By Keith McGonigle.
After watching film from the incoming 2010 offensive freshman, here is a cheat sheet of sorts on each player and how they may impact the program this fall.
Depth – Kyle Parker (for now), Tajh Boyd, Michael Wade
No 2010 recruits
Depth: 1st – Andre Ellington or Jamie Harper, 2nd- Roderick McDowell
Demont Buice – 6’2” 205 lbs. 4.5
Schools he passed on: Kentucky, Louisville Tennessee and UAB
Positives: Big strong back…shakes off arm tackles…dominate stiff arm…good open field vision.
Needs to improve: Does not have top end speed… Can still add weight and fill out his frame… goes outside a little too much.
Upside: You can’t teach vision and toughness and he has both. If he works hard could end up being like a Ryan Mathews (another RB that was not highly recruited but ended up being drafted 12th overall in last year’s draft).
Comparison: Ryan Mathews (San Diego Chargers)
D.J. Howard 6’0” 195 lbs. 4.5
Schools he passed on: Auburn and Kentucky
Positives: Hits the hole hard… great speed. …strong legs that seem to never stop moving… good athlete could play other positions.
Needs to improve: Just needs to get used to a college offense.
Upside: He had a great offensive line in high school which opened up some big holes and helped him get some big runs, but everything about him looks good. He’s got the speed, agility, and power.
Comparison: Thomas Jones (Kansas City Chiefs)
Will they see the field? : Andre Ellington and Jamie Harper look primed to have break out years and Roderick McDowell could be another player that contribute. Don’t be surprised if both or at least one of them was red-shirted. Then again Clemson loves having multiple backs so you never know.
Depth: Xavier Dye, Brandon Clear, Jaron Brown, Brandon Ford, Terrance Ashe, Marquan Jones
DeAndre Hopkins – 6’2” 194 lbs. 4.55
Schools he passed on: Michigan, South Carolina, and Tennessee
Positives: Amazing ball skills and leaping ability… very fluid athlete who could easily play defensive back… superb cutting abilities.
Needs to improve: Does not have track star speed
Upside: When it is all said and done I think DeAndre could be the best recruit of the class. He just has the looks of a top receiver.
Comparison: T.J Houshmandzadah
Joe Craig – 6’0” 170 lbs 4.40
Schools he passed on: South Carolina and Georgia
Positives: Blazing fast ran a 10.4 in the 100 meter dash… good vision… great athlete played some QB in high school.
Needs to improve: Could add some strength… is not going to run anyone over
Upside: Very under rated recruit, my favorite player of the class. He reminds me a lot of Jacoby Ford. At worst he could be a return threat.
Comparison: Jacoby Ford
Martavis Bryant – 6’5” 200 lbs. 4.4
Schools he passed on: Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, and UCLA
Positives: Very tall and long… excellent speed… home run ability… can go up and get the ball
Needs to improve: Just needs to become a polished receiver
Upside: Unbelievable upside, very rare to see a 6’5” 200 lbs receiver that can run like he can. Unfortunately Clemson has seen too many tall fast receivers that have not panned out; hopefully Martavis can live up to the hype.
Comparison: Brandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins)
Will they see the field?: Martavis Bryant will not be seeing the field this year because he is not eligible. For Joe and DeAndre – There is a lot of competition at receiver but no one has already solidified a starting position. Should be interesting to see if either one of them can beat any of the players on the roster.
Depth: Dwayne Allen, Drew Traylor, Darrell Smith
Victor Beasley – 6’4 225 lbs. 4.47
Schools he passed on: Auburn, Alabama and Stanford
Positives: Big tall athlete… great ball skills… deep threat… huge mismatch, faster than linebackers bigger than cornerbacks… could switch to defensive end or linebacker.
Needs to improve: Played wide receiver in high school will have to adjust to blocking, taking more hits and going over the middle.
Upside: With his size and speed he obviously has a huge amount of upside. Clemson has listed him as a tight end, and if he can develop at that position he could be special.
Comparison: Ben Watson (New England Patriots)
Sam Cooper – 6’5 230 lbs. 4.73 (not much video of him)
Schools he passed on: Duke
Upside: Very similar to former Clemson tight end Michael Palmer. Good size, not highly recruited but could become a solid player for Clemson.
Comparison: Michael Palmer
Will they see the field?: Clemson used multiple tight ends last year so you never know. I would guess that both Sam and Victor will take a little time to get acclimated, but expect at least one of the two to play this season as coach Napier said following spring practice.
LT – Chris Hariston , LG – David Smith , C – Dalton Freeman , RG – Antoine McClain , RT – Landon Walker
Guard – David Beasley – 6’4” 290 lbs. 5.1
Schools he passed on: Georgia, Miami, and South Carolina
Positives: Great run blocker… mean streak, isn’t satisfied unless he gets a pancake on the play… pretty quick for a big guy… very strong would drive people way out of the play.
Needs to improve: Needs to improve pass blocking… at times too aggressive… looks like he could have been called for some holds
Upside: Played right tackle in high school so will have to learn to play guard, but I love his intensity. I think if he gets better technique on pass blocking he could be a great lineman.
Guard – Kalon Davis 6’5” 325 lbs. 5.1
Schools he passed on: Wake Forest, N.C. State, Penn State, and Vanderbilt
Positives: Extremely strong, would just over-power people at times… good technique at times… good effort
Needs to improve: Not extremely quick feet… relied a lot on his raw strength
Upside: He is a big body guy who could probably play guard or tackle, may be tough for him to transition at first because he was so much stronger than his competition in high school.
Tackle – Gifford Timothy 6’6” 288 lbs. 5.55 (not much film)
Schools he passed on: Boise State, BYU, Maryland, and Virginia
Positives: Big body prototypical size for a tackle… quicker than he appears
Needs to improve: Was not dominating competition from what I saw… not straight line fast
Upside: Was not a highly rated recruit but has the size and body type, could end up being a solid player.
Tackle – Reid Webster 6’5” 275 lbs
Schools he passed on: Florida State, Miami, and Mississippi
Positives: Very quick off the snap… knows the position… great technique… great job of getting out and getting linebackers
Needs to improve: May need to get stronger for next level of competition
Upside: Looks like a very good prospect that just needs to get stronger
Will they see the field?: The Tiger’s have a lot of depth at offensive line but based on the last few years, I would bet that at least one of them will see the field due to injuries and other ailments.