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Tigers set sights on running backs

ONE RUNNING BACK prospect has come off Clemson’s board, but two others have popped up. Onterio McCalebb (5-foot-11, 172 pounds) of Hargrave Prep, Va., plans to stick with his commitment to Auburn, but Clemson has picked up interest on Daquan Hargrett (5-9, 185) of Miami and Tim Simon (6-1 220) of Cordova, Ala.

Hargrett has been a West Virginia commitment but is looking at other options. “I’m still committed to West Virginia but I might take a couple of more visits,” he said. One of those visits will be Clemson which he said he will visit with his teammate defensive back Tevin McCasskill (6-2, 182). Hargrett has visited West Virginia and Iowa State. He’s also drawing interest from South Florida, Minnesota, Florida State, Florida International and Troy.

Simon plans to take an official visit to Clemson Jan. 10, Kentucky, on the 17th, Mississippi on the 24th and Tennessee on the 31st. Simon has been committed to Mississippi.

Clemson has taken a strong liking to kicker Grant Clayton (5-8, 170) of A.C. Flora, who booted a Shrine Bowl record 44 yard field goal. He plans to visit the second or third week of January. Clayton also is getting interest from Colorado , West Virginia and Boston College.

Linebacker Spencer Shuey (6-3, 245) of Charlotte also was a standout at the Shrine Bowl, and some bigger programs are now swooping in. Clemson is very interested and has lined him up for an official visit Jan. 10. He will visit either North Carolina or Marshall on the 17th and Illinois on the 24th. He also plans to visit Tennessee. Clemson has not yet offered but is giving indications one will come. Shuey has offers from North Carolina, Kentucky, Marshall, Duke, Western Kentucky, James Madison and Appalachian State.

Fairfield Central wide receiver Justin Trapp (6-0, 180) is scheduled for official visits to Coastal Carolina Jan. 3, Clemson on the 10th and Vanderbilt on the 17th. “I’m looking forward to the visit and I’m on their board for receiving an offer,” Trapp said of Clemson. The Tigers are recruiting him for slot receiver. “If Clemson were to offer, that’s where I’d probably be,” said Trapp who is also considered a top pro baseball prospect.

Wide receiver Cameron Kenney (6-2, 195) of Garden City JC, Kan., remains committed to Auburn but plans to take official visits with USC, Georgia, South Florida and Southern Miss. The Dacula, Ga., resident said he might make an unofficial visit to USC before going back to school and come back for an official later.

Greenwood defensive end Sam Montgomery (6-5, 240) took in a USC bowl practice before the Gamecocks left Columbia. He was joined by teammates defensive back Byron Best (5-9, 180) and junior defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles, who is a USC commitment. Montgomery also plans to take an unofficial visit to Clemson. He is set on his January official visits with Michigan, North Carolina, LSU, Tennessee and Oregon. He continues to favor LSU.

USC commitment running back Jarvis Giles of Tampa was one of the observers of the Gamecocks’ first practice in Tampa Saturday. Clemson target linebacker Sam Barrington (6-3, 218) of Jacksonville plans to watch a Tigers’ practice while they are in his hometown. He will take an official visit with the Tigers Jan. 10. He has visited Purdue, Illinois and South Florida and will visit Florida on Jan. 17. Illinois and South Florida lead but that could change. “I can’t say too much about Clemson and Florida because I haven’t been on the visits,” Barrington said.

Carvers Bay defensive lineman Kwame Geathers (6-6, 310) said he will set official visits with USC, North Carolina, Georgia and Central Florida. He said those are his top four with no favorite. Geathers said USC and Central Florida have been recruiting him the hardest. He will play in the Offense-Defense All American Game at Coastal Carolina Friday.

Shrine Bowl defensive back Josh Hunter (6-2, 180) of Charlotte is a North Carolina commitment but is taking other visits. He has been to West Virginia and Colorado but is not considering them any longer. He is scheduled to visit North Carolina Jan. 10 and is looking at USC or Michigan for the 17th. He is set to visit Clemson Jan. 24. Though he will take other visits, Hunter said his commitment to North Carolina “remains pretty strong,”

USC commitment tight end Justice Cunningham (6-3, 232) of Central has set an official visit to Michigan State for Jan. 23. He is set to see the Gamecocks on the 17th and he also plans to visit N.C. State.

Defensive back Jaron Hosley (5-10, 172) of Delray Beach, Fla., was going to visit Clemson the end of January but changed that to a Virginia Tech visit. He has visited Louisville and also plans to visit South Florida, Michigan and Ohio State.

Shrine Bowl tight end Asa Watson (6-3, 216) of Rock Hill has offers from Duke, N.C. State and Maryland. He has visited Duke and will go to Maryland Jan. 10 and N.C. State on the 17th.

Shrine Bowl offensive lineman Dakota Dozier (6-4, 290) of Brookland-Cayce has been offered by Furman and Appalachian State.

Linebacker Will Patterson (6-1, 200) of Hammond Academy has offers from Newberry and Elon, and his teammate defesnive lineman Chase Loveless (6-5, 255) is considering offers from Newberry, Presbyterian and Elon.

Marlboro County athlete Tyrell Edwards (6-4, 219) recommitted to Virginia Tech Christmas Day but won’t sign until 2010.

Defensive end Quinton Talton (6-3, 250) of Lower Richland committed to Winson-Salem State.

Former T.L. Hanna defensive lineman Kenny Scott (6-0, 280) of Georgia Military JC signed with Buffalo.

Calhoun County junior offensive lineman Eric Mack (6-4, 323) recently picked up an offer from LSU to go along with previous tenders from USC, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Alabama. He’s also getting strong interest from Clemson, Florida and Tennessee, USC has been his favorite.