What's Next for Clemson's Recruiting?

After a big weekend, CUTigers takes an in-depth look on what's next for the Clemson coaching staff's 2009 recruiting efforts. From five-star QB Tajh Boyd to three-star safety Jonathan Scott. Read all about it right here!

What's left for Clemson's recruiting efforts in the next couple of weeks?

Good question, and below you'll read about some of the answers, at least with five of the top prospects left on Clemson's board.

But for starters, it is important to point out the Tigers did pick up public verbal commitment this weekend in future three-star prospect Spencer Shuey.

Shuey, who could play a variety of positions at Clemson in the coming seasons, gives the Tigers a strong defender amongst their current 12 verbal commitments.

At South Mecklenburg (N.C.), he was a three-year starter at both fullback and middle linebacker. He finished his senior season with 88 tackles and rushed for 1,250 yards and 15 touchdowns. With his pledge now secure, the Clemson coaching staff has between seven and eight spots left for this year's class.

Here's a look at five of the top prospects still on the board, and how things stand entering the heart of January:

#1. QB Tajh Boyd (6-1/210)

THE SCOOP: Boyd was expected to be in Clemson this weekend for an official visit, but he backed off the trip at the last minute due to an online class. He still could visit this coming weekend, and according to his father, Tim, there is a "50-50" chance of that happening as of last Friday morning. Whether that happens or not remains to be seen, but Clemson is still in contention and would be a threat to Ohio State and Oregon if Boyd gets on campus. One factor working against the Tigers is the fact Boyd is expecting to have surgery to repair a torn ACL and he wants to rehab at his future school starting in March. That would only work for a school on the quarterly system, which Clemson is not. One factor working for the Tigers is the fact he's been fond of Clemson since meeting Tommy Bowden when he was just eight years old. An autographed Clemson poster remains on his wall to this day.


#2. WR Kendall Kelly (6-3/220)

THE SCOOP: Kelly is set for an official visit in Tigertown on Jan. 16 and would be a big pickup at a position of need for the 2009 recruiting class. While his senior year didn't live to expectations and he's likely to fall in Scout.com's wide receiver rankings, he'd still be a great pickup at a position of need. Alabama and LSU are also in line to receive officials with the Crimson Tide perhaps being the biggest obstacle.


#3. OL JerQuari Schofield (6-6/298)

THE SCOOP: Don't worry, he won't be a two-star prospect for too much longer after his performance during the week leading up to the Shrine Bowl. Likely bound for high three-star, low four-star status, Schofield would be a huge pickup this late in the recruiting process. The massive tackle visited Clemson this weekend, telling CUTigers the Vols and Tigers are now "all even." While he does have a final visit to Tennessee planned in two weeks, the Tigers have a great shot here after this weekend.

#4. RB Mike Gillislee (6-0/190)

THE SCOOP: Gillislee was once a firm commitment to the defending National Champion Florida Gators but has since backed off that pledge. He's scheduled to visit Clemson officially this coming weekend and would be an enormous shot in the arm for Clemson's 2009 recruiting efforts. Also visited the Tigers' bowl preparations in Jacksonville and came away impressed. Simply put, he's good and would continue the recent trend of Clemson signing the Sunshine State's top running backs (C.J. Spiller, Jamie Harper).


#5. CB Justin Green (5-11/180)

THE SCOOP: Green visited Clemson this weekend with plenty to think about. A current commitment to Ohio State, he's now talking extensively with his family about switching to Clemson. He should have a better feel for which way he's leaning in the next 24-48 hours. While corner isn't a pressing need for 2009, the losses of both starters in 2010 would be a nice place for Green to fit in. The Tigers may have turned him this weekend, but he's got some thinking to do and some family to talk to before it would happen publicly.


At this juncture, three-star offensive lineman Quinton Washington is likely headed elsewhere after taking his official visit to Clemson this weekend.

While the Tigers would love to sign him, it is important to note the Clemson coaching staff will sign the state's top two offensive linemen this year in J.K. Jay (already enrolled) and Brandon Thomas.

CUTigers is also removing Greenwood linebacker Sam Montgomery off its regular call list as he is likely headed out of state at this juncture.

Clemson is continuing to be active with Jonathan Scott, a three-star safety, and Tim Simon, a three-star running back who remains committed to Ole Miss after the two prospects visited Tigertown officially this weekend.

The Tigers appear to be in the best shape with Scott, who could be seen at the Clemson-N.C. State basketball game Saturday having a fantastic time.

West Virginia and South Carolina are also two teams under heavy consideration from the three-star safety.

Scott is currently set to announce his decision next Sunday evening in a press conference.

Also still on the board is current North Carolina commitment Josh Hunter, cousin of current Tiger Spencer Adams. Hunter, the No. 63 ranked cornerback in the country, will be on campus the weekend of January 23 for an official visit.

The Tigers are also still evaluating a handful of other prospects, who could be on campus for official visits before the end of the month.

As far as Clemson's current verbal commitments are concerned, Lake View LB Quandon Christian is still planning on visiting N.C. State this weekend, even after having a great time on his official visit this weekend.

At this time, it is not believed the Wolfpack are squarely in contention, but he is visiting Raliegh, N.C. on Friday so it is a situation worth following.

Also, Spencer Shuey may still take a trip to Illinois, but like Christian, he insists his pledge will not change.

Everyone else remains firm in their commitment with no other visits planned.

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