Clemson hosted 20 recruits this past weekend, 14 who had previously committed to the Tigers. The weekend resulted in one more joining the Tigers’ class.
Defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan (6-foor-4, 250 pounds) of Asheville, N.C., picked the Tigers over Georgia and Alabama. He once was committed to Florida but backed off that following the coaching change.
Pagan was picked for the Shrine Bowl but couldn’t play in the game due to a knee injury he suffered late in the season that required surgery. When healthy, his coach says he’s tough to block. Pagan also plays tight end and wide receiver. He is the 24th commitment for Clemson.
The other uncommitted players to visit Clemson over the weekend were defensive lineman Phillip Dukes of Manning, linebacker Tony Steward of St. Augustine, Fla., linebacker Stephone Anthony of Wadesboro, N.C., defensive back Brandon Ellerbe of Wadesboro, N.C., defensive end Jeoffrey Pagan of Asheville, N.C., and tight end Jerell Adams of Scotts Branch.
Dukes left Clemson on Sunday and went to Alabama for a visit through Tuesday. He also will visit USC and North Carolina. He was visited last Friday by USC recruiter Shane Beamer and new North Carolina defensive line coach Brian Baker.
Steward has Clemson and Florida State even on his list. He will visit Florida State this weekend and plans to announce on National Signing Day. Coaches from Clemson and FSU will visit him this week.
Anthony also is considering Florida, Virginia Tech, N.C. State and North Carolina. He has visited Florida and will go to Virginia Tech this weekend. He will visit N.C. State and North Carolina the following week.
Ellerbe has been committed to North Carolina and remains so.
Adams will visit USC this weekend and decide between the Tigers and Gamecocks.
All of the committed prospects who visited remain firm with their pledges, including running back Mike Bellamy.
Clemson withdrew its scholarship offer to longtime running back commitment Marlin Lane of Daytona Beach, Fla., last week because he would not cancel his future visits and because of concern about a marijuana possession charge on Dec. 23. Lane visited Tennessee over the weekend. He also has visited Auburn and is scheduled to visit Florida State this weekend.
Clemson is scheduled for visits this weekend from committed wide receiver Sammy Watkins of Fort Myers, Fla., along with four uncommitted prospects — defensive lineman Gabe Wright of Columbus, Ga., defensive back Geraldo Orta of Valdosta, Ga., defensive end Ray Drew of Thomasville, Ga., and kicker Ammon Lakip of Alpharetta, Ga.
Watkins has shut down his recruiting and is “as solid as he can be” with his Clemson commitment, his coach, Grant Redhead, said. Florida recruiters Charlie Weis and Aubrey Hill were by the school Friday to see Redhead.
Drew visited Miami over the weekend. His Clemson visit will be his final one. He also has visited LSU, Auburn and Georgia. He said he has no favorite among the five. Clemson coaches will visit him today.
Lakip did not visit Auburn over the weekend as scheduled, and he now is focused on Clemson and Georgia Tech, two schools that have made him full offers. Auburn wants him as a walk-on. Lakip has moved up his Clemson visit to this weekend. He will visit Georgia Tech on Tuesday. Clemson recruiters Jeff Scott and Danny Pearman will be in to see Lakip this week. He said he could make a decision after his Clemson visit.
Wright visited Tennessee over the weekend. He has been to Alabama and is scheduled to visit Auburn on Jan. 28.
Orta visited Tennessee over the weekend. He’s down to Clemson and Tennessee. He plans to make a decision after the Clemson visit.
Tight end Jay Rome (6-6, 240) of Valdosta, Ga., the son of former Clemson great Stan Rome, dropped the Tigers from his list. “He is down to Georgia and Alabama,” the elder Rome said. According to his father, Rome continues to favor Georgia. He did not give a timeframe for a decision.
Clemson is interested in kicker Cameron Haynes (6-2, 175) of Pelham, Ala., the hometown of Tigers coach Dabo Swinney. Tigers assistant coach Charlie Harbison is expected to visit Haynes. Samford and Troy also are showing interest in Haynes.