Projecting ahead

Now that's on location tour has concluded, Hale McGranahan takes an in-depth look at whom and what he's seen and projects who would sign where if today was signing day.


Quan Bray (May 5): Though Bray lines up under center for Callaway High School (Hogansville, Ga.) his only snaps at the college level will come in a wildcat-like package. If Clemson were to land this four-star, think back to Percy Harvin's days at Florida and that's what kind of role the Tigers would use. Whether at QB in the shotgun, split out wide or at running back, Bray would be a very versatile addition very offensive coordinator Billy Napier. Though Clemson faces stiff competition against Georgia and Alabama, the Tigers will be in the picture until the end. Georgia Tech is recruiting Bray to play quarterback.

Projection: Clemson

Isaiah Crowell (May 6): Just one of several studs at Carver (Columbus, Ga.), Crowell is one of the top two attractions. While CUTigers was on hand for practice, he was held out for most of the afternoon with only a helmet on, as most of the team was in full pads. Crowell and others were limited because of the upcoming state track meet. The five-star, No. 2 running back in the nation by, Crowell is highly coveted by national champion Alabama. Though we don't like to project a player's destination, based on what he's wearing, Crowell did on a pair of Alabama shorts. If the Crimson Tide are going to reel him across the border, in-state Georgia will have something to say about it. Clemson remains a distant third/fourth with Florida State, but at least the Tigers have two of his former high school teammates joining the team later this summer.

Projection: Alabama


Charone Peake (May 12): If Clemson were to lock Peake and Bray, the Tigers could shut down the recruitment of 2011 wide receivers and focus their efforts elsewhere. Considered a longtime lean to Clemson, he could be pulling the trigger sometime this summer, but the big boys of the college football landscape are still in the mix: Florida, Southern California and Georgia. While CUTigers was on location, Peake showed his pass catching skill downfield and displayed his skill rushing the ball out of the Dorman backfield. One Florida assistant was also in town to watch the four-star. Napier stopped through Roebuck to check out Peake this past Thursday.

Projection: Clemson


Jay Rome (May 7): Southern California assistant Willie Mack Garza was also in Valdosta, Ga. while CUTigers was on location. Considered the nation's very best tight end, Rome showed exactly why he's ranked so high. Big, forgiving hands grabbed just about anything in the air with ease; a relentless commitment to blocking and a body that's close to ready for the next level. Once he gets a little stronger, Rome will have set himself in firm position to become an elite college-level tight end. Clemson and Georgia figure to be among the top two contenders, though Rome said he's considering those two with Alabama, Tennessee and Florida. If Clemson shows a strong commitment to the tight end again in 2010, he could follow in his dad's footsteps to Tigertown. It's always tough to beat Georgia, particularly in the southern part of the state. Hey- that's serious Dawg Country, but we'll give Clemson the slight edge for now.

Projection: Clemson


Shaq Anthony (May 11): One of the hardest working recruiters that's apart of Clemson's 2011 class, Anthony is also a leader for his current team. Wren (Piedmont) was still in helmets while CUTigers was on location, but Anthony showed a high work-rate during agility/conditioning drills in the beginning of practice. He was also the most vocal player on the field. With a pair of very quick feet, Anthony was consistently beating players 100 pounds lighter than him when running from station to station. Anthony lacks the ideal flexibility, but there's little reason to doubt that he won't work his tail off to improve all facets of his game before getting to Clemson.

Projection: Clemson (currently committed)

Quincy McKinney (May 5): The only on location featured player without an offer from Clemson, McKinney doesn't project to pick one up, even during the spring evaluation period. Though he plays left tackle at Carver, McKinney will probably move over to guard at the next level. Wide-open with his recruitment, an offer from Clemson would likely change that. His decision will likely come down to either Florida State, Georgia Tech or South Carolina.

Projection: Florida State

Ryan Norton (May 11): Still early in spring practice, Norton and his Mauldin teammates were only in helmets while CUTigers was on location. Had he been in full pads, Norton surely would have displayed the mean-streak that's made him one of the best 2011 center prospects in the Southeast. Clemson has been the favorite for several months now, leading South Carolina and Georgia Tech.

Projection: Clemson

EDIT: (currently committed as of 5/28)

Brandon Shell (May 19, 20): If there ever was a must-have recruit on the Clemson board, it's this guy. An in-state player at a position that's the biggest need, Clemson arguably needs Shell more than anyone. Exactly what you want to see in an offensive tackle, he's impressive even while stretching before practice. Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina all look to be the contenders right now. Based on body language during the on location interview, Georgia looks to be the favorite right now. Shell, who doesn't plan to have a decision ready until signing day, has a long way to go before putting pen to paper.

Projection: Georgia Top Stories