National Signing Day plans revealed

Among the thousands of high school football players across the country who sign letters of intent on Wednesday, mothers will tear with joy while fathers stand by proudly smiling.

The Clemson commits will sign from Alabama, down to Florida, up to Delaware, and a few spots in between have experienced variety of feelings.

DeAndre Hopkins grew up minutes outside the heart of Tigertown and began making a name for himself on the gridiron at Daniel High School, which sits a few miles from Death Valley.

A four-star cornerback by, Hopkins will play wide receiver for the Tigers this fall.

"I've always been a Clemson fan, its exciting to be going to a school that I have been liking since I was young," he said.

Just up the road in Anderson, T.L. Hanna High School four-star wide receiver Martavis Bryant, the first 2010 commitment, will sign with Clemson.

"My family will be there and my teammates. I've been thinking about playing football since my sophomore year," he said.

It didn't take Bryant long to commit. He pulled the trigger February of his sophomore year.

Gifford Timothy's journey to Clemson will take a little longer than it will for Bryant and Hopkins. He's one of two members of the 2010 class from Delaware. The two-star offensive tackle anxiously awaits his career to begin.

"I'm really excited, I'm not nervous at all," he said.

There's no need for him to leave coach Dabo Swinney waiting in South Carolina.

"I'm going to send in my letter of intent earlier so coach Swinney doesn't have to worry or anything," Timothy said.

Around 11 a.m., his family, friends, coach and teammates will accompany him before the local media from Middletown High School.

"It's definitely a surreal kind of thing," Timothy said. "It's pretty awesome. It's another big moment growing up. I'm kind of starting on my own, it's significant me in that way. I'm starting to live my own life. That's definitely a big milestone for me."

At Centennial High School in Roswell, G.A., three-star cornerback Martin Jenkins will be taking one step closer to fulfilling a dream he's had longer than he can remember.

"My parents were telling me we were watching the Super Bowl, they were telling me that's what I said I want to do," he said. "It's been a dream of mine for so long."

His dad, Lee, was a star at Tennessee before he went on to the NFL to play for the New York Giants. In about the ninth grade, father and son sat down to discuss the younger Jenkins' playing future.

Jenkins said his dad told him, "I don't want to put too much pressure on you...if you're not in love with it, then you don't have to do what everybody is expecting you to do."

In Conyers, G.A., Garry Peters has come a long way since he was a six-year-old tight end, starting his football career. Now, the Heritage High School quarterback is a three-star cornerback.

On Wednesday morning, he'll sign a national letter of intent to Clemson.

"That's why I started playing, so I could get a scholarship to hopefully further my career," Peters said. "I love it, man. I've been counting down to this day for a few years now." Top Stories