Clemson Targets Throughout Top 300

A handful of Clemson's top targets for the 2009 recruiting class are spread throughout Scout.com's Top 300 prospects in the nation.

Scout.com's Top 300

Several of Clemson's top targets for the class of 2009 are scattered throughout Scout.com's latest release of its top 300 prospects in the nation.

Among some of the notable names are OT Xavier Nixon, who comes in the highest at No. 6 in the nation.

Nixon is preparing to narrow down his extensive list of schools after visiting LSU, Auburn and Florida in the coming weeks. His recruiter to Clemson, defensive line coach Chris Rumph, remains in close contact.

He has maintained for quite some time he will not make a decision until National Signing Day.

Also on the list at No. 21 is current Clemson verbal commitment safety Craig Loston. The Houston native officially committed to the Tigers this week over offers from LSU, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Georgia and just about every other major power in the nation.

Loston is also currently ranked as the No. 1 safety in the nation according to Scout.com.

Coming at No. 33 is Carmel, Ind. quarterback Morgan Newton. Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence visited him this week as part of Clemson's spring evaluation period.

The five-star Newton is now the No. 7 quarterback prospect in the country, and one of the top dual-threat passers available in the 2009 recruiting class.

The Tigers are looking to sign at least one quarterback this year.

Clemson fans will also be familiar with the No. 34 prospect on Scout.com's Top 300 list - Charlotte native Devonte Holloman.

The Clemson coaching staff has put itself in position to possibly land one of the top linebackers in the country in Jarvis Jones- but lookout for Georgia.
Holloman is currently the No. 2 safety in the nation but will likely play linebacker at the next level if he keeps growing (already he's approaching 215 pounds). The Tigers remain in great shape here but a host of schools, including North Carolina, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia will be heavily involved until the end.

Coming in at No. 57 is four-star linebacker Jarvis Jones, out of Carver High School in Columbus, Ga.

Jones visited Clemson during spring practice last month and came away very impressed. He also has built a strong relationship with Coach Napier.

"They just keep it real with me," he said about Clemson in his most recent interview on Scout.com. "They tell me things that I'm going to have to do to get through college life. They tell me the things that I need to improve on from high school."

Clemson and Georgia are likely the teams to beat right now for Jones, although he has offers from just about every other major football power in the southeast.

Greenwood's Sam Montgomery comes in No. 68 on Scout.com's Top 300 list. The top defensive end in the Palmetto State has visited Clemson many times, including a trip for the annual Orange & White game last month.

Clemson, LSU, Southern California, Miami and Auburn are just a sampling of his scholarship offers entering the month of May. Right now the Tigers appear to be in good shape here.

Rounding out the highlights of the Top 100, Washington High School's (Atlanta) Branden Smith comes in at No. 75. Clemson is giving Smith a chance to play receiver if he so chooses, but the top cornerback will have his pick of many teams - including Clemson, Georgia, Auburn Alabama and Notre Dame.

Christ Church's J.K. Jay, a longtime Clemson commitment and the No. 1 offensive lineman in South Carolina for the class of 2009 comes in at No. 122.

Jay has been a recruiting force for the Tigers this year, making routine phone calls to many of Clemson's top targets, including Sam Montgomery and Devonte Holloman.

His commitment remains firm.

Just 16 spots later is Henry County wide receiver Jamal Patterson. The 6-2, 188 pound Patterson remains one of Clemson's top targets at wide receiver and should be in line for an official visit to Tigertown later this year or early next January. Florida State, Florida, Auburn, LSU and Alabama will also be factors here.

Jheranie Boyd 47 receptions for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns last year and is one of the top wide receivers on the board for the Tigers in the 2009 class.
Another Clemson verbal commitment comes in at No. 152 in Northside (Ga.) linebacker Eric Fields, the No. 7 middle linebacker prospect in the country and a four-star prospect.

Fields will give the Tigers a nice infusion of young talent at the MIKE linebacker spot for years to come once he signs next February.

At No. 206, Ashbrook (N.C.) wide receiver Jheranie Boyd comes in as another top target for the Tigers on the offensive side of the ball. Boyd has drawn attention from as far away as Southern California and is planning a visit to the West Coast later this summer.

He also plans on camping at Clemson and Illinois as well.

The Tigers are squarely in the mix but will be battled by the schools mentioned above, as well as N.C. State and North Carolina.

Coming at No. 236 and ranked as a wide receiver is South Pointe's Stephon Gilmore. Gilmore, who is widely considered to be one of the top athletes in South Carolina for the class of 2009, is likely a cornerback at the next level.

Clemson remains in good shape here but will be challenged by South Carolina, Florida and Tennessee.

Interestingly enough, Michigan, who just offered Gilmore in early April, has told him they would like him to play quarterback. Wake Forest is also recruiting Gilmore to play quarterback as well.

Finally, at No. 261 is another quarterback out of Frisco, Tex. in Ryan Mossakowski.

Like Morgan Newton, Mossakowski was visited by Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence earlier this week.

"Coach Spence came by on Monday," the 6-4, 203 pound rising senior season said. "I have been talking to him about making a trip to South Carolina to go to their camp. I told him I would give him a call in a few weeks to tell him when I will come down. His visit went good. He made a long trip just to see me."

Mossakowski threw for over 3,000 yards and 19 touchdowns last season.

Note: Other prospects not mentioned in this article who looking at Clemson can be found by clicking the link at the top of the page. This article is simply a summary of many, but not all, of the top names looking at the Tigers.

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