Tuesday Morning Recruiting Updates

Lexington RB Demetris Summers, considered by most experts to be the top rated running back in the country, rushed for 247 yards and a touchdown in a 28-12 win over White Knoll. Summers tied Emmitt Smith's national high school record for 100-yard rushing games in a career by going over the century mark for the 45th time.

WR Noah Whiteside has been setting the upstate on fire this year, and he continued his brutal assalt on the record books with another outstanding performance Friday evening. Whiteside caught nine passes for 191 yards, including one for a 40-yard touchdown in a 52-0 win over Chester. He has now finished the regular season with 77 receptions for 1628 yards and 19 touchdowns. Whiteside maintains that the South Carolina Gamecocks are still the team to beat.

WR Terrell Allen finished the regular season for Byrnes with 31 catches for 556 yards and 3 touchdowns. Allen's stats are a little down this year but the word is he has seen extensive double teams off the line of scrimmage all season long. Allen is looking at Clemson, Texas, Alabama, and Pittsburgh, but the Tigers still have the inside track. All the schools listed above have offered.

OL Ty Hall saw his season come to an unexpected end when Anderson High School fell in the first round of the playoffs. "I'm doing great," he said. "We had a great year with a real tough loss to end it. We went 10-1," said Hall.

Hall is set with visits to Boston College and Vanderbilt, and he'll decide on whether on his date to Clemson in the coming week. Right now, it looks like either November 23rd or January 10th. Most recruiting experts have Hall as one of their top 2 prospects on the offensive line in the great state of Ohio this year.

Lexington RB Demetris Summers, considered by most experts to be the top rated running back in the country, rushed for 247 yards and a touchdown in a 28-12 win over White Knoll. Summers tied Emmitt Smith's national high school record for 100-yard rushing games in a career by going over the century mark for the 45th time.

With the win, Lexington won the region 4-AAAA title and closed the regular season with a 7-4 record. Also, in somewhat of a surprise move, it has been learned that Summers will announce where he'll attend college alter this week. Most experts concur that he'll end up at South Carolina.

Clemson verbal commitment QB C.J. Gaddis saw his team get upset by Seventy-First High School Friday night 14-7. Gaddis rushed for 43 yards on 8 attempts and also kicked the extra point in the loss. Hoke County will now be the sixth seed in the playoffs which begin this weekend.

Interestingly enough, Gaddis also took in the Tigers' game at North Carolina this past weekend. He sat with UNC verbal commitment Mike Mason in Chapel Hill, but he still insists that he'll be a Tiger next season. The senior quarterback has struggled a bit in the passing game this season, especially during the second half of the year.

The Washington trio of S Avery Roberson, CB Jeramie Johnson, and LB Jarvis Jackson have still not set their official visits to Clemson as of late last week. Johnson, one of the top prospects I've seen this year in the secondary, has already set an official visit to Mississippi State the weekend of Janauary 10th.

Jackson and Roberson now appear to be the Tigers' best shot among the three, but Roberson insists that they all may be a "package deal." Jackson will be a linebacker in college, while Roberson could play either as a free safety or cornerback.

"Right now, my favorite teams are Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and Clemson," said Roberson. "I also like Auburn and Florida State. It would be great if me, Jeramie and Jarvis could all go to the same college, but we'll have to see what happens." Roberson hopes to have his visits lined up sometime in the next few weeks.

Jackson has registered 112 tackles on the year to go along with 2 interceptions while Johnson and Roberson have put up has 31 (3 INTS) and 59 (2 INTS) tackles respectively. Stay tuned with this trio, they could be instrumental in the success of the 2003 class. Clemson, Mississippi State, Auburn, and Georgia Tech will battle it out here.

OL Trevor Rees continues to have an outstanding season for Pearland High School. Pearland won a must win game to go to the playoffs for the third straight year. Rees helped pave the way 294 yards rushing. The senior center has also picked up additional offers from TCU and Kansas in the past two weeks, but the Tigers and Northwestern are still atop his list. Rees is set with a visit to Clemson on January 10th and is being recruited by Coach Watts as a center.

The Tigers continue to make solid progress on the offensive line this recruiting season. Brandon Pilgrim remains very close to a verbal commitment and Clemson still stands in good shape with Mario Henderson, Ty Hall, and Trevor Rees.

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