2011 promises big things in recruiting

CUTigers looks ahead to National Signing Day 2011 for an early projection of the Clemson class that's shaping up to be among the stoutest in recent memory.

So far, seven have already committed to sign next year.

Daniel High School defensive tackle DeShaun Williams became the first 2011 commitment on June 11, 2009. A day later, four-star running back Marlin Lane came on board. Lane, who some analysts feel was the best running back in Florida when he committed, remains firm to the Tigers nine months later.

He'll also be joined in Clemson by his teammate, Cortez Davis, a 6-5 defensive back, who committed last fall.

The Clemson coaching staff has also secured the commitment of Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) safety Brandon Ellerbe as well.

Keep an eye on Dorman WR Charone Peake, who could go public with a verbal commitment to Clemson at any time. The four-star wide out will also enroll next January.(Scout.com)
As the weather cooled in December and January, things heated up once again. Shortly before Christmas, Wren (Piedmont) offensive tackle Shaq Anthony committed with Swinney sitting among his congregation at church. Anthony is the son of a former Clemson football player and widely considered one of the best linemen in the state in his class.

Chester quarterback Tony McNeal was the first commitment in the calendar year of 2010, almost two weeks later, Woodland athlete Robert Smith committed.

And it doesn't stop there.

As things stand a day after National Signing Day, CUTigers projects Clemson to start rolling in more commitments in the very near future.

In fact, several of the prospects remaining on the board are heavy leans, and most are from within the confines of the Palmetto State's borders.

First up will likely be Dorman wide receiver Charone Peake, a four-star stand out who will be the No. 1 receiver in South Carolina and one of the top receivers in the south for his senior season.

CUTigers also expects future commitments from Goose Creek offensive tackle Brandon Shell, the top-ranked offensive lineman in South Carolina who has five-star potential, Manning defensive tackle Phillip Dukes, and Marlboro outside linebacker Lateek Townsend, with many of those pledges likely coming before summer.

Clemson is also in great shape with Goose Creek tackle Brandon Shell, the No. 1 offensive lineman in the state for 2011.(Scout.com)
From outside of the state, Clemson is in outstanding shape with Valdosta (Ga.) tight end Jay Rome, a Clemson legacy, along with Venice (Fla.) defensive end Clay Burton.

Rome is the No. 1 player in Georgia for the 2011 class and a future five star prospect as well.

CUTigers highlights the rest of the current prospects for next year's class and those who'd commit upon receiving an offer:

Christian LeMay, C.J. Uzomah and Everett Golson headline the remaining quarterbacks as the Tigers plan to add one more by signing day 2011.

LeMay's recently released final 10 includes Clemson. His father, is a former chaplain for the Florida football team, but the family now lives in Matthews, N.C. LeMay attends Butler, where Clemson safety Spencer Adams attended high school.

Chester quarterback Tony McNeal is already committed to Clemson and will be one of two quarterbacks signed in the 2011 class.(Scout.com)
Recruited by Clemson as a quarterback, some schools are looking at Uzomah as a wide receiver. This fall, he will North Gwinnett's (Suwanee, Ga.) quarterback, where Clemson is recruiting him. He played wide receiver during his sophomore year and quarterback as a junior. Last week, he hinted that he prefers to remain under center.

Golson is a long-time lean to North Carolina and appears to be headed to Chapel Hill.

Running Back
Georgia's getting hit hard again in 2011 with the Tigers trying to land a pair of elite level playmakers in Carver (Columbus) running back Isaiah Crowell and Callaway (Hogansville) running back Quan Bray. Bray is likely to play in the slot-receiver role at Clemson, similar to Jacoby Ford.

Matt Napier, the offensive coordinator at Callaway, is the brother of Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier.

It's an uphill battle with Crowell because he's intrigued by the SEC but Clemson sits nicely in his top three along with Auburn and Georgia.

Carver (Ga.) RB Isiaih Crowell could be the No. 1 running back in the nation for the 2011 recruiting class. (Scout.com)
Wide Receiver
Several candidates could join Peake as a pair of wide receivers are expected to be added.

North Paulding (Dallas, Ga.) Christian Conley is considering Clemson among Georgia, Alabama and Georgia Tech. For now, it looks like he'll be selecting between the four in the very near future.

Christopher Columbus' (Miami) Tacoi Sumler and Gadsden City's (Ala.) Darryl Collins both have offers too.

Defensive Line
Recently, Rock Hill hasn't been an area that's been kind to the orange and purple, but the Tigers are trying to reverse the trend with South Pointe defensive end Jadaveon Clowney, another one of the class of 2011's elite players.

Two other defensive ends high on the board hail from the Peach State. Stephon Tuitt (Monroe) and Sterling Bailey (East Hall, Gainesville, G.A. both list Clemson among their favorites, though Tuitt told Scout.com's Chad Simmons recently that he almost committed to Georgia upon receiving an offer from the Bulldogs.

First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.) sent Clemson one defensive lineman this spring (Tavaris Barnes). Former teammate and close friend Derrick Mitchell is another lineman on the defensive side of the ball to keep an eye on.

Carver (Columbus, G.A.) defensive tackle Gabe Wright is on the offer list. He'd be the second Carver defensive lineman to join Clemson in as many years. Corey Crawford signed his letter of intent on Wednesday.

Offensive Linemen
To go along with the tackles who are projected as commitments to be, including one of the top tackles in the nation in Brandon Shell, Waccamaw (Pawley's Island) tackle Jerome Maybank is expecting to join at some point.

The Tigers also recently offered Mauldin center Ryan Norton, and are still keeping an eye on Florida State commit Trey Pettis, Deland (Fla.).

Pettis camped in Clemson last year has already been designated a three-star performer by Scout.com.

Clemson legacy LB Terrance Smith recently received a scholarship offer from the orange and white. (Scout.com)
Also from Carver, Quincy McKinney would join along the offensive line with David Beasley, if he committed.

But Shell is the headliner and an absolute priority considering his size (6-7, 310), bloodlines (nephew of an NFL Hall of Famer - Art Shell) and footwork.

Stephone Anthony, Ellerbe's high school teammate, projects with Gainesville's (G.A.) A.J. Johnson as best two outside linebackers on Clemson's board.

Southwest Dekalb (Decatur, G.A.) outside linebacker Terrance Smith is also a legacy. CUTigers isn't ready to project him as a member of the 2011 class just yet, however that could change quickly.

Ashbrook (Gastonia, N.C.) outside linebacker Norkethius Otis and Cook County (Adel) middle linebacker Shannon Brown and Williston-Elko middle linebacker Dexter Staley are also under close watch.

Other possible commitments upon offer:
Spring Valley (Columbia) legacy outside linebacker Marcus Bullard, Mainland guard Garrett Clark, Bamberg safety Zeph Grimes, J.L. Mann (Greenville) safety Pat Martin, Dobyns Bennett (Kingsport, Tenn.) running back Chris Sensabaugh, Greenbrier (Evans, G.A.) running back D.J. Tyson and Lincoln (Ala.) middle linebacker Desmond Wills.

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