Big weekend in store for Clemson

Clemson will host several big names in the next couple of days when the Tigers have their biggest official visit recruiting weekend of the winter for the class of 2010.

Three of the top names remaining on Clemson's 2010 recruiting board all confirmed with CUTigers this week that they'll be in Clemson this weekend.

DL Tavaris Barnes, OLB Darius Lipford and MLB Justin Parker will all be in Tigertown later today and so will many of the prospects who've already committed to Clemson.

In fact, RB Demont Buice, DB Bashaud Breeland, DB Desmond Brown, DE Corey Crawford, CB Martin Jenkins, CB Garry Peters, CB Darius Robinson, DT Tra Thomas and OL Reid Webster are all slated to be in this weekend.

Among the things on their itinerary are the team banquet for the 2009 Tigers and the basketball game versus Boston College.


Darius Robinson is one of three cornerback prospects committed to Clemson who will be on campus this weekend for an official visit. (Chad Simmons)
"I'm looking forward to just seeing the atmosphere again," said Jenkins, who is rated by Scout.com as a three-star prospect and the No. 93 cornerback in the nation.

"I know a good percentage of the commits are going to be there, so I look forward to spending time with them, and kind of getting a vibe with my future teammates."

The Centennial High School senior keeps in touch with fellow Atlanta-area commits Peters and Robinson every now and then. Jenkins was also glad to learn that the other Clemson-bound cornerbacks will also be in town this weekend.

"They said some other commits are going to be there. I'm looking forward to spending time with everybody," Jenkins said.

Webster, another one of those future teammates is a three-star prospect and No. 65 ranked offensive tackle.

"I'm looking forward to getting to hang out with some of my future teammates this weekend," he said.

The future Tiger trenchmen made the short trip from Woodstock, Ga. for every home game this past fall.

"I've met a few of the guys in my class and got to talk to them at the games and stuff, but I haven't really talked to them that much," he said.

This weekend's visitors will also get the unique experience of attending Clemson's annual awards banquet for the football team.

And of course, recruiting doesn't stop after this weekend, as next weekend (Jan. 15-17), uncommitted defensive tackle/tight end Ethan Farmer will be in Tigertown on official. And he'll be joined by three committed players in Vic Beasley, Martavis Bryant and Joe Craig.


Beaufort linebacker Justin Parker remains an immediate priority for the Clemson coaching staff. (Miller Safrit)
Taking a closer look at the prospects not currently committed to Clemson who will be in th is weekend- Tavaris Barnes, who is ranked as the No. 75 defensive end in the nation, is currently committed to Florida State, but is also considering North Carolina and South Carolina as well.

He told CUTigers earlier this week he's planning on keeping his commitment to the Seminoles, but anything is possible.

"They keep selling me on Death Valley and all that. I just want to go see what that's all about. I just want to go up there and enjoy my weekend," he said.

"Plus I've seen them play a couple of times. I was really impressed. I really like Da'Quan Bowers and how he plays. He's nothing but a sophomore. That's amazing. Plus, there's Ricky Sapp. Then, when I talked to the coaches, that made it even better."

Meanwhile Justin Parker is a three-star prospect who is also the No. 11 middle linebacker in the country according to Scout.com. He's waffled back and forth between Clemson and South Carolina in recent weeks with LSU emerging as well. South Carolina has already received an official, and LSU will host him after Clemson.

Lastly, Darius Lipford is a two-star who's ranked as the No. 146 outside linebacker. At one time, he was a Duke commit. Now, he's committed to North Carolina, where he'll visit officially next weekend.

He's likely to maintain that commitment but a close relationship between his father and Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks could be a factor.

The Tigers were also expecting Auburn commitment D.J. Howard, a running back, in town this weekend for an official visit but he told CUTigers late Thursday night he would not be making the trip due to weather concerns.

Clemson's 2010 recruiting class is currently ranked as the 22nd best in the nation. Five of the commits are four-star prospects and 12 are rated three-stars. In addition, one of the players (WR Martavis Bryant) is rated in the top 100 in the nation. The average overall star rating is 3.1.

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