Tigers bolt to No. 1 for NC DB

The Clemson coaching staff has quickly moved in with an offer for this fast rising S/WR prospect for the class of 2011.

Wadesboro, Anson HS (NC) 2011 safety/wide receiver Brandon Ellerbe has been a long-time Clemson fan. And some good news came his way Tuesday in the form of an offer from the Tigers, which also happened to be his first.

Ellerbe answered with an emphatic "yes sir" Tuesday night when CUTigers asked him if he was excited about the offer. It was one he'd been anticipating for a while.

"I've been a Clemson fan since I was little," he said. "Ever since I was a little I've been seeing them in playing on TV and even into high school now."

Anson's purple and navy blue could easily transition to orange and purple.

Being recruited to play safety, he's lineup at running back and wide receiver in high school.

Last year, Ellerbe had four interceptions, one for a 100-yard touchdown, 30 tackles and seven deflected passes. In limited time at wide receiver he had 75 yards receiving.

This year, he's started the season 1-1 at Anson and has made 12 tackles.

Already with one trip to Clemson, Ellerbe said he's thinking about traveling to Tigertown again to see Clemson play Florida State.

He's talking mostly to defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison a lot so far in during his recruitment. In his trip to Clemson, Ellerbe, who is 6-foot, 198 pounds, said he liked the facilities and campus.

Though he's not heard from Florida State, Florida and Georgia, he's very interested in hearing from them.

The cousin of former Georgia Bulldog and current Baltimore Raven linebacker Dannell Ellerbe.

He's also hearing from South Carolina, Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame and Stanford. Tuesday's offer is one that he's been waiting on for all his life, Ellerbe said.

"I would like to commit early," he said. "But right now Clemson is in the lead."

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