Recruiting: Tigers set sights on MVP quarterback

January 5, 2009 

  • Phil Kornblut

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CLEMSON IS INVOLVED with quarterback Tajh Boyd (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) of Hampton, Va., and hopes to get him in for a visit according to CUTigers.com. Boyd was the MVP of the Army All American Game completing seven of nine passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns. He was committed to West Virginia and Tennessee at one time or another but no longer is considering those programs. He made official visits to those two as well as Oregon and Ohio State. The Ducks and Buckeyes are still in contention, and he’s considering Clemson and Boston College for his final visit. Boyd played most of the season with a torn ACL and will have surgery later in the month.

Clemson target linebacker Jon Bostic (6-2, 225) of Wellington, Fla., announced a commitment to Florida during Saturday’s All American game.

Florida offered Calhoun County wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey (6-3, 217) last week and scheduled him for an official visit for Jan. 31. Jeffrey is a soft commitment to Southern Cal who also plans to visit USC Jan. 17 and Tennessee Jan. 24.

Florida also offered Jeffrey’s junior teammate offensive lineman Eric Mack (6-4, 323). He also has offers from USC, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Alabama and LSU.

Athlete Larry Raper (5-11, 165) of Shelby, N.C., plans to set up his official visits this week with USC, Clemson, N.C. State and North Carolina. “I wouldn’t rank them now until I’ve made my visits,” Raper said.

With Captain Munnerlyn declaring for the NFL draft, USC is in the market for another cornerback and might take a closer look at Taikwon Page (5-11, 175) of Georgia Military JC. Page is a native of Aiken and was scouted by the Gamecocks in November. He has visited Minnesota and is scheduled to visit Louisiana Tech and Oklahoma State. He’s also looking at Kansas and Alabama-Birmingham. Page’s cousin and teammate at Georgia Military, Alajawon Page, committed to Louisiana Tech.

Clemson has expressed interest in speedy wide receiver Tehvyn Brantley (5-10, 170) of Durham, N.C., and is waiting on his ACT score to return before deciding on an offer. “Once they see the test score, they’ll go from there,” Brantley said of the major schools showing interest. “I was at Clemson’s last (home) game and all the coaches talked about was my grades. They know I can perform on the field.” Brantley has offers from Buffalo and Central Michigan and also is hearing from Rice, Oregon State, California, Wake Forest, Texas, Missouri and Ball State.

Clemson is planning its biggest visitation weekend of the month this weekend. The following players have said they will visit the Tigers this weekend, but this list is unofficial and subject to change:

Committed prospects: running back Roderick McDowell of Sumter, tight end Tyler Shatley of Icard, N.C., offensive lineman Brandon Thomas of Dorman, linebacker Corico Hawkins of Milledgeville, Ga., and linebacker Quandon Christian of Lake View.

Other prospects: tight end Terrell Mitchell of Powder Springs, Ga., offensive lineman Quinton Washington of Timberland, offensive lineman Jerquari Schofield of South Aiken, defensive back Justin Green of Louisville, Ky., wide receiver Justin Trapp of Fairfield Central, linebacker Sam Barrington of Jacksonville, defensive lineman Kryhi Thornton of Hargrave Prep, Va., linebacker Spencer Shuey of Charlotte, running back Tim Simon of Cordova, Ala., and running back Mike Gillislee of Deland, Fla.

Basketball news. USC is waiting on word from 7-foot Beas Hamga of Cameroon who made an official visit last week and was on hand for the Clemson game. Hamga is now down to USC and Rutgers according to his guardian. Hamga will take a visit to Rutgers late this week and have a decision by Sunday because he has to enroll in a school by the first of next week.

“I want to take two more visits, I want to give it some time,” Hamga said last week. “But, I liked everything that I saw.”

Sources said last week Hamga indicated he would commit to the Gamecocks at some point. He’s also looking at Rutgers and DePaul. Hamga is a transfer from UNLV who will enroll in school later this month.

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