Top 10 Must Have Recruits

With the No. 1 and No. 2 safeties in the 2009 recruiting class already verbally committed to the Clemson coaching staff, the Tigers are well on their way to bringing in a top 10 class. Which other top prospects need to sign with Clemson to make it happen? Read on to find out!

#1. OL Xavier Nixon (Chris Rumph recruiting)
Nixon is the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the nation according to and will consider offers from schools all over the country. He visited LSU, Auburn and Florida last week and will also consider Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State and Miami before it's all said and done. The Tigers would like to continue to increase their talent on the offensive line in the years to come- signing Dorman's Brandon Thomas and Nixon would be a huge step in that direction.

#2. OL Brandon Thomas (Billy Napier recruiting)
Thomas could end up becoming the state of South Carolina's top offensive lineman by the end of the 2008 high school football season. The Dorman High standout already has offers from Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina and a host of others but the Tigers are his clear leader at the present moment. It's likely only a matter of time until a verbal commitment is announced. If Clemson can in fact secure his commitment, the Tigers would sign the top two linemen in the state in Thomas and Christ Church's J.K. Jay.

#3. LB Jarvis Jones (Billy Napier recruiting)
The battle for Jones will likely come down to a war between two old rivals- Clemson and Georgia. Florida has also somewhat entered the picture but the Tigers and Dawgs have the edge. The defensive staffs from both schools visited with Jones during the spring evaluation period and the four-star linebacker also visited Clemson and Athens to take in spring practice. Jones is currently ranked as the No. 3 strong side linebacker prospect in the nation according to and is closely watching the depth charts and recruiting classes of his top two schools.

#4. DE Sam Montgomery (Ron West recruiting)
The No. 1 prospect in South Carolina for the class of 2009 is drawing attention from schools all over- including Clemson, Southern California, LSU, Miami and Florida. If Montgomery signs with Clemson, which currently projects he will, the Tigers would have inked the state's top player in each of the last two years. (Da'Quan Bowers was ranked No. 1 for the class of 2008.) Montgomery finished an incredible junior year with 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 20 sacks.

If the Tigers can sign Columbia's Damario Jeffrey, the Clemson coaching staff will dominate archrival South Carolina even more for the 2009 class than 2008.
#5. WR Jheranie Boyd (Billy Napier recruiting)
Boyd has drawn offers from as far away as Southern California and is currently the No. 31 wide receiver prospect in the nation according to The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder totaled 47 receptions for 1,151 yards and 11 touchdowns while earning first-team all-conference and all-area honors. Clemson, North Carolina, N.C. State are the early teams to beat, but Boyd is planning to publicly narrow his list down to 15 schools later this month. Boyd is also in contact with many of the south's top recruits- including Clemson commitment Devonte Holloman.

#6. OLB Damario Jeffrey (Chris Rumph recruiting)
Jeffrey is one of the most gifted athletes in South Carolina for the class of 2009 and will heavily consider both the Tigers and Gamecocks when it comes to recruiting. As a junior he recorded 109 tackles, five interceptions, five blocked punts, one blocked field goal, four sacks and four forced fumbles on defense. He also caught 12 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns on offense. Clemson, South Carolina and Alabama appear to be the current front-runners in a battle that will likely go down to the very end.

#7. QB Morgan Newton (Rob Spence, graduate assistant Mike Dooley recruiting)
One of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the nation, out of Carmel, Ind., is considering a host of schools- including Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Miami and Illinois, just to name a few. Newton, a five-star prospect according to, completed 124-of-213 passes for 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns to go along with 132 rushing attempts for 750 yards and 11 more scores as a junior. He visited Clemson during spring practice and also received a visit during the spring evaluation period from offensive coordinator Rob Spence as well.

#8. CB Stephon Gilmore (Billy Napier recruiting)
Clemson, South Carolina, Tennessee and Michigan are Gilmore's top schools at the present moment, but the Tigers remain the team to beat. If he signs with Clemson, he's likely headed to the defensive side of the ball where he'll play boundary corner. Michigan has even talked to Gilmore about playing quarterback to run Rich Rodriguez's new spread offense in Ann Arbor. The South Pointe standpoint is currently ranked as the No. 35 wide receiver prospect in the nation according to Scout.

#9. TE Logan Thomas (Billy Napier recruiting)
Signing the No. 1 tight end prospect would certainly be a welcome addition in Clemson's offense, which often uses multiple tight end sets to begin with. Clemson, West Virginia, Auburn, Colorado, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Boston College and a host of other schools have already moved in with an offer for the Lynchburg, Va. native. Thomas played quarterback as a junior and earned first-team All-District and All-Region honors, throwing for 1150 yards and 13 touchdowns. He also rushed for 600 yards and eight touchdowns. As a sophomore, he caught 54 passes for over 900 yards and eight touchdowns.

#10. RB Jarvis Giles (Chris Rumph recruiting)
Giles, the No. 23 ranked running back in the country according to, is highly coveted by the Tigers and would round out another strong running back class with Sumter's Rod McDowell if signed. As a junior, he carried the ball 236 times for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns. Giles has the potential to be a powerful running back at the next level and is keeping a close eye on the depth chart of all of his top schools- including Clemson. Top Stories