What Happens Now?

With Noah Whiteside verbally committing to the South Carolina Gamecocks, where does that leave the Tigers at wide receiver in the 2003 recruiting class? Well, the possiblities are endless, but one prospect could be getting a big phone call at some point in the near future.

Now that the Noah Whiteside soap opera is behind us, the focus can now turn to which players may be able to step in the 2003 recruiting class and make a difference at wide receiver.

The Tigers have already secured the verbal commitment of Chris Jefferson, a standout receiver out of Morganton, North Carolina. Jefferson is a wide out by nature, so it goes without saying that he won't be making the transition to any other position on the field next fall.

Clemson has also landed Sergio Gilliam, an underrated wide out/defensive back out of Greer High School. The staff has told Gilliam that he could get a look at wide receiver or defensive back once he arrives on campus.

Could Gilliam end up being the second wide receiver in the 2003 recruiting class? Possibly, however we won't know for sure until he steps onto the practice fields in August.

Gilliam was exceptional in the Shrine Bowl against the likes of North Carolina commitment Mike Mason, and South Carolina commitment Travis Lee. In fact, he shut both players down when he was on the field at cornerback.

However, that wasn't the only area in which Gilliam excelled this past season. He pretty much did everything for his team and then some.

"I finished the year with 10 touchdowns and 8 interceptions," said Gilliam in an interview with CUTigers.com. "I caught 21 passes for 452 yards and 4 touchdowns. My other scores came from kick returns and defense. I played as wide receiver, cornerback, and a kick returner on both kickoffs and punts."

While a lot of people, including myself, have gone ahead and penciled him in at defensive back, perhaps we've gone ahead and jumped the gun a little. It looks like there may be some truth in him getting a hard look on the offensive side of the ball.

Interestingly enough, there's one prospect that stands to receive a scholarship offer based on today's developments, and that player is none other than Westlake wide receiver Brandon Allen.

Allen made the trip up to Clemson two weeks ago, and was ready to verbally commit to the Tigers if they would have offered.

"Yeah, they haven't offered him quite yet," said Brandon's father in a recent interview. "We are going to wait and see how this plays out, but he doesn't have an offer yet. I think they are waiting to see what some other kids do."

Well, that wait is over.

With Whiteside committing to South Carolina, Brandon Allen appears to be the #1 target left at wide receiver on the Tigers' board. Allen reminds most scouts of former Tiger great Rod Gardner, in that he prides himself on going up and getting the long ball in almost any situation.

Allen was the leading receiver for his team this year, bringing in 57 catches for 1,418 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Certainly, with his skills and physical attributes, he would be a welcome addition to the 2003 recruiting class. Whether that happens or not, remains to be seen.

With Roscoe Crosby apparently coming back, and Tennessee transfer Michael Collins in the mix at wide receiver next season, maybe the Tigers will only grab Chris Jefferson this year.

A lot is still yet to be determined, but things will likely start to become a little clearer after the Whiteside drama cools down a bit. Stay tuned Tiger fans!

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