Time to Finish Strong

The late night recruiting chats are almost over and the anticipation is building for signing day. Only 8 days remain till signing day and the Tigers already have commitments from 17 future stars. In this report, we break down some of the remaining targets at each position.

Clemson will sign 24 to 26 players on February 5th, leaving a third of the class to be filled over the next few days. The commitments should start falling as early as tomorrow as the coaches begin in-home visits with several of the remaining prospects.

Lets take a look at how the Tigers may finish down the stretch.

The Tigers are done at quarterback in the 2003 class. C.J. Gaddis committed to Clemson early last summer, and has always maintained that the Tigers would be his school of choice. Look for Syvelle Newton to sign with the Gamecocks come February 5th.

Running Back
The Tigers already have 2 great backs in this year's class in Brandon Nolen and Tremaine Billie, but the staff is still in hot pursuit of Lexington running back Demetris Summers. Nolen and Billie were solid pick ups, both have speed to burn, and both have good size coming out of high school. Clemson rolled out the orange carpet for Summers last weekend but most feel it will be an uphill battle against the Gamecocks.

Offensive Line
The Tigers look to complete perhaps their most impressive offensive line class ever by adding a one to two more prospects in the trenches. Still on the board are Eric Young, David Overmyer, and Mario Henderson. Overmyer looks ready to announce as early as this afternoon, and early indications are that Clemson is the team to beat. Big E, as we all know, changes his mind daily and Henderson is getting pressure from his family to stay closer to home at Florida State.

Wide Reciever
The Clemson coaches continue to work Noah Whiteside, however that looks like a losing battle after his commitment to South Carolina last week. Brandon Allen still remains on the outside looking in, but if Clemson decides to offer another wide receiver, he may be it. With Terrell Allen committe to Pittsburgh, and with Whiteside a South Carolina lock, one wide receiver may be it for the 2003 recruiting class.

Defensive Line
Clemson is looking to add a couple more defensive lineman to this years class, and 2 great ones are on the hook. JUCO Defensive End Darryl Melvin is now down to Clemson and Michigan State and Freddy Saint-Preaux is also strongly considering Clemson along with Texas A&M. The recruiting saga continues with Clemson verbal commitment Anthony McDaniel, as he continues to waver between Clemson and Tennessee headed into late January.

Look for the Tigers to add 1 or 2 more prospects at linebacker before signing day. Coach Burns will try again this week to turn Marcus Howard, however he looks to be headed to Athens now more than ever. David Hines has been ready to commit to Clemson for weeks but the Tiger coaches want to make sure he is going to qualify before accepting the commitment. As it stands now, it looks like Hines will likely be going in a different direction. And then there's Curtis Rice. Rice is a quality out Union that has been on the outside looking in for quite some, yet it still remains unknown wheter or not we'll see any serious action with him.

Defensive Backs
This year's defensive back's class is already outstanding with the verbal commitments of Brian Staley, Robert Reese, and Sergio Gilliam. 4-star prospect Maurice Nelson could also see time in the secondary as a rover. Chris Carter is ready to re-sign with the Tigers, but he still has a little more work to do in the classroom before his commitment is accepted by the coaching staff.

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