Tigers Target 2004 Lineman

The 2004 recruiting class for the Clemson Tigers is well underway, and today CUTigers.com begins our coverage with an indepth look at Michael Helton, a top prospect on the offensive line out of Crestwood High School!

The Clemson Tigers may not have filled all their needs this past year on the recruiting scene on the offensive line, but you can bet that 2004 will be a lot different.

For starters, the in-state talent in the trenches figures to be a lot deeper than has been in years past.

Today, we take an initial look at one of the top offensive linemen in the state in Crestwood's Michael Helton.

Michael Helton is a 6-2, 265-pound center for the Crestwood Knights that looks to be one of the top prospects returning next season in South Carolina High School football.

Helton was voted as an All-Region and All-Area performer in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He also graded out to 84% as a sophomore, and 86% this year with 35 knockdown blocks.

"He's attended the Clemson camp the last two years, and has been impressive up there as well," said Crestwood assistant coach Brian Jackson.

"He was timed at 5.1 in the 40 yard dash, and his strength is getting better each day. His real asset is agility and on field presence. How many "pulling centers" do you know? Mike is one, and an effective one at that."

Helton also has shown some versatility by handling the long snaps on field goals and punts this past year.

And here's the good news, the Clemson Tigers appear to be at the top his list headed into next season.

"The Tigers might be able to use a center in the next couple of years, and right now I know that Clemson is his favorite school. He is very capable of playing D-1, and he has the size and work habits to get there," added Coach Jackson.

We will continue to keep you updated on Michael Helton, right up through signing day 2004!

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