CUTigers lists the top-10 uncommitted targets remaining on the 2011 Clemson recruiting board and evaluates where the Tigers currently stand with each prospect heading into the last half of the summer.
Currently, the Tigers have 14 commitments and could add as many as 10 to the class by next February.
DE - Jadeveon Clowney - Rock Hill, S.C.
No. 1 DE, No. 7 overall
Heading into the 2011 season, Clemson's numbers at defensive end don't dictate a great need for the 2011 class. But when the nation's top defensive end is within your state's own borders, it's hard for Clemson to look past Clowney, who's put together some of the most impressive junior film known to man. Clowney will be a tough pull for the Tigers, as is the case for other big-name prospects out of Rock Hill.
OT - Brandon Shell - Goose Creek, S.C.
No. 6 OT, No. 70 overall
Rarely is an offensive tackle of this caliber found within the state of South Carolina. Sure, the state's produced its fair share of top-flight defensive linemen, but hardly any offensive lineman. This makes Shell the second biggest target among uncommitted players. Though Isaiah Battle joined in-state three-star Shaq Anthony, the Tigers would like to pull at least one more tackle in, especially with left tackle Chris Hairston graduating after the 2010 season. CUTigers projected Shell to Georgia in late May over Clemson and South Carolina.
MLB - Tony Steward - Saint Augustine, Fla.
No.7 MLB, No. 86 overall
After a three-day camp stay in Clemson, the Tigers are sitting pretty with Steward, who would potentially fill one of the biggest needs in the 2011 class. Heading into the June camp trip to Tigertown, Steward ranked Clemson second behind Florida State. Since then, he's claimed Clemson leads and has maintained that to be the case to recruiting reporters in Florida.
DT - Gabe Wright - Columbus, Ga.
No. 10 DT, No. 119 overall
Carver High School was good to the Tigers' 2010 class, but the 2010 cycle will be a little bit tougher for Clemson. Wright still remains a long shot to Clemson, but it does help that he'll continue to have several chances to visit Tigertown with the slew of underclass talent at Carver. Clemson has already lost one defensive tackle before the 2010 season (Jamie Cumbie) and will lose as many as two more after this season (Jarvis Jenkins and Miguel Chavis, possibly Brandon Thompson).
OLB - Stephone Anthony - Wadesboro, N.C.
No. 3 OLB, No. 46 overall
An absolute freak of nature at the strong-side outside linebacker spot, Anthony would be a huge pickup for the Tigers if he were to join the 2011 class. Clemson has held a solid spot in this top-three throughout the past several months, but Florida holds a commanding lead at the top. One thing the Tigers do have going in their favor is distance. But, at the same time, Virginia Tech is right there with Clemson. Tra Thomas, Anthony's former high school teammate, signed with Clemson in the 2010 class.
TE - Jay Rome - Valdosta, Ga.
No. 1 TE, No. 4 overall
Rome would be higher on the list had Clemson not picked up a commitment from 2011 tight end Eric MacLain. Though MacLain is listed as an offensive tackle by Scout.com, he'll make for an impressive tight end as a Tiger. Rome, a Clemson legacy recruit, was considered a longtime lean to the Tigers and was even projected as a Clemson signee by CUTigers. Georgia and Alabama could throw a hitch in the Tigers' plans for a second tight end commit in the 2011 class. With offensive coordinator Billy Napier now leading the charge in Rome's recruitment, Clemson will be standing toe-to-toe with the big boys of college football.
WR - Sammy Watkins - Fort Myers, Fla.
No. 3 WR, No. 22 overall
Clemson got their man at wide receiver less than a week after he wrapped up his third stay at Clemson camp. But Charone Peake wasn't the top prospect at camp that week, nor was he the best wide receiver. Those CUTigers honors went to Watkins, who was the talk of the two sessions. Had Peake not committed, Watkins would be closer to the top of this list. The Fort Myers, Fla. prospect is likely a long shot for Clemson to pickup alongside Peake, but if he was to sign, the Tigers' wide receiver corps would be set for several years.
CB - Demetrious Nicholson - Virginia Beach, Va.
No. 8 CB, No. 100 overall
Nicholson recently made his first trip to Clemson and remains the highest rated cornerback left on the Tigers' board for the class of 2011. Though it'll be tough to pull him away from the in-state Virginia Tech Hokies and away from North Carolina, Clemson would close down its recruiting at cornerback if he were to join the Tigers' class.
DT - Phillip Dukes - Manning, S.C.
No. 14 DT, No. 163 overall
Clemson has already picked up a pair of South Carolina's best defensive tackles in the class of 2011, but the Tigers would still like to pick up the best of the group in Dukes. The four-star standout has been considered a Clemson projection for quite some time now to CUTigers and we see no reason to change that, especially since he wants to stay in-state.
QB - Phillip Ely - Tampa, Fla.
No. 44 QB, No. 545
Clemson is looking to add one more quarterback to the 2011 class with Tony McNeal. Ely's recently visited Clemson and is the top uncommitted quarterback remaining on the Tigers' board for the 2011 class. Earlier this spring, Ely picked up his offer from Clemson.
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