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Clemson, Unc Hit January Jackpots

Thursday, September 11, 2008 11:41am
By: Accsports Staff

By Dave Glenn, ACC Sports Journal
January 19, 2004 In early and mid-January, Clemson and North Carolina gained lots of momentum on the recruiting trail, with college football's annual signing period (Feb. 4-April 1 this year) looming on the horizon. Here are the league's latest commitment capsules, led by the Tigers' most recent additions, with most of the details provided directly by college coaches, high school coaches, the players or their families. Arcadia (FL) DeSoto County RB/DB Chris Clemons, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Florida, committed to Clemson over Purdue (visit). He also had offers from Auburn, Connecticut, Duke, Iowa State, Louisville, Marshall, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Wake Forest. An honorable mention Class 3A all-state selection, he rushed for about 1,250 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a senior for a 3-7 team. As a junior, he rushed for more than 1,000 yards and scored 14 TDs for a 3-7 team. One recent DeSoto County graduate, WR Jamar Jones, played at Michigan State last fall. Clemons benches 250 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds. He has a 3.8 GPA and a 19 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Tigers is offensive coordinator Brad Scott, who was the head coach and athletic director at DeSoto County in 1982-83. Columbia (SC) Spring Valley DT/DE Anthony Davis, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, chose Clemson over Wake Forest (visit) and Vanderbilt (visit) after previously committing to the Demon Deacons. He also had offers from Auburn, Duke and Kentucky. As a senior, he had 58 tackles and five sacks for a 7-6 team. As a junior, he had 63 tackles and two sacks. Spring Valley graduates who were on major Division I-A rosters in 2003 included LB Michael Boulware (FSU), FB Steven Jackson (Clemson) and LB Travis Williams (Auburn). Davis benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds. He has a 3.3 GPA and a qualifying SAT score. His main recruiter with the Tigers is offensive coordinator Brad Scott. Opelika (AL) High DB Adrian Kindred, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Alabama, picked Clemson over Louisville and Southern Miss. Alabama and Auburn also showed interest. As a senior, he had 72 tackles and 10 pass breakups for an 11-1 team. As a junior, he had 66 tackles and 12 pass breakups for an 11-1 team. Opelika has sent seven players to SEC schools over the past three years, including five to Auburn. Kindred, who benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds, is projected as a safety for the Tigers. He has a 3.5 GPA and a 17 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Tigers is receivers coach Dabo Swinney. Jacksonville (FL) First Coast WR Mike McIntosh, rated a prep All-American by some services and a top-75 senior in Florida by others, selected Clemson over Auburn (visit), Florida, FSU and LSU (visit). He also had offers (some conditional on academics) from Central Florida, Maryland, Michigan, UNC, NCSU, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee and Wake Forest. As a senior, he had 28 receptions for 507 yards and seven touchdowns but was not recognized on the Class 3A all-state team. As a junior, playing mostly quarterback, McIntosh had more than 650 passing yards and 400 rushing yards and accounted for 15 TDs for a 3-7 team. His teammate, DB Brandon Croley, committed to the Tigers last fall, and both players continue a Jacksonville-Clemson talent pipeline that also has produced DB Darrell Crutchfield, DB Brian Dawkins, WR Rod Gardner, LB Patrick Sapp, WR Kevin Youngblood and others. First Coast graduates who were on major Division I-A rosters in 2003 included DB Devin Blake (Wake Forest), WR Amp Hill (LSU), WR Reggie Lewis (Florida), OL Aubrey McPhadden (FSU) and WR Kenneth Tookes (Florida). McIntosh benches 230 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds, the 100 meters in 10.9 and the 200 meters in 21.7. With a 2.5 GPA and a 16 ACT score, he must slightly improve his GPA/ACT combination to meet NCAA minimum standards for freshman eligibility. His main recruiter with the Tigers is receivers coach Dabo Swinney. Timmonsville (SC) High WR Phillip Morris, rated one of the top 25 seniors in South Carolina, picked Clemson over South Carolina and South Carolina State. The younger brother of Clemson rover Kelvin Morris, Phillip also received interest from Tennessee and Virginia. As a senior, playing mostly tailback and safety, he compiled 1,300-plus rushing yards, 530 receiving yards, 23 touchdowns (16 rushing, seven receiving) and four interceptions. As a junior, playing mostly quarterback and safety, he had 800-plus passing yards, 700-plus rushing yards, nine TDs, 45 tackles and three interceptions. He benches 280 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.6 GPA but still needs a qualifying SAT score. His main recruiter with the Tigers is running backs coach Burton Burns. Mt. Pleasant (SC) Wando OL Barry Richardson, who originally was listed as a high school junior and thus a member of the Class of 2005, picked Clemson over South Carolina. Georgia and Tennessee also showed interest. Considered one of the top 25 juniors in the Palmetto State, he's planning to graduate from Wando this summer and enroll at Clemson in August. In 2003 he was an honorable mention all-area selection. Richardson, who still is being pursued by the Gamecocks, runs the 40 in 5.3 seconds. His main recruiter with the Tigers is running backs coach Burton Burns. Columbia (SC) Ridge View DT Dorrel Scott, rated one of the top 10 seniors in South Carolina, picked Clemson over South Carolina. He also had offers from Alabama, Maryland and UNC. A first-team all-state selection, he had 103 tackles and five sacks for a 6-6 team as a senior. As a junior, he had 89 tackles and five sacks for a 2-9 team. Scott benches 350 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 2.5 GPA but still needs a qualifying SAT score. His main recruiter with the Tigers is offensive coordinator Brad Scott, whose son Jeff (a former Clemson player) is an assistant coach at Ridge View. Others Select Area Programs Carrollton (TX) Hebron RB/LB Tim Ball, rated one of the top 200 seniors in Texas, committed to Duke over Kansas, Tulane and Tulsa. Colorado State, Iowa State, Northwestern, SMU and Utah also showed interest. A two-time first-team all-district selection, he had 114 carries for 884 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior for an
8-4 team, with 40 tackles on defense. He said he particularly likes the Duke coaching staff, its academic reputation, the state of North Carolina and the opportunity (promised by coaches) to start his college career at tailback. He was recruited by most schools as a fullback or linebacker. He benches 310 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 3.5 GPA. His main recruiter with the Blue Devils is defensive line coach Scott Brown. Suffolk (VA) Nansemond River LB Eric Berry, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Virginia, chose Wake Forest over Clemson and James Madison. East Carolina and Marshall also showed interest. He said he particularly likes the family atmosphere between players and coaches, the academic reputation (and small class sizes) of the school and the overall direction of the program. A first-team all-area selection, Berry had a school-record 140 tackles and two sacks as a senior. He runs the 40 in 4.75 seconds. He has a 3.1 GPA and a 940 SAT score. Durham (NC) Northern LB Chase Bullock, rated one of the top 25 seniors in North Carolina, selected Maryland (only visit; first offer last spring) over Virginia and Wake Forest. He also had offers from Clemson, Duke, Marshall and South Carolina. He said he liked nearby ACC schools N.C. State and North Carolina, a traditional Northern Durham pipeline, but neither offered him a scholarship. A two-year starter who just completed his third year of organized football, Bullock had 152 tackles and five sacks as a senior for a 12-2 team, earning first-team (all-class) all-state honors. As a junior, he had 127 tackles and three sacks for a 7-5 team. Northern Durham, one of North Carolina's top programs, had graduates on ACC rosters at UNC (injured RB Andre' Williams), N.C. State (DB A.J. Davis) and Wake Forest (DB James Adams, DB Josh Gattis) last fall. Bullock benches 310 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. He has a 2.5 GPA and a 960 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Terps is tight ends/special teams coach Ray Rychleski. Citra (FL) North Marion WR Greg Carr, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Florida, chose Florida State over Alabama, Georgia and Miami. He also had offers from Boston College, ECU, Florida, Iowa State, Louisville, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest. A first-team Class 3A all-state selection, he had 42 receptions for 1,142 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior for a 7-5 team. As a junior, he had 35 catches for 710 yards and nine TDs. Also an excellent basketball prospect, Carr averaged 16 points and six rebounds last season while playing point guard. He plans to play both sports for the Seminoles. North Marion has sent five other players to Division I-A programs over the last four seasons: Janiah Downing (Illinois State), Toris Rutledge (Troy State), Jermaine Thomas (Florida), Jamie Thompson (Oklahoma State) and Mike West (Iowa State). Carr benches 240 pounds, squats 350 and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. With a 2.5 GPA and a 16 ACT score, he must slightly improve his GPA/ACT combination to meet NCAA minimum standards for freshman eligibility. His main recruiter with the Seminoles is offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden. Elizabeth (NJ) High OL/DT Carlos Feliciano, rated one of the top 10 seniors in New Jersey, chose Maryland over Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State (visit) and Virginia (visit). He also had offers from Boston College, Clemson, Connecticut, Indiana, UNC, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin. He said he was recruited as an offensive linemen by most schools but that the Terps plan to start him out as a defensive tackle. As a senior, he earned first-team all-state honors as an offensive tackle. He benches 300 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 2.7 GPA and an 890 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Terps is defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo. Chatham (VA) Hargrave Military DT Eric Gaskins, formerly of Durham (NC) Southern, picked Wake Forest over interest from Clemson, UNC, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He committed to the Demon Deacons over Virginia last year but failed to qualify academically and never signed. He benches 320 pounds and runs the 40 in 5.2 seconds. Pomfret (MD) McDonogh OL Cameron Goldberg, rated one of the top 25 seniors in Maryland, picked Duke over California and Stanford. Maryland, Virginia and Wake Forest also showed interest. A first-team all-city and all-state (small schools) selection, he had 82 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior. A two-way tackle for McDonogh who also excelled as a shot putter for the track team, Goldberg is expected to play on the offensive line at Duke. His main recruiter with the Blue Devils was receivers coach Aubrey Hill, who was not retained by new head coach Ted Roof. Detroit (MI) St. Martin DePorres WR Carl Grimes, rated one of the top 20 “skill athletes” in the nation, chose long-time favorite Florida State over Michigan State, confirming a decision he originally announced in September. He also had offers from Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. As a senior, he had about 600 rushing yards and about 700 rushing yards for 12-2 DePorres, which won its record 12th state football championship. As a junior, he had 751 rushing yards, 503 receiving yards and 15 TDs, also while shifting between running back and receiver. He runs the 40 in 4.45 seconds and won a state title in the 100-meter dash in 10.99 seconds. He has a 3.3 GPA and a 16 ACT score. His main recruiter with the Seminoles is running backs coach Jimmy Sexton. Mercersburg (PA) Academy DB Evalio Harrell, formerly of Tampa (FL) Jesuit, picked Duke over interest from Central Florida, Indiana, Purdue and South Florida. He said he particularly likes new head coach Ted Roof, the coaches' relationship with the players, and the academic reputation of the school. Two of Harrell's former teammates at Jesuit, DE Casey Camero and RB Aaron Fryer, signed with Duke last year. In the spring of 2003, Harrell and Fryer were on a 400-meter relay squad that set a school record with a time of 43.50. Harrell runs the 100 meters in 11.1 seconds and the 40-yard dash in 4.4 seconds. In 2003, at Mercersburg, he rushed for more than 900 yards and scored 14 touchdowns (including two returns) as a tailback, and he had 40 tackles and three interceptions as a cornerback for a 4-5 team. In 2002, he set a Jesuit single-season record with nine interceptions, including a record four in one game, for an 11-2 team. An academic qualifier, he's projected as a cornerback at Duke. Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep WR/DB Marquise Liverpool, rated one of the top 10 “skill athletes” in the nation, picked Boston College over Virginia (visit). He also had offers from Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, West Virginia and Wisconsin. A two-time first-team all-state selection, he had 40 receptions for 801 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior for an 11-0 state championship team. As a junior, he had 40 catches for 801 yards and nine TDs and scored six more times on returns for a 12-0 state championship team. Also a standout center fielder and a professional prospect in baseball, Liverpool batted .405 with five home runs, 17 triples and 20 steals as a junior. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He has a 2.6 GPA and a 920 SAT score. Rome (GA) Darlington DB Chantz McClin-ic, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Wake Forest over Air Force and Navy. East Carolina and Louisville also showed interest. He said he particularly likes the fact that Wake is a prestigious university that's similar in many ways to Darlington, a small private school in Northwest Georgia. A first-team Class 2A all-state selection as a defensive back, McClinic had 1,225 yards (on 201 carries), 203 receiving yards (on 11 receptions) and scored 21 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he rushed for 966 yards and 15 TDs on 133 carries. A projected safety for the Demon Deacons, he runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. He is on track to finish well above NCAA minimums for freshman eligibility. Westwood (NJ) High DT B.J. Raji, rated one of the top 50 seniors in New Jersey, chose Boston College over Rutgers (visit). Iowa, Syracuse, Virginia and Wisconsin also showed interest. As a senior, he had 82 tackles and five sacks for a 6-4 team. He runs the 40-yard dash in 5.0 seconds. He has a qualifying GPA and a 980 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Eagles is linebackers coach Bill McGovern. Loveland (OH) High OL Cliff Ramsey, rated one of the top 50 seniors in Ohio, opted for Boston College over Bowling Green and Miami-Ohio. Pittsburgh also showed interest. An all-city, all-district and all-conference selection, Ramsey led the way for 8-3 and 5-5 teams over the last two seasons. Also a basketball standout who received some recruiting attention in that sport, he averaged about 10 points and seven rebounds as a junior but plans to focus on football in college. He benches 330 pounds, squats 550 and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 2.8 GPA and a 24 ACT score. Atlanta (GA) Marist OL Matt Rumsey, rated one of the top 100 seniors in Georgia, picked Duke over Harvard and Northwestern. Rice also showed interest. He said academics were a major factor in his decision. A three-year starter, including two at offensive tackle, he earned first-team Class 4A all-state honors in 2003 for a 14-1 team that captured Marist's first football championship since 1989. As a member of the track team, he finished third in the state in the shot put and discus events as a junior. Duke also has offered scholarships to two other Marist seniors, QB Sean McVay and TB Chris Davis. Marist already has graduates playing in the ACC at Clemson (OL Tim DeBeer), Duke (walk-on OL Danny Bowling), Georgia Tech (DS Andrew Economos, OL Hugh Reilly), North Carolina (WR Brandon Russell) and Wake Forest (LB Pierre Easley). Rumsey benches 330 pounds, squats 500 and runs the 40 in 5.1 seconds. He has a 3.6 GPA, a 31 ACT score and a 1,350 SAT score. His main recruiter with the Blue Devils is head coach Ted Roof.