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Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Clemson recruiting needs

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

The Tigers had to switch gears with the recruits midseason while the coaching staff was in flux, and now that Dabo Swinney has been hired, they've got to sell the new staff, new offense and direction of the program.

The only immediate need for this class is safety, and there are still several candidates who might help. Jonathan Scott is a candidate whom the staff liked and visited this past weekend. Jemea Thomas, who committed to Georgia Tech, is coming in for a visit, and Corey Addison, a South Carolina commitment, is also expected in for a visit.

The Tigers also need offensive tackles, and will fill one void with midyear enrollee J.K. Jay. Tennessee commitment JerQuari Schofield was on an official visit this past weekend, and Brandon Thomas, an athletic, 6-foot-4, 280-pound tackle has committed, but will probably end up inside.

Regardless of whether C.J. Spiller decides to enter the NFL draft, Clemson is also looking for a bigger back, and the staff is working hard on Tim Simon, who committed to Ole Miss. If the Tigers don't get Simon, they'll go after Marcus Lattimore, considered by many to be the top back in the state, in the class of 2010.

As for the defensive line, Clemson hit two home runs with Leon Mackey and Malliciah Goodman, two big, physical players who will have an immediate impact.

The staff started a little, but still needs a quarterback in this class, and is going hard after Tajh Boyd, the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is a passer first, but is athletic enough to make plays with his feet. He might visit this weekend. Willy Korn has already had two injuries to his throwing shoulder, and Kyle Parker could be drafted in the first round of the MLB draft.