Overmyer Would be Huge

With signing day quickly approaching, there are several names still coveted by the Clemson coaching staff. Unfortunately, those prospects are also considering some of the other top programs in the southeast.

With a quiet weekend on the recruiting scene basically behind us, there's no doubt where most of our attention now rests- signing day.

For the Clemson Tigers, the 2003 class looks very promising with the addition of some very talented offensive linemen.

Tommy Bowden entered 2003 knowing he needed to bolster needs in the trenches, and he's responded by already securing the verbal commitments of 5 talented playes in Marion Dukes, Clint LaTray, Woodly Telfort, Brandon Pilgrim, and Chris Capote.

There is however, one more name that would go along way in securing this class as one that could help the Tigers get to the next level. His name is David Overmyer.

Overmyer has been a Clemson lean at various points throughout the recruiting process- including last fall, and then again just several weeks ago after his official visit.

"I think Clemson is going to be my place to go," said Overmyer at the time. "The relationship I have with Coach West is great. I think I have the best opportunity to play early there, but probably the most important thing is my relationship with Coach West."

Since then, Overmyer has gone back and forth between three schools- South Carolina, Florida State, and Clemson. In fact, just this Friday he announced that all three schools were back to even again.

"Right now, it is Clemson, Florida State and South Carolina. I'm still thinking about all three and South Carolina has jumped back in. Of the three schools, they have the best academics and the best business school. I do not know what I will do or when I will do it."

While Overmyer's recruitment is the big topic of conversation right now, what most people tend to forget is that this kid comes from one of the top football programs in the country. At Parkview High School, football isn't something that's thought of as a "fall sport," it's something that goes on year round.

Head coach Cecil Flowe has put together back-to-back-to-back state championships, and a winning steak of over 44 consecutive games in his last three seasons. His offensive line during that streak will consist of three players that will likely be significant contributors at the collegiate level by the start of their sophomore seasons.

And here's the skinny- David Overmyer might be the best out of all three. He has great footwork, a huge frame, and the ability to simply blow people off the ball. One source close to the Parkview program indicated that easily had the best season of any player on the offensive line for the Panthers this past season.

Add in the fact that Overmyer and current Clemson verbal commitment Brandon Pilgrim haven't lost a game since they were sophomores, and you can see what both players are in high demand.

After having several in home visits with the coaching staffs from all three of his final schools, FSU, Clemson, and South Carolina, Overmyer is now on the edge of making his final decision. In fact, we might know as soon as today, as the senior offensive lineman considers announcing his school of choice at Parkview's football banquet.

With both Overmyer and Eric Young still considering the Tigers, landing Overmyer before the start of the week would be exactly what's needed to insure this class of offensive lineman going down as one of the best in Clemson recruiting history.

The Eric Young saga won't be completely revealed until he announces his decision to the rest of the world on signing day. And while Young may be the most recruited lineman in the southeast this year, adding David Overmyer to the mix would make a lot of Clemson fans breathe a little easier this offseason.

In fact, signing David Overmyer this Wednesday would be huge. Stay tuned, this one is a long way from being over.

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