2010 Tiger Targets: TE

With the talented Dwayne Allen waiting in the wings after the 2009 season, but having otherwise thin numbers, Clemson is looking to find a couple of talented prospects for its 2010 recruiting class.


Haplea spent his freshman year playing wide receiver and it shows in the passing game. A fairly advanced route runner for a bigger athlete, Kevin uses his hands well and plucks the ball out of the air rather than letting it get in on his body.

TE Kevin Haplea

THE LOW DOWN: A well-rounded tight end prospect and the highest regarded prospect left on the TE board recently made a sweeping tour of the eastern seaboard including a visit to Clemson. Haplea spent his freshman year playing wide receiver and it shows in the passing game. A fairly advanced route runner for a bigger athlete, Kevin uses his hands well and plucks the ball out of the air rather than letting it get in on his body. After growing some, he was moved to TE in an I-form, run heavy offense that has improved his blocking skills. Because of this duality of careers for him early in his development, Haplea is exceptionally balanced. This prospect will be able to play early in his career and will fit well into virtually any offensive system due to his versatility and multifaceted skill set.

THE CONTENDERS: The Tigers were the beneficiary of a visit this past week and find themselves squarely in the mix for one of the more talented TE prospects in the nation. Haplea has been very close to the vest with his favorites thus far and has left most programs guessing, but that should change in the near future as he will begin to focus on a short list. The obvious frontrunners here have to be Penn State and Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights are less than an hour away from home for Kevin and he is very familiar with that program having visited many times. PSU also has proximity working in its favor and will likely get at least one more return visit. Pitt also is strong for him early and has a good chance at making the short list. The Florida schools received their own visits as well. Clemson's depth chart is favorable and they made a very good impression on him. If they can overcome the distance factor, the Tigers will have a chance. The crystal ball says Kevin has a ton of good offers close to home and elects to stay in the northeast.


A jumbo athlete in every sense of the now clichéd phrase, Beasley is a talented prospect that could play a number of positions at the next level.

TE Victor Beasley

THE LOW DOWN: A jumbo athlete in every sense of the now clichéd phrase, Beasley is a talented prospect that could play a number of positions at the next level. Some colleges view him as a possibility as a rush end if he continues to grow and add weight. Others see him as a large outside linebacker. Still more project his highest ceiling on the offensive side of the ball as a pass catching monster. It doesn't matter where he has been asked to line up at camps, Vic has shown that he can excel at all of them and is a great looking prospect. Though he is very raw and will likely need at least one year of dedicated coaching at his ultimate position, he has an extremely high upside and could be an impact player at the next level.

THE CONTENDERS: Alabama figures to be the team to beat here. Rumors have been circulating for a while that he is leaning to the Tide and could commit before his senior season. In camp, Bama worked him out at outside backer and he was better than advertised. However, Beasley made a special trip to Clemson during the 7-on-7 camp for a dedicated unofficial visit (that is, he came with the express purpose of a recruiting visit to Death Valley, not because of the camp). Clemson is recruiting him at TE, his preferred position and has that working in their favor. If the Tigers can stave off an early commitment to Nick Saban, they are a much larger threat than the average Bama fan would like to admit. On the outside looking in, are both Auburn and Florida State, but are distant. The crystal ball says the Tigers end up a bride's maid again to Bama as tricky Nicky pulls out another one.


This unheralded recruit showed that he not only belonged on the field with the other prospects during Clemson's camp, but was worthy of extending a scholarship offer.

TE Sam Cooper

THE LOW DOWN: This unheralded recruit showed that he not only belonged on the field with the other prospects during Clemson's camp, but was worthy of extending a scholarship offer. After working out in front of the Tiger staff, they decided to move on the prospect with an offer. Cooper looked good in drills, was smooth over the middle and good in the receiving game. He is not the fastest of prospects at the position, but was very steady. Tiger fans will immediately think of the man he'd be replacing, Michael Palmer; not overly flashy and not a threat to take over a game, but very accountable, dependable and will make all the necessary little plays to help win ball games. Sam needs work in his upper body strength and the blocking game, but has a frame that could easily allow for such gains. Perhaps his best asset is his intelligence and coachability, both of which will serve him well at the collegiate level.

THE CONTENDERS: Clemson stepped up with a big offer after seeing him in person at camp. The two TE's that clearly stood out above the rest were Cooper and Nermin Delic (who subsequently committed to Maryland). The Tigers decided to move on Cooper and evaluated him as the better of the two prospects. One has to believe that Clemson is the team to beat and is in a strong position with this young man. Duke has also stepped out with an offer recently. If Sam continues to fly far below the radar, look for Clemson to land this unhyped prospect. Though he will likely look poor in the star column, his potential and game play will far exceed those expectations. The crystal ball says Clemson secures a commitment from Sam and locks down one of its two needed TE's.


Jones is a pure tight end that plays like an oversized wide receiver. He has good hands, good size and nice straight line speed.

TE Harrison Jones

THE LOW DOWN: Jones is a pure tight end that plays like an oversized wide receiver. He has good hands, good size and nice straight line speed. He also has a good burst off of the line and excels in the passing game. He will need to work on his blocking skills as he is more of a receiver than blocker at this stage of his career, but has demonstrated good strength in the past. One of the more highly sought after Tennessee prospects, Harrison has received a bundle of offers from across the southeast, including having several schools label him as their top TE on the board. Suffering a strained MCL last year, Jones has bounced back and is in top shape.

THE CONTENDERS: A likely SEC lean, he has attracted the attention of many programs throughout the southeast. Bama is once again a very strong contender here as his older brother is currently attending school there. He has visited Tide Town several times and is very familiar with the program. Don't pencil him in for Bama just yet as Ole Miss is very strong and perhaps even leading at this time. If the Rebels can overcome the brotherly bond, they have a chance at walking away with a good player. Of course Tennessee must be considered for this Volunteer State native, but is clearly behind the other two schools. Clemson received a surprise visit from him early in the spring and thoroughly impressed the prospect. While still a long shot for his services, Swinney made a great impression and if the Tigers secure a return visit, could jump into the mix. The crystal ball says that the lure of the coeds at the Grove is far too much for any 18 year old male to overcome and he ends up at Ole Miss.


Another prospect of the jumbo athlete variety, Anderson also projects favorably at a variety of positions including defensive end and tight end.

TE Henry Anderson

THE LOW DOWN: Another prospect of the jumbo athlete variety, Anderson also projects favorably at a variety of positions including defensive end and tight end. Possessing good size and better athleticism, most colleges are viewing Harrison as an offensive prospect that could be an H-back type of player that serves as a lead blocker, on the line blocker, and a pass catching threat. While he doesn't possess great speed and has only a decent burst off the line, Jones does run well in the open field. He has a great frame with very long arms that will serve him well both in receiving as well as when locking horns with defensive linemen on blocking duties. Because of his great size, long arms, and good agility, it is not completely out of the question to see Harrison grow into an offensive tackle.

THE CONTENDERS: The Georgia prospect grew up a fan of the Bulldogs and hoped to secure an offer after camping there. After a solid performance, that offer still has not come. However, other local favorite Georgia Tech has offered long ago. Viewing him as a defensive end prospect, Anderson may commit sooner rather than later as he is feeling some pressure from the Jackets as they have filled one of their three available D-line slots with McCoy. Clemson has him as one of their top priorities at TE and managed to get him on campus for a visit. Though the visit initially was with limited enthusiasm, Anderson was blown away with what he saw. He was extremely impressed with the facilities and coaching staff and the visit greatly enhanced the Tiger's chances. An extremely intelligent prospect view academics as a top priority and is reflected in his leader board as both Virginia and Stanford have made the early list. The crystal ball says the pressure of securing a limited spot on GT's line gets to him and he pulls the trigger for the Yellow Jackets.

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