Recruiting by position: offense

With preseason camp just around the corner in August, CUTigers takes an early look ahead to how things breakdown at each offensive position with evaluations of who's going, who's staying and who else could be heading to Clemson.

The potential departures address who's graduating and who could be leaving early for the NFL. The early departures are simply possibilities, not projections. Commits and remaining targets for the class of 2011 are also listed with quick hits at each position.

Clemson is still active with Tampa quarterback Phillip Ely.
Potential Departures: Kyle Parker, Michael Wade
Commitments: Tony McNeal
Targets: Phillip Ely

Quick Hit: Though Parker's future as a Clemson football player is still in the air for 2010, only one scholarship quarterback (Boyd) would be returning in 2011. Chester's Tony McNeal, the lone quarterback commit for the class, could be joined by another. For now, Tampa native Phillip Ely,'s No. 44 quarterback in the nation and a three-star prospect, is the highest prospect remaining on the board. Ely is also expected to a mid-year enrollee, meaning his decision will come sooner rather than later.

Mike Ballamy is currently rated five stars as the No. 5 back in the nation.
Running Back
Potential Departures: Andre Ellington, Jamie Harper
Commitments: Mike Bellamy, Marlin Lane
Targets: None

Quick Hit: Clemson has a loaded backfield lined up to return in 2011, assuming Ellington and Harper are both back. Though it's too early to project whether both will leave early, the Tigers will already have a pair of blue chippers from the 2011 class ready to step right in. Plus, Demont Buice and D.J. Howard will have a year under their belts after 2010. With Bellamy and Lane committed for 2011, recruitment of other running backs has essentially been shut off. Once Clemson will sign one of the top running back classes in the country.

Sammy Watkins was one of the top athletes on campus this summer.
Wide Receiver
Potential Departures: Xavier Dye, Terrance Ashe
Commitments: Charone Peake, Adam Humphries
Targets: Quan Bray, Sammy Watkins

Quick Hit: After a highly-touted three-man receiver recruiting class in 2010, Clemson has already picked up a pair of commitments for 2011, including Charone Peake, the No. 7 wide out in the country. Entering the heart of July, two names remain on the board to join the Dorman boys: Quan Bray and Sammy Watkins, and both would be considered over-sign worthy. Watkins will be tough to pull from Florida but Clemson is in great shape with Bray. If the Tigers are unable to pick up a commitment from one of the two, the 2011 receiver class is likely full.

Clemson is still the team to beat for five-star TE Jay Rome.
Tight End
Potential Departure: Dwayne Allen
Commitments: Eric MacLain
Targets: Jay Rome

Quick Hit: Allen will be draft-eligible following the 2010 season and a breakout campaign could potentially make his decision to leave early for the NFL a difficult one. Rome, the nation's No. 1 tight end according to and a Tiger legacy, is considering Clemson along with Georgia and Alabama. If he picks Clemson, Rome will join another highly touted prospect in Eric MacLain, a four-star prospect. If Rome goes elsewhere, MacLain is likely the only tight end to come in with the 2011 class.

Shell is ranked as the No. 6 offensive tackle in the nation by
Offensive Line
Potential Departures: Chris Hairston, Dalton Freeman, Antoine McClain, Ben Ramsey
Commitments: Shaq Anthony, Isaiah Battle, Ryan Norton
Targets: Brandon Shell

Quick Hit: Hairston and Ramsey are done after 2010 while Freeman and McClain still have eligibility remaining. Rarely do interior linemen leave early for the NFL, but Freeman and McClain have potential careers in the league. With two tackles already lined up for the 2011 class, the Clemson staff has one more name on their board on the offensive line, Shell, who is the best offensive lineman out of the state in several years. Top Stories