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      Swinney: 2012 class sets Clemson up for big things

      CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) -- Fresh off a surprise Atlantic Coast Conference title, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney has snagged another highly-rated recruiting class as he tries to rebuild the Tigers into a national power.

      Clemson signed 10 defensive players, nine on offense and a punter Tuesday in a class that hovered around the top 10 in most of the rankings. Swinney bragged that just like he won the school's first ACC title in two decades last season, he now had the first back-to-back top 10 classes since the late 1980s too.

      The Tigers should go into next season with 60 of its 85 scholarship players either freshmen or sophomores and just 11 of them seniors.

      Swinney says with that kind of roster, the Tigers are built to make a run in the ACC and nationally.

      Bios -- provided by Clemson University Sports Information

      Martin Aiken

      DE 6-3 245 Fr. HS

      Bamberg, SC

      Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

      Ranked as the #24 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, where he is a four-star player#25 defensive end in the nation and #2 overall player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, also a four-star player by that service#43 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com, which lists him as a three-star player#10 player in South Carolina and #23 defensive end in the nation by 247Sports.com#11 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepplayed in the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 73 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a seniorrecorded 106 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 16 sacks as a juniorcomes to Clemson from same school that sent Da'Quan Bowers and Rick Sapp to Clemson, they are both current in the NFLCoached by Kevin Crosby at Bamberg-Ehrhardtrecruited to Clemson by Marion Hobbyborn Oct. 17, 1993.

      Isaiah Battle

      OT 6-7 285 Fr. HS

      Brooklyn, NY

      Blue Ridge (VA) School

      Rated as the #5 prep school prospect in the nation by Rivals.com out of Fork Union Military Academy...#36 offensive lineman in the nation and #11 player in Virginia by Rivals.com at Blue Ridge School...#59 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...two-time, first-team all-state selection...had 67 tackles and seven sacks as a senior...had 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior...first-team All-Virginia Independent Conference as a senior...all-conference as an offensive and defensive lineman...attended Blue Ridge School to play basketball...coached by John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy and Del Smith at Blue Ridge School...enrolled at Clemson in January 2012 and will go through spring practicerecruited by Danny Pearman...born Feb. 10, 1993.

      Travis Blanks

      DB 6-1 195 Fr. HS

      Tallahassee, FL

      North Florida Christian School

      Rated as the #15 overall player and the #2 safety in the nation by ESPN.com...Clemson's top incoming player according to ESPN.com#25 overall player and #2 defensive back in the nation by Tom Lemming...#60 player and #4 defensive back in the nation by Rivals.com...#13 safety in the nation by Scout.com#12 safety in the nation by 247Sports.com#1 player in the Orlando area by Orlando Sentinel...played in the U.S. Army All-American game...his North Florida Christian School team won the state title his freshman and senior year...third-team All-American by ESPN.comhonorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated as a senior despite missing five games due to injuryearned all-state honors as a junior and seniornamed FACA 1A Player of the Year as a juniornamed First Team All-Big Bend as a junior and senior...had 104 tackles, four interceptions, 35 receptions, and eight touchdowns as a junior...comes to Clemson from the same area as recent Clemson All-American DeAndre McDaniel (2007-10)...coached by Robert Craft at North Florida Christian School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012, he will go through spring practicerecruited by Jeff Scottborn Dec. 3, 1993.

      Zac Brooks

      RB 6-2 180 Fr. HS

      Jonesboro, AR

      Jonesboro Senior High School

      Rated as the #129 player in the nation by Tom Lemming...#15 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com...#35 wide receiver in the nation and #3 player in Arkansas by ESPN.com...#15 running back in the nation and top player in state of Arkansas by Rivals.com#3 player in Arkansas and #22 athlete in the nation by 247Sports.com#42 wide receiver in nation by Scout.com...ranked as #1 overall player in Arkansas by SuperPrepplayed at Jonesboro Senior High School, where he was a running back and wide receiver...had an injury-plagued senior season, but still had 650 rushing yards and nine touchdowns along with five receiving touchdowns...had 28 receptions as a senior...had 1,358 yards on 180 carries and 15 touchdowns along with 33 receptions for 211 yards as a junior...had 38 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore...first Tiger signee from the state of Arkansas since 1976 (Steve Carr); Carr did not play in a game, therefore if Brooks plays in a game, he would become the first Tiger from Arkansas on record to play in a game for the Tigers...coached by Jim DeVazier at Jonesboro Senior High School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012, he will go through spring practicerecruited by Chad Morrisborn Feb. 1, 1993.

      Josh Brown

      DT 6-5 288 Fr. HS

      Aiken, SC

      South Aiken High School

      Ranked as the #76 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com #19 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com#38 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com#26 player in South Carolina according to 247Sports.comrated as a three-star prospect by all four services...ranked as the #28 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepnamed SCFCA 4A Lower State Lineman of the Year, and Region 5 4A Defensive MVPnamed to the ESPN RISE Channel 6 All-Area teama member of the Aiken Standard All-Area team and the Augusta Chronicle All-Area teamplayed in the North-South High School All-Star Game in Myrtle Beachrecorded 90 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a seniorcoached by Jeremy West at South Aiken High Schoolrecruited by Charlie Harbisonborn May 26, 1993.

      T.J. Burrell

      LB 5-11 205 Fr. HS

      Goose Creek, SC

      Goose Creek High School

      Ranked as the #57 outside linebacker in the nation and #20 overall player in South Carolina by ESPN.com...#58 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com#26 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com #21 in South Carolina by 247Sports.comlisted as a three-star prospect by all three services#18 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepplayed in the Shrine Bowl for the South Carolina team and the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 105 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks as a seniorCoached by former Clemson assistant coach Chuck Reedy at Goose Creek High Schoolrecruited by Tony Elliottborn Jan. 26, 1994.

      Patrick DeStefano

      OL 6-4 275 Fr. HS

      Spartanburg, SC

      Dorman High School

      Rated as the #115 overall player in the nation by ESPN.comranked as #13 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com as well...#19 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com...played in the Shrine Bowl...played in the Under Armour All-America game along with classmate Jay Guillermo...#18 overall player in South Carolina according to 247Sports.comSouth Carolina Coaches Association Lineman-of-the-Year at Dorman High School...Big 16 Upper State Lineman-of-the-Year...first-team all-area each of the last two years from an academic standpoint...graded 82 percent as a senior by his coaches...his father played at Duke and lettered in 1976 and 1977 high school teammate of current Clemson wide receivers Adam Humphries and Charone Peake...coached by Dave Gutshall at Dorman High School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012recruited by Jeff Scott.born Nov. 26, 1993.

      Kevin Dodd

      DL 6-5 280 Fr. HS

      Taylors, SC

      Riverside High School

      Spent the 2011 season at Hargrave Military Academy...had an outstanding career in two sports at Riverside High School...#14 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#27 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...played in the North-South High School All-Star game in Myrtle Beach; he had five tackles, two sacks, a caused fumble, and recovered fumble in that game...all-region and all-county selection...had 78 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three caused fumbles, one recovered fumble, and four pass breakups as a senior...outstanding track athlete; he joined that team in the spring of 2010...county champion in the shot put, runner-up in the discus, and named Greenville County Field Athlete-of-the-Year...region champion in the shot and discus and was a state qualifier in the shot put...Riverside High School Field Athlete-of-the-Year and was voted as a team captain as a senior...set school records in the shot (49' 1") and discus (128' 6.5")...coached by Steve Eoute in football and Eric Cummings in track at Riverside High School...recruited by Jeff Scott and Dan Brooksenrolled at Clemson in January of 2012.born July 14, 1992.

      Ronald Geohaghan

      DB 6-0 185 Fr. HS

      Fairfax, SC

      Allendale-Fairfax High School

      Ranked as the #10 safety in the nation and the #3 overall player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, which lists him as a four-star prospect#23 safety in the country by Scout.com, which also rates him as a four-star prospect#21 safety in the country and #10 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com, which list him as a three-star prospectranked as 13th best player in South Carolina and #30 safety in the nation by 247Sports.complayed in the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American gamecoached by Eddie Ford at Allendale-Fairfax High Schoolcomes to Clemson from the same school that sent Clemson all-time leading rusher Raymond Priesterrecruited by Marion Hobbyborn Aug. 9, 1994.

      Jay Guillermo

      C 6-2 287 Fr. HS

      Maryville, TN

      Maryville High School

      Rated as the #89 player in the nation, #1 center in the nation, and #1 player in Tennessee by ESPN.com...first-team All-American by ESPN.com, MaxPreps.com, and Sports Illustrated...#13 center in the nation by Rivals.com...#15 player in state of Tennessee and #9 center in the nation by 247Sports.comhelped Maryville High School to the state title each of the last two seasons...Mr. Football Lineman-of-the-Year in Tennessee...played in the Under Armour All-America game with Clemson classmates Patrick DeStefano and Chad Kelly...County player-of-the-year...led his team to a 15-0 record as a senior, as his team was ranked #11 in the nation by MaxPreps.com....played in East/West Tennessee All-Star Gamefirst commitment to Clemson's 2012 class...coached by George Quarles at Maryville High School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012recruited by Dan Brooksborn Aug. 26, 1994.

      Germone Hopper

      WR 6-0 170 Fr. HS

      Charlotte, NC

      Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

      As a consensus four-star prospect, he is ranked as #11 wide receiver in the country and #75 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com#13 wide receiver in the nation and #81 overall player in the country by ESPN.com#20 wide receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com#4 prospect in North Carolina by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com#6 player in North Carolina by SuperPrepranked as #113 overall player, #6 player in North Carolina and #15 wide receiver by 247Sports.complayed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowlrushed for over 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his four years in high schoolreturned five kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns as a seniorfinished his high school career as school's career leader in rushing yards, punt and kickoff return yardagecoached by Andrew Howard at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technologyrecruited by Danny Pearmanborn Oct. 22, 1993.

      Oliver Jones

      OL 6-6 320 Fr. HS

      Ninety Six, SC

      Ninety Six High School

      Rated as the #14 offensive guard/center in the nation by MaxPreps.com...#58 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...#65 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...#66 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com...top-15 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...top-20 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com...ranked #21 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepranked as #22 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.comnamed SCFCA 1A Upper State Lineman of the Yearan SCFCA First-Team All-State playerplayed in the Shrine Bowlfrom the same school that produced former Clemson All-ACC running back Ronald Williams (1990-92)...he will now be a teammate with Williams' son, who is now a sophomore defensive lineman on the Clemson teamcoached by Chris Liner at Ninety Six High School...enrolled at Clemson in January 2012recruited by Charlie Harbisonborn Sept. 26, 1993.

      Chad Kelly

      QB 6-3 209 Fr. HS

      Buffalo, NY

      Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute

      Ranked as #1 overall player in the state of New York and #4 quarterback in the country by ESPN.com, where he is listed as a four-star prospectthat site also lists him as the 84th best overall player in the nation#4 dual-threat quarterback in the country and #2 player in New York by Rivals.com, which also rated him as a four-star player247Sports.com ranks him as fourth best dual quarterback and 101st best overall player in the nationnamed SuperPrep All-Americanplayed in the Under Armour All-American Gamethrew for 3,050 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 991 yards and 14 touchdowns as a seniorthrew for 2159 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1059 yards and 15 touchdowns as a juniorled his team to the state championship game as a junior and senior, winning the state title as a juniora four-time National Punt, Pass & Kick winner, and the current record holderplayed at Saint Joseph's Collegiate Instituterecruited by Chad Morrisborn March 26, 1994.

      Shaq Lawson

      DE 6-3 240 Fr. HS

      Central, SC

      D.W. Daniel High School

      Ranked as #18 defensive end in the nation and #3 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com, listed by that service as a four-star recruit#19 defensive end in nation and #5 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, which also him as a four-star prospectranked as fifth best overall player in South Carolina and 24th best defensive end in the nation by 247Sports.comrated as a three-star prospect by Scout.complayed in the North-South High School All-Star game and the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 99 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, nine sacks and forced five fumbles as a seniorrecorded 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a juniorcoached by Randy Robinson at D.W. Daniel High Schoolrecruited by Chad Morris and Marion Hobbyborn June 17, 1994.

      Jay Jay McCullough

      TE 6-5 232 Fr. HS

      Fort Mill, SC

      Nation Ford High School

      Ranked as #45 athlete in the country by ESPN.com...a consensus three-star prospect, he is a top-20 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com and Rivals.comranked as 16th best player in South Carolina and 59th best athlete by 247Sports.com#26 tight end in the nation by Scout.complayed in the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 37 receptions for 493 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards as a seniorcoached by Michael Allen at Nation Ford High Schoolrecruited by Jeff Scottborn Jan. 18, 1994.

      Bradley Pinion

      P 6-5 220 Fr. HS

      Concord, NC

      Northwest Cabarrus High School

      Ranked as the top punter in the nation by 247Sports.comrated as the #3 kicker in the nation by ESPN.com...#4 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com...#6 kicker in the nation by Scout.com...averaged 46.1 yards per punt as a senior at Northwest Cabarrus High School...first-team All-American by ESPN.com...played in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Shrine Bowl...second-team All-American by USA Today, the first Clemson kicker signee to earn USA Today All-America honors since Chris Gardocki in 1988...averaged 40 yards per punt and had 17 punts inside the 20 as a junior...had 37 touchbacks in 50 kickoffs as a junior...helped his high school team to the state playoffsalso played soccer (goal tender) and basketball in high schoolcoached by Rich Williams at Northwest Cabarrus High School...enrolled at Clemson in January 2012recruited by Danny Pearman.born June 1, 1994.

      D.J. Reader

      OG 6-3 306 Fr. HS

      Greensboro, NC

      Grimsley High School

      Ranked as the #19 offensive guard in nation and #20 player in North Carolina#20 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com#58 offensive guard in nation and #27 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com...#41 defensive lineman in the country and #8 player in North Carolina by SuperPrepnamed SuperPrep All-Americanrecorded 50 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks from the defensive tackle position as a seniorplans to play both football and baseball at the collegiate levelbatted .435 as junior on the diamondcoached by Damon Coiro at Grimsley High Schoolrecruited by Robbie Caldwellborn July 1, 1994.

      Cordrea Tankersley

      DB 6-1 190 Fr. HS

      Aiken, SC

      Silver Bluff High School

      Ranked as the #37 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, a four-star player by that service#39 safety in the country by Rivals.com, lists him as a three-star player#6 player in South Carolina and 25th best athlete by 247Sports.com#41 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com, lists him as a three-star playertop-10 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com#3 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepnamed to ESPN RISE Channel 6 All-Area teama member of the Augusta Chronicle All-Area teamplayed in the Shrine Bowlselected for the Offense/Defense All-American game in Dallas, TXon the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 40 tackles as a senioron offense, rushed for 650 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 708 yards and six touchdownscoached by Al Lown at Silver Bluff High Schoolrecruited by Charlie Harbisonborn July 1, 1994.

      Carlos Watkins

      DT 6-4 275 Fr. HS

      Forest City, NC

      Chase High School

      Clemson's top signee in this class according to 247Sports.com, he is ranked as 55th best overall player in the nationalso ranked as fourth best player in North Carolina and seventh best defensive linemanranked as #8 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com, list him as a four-star player#12 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com, a four-star player by that service#5 player in North Carolina by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com#104 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com and #134 overall player in the country by ESPN.com#13 player in North Carolina by SuperPreprecorded 15 sacks, an interception and forced five fumbles as a seniorrecorded 50 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as a juniorplayed in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Shrine Bowlcoached by Daniel Bailey at Chase High Schoolattends same high school that sent the McSwain brothers (Rod and Chuck) to Clemson in the early 1980s, they were both on Clemson's National Championship team of 1981Chuck is current track coach at Chase High Schoolrecruited by Dan Brooks.born Dec. 5, 1993.

      Marty Williams

      DB 6-1 200 Fr. HS

      North Augusta, SC

      Fox Creek High School

      Ranked as ninth best player in South Carolina and a 24th best safety in the nation by 247Sports.com #31 safety in the country by Scout.com#42 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com#47 athlete in the country by Rivals.comtop-10 player in South Carolina by Rivals.coma three-star prospect by all three services#13 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepnamed All-Region High School Sports Report Offensive Player of the Year for Class A as a sophomore, junior and seniornamed WJBF/ESPN RISE Athlete of the Year as a junior and seniora first-team all-area selection by the Augusta Chronicle as a junior and seniornamed Aiken Standard Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and seniorselected to play in the Shrine Bowl but was not able to play due to injuryaccounted for 3,000 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns as a seniorcoached by Russ Schneider at Fox Creek High Schoolrecruited by Charlie Harbisonborn Aug. 21, 1993.

      Martin Aiken

      DE 6-3 245 Fr. HS

      Bamberg, SC

      Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

      Ranked as the #24 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, where he is a four-star player#25 defensive end in the nation and #2 overall player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, also a four-star player by that service#43 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.com, which lists him as a three-star player#10 player in South Carolina and #23 defensive end in the nation by 247Sports.com#11 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepplayed in the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 73 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a seniorrecorded 106 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 16 sacks as a juniorcomes to Clemson from same school that sent Da'Quan Bowers and Rick Sapp to Clemson, they are both current in the NFLCoached by Kevin Crosby at Bamberg-Ehrhardtrecruited to Clemson by Marion Hobbyborn Oct. 17, 1993.

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      Isaiah Battle

      OT 6-7 285 Fr. HS

      Brooklyn, NY

      Blue Ridge (VA) School

      Rated as the #5 prep school prospect in the nation by Rivals.com out of Fork Union Military Academy...#36 offensive lineman in the nation and #11 player in Virginia by Rivals.com at Blue Ridge School...#59 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...two-time, first-team all-state selection...had 67 tackles and seven sacks as a senior...had 12 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a junior...first-team All-Virginia Independent Conference as a senior...all-conference as an offensive and defensive lineman...attended Blue Ridge School to play basketball...coached by John Shuman at Fork Union Military Academy and Del Smith at Blue Ridge School...enrolled at Clemson in January 2012 and will go through spring practicerecruited by Danny Pearman...born Feb. 10, 1993.

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      Travis Blanks

      DB 6-1 195 Fr. HS

      Tallahassee, FL

      North Florida Christian School

      Rated as the #15 overall player and the #2 safety in the nation by ESPN.com...Clemson's top incoming player according to ESPN.com#25 overall player and #2 defensive back in the nation by Tom Lemming...#60 player and #4 defensive back in the nation by Rivals.com...#13 safety in the nation by Scout.com#12 safety in the nation by 247Sports.com#1 player in the Orlando area by Orlando Sentinel...played in the U.S. Army All-American game...his North Florida Christian School team won the state title his freshman and senior year...third-team All-American by ESPN.comhonorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated as a senior despite missing five games due to injuryearned all-state honors as a junior and seniornamed FACA 1A Player of the Year as a juniornamed First Team All-Big Bend as a junior and senior...had 104 tackles, four interceptions, 35 receptions, and eight touchdowns as a junior...comes to Clemson from the same area as recent Clemson All-American DeAndre McDaniel (2007-10)...coached by Robert Craft at North Florida Christian School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012, he will go through spring practicerecruited by Jeff Scottborn Dec. 3, 1993.

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      Zac Brooks

      RB 6-2 180 Fr. HS

      Jonesboro, AR

      Jonesboro Senior High School

      Rated as the #129 player in the nation by Tom Lemming...#15 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com...#35 wide receiver in the nation and #3 player in Arkansas by ESPN.com...#15 running back in the nation and top player in state of Arkansas by Rivals.com#3 player in Arkansas and #22 athlete in the nation by 247Sports.com#42 wide receiver in nation by Scout.com...ranked as #1 overall player in Arkansas by SuperPrepplayed at Jonesboro Senior High School, where he was a running back and wide receiver...had an injury-plagued senior season, but still had 650 rushing yards and nine touchdowns along with five receiving touchdowns...had 28 receptions as a senior...had 1,358 yards on 180 carries and 15 touchdowns along with 33 receptions for 211 yards as a junior...had 38 receptions for 769 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore...first Tiger signee from the state of Arkansas since 1976 (Steve Carr); Carr did not play in a game, therefore if Brooks plays in a game, he would become the first Tiger from Arkansas on record to play in a game for the Tigers...coached by Jim DeVazier at Jonesboro Senior High School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012, he will go through spring practicerecruited by Chad Morrisborn Feb. 1, 1993.

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      Josh Brown

      DT 6-5 288 Fr. HS

      Aiken, SC

      South Aiken High School

      Ranked as the #76 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com #19 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com#38 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com#26{} player in South Carolina according to 247Sports.comrated as a three-star prospect by all four services...ranked as the #28 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepnamed SCFCA 4A Lower State Lineman of the Year, and Region 5 4A Defensive MVPnamed to the ESPN RISE Channel 6 All-Area teama member of the Aiken Standard All-Area team and the Augusta Chronicle All-Area teamplayed in the North-South High School All-Star Game in Myrtle Beachrecorded 90 tackles, 22 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a seniorcoached by Jeremy West at South Aiken High Schoolrecruited by Charlie Harbisonborn May 26, 1993.

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      T.J. Burrell

      LB 5-11 205 Fr. HS

      Goose Creek, SC

      Goose Creek High School

      Ranked as the #57 outside linebacker in the nation and #20 overall player in South Carolina by ESPN.com...#58 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com#26 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com #21 in South Carolina by 247Sports.comlisted as a three-star prospect by all three services#18 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepplayed in the Shrine Bowl for the South Carolina team and the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 105 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and three sacks as a seniorCoached by former Clemson assistant coach Chuck Reedy at Goose Creek High Schoolrecruited by Tony Elliottborn Jan. 26, 1994.

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      Patrick DeStefano

      OL 6-4 275 Fr. HS

      Spartanburg, SC

      Dorman High School

      Rated as the #115 overall player in the nation by ESPN.comranked as #13 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com as well...#19 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com...played in the Shrine Bowl...played in the Under Armour All-America game along with classmate Jay Guillermo...#18 overall player in South Carolina according to 247Sports.comSouth Carolina Coaches Association Lineman-of-the-Year at Dorman High School...Big 16 Upper State Lineman-of-the-Year...first-team all-area each of the last two years from an academic standpoint...graded 82 percent as a senior by his coaches...his father played at Duke and lettered in 1976 and 1977 high school teammate of current Clemson wide receivers Adam Humphries and Charone Peake...coached by Dave Gutshall at Dorman High School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012recruited by Jeff Scott.born Nov. 26, 1993.

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      Kevin Dodd

      DL 6-5 280 Fr. HS

      Taylors, SC

      Riverside High School

      Spent the 2011 season at Hargrave Military Academy...had an outstanding career in two sports at Riverside High School...#14 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...#27 player in South Carolina by SuperPrep...played in the North-South High School All-Star game in Myrtle Beach; he had five tackles, two sacks, a caused fumble, and recovered fumble in that game...all-region and all-county selection...had 78 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks, three caused fumbles, one recovered fumble, and four pass breakups as a senior...outstanding track athlete; he joined that team in the spring of 2010...county champion in the shot put, runner-up in the discus, and named Greenville County Field Athlete-of-the-Year...region champion in the shot and discus and was a state qualifier in the shot put...Riverside High School Field Athlete-of-the-Year and was voted as a team captain as a senior...set school records in the shot (49' 1") and discus (128' 6.5")...coached by Steve Eoute in football and Eric Cummings in track at Riverside High School...recruited by Jeff Scott and Dan Brooksenrolled at Clemson in January of 2012.born July 14, 1992.

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      Ronald Geohaghan

      DB 6-0 185 Fr. HS

      Fairfax, SC

      Allendale-Fairfax High School

      Ranked as the #10 safety in the nation and the #3 overall player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, which lists him as a four-star prospect#23 safety in the country by Scout.com, which also rates him as a four-star prospect#21 safety in the country and #10 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com, which list him as a three-star prospectranked as 13th best player in South Carolina and #30 safety in the nation by 247Sports.complayed in the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American gamecoached by Eddie Ford at Allendale-Fairfax High Schoolcomes to Clemson from the same school that sent Clemson all-time leading rusher Raymond Priesterrecruited by Marion Hobbyborn Aug. 9, 1994.

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      Jay Guillermo

      C 6-2 287 Fr. HS

      Maryville, TN

      Maryville High School

      Rated as the #89 player in the nation, #1 center in the nation, and #1 player in Tennessee by ESPN.com...first-team All-American by ESPN.com, MaxPreps.com, and Sports Illustrated...#13 center in the nation by Rivals.com...#15 player in state of Tennessee and #9 center in the nation by 247Sports.comhelped Maryville High School to the state title each of the last two seasons...Mr. Football Lineman-of-the-Year in Tennessee...played in the Under Armour All-America game with Clemson classmates Patrick DeStefano and Chad Kelly...County player-of-the-year...led his team to a 15-0 record as a senior, as his team was ranked #11 in the nation by MaxPreps.com....played in East/West Tennessee All-Star Gamefirst commitment to Clemson's 2012 class...coached by George Quarles at Maryville High School...enrolled at Clemson in January of 2012recruited by Dan Brooksborn Aug. 26, 1994.

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      Germone Hopper

      WR 6-0 170 Fr. HS

      Charlotte, NC

      Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology

      As a consensus four-star prospect, he is ranked as #11 wide receiver in the country and #75 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com#13 wide receiver in the nation and #81 overall player in the country by ESPN.com#20 wide receiver prospect in the nation by Scout.com#4 prospect in North Carolina by both Rivals.com and ESPN.com#6 player in North Carolina by SuperPrepranked as #113 overall player, #6 player in North Carolina and #15 wide receiver by 247Sports.complayed in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Shrine Bowlrushed for over 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his four years in high schoolreturned five kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns as a seniorfinished his high school career as school's career leader in rushing yards,{} punt and kickoff return yardagecoached by Andrew Howard at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technologyrecruited by Danny Pearmanborn Oct. 22, 1993.

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      Oliver Jones

      OL 6-6 320 Fr. HS

      Ninety Six, SC

      Ninety Six High School

      Rated as the #14 offensive guard/center in the nation by MaxPreps.com...#58 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com...#65 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com...#66 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com...top-15 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com...top-20 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com...ranked #21 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepranked as #22 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.comnamed SCFCA 1A Upper State Lineman of the Yearan SCFCA First-Team All-State playerplayed in the Shrine Bowlfrom the same school that produced former Clemson All-ACC running back Ronald Williams (1990-92)...he will now be a teammate with Williams' son, who is now a sophomore defensive lineman on the Clemson teamcoached by Chris Liner at Ninety Six High School...enrolled at Clemson in January 2012recruited by Charlie Harbisonborn Sept. 26, 1993.

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      Chad Kelly

      QB 6-3 209 Fr. HS

      Buffalo, NY

      Saint Joseph's Collegiate Institute

      Ranked as #1 overall player in the state of New York and #4 quarterback in the country by ESPN.com, where he is listed as a four-star prospectthat site also lists him as the 84th best overall player in the nation#4 dual-threat quarterback in the country and #2 player in New York by Rivals.com, which also rated him as a four-star player247Sports.com ranks him as fourth best dual quarterback and 101st best overall player in the nationnamed SuperPrep All-Americanplayed in the Under Armour All-American Gamethrew for 3,050 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 991 yards and 14 touchdowns as a seniorthrew for 2159 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for 1059 yards and 15 touchdowns as a juniorled his team to the state championship game as a junior and senior, winning the state title as a juniora four-time National Punt, Pass & Kick winner, and the current record holderplayed at Saint Joseph's Collegiate Instituterecruited by Chad Morrisborn March 26, 1994.

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      Shaq Lawson

      DE 6-3 240 Fr. HS

      Central, SC

      D.W. Daniel High School

      Ranked as #18 defensive end in the nation and #3 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com, listed by that service as a four-star recruit#19 defensive end in nation and #5 player in South Carolina by Rivals.com, which also him as a four-star prospectranked as fifth best overall player in South Carolina and 24th best defensive end in the nation by 247Sports.comrated as a three-star prospect by Scout.complayed in the North-South High School All-Star game and the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 99 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, nine sacks and forced five fumbles as a seniorrecorded 100 tackles and 13 sacks as a juniorcoached by Randy Robinson at D.W. Daniel High Schoolrecruited by Chad Morris and Marion Hobbyborn June 17, 1994.

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      Jay Jay McCullough

      TE 6-5 232 Fr. HS

      Fort Mill, SC

      Nation Ford High School

      Ranked as #45 athlete in the country by ESPN.com...a consensus three-star prospect, he is a top-20 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com and Rivals.comranked as 16th best player in South Carolina and 59th best athlete by 247Sports.com#26 tight end in the nation by Scout.complayed in the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All-American gamerecorded 37 receptions for 493 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 112 yards as a seniorcoached by Michael Allen at Nation Ford High Schoolrecruited by Jeff Scottborn Jan. 18, 1994.

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      Bradley Pinion

      P 6-5 220 Fr. HS

      Concord, NC

      Northwest Cabarrus High School

      Ranked as the top punter{} in the nation by 247Sports.comrated as the #3 kicker in the nation by ESPN.com...#4 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com...#6 kicker in the nation by Scout.com...averaged 46.1 yards per punt as a senior at Northwest Cabarrus High School...first-team All-American by ESPN.com...played in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Shrine Bowl...second-team All-American by USA Today, the first Clemson kicker signee to earn USA Today All-America honors since Chris Gardocki in 1988...averaged 40 yards per punt and had 17 punts inside the 20 as a junior...had 37 touchbacks in 50 kickoffs as a junior...helped his high school team to the state playoffsalso played soccer (goal tender) and basketball in high schoolcoached by Rich Williams at Northwest Cabarrus High School...enrolled at Clemson in January 2012recruited by Danny Pearman.born June 1, 1994.

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      D.J. Reader OG 6-3 306 Fr. HS Greensboro, NC Grimsley High School Ranked as the #19 offensive guard in nation and #20 player in North Carolina#20 offensive guard in the nation by Scout.com#58 offensive guard in nation and #27 player in North Carolina by ESPN.com...#41 defensive lineman in the country and #8 player in North Carolina by SuperPrepnamed SuperPrep All-Americanrecorded 50 tackles, seven tackles for loss and five sacks from the defensive tackle position as a seniorplans to play both football and baseball at the collegiate levelbatted .435 as junior on the diamondcoached by Damon Coiro at Grimsley High Schoolrecruited by Robbie Caldwellborn July 1, 1994.

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      Cordrea Tankersley

      DB 6-1 190 Fr. HS

      Aiken, SC

      Silver Bluff High School

      Ranked as the #37 wide receiver in the country by Scout.com, a four-star player by that service#39 safety in the country by Rivals.com, lists him as a three-star player#6 player in South Carolina and 25th best athlete{} by 247Sports.com#41 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com, lists him as a three-star playertop-10 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com#3 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepnamed to ESPN RISE Channel 6 All-Area teama member of the Augusta Chronicle All-Area teamplayed in the Shrine Bowlselected for the Offense/Defense All-American game in Dallas, TXon the defensive side of the ball, he recorded 40 tackles as a senioron offense, rushed for 650 yards and five touchdowns and threw for 708 yards and six touchdownscoached by Al Lown at Silver Bluff High Schoolrecruited by Charlie Harbisonborn July 1, 1994.

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      Carlos Watkins

      DT 6-4 275 Fr. HS

      Forest City, NC

      Chase High School

      Clemson's top signee in this class according to 247Sports.com, he is ranked as 55th best overall player in the nationalso ranked as fourth best player in North Carolina and seventh best defensive linemanranked as #8 defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and Scout.com, list him as a four-star player#12 defensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com, a four-star player by that service#5 player in North Carolina by both ESPN.com and Rivals.com#104 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com and #134 overall player in the country by ESPN.com#13 player in North Carolina by SuperPreprecorded 15 sacks, an interception and forced five fumbles as a seniorrecorded 50 tackles, 29 tackles for loss and 14 sacks as a juniorplayed in the U.S. Army All-American game and the Shrine Bowlcoached by Daniel Bailey at Chase High Schoolattends same high school that sent the McSwain brothers (Rod and Chuck) to Clemson in the early 1980s, they were both on Clemson's National Championship team of 1981Chuck is current track coach at Chase High Schoolrecruited by Dan Brooks.born Dec. 5, 1993.

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      Marty Williams

      DB 6-1 200 Fr. HS

      North Augusta, SC

      Fox Creek High School

      Ranked as ninth best player in South Carolina and a 24th best safety in the nation by 247Sports.com #31 safety in the country by Scout.com#42 athlete in the nation by ESPN.com#47 athlete in the country by Rivals.comtop-10 player in South Carolina by Rivals.coma three-star prospect by all three services#13 player in South Carolina by SuperPrepnamed All-Region High School Sports Report Offensive Player of the Year for Class A as a sophomore, junior and seniornamed WJBF/ESPN RISE Athlete of the Year as a junior and seniora first-team all-area selection by the Augusta Chronicle as a junior and seniornamed Aiken Standard Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and seniorselected to play in the Shrine Bowl but was not able to play due to injuryaccounted for 3,000 yards of total offense and 36 touchdowns as a seniorcoached by Russ Schneider at Fox Creek High Schoolrecruited by Charlie Harbisonborn Aug. 21, 1993.

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