2012 WR one to watch

Clemson holds a spot among the early favorites of one of the top 2012 wide receivers in South Carolina.

WR Mark Irick Profile

Calhoun County has produced several marquee names over the years and this one looks to be just another that's going to join that list. Wide receiver Mark Irick (Matthews) put up pretty gaudy numbers for a sophomore, catching 34 passes for 688 yards and nine touchdowns.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Chad Simmons has reported verbal offers from Auburn and South Carolina.

In a recent scouting report, Simmons said Irick utilizes his size well (6-4, 180 pounds), consistently catches the ball away from his body, is an above average route runner and runs well after the catch.

"Overall, this sophomore has the body of a senior in high school and he still has two plus years left at Calhoun County," Simmons said. "He is going to become quicker in the coming years and learn more about becoming a total package at wide receiver. The key for him taking it to the next level is just becoming more explosive.

"He does so many things well now and he has the size that schools covet, so expect Irick to become a hot name in the coming years."

Irick recently let CUTigers in on his early list of favorites.

"The schools I would consider right now are Clemson, South Carolina, Florida State and N.C. State," he said.

"I like Clemson because of their engineering and N.C. State too because of their engineering. I like Florida State's offense a little bit—they throw the ball. I like Carolina too because it's close to home."

Irick has already heard from several schools, including Clemson, South Carolina, Auburn and Oregon. He's yet to take any visits, but is already considering a few options, including a camp stop at Auburn this summer.

Still very new to the recruiting process, he's not completely sure of what to look for in each of the programs he's considering. A few things do stick out right now, though.

"Wide receiver coach and if the schools wins—stuff like that," Irick said.

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