Scout Showcase attracts top talent

Several Clemson targets are scheduled to participate in Sunday's combine, which is hosted by South Recruiting Manager Chad Simmons at Competitive Edge Sports in Duluth, G.A.

The invite-only combine, scheduled to start at 10 a.m., is expected to feature 175 prospects from South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and North Carolina. The events include: 40-yard dash, short shuttle, 3-cone drill, vertical and standing broad jump. Each participant is allowed two repetitions. Official heights and weights will also be measured.

"I watched a lot of film to go along with who I have seen live over the past year or so and came up with a list of 2011, 2012 and 2013 kids in a somewhat close radius to invite to the Scout Showcase," Simmons said.

As National Signing Day 2010 approaches, CUTigers takes a look at the Clemson targets who are supposed to participate Sunday.

Headlining the invite list is Tucker High School (Georgia) four-star linebacker James Vaughters, who projects as one of the best three middle linebackers in the nation. His offers include: Clemson, Florida, Alabama, USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma.

Former 2011 Tennessee commit A.J. Johnson will also be participating. The Gainesville High School (Georgia) three-star prospect sports offers from Clemson, Miami, Alabama, LSU and USC.

Dalton High School (Georgia) 2011 offensive tackle Watts Dantzler will name his top-five schools at the combine.

Along with Clemson, the three-star prospect's offers include: Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Duke.

North Gwinnett High School (Georgia) four-star athlete C.J. Uzomah is being recruited by the Tigers as a quarterback, but some schools are looking at him as a wide receiver. Though he claims to not have a preference for one position over the other right now, he has plenty of options to choose from. Some of his offers include: Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Miami and Tennessee.

"Dantzler came to me with that idea the day after he was invited to the Showcase and I thought it was a great idea," Simmons said.

Other 2011 targets from the state of Georgia that are scheduled to be on hand include: running back Isaiah Crowell, wide receiver Christian Conley, defensive tackle Gabe Wright, defensive end/outside linebacker Terrance Smith and defensive end Stephon Tuitt.

Middle linebacker Dexter Staley and wide receiver Hakeem Flowers are making the trip from the Palmetto State. Defensive end Clay Burton is heading to the Atlanta-area from Florida.

Two 2011 Clemson commits will be on hand too. Quarterback/safety Robert Smith will not be tested, but offensive tackle Shaq Anthony will.

2012 Carver High School (Columbus, G.A.) cornerback/safety Deion Bonner lists Clemson, Florida State and Georgia as his early favorites.

"We want to find new stars, new top recruits, and I expect a number of kids to make a splash this weekend," Simmons said. "A few names to keep an eye on are 2011 running back Broderick Snoddy, 2011 defensive tackle Chris Mayes, 2012 wide receiver Carnell Boyd, 2012 linebacker Lavontay Evans, 2011 corner Byron Key and 2012 corner Tim Hill are some that come to mind."

No other combines for the area have been set, but Simmons is in the process of discussing several other events for the coming months.

"We are talking about doing a number of 7-on-7 tournaments, some OL-DL competitions and things like that," he said. "I have been approached by a couple other people in different parts of the South about running a combine in their area as well, so I am sure we will have more in the coming months." Top Stories