Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over offers from Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and South Carolina.

DE Jarrett Crittenton
Rated as a four-star defensive lineman by Scout.com……ranked as the 27th best junior college player in the nation by SuperPrep… originally played at Fayette County High School in Fayetteville, GA…recruited by Defensive Line Coach Chris Rumph…chose Clemson over Kansas State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, and Arkansas.

RB Andre Ellington
Ranked as the 44th best player in the nation by ESPN…. participant in the ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game…four-star running back according to Rivals.com and Scout.com…considered the 6th-best running back nationally by ESPN.com…#24 running back nationally by Scout.com...#10 player in South Carolina and #27 running back nationally by SuperPrep...Shrine Bowl selection....consensus all-state selection in South Carolina…al-region and all-low country…amassed 1,822 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns as a senior...added four other all-purpose touchdowns (2 receiving, 2 kickoff return) to total 28 touchdowns for the season... finished the season with 2,519 all-purpose yards...recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell…played his high school football for Jerry Brown…chose Clemson over Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

WR Brandon Ford
#64 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com…three-star receiver according to Scout.com…#55 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com…rated the 17th-best player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…Shrine Bowl selection…his stock soared after a breakout season in 2007…finished his senior season with 76 receptions for 1,702 yards and 22 touchdowns…led the state of South Carolina in reception yards and touchdowns and ranked third in the nation in reception yards…co-MVP and team captain at Hanahan High in 2007…played his high school football for Jeff Cruce, an offensive lineman on Clemson's 1981 National Championship team…compiled 116 catches over the past two seasons…recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell…chose Clemson over Georgia, Georgia Southern, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.

OL Dalton Freeman
Ranked as #13 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com…#16 offensive guard nationally by ESPN.com… finalist for Mr. Football in South Carolina…four-star offensive lineman according to both Scout.com...Offense-Defense All-American Bowl Offensive Lineman of the Year…Shrine Bowl selection…recipient of the Wendy's High School Heisman in South Carolina…#SuperPrep's #8 player in South Carolina…also rated the#39 offensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep…All-American by Tackle…three-time all-area, all-region, & all-state player on offense…two-time all-area & all-region on defense…two-time Region 4-AA Lineman of the Year…named Offensive Lineman of the Year by High School Sports Report and the South Carolina Football Coaches Association… winner of the Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award…as a senior, he graded out at 92 percent, while recording 67 knockdowns and 37 pancakes…defensively, he tied for the team lead with 83 tackles and also contributed 16 tackles for a loss and six sacks…all-region in track as a junior…coached by Ben Freeman, who is also his father…recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott…chose Clemson over Colorado, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

S Rashard Hall
Named to the Florida Times Union All First Coast First-team….three-star safety according to both Scout.com and Rivals.com…had eight interceptions in 2007 and had three defensive touchdowns…led the county in receiving with over 800 yards and eight TDs…St. John's County Defensive Player of the Year…firstteam all-state and all-county…three-star player by Scout.com. #46 safety nationally by Rivals.com…ranked 60th nationally at safety by Scout.com…#46 safety nationally by ESPN.com…#58 player in Florida by SuperPrep…helped lead St. Augustine to AAA state title game…teammate of fellow Tiger freshman safety Carlton Lewis in high school…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…also a standout basketball player at St. Augustine High…chose Clemson over Louisville, South Carolina, West Virginia, Maryland, Mississippi State and South Florida.

RB Jamie Harper
Ranked as the 12th best player in the nation by ESPN.com…ranked as number- three running back in the nation by ESPN.com…#5 running back nationally and #35 player overall by Scout.com … five-star by Scout.com…ranked as 27th best player in the nation by SuperPrep and the number-four running back… #11 player in Florida by SuperPrep…rushed for 1,437 yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior…in his junior season, he compiled 1,200 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns, along with four receiving touchdowns…participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he scored the winning touchdown on a scoring pass from fellow Clemson signee Kyle Parker with under three minutes left…high school teammate of fellow Tiger signee Daniel Andrews …recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), and Illinois.

Stanley Hunter
Enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester…originally signed with Clemson with the class of 2007… named a SuperPrep All-American at linebacker as a senior...#38 safety nationally and #15 player in South Carolina by Scout.com...#24 linebacker in the nation by SuperPrep...#37 safety in the nation by CollegeFootballNews.com....all-region by PrepStar...# 7 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...2006 South Carolina High School Coaches Association Defensive Player of The Year...Defensive MVP for the South Carolina team in the 2006 Shrine Bowl...2006 first-team all-state by The State...played at linebacker and safety in high school...as a junior, he totaled 160 tackles, 38 for a loss, and 16 sacks…three-star linebacker coming out of high school according to Rivals.com and Scout.com…he also amassed 102 tackles, 41 for a loss, and 20 sacks during his senior season…played with fellow Clemson players Chad Diehl, Xavier Dye, and Willy Korn at Byrnes High School for current Presbyterian Head Coach Bobby Bentley…recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell…chose Clemson over Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.

WR Marquan Jones
Graduated from high school in December of 2007 and enrolled in classes at Clemson for the spring semester… three-star choice by Scout.com…70 wide receiver nationally by Scout.com…#37 wide receiver nationally by ESPN.com…#12 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…helped lead Blythewood High School to the AAA state title in its first year of varsity football as a junior…head coach on that team was current Clemson grad assistant Jeff Scott…all-Region 3-AAA as a junior…High School Sports Report AAA Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and all-state selection as a senior…scored eight receiving touchdowns in his first playoff game vs. Blue Ridge as a junior…had nine 100-yard receiving games…scored at least one touchdown in every game as a senior…caught 92 passes for 1551 yards and 21 TDs as a junior…added 71 receptions for 1047 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior…for his high school career, he totaled 163 receptions for 2598 yards and 36 touchdowns in two years…after his junior year, he was named one of Sports Illustrated's Players to Watch…Shrine Bowl selection in 2007…coached by Geremy Saitz as a senior…recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott…chose Clemson over South Carolina.

S Carlton Lewis
Named to Florida Times Union All First Coast Team as a first-team selection…a three-star player by Scout.com... #44 safety nationally by Scout.com...#24 safety nationally by ESPN.com...helped lead St. Augustine to the AAA state title game…had 57 tackles and two interceptions as a senior safety…had 39 receptions for 760 yards and nine touchdowns as a wide receiver…teammate of fellow Tiger freshman safety Rashard Hall in high school…also a standout on the St. Augustine basketball team…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Wake Forest, South Florida, Vanderbilt and South Carolina.

OL Kenneth Page
Ranked as the #9 offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com…that service also lists him as a four-star player…#19 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com, that service lists him as a three-star player…#6 offensive guard nationally by ESPN.com…ranked as #9 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…#41 offensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep…participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game…Nike First Team Underclassmen All-American…second-team US Army All-American Combine…Shrine Bowl selection…member of the "Best of the South" by the Tampa Tribune (#18)…selected to the All-Southern Football Team by the Orlando Sentinel…Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award winner…one of five finalists for the Franklin D. Watkins Memorial Trophy Award…two-time first- team all-state offensive lineman…two-time AAA 1st Team All-State…first-team AP All-State…selected to the Palmetto Champions All-Star Team AAA Lineman of the Year…Palmetto Champions All-Star Finalist for Lineman of the Year…three-time all-region offensive lineman… three-time Columbia All-Area Offensive Lineman…named the top offensive line in South Carolina by SCVarsity.com...Region AAA Player of the Year as a senior…2007 Red Zone Player of the Year…top 100 player by High School Sports Report…National Merit Semi-Finalist…coached by Robin Bacon in high school…recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott…chose Clemson over Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, and Tennessee.

QB Kyle Parker
Graduated from high school in December of 2007 and enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester…ranked as 34th best player in the nation according to ESPN.com…# 4 quarterback nationally by ESPN.com…#13 quarterback nationally by Scout.com…#39 player in Florida by SuperPrep…four-star player according to Scout.com…participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game, he threw the game winning touchdown pass for his team with under three minutes left…considered by many to be the best quarterback in Florida…compiled 1850 yards and 15 touchdowns passing, along with over 1000 yards rushing, as a senior…teammate of fellow Tiger freshman CB Xavier Brewer in high school…also playing baseball for Clemson, he could play the infield, catcher or serve as a designated hitter this spring for the Tigers…could have been drafted within first 10 rounds had he not chosen to come to Clemson…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi and Nebraska.

QB Jon Richt
A three-star quarterback by Scout.com….ranked among top 70 quarterbacks in the nation by ESPN.com…holds all-time school career records for completions (181), passing yards (2468), and touchdowns (26) at Prince Avenue…team captain as a senior…won the team Summer and Season Commitment awards…also named the team's best competitor…two-time GHSA all-Region 8A quarterback/punter…two-time all-Oconee County quarterback…team MVP as a junior…son of current Georgia head football coach Mark Richt...recruited by Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott.

LB Tarik Rollins
Ranked as 149th best overall player in the nation by ESPN.com…graduated from high school in December of 2007 and enrolled in Clemson for the spring semester…three-star player according to Scout.com…# 15 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com…...#34 strongside linebacker nationally by Scout.com…#108 player in Florida by SuperPrep…missed virtually all of his senior season due to an injury…tallied 83 tackles, seven sacks, and six interceptions as a junior…recruited by Inside Linebackers Coach David Blackwell…chose Clemson over Indiana, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, NC State, Purdue, South Carolina, Wake Forest, & Wisconsin.

OL Matt Sanders
16 offensive guard nationally by Scout.com…#41 offensive guard nationally by ESPN.com…#73 player in Florida by SuperPrep …three- star player according to both Rivals.com and Scout.com…selected to Max Emfinger All-American game…first-team All-State as a senior, he was a third- team All-State selection as a junior in 2006…first-team All-Area in 2006 and 2007…three year starter on the offensive line…named Northwest Florida Offensive Lineman of the Year…Northwest Florida All-Sports Association Scholastic Athletic of the Year in 2007…ranked in the top five percent of his senior class academically…team captain in 2007…also outstanding track athlete who finished ninth in the state in the discus in 2007…he was second in the district and fourth at the regional meet for the state of Florida…also a member of the basketball team the last three years…recruited by Defensive Coordinator Vic Koenning and Offensive Line Coach Brad Scott…chose Clemson over Florida State, Central Florida, Duke, Iowa State, Maryland, NC State, Purdue, & Vanderbilt.

OL Matt Skinner
First-team All-State performer in Florida…also named #44 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com… played in F.A.C. A. Florida North-South All-Star Game…played on state championship team as a junior…started at offensive tackle in high school, but was recruited primarily as a long-snapper…named a Super 24 player in Northeast Florida …first-team all-area selection by Jacksonville Times Union…comes to Clemson from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, the same school that produced All-America Clemson kicker David Treadwell…played his high school football for Corky Rogers…member of the National Honor Society…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney and Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier….chose Clemson over offer from Wake Forest.

DT Brandon Thompson
Ranked as the 39th best overall player in the nation by ESPN.com...#3 defensive tackle nationally by ESPN.com…...#71 player overall and #6 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com…#5 player in Georgia and #8 defensive lineman nationally by SuperPrep…four-year starter…fourstar player according to Rivals.com and Scout.com…as a senior, he led the team in sacks with 19 and registered 61 tackles…Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…three-time all-region selection…Region 1-AA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior…two-time all-state player…he is especially strong in the weight room…he can bench press 385 pounds, squat 600 pounds, and clean 315 pounds, all impressive…participated in ESPN/Under Armour All-American Game…recruited by Tight Ends Coach Billy Napier…chose Clemson over Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, & Tennessee.

Jonathan Willard
Four-star linebacker according to Rivals.com and a three-star by Scout.com…#34 weakside linebacker nationally by Scout.com…#22 outside linebacker nationally by ESPN.com…#19 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep…only played for half of his senior season due to a knee injury…all-region 2-A performer…played in the North-South All-Star Game…selected to play in the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl…ran for 702 yards in six games as a senior…he added 89 tackles and 53 assists…threetime state wrestling champion…coached by James Longerbeam in high school…nephew of former Clemson defensive tackle Richard McCullough, who was also a product of Loris High School…recruited by Wide Receivers Coach Dabo Swinney…chose Clemson over Florida, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, & Tennessee.

P Dawson Zimmerman
Ranked as the #2 punter nationally by Scout.com...#6 kicker nationally by ESPN.com..three-star player as a punter according to Scout.com...helped Brookwood to three region championships & a state title appearance…Class 5A All-State punter by Georgia Sports Writers…first-team all-state punter by Atlanta Journal-Constitution...Gwinnett County Touchdown Club Specialist of the Year…named the kicker in the "Rivalries of Gwinnett" All-Star Game…as a junior, he had a 41.0 yard average per punt…he also booted a Brookwoodrecord 74-yard punt…record was previously held by current Denver Broncos kicker Jason Elam...awarded 2nd place in 2007 Scout.com Kicking Expo…recruited by Outside Linebackers Coach Ron West...chose Clemson over Illinois, Maryland, Wake Forest, & Hawaii.

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