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Clemson commits, prospects set to compete in premier S.C. showcase

The third annual Elite Position Training (EPT) Showcase will take place in Columbia, S.C., on Sunday, and several of the state’s best prospects are set to compete.

Founded by quarterback trainer Ramon Robinson — who is highly regarded in the Upstate for his work with Clemson’s Kelly Bryant and former Tiger Chad Kelly among others — the EPT Showcase has become the leading recruiting event in South Carolina.

Among the headlining prospects expected to participate are Richburg (S.C.) Lewisville four-star defensive tackle commitment Josh Belk, Seneca (S.C.) tight end commitment Braden Galloway, Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna defensive end Zacch Pickens and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star defensive end Stephon Wynn.

Belk, the No. 2 prospect in the Palmetto State, committed to Clemson following its junior day in January. Galloway gave his pledge after the Orange & White spring game last month.

Wynn, who hails from Anderson, transferred to IMG Academy for his senior year. The Clemson legacy and top-100 prospect in the 2018 class was long seen as a Clemson lean but has trended toward other schools recruiting him harder, such as Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina.

Pickens, Wynn’s former teammate at T.L. Hanna, figures prominently into Clemson’s plans for the next cycle. Pickens, who most recently visited Clemson in March, has other offers from Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest. Florida State has arguably emerged as Clemson’s biggest contender for the highly touted 2019 recruit.

Summerville (S.C.) Cane Bay athlete R.J. Roderick is slated to compete, as well. Roderick’s stock has shot up since he received an offer from South Carolina last month. Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest have since offered. Clemson is expressing interest in Roderick, who drew a visit from running backs coach Tony Elliott earlier this month. The Tigers and Wolfpack are looking at him as a running back, while the Gamecocks see him as a safety. The Yellow Jackets are recruiting him as a quarterback. Roderick will work out with the defensive backs tomorrow.

One of the competitors at quarterback will be Kershaw (S.C.) North Central’s Bubba Williamson, who received a preferred walk-on offer from Clemson last month.

The Clemson Insider will be on hand for the event, so stay tuned for updates on Clemson commits and prospects.

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