Eric Young's verbal commitment to Tennessee was an enormous surprise to everyone involved in covering his recruitment. Big E had seemingly narrowed his choices down to Clemson and South Carolina before Phil Fulmer and company moved in and pulled off one of the biggest recruiting coups of the last 5 years.
That being said, is it over? Is there any chance one of the nation's top offensive linemen will change his mind? Certainly! But right now it doesn't look likely.
Young is expecting in-home visits this week from South Carolina's Lou Holtz, as well as Clemson's Tommy Bowden and Rick Stockstill.
Coach Stock is clearly the "X" factor here. He's developed a close relationship with Young, and since the Tigers are making the last in-home visit this week, anything is possible.
The most important thing here is "trust." Eric Young trusts Rick Stockstill more than any other coach out there, and the months, if not years, of groundwork laid by the Tigers' top recruiter could pay dividends here before this situation is a done deal.
Woodly Telfort and David Overmyer
With five verbal commitments on the offensive line (including Chris McDuffie who will be given a look at OT and/or DT when he arrives on campus) the Tigers figure to be involved with two more key prospects.
David Overmyer and Woodly Telfort are two highly ranked offensive linemen that are still considering Clemson. Overmyer returned from his trip to Florida State this past weekend and is now thoroughly stumped as to which school he's leaning to, however he didn't commit to Poppa Bowden and the Seminoles, which is a good sign for Clemson fans.
Woodly Telfort reportedly had a good visit to Florida this weekend, but the real battle for Telfort will be between the Tigers and the Gamecocks. Telfort visited the Clemson back on January 10th before heading to South Carolina last weekend and Florida this weekend.
It appears as though he's actually made his decision; he just hasn't gone public with the announcement. Odds are it will be Clemson, but as we've all learned, nothing's final until these kids sign on the dotted line.
It's looking more and more like big Mario will head over to Tallahassee and play his college football for the Florida State Seminoles. Henderson's family wants him to stay in-state, and now that FSU has started a late push, it just might be too much to overcome for Clemson. While most will view this as a tremendous loss for the Tigers, with Telfort and Overmyer still on the table, Henderson's pending commitment to FSU doesn't sting quite that much.
With Hanahan linebacker Marcus Howard, it still appears like Georgia is firming up his verbal commitment as each day goes by. Howard will have another in-home visit from Burton Burns this week, but it looks like the 4.4 speedster will be wearing the silver britches next season in Athens.
David Hines and Curtis Rice
LB David Hines still hasn't qualified and Curtis Rice is virtually on the bubble of receiving a scholarship offer. Whether Rice actually picks up that offer is yet to be determined. Coach Stockstill has been up front with Curtis about his situation, but if both Howard and Hines continue down their present track, how could you not offer Curtis Rice?
Robert Reese will commit to the Tigers this afternoon and in doing so, he'll become the Tigers' fourth verbal commitment in the secondary, or fifth if you want to include future rover Maurice Nelson. Reese is a versatile athlete that really is a nice addition to the 2003 class. He'll get a look at cornerback this fall, and he'll also have the chance to return kicks and punts.
Summers came to Clemson this weekend and gave the Tigers a chance, but as it stands right now, he looks like a clear Gamecock lean. Even with the entire Clemson student section cheering for him at the CU-Maryland basketball game, and an great overall visit, it doesn't appear as though it will be enough to sway him to wear orange.
Summers' announcement could also come before signing day.
Fred Saint Preux
Fred Saint Preux had a great visit to Clemson this past weekend, and it now appears the Tigers, Gamecocks, and Texas A&M will battle it out until the bitter end. We were unable to confirm several reports out there in the last week on his favorites, but one thing remains clear- Clemson is still very much in the mix. Saint Preux will head to Tuscaloosa this weekend to visit Alabama.
With the impending announcement of a verbal commitment from cornerback Robert Reese, Keenan Little could be the odd man out in the secondary in the 2003 class. The talented cover corner proved his worth and then some playing for the North Carolina squad in the Shrine Bowl, and he'll be a nice pick up for some school- even if it's not Clemson.
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