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Thursday, October 17, 2013
Recruits' eyes will be on Death Valley

By Corey Dowlar

Clemson and Florida State aren't going head-to-head for a bunch of prospects in this year's cycle, but both teams definitely would reap the benefits of a win Saturday.

What's more, the Tigers will have a plethora of national recruits on campus that night, including some on the list below. Will a win help sway these prospects?

Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County): The 6-foot-2, 249-pounder is ranked the country's top inside linebacker prospect. While Florida State isn't in the running for him, Clemson very much is and would love to add him to its roster. The Tigers' main competition is Alabama and Ohio State, but Florida and Georgia are in it, too. Those four programs each will get an official visit from him, and the five-star prospect's trip to Clemson is scheduled for this weekend.

Marlon Humphrey (Hoover, Ala./Hoover): A five-star prospect as well, Humphrey is in the same category for Florida State as McMillan is for Clemson. The Tigers aren't a serious contender, but the Seminoles would have a major chance to impress the country's ninth-ranked player -- and No. 3 cornerback -- with a win Saturday. Alabama is the main competition for defensive coordinator and primary recruiter Jeremy Pruitt, and the Tide are probably the favorites to land him -- another reason the Seminoles would love to play well on national television this weekend.

Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp): The No. 12 receiver in the country has interest in both Clemson and Florida State, but the Seminoles are probably a little ahead in the competition. Georgia and Tennessee have surged out front, but a win by either team Saturday could bring it firmly into the picture. Malone probably will be watching the skill players, which both squads aren't short on.

D.J. Smith (Marietta, Ga./Walton): Clemson is in a two-team race with Tennessee for this four-star recruit out of Georgia. He is the No. 87 prospect overall and No. 12 cornerback, and the Tigers would love to move ahead for him this weekend. Clemson's two coordinators, Chad Morris and Brent Venables, are overseeing his recruitment.

Andrew Williams (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian): Clemson has emerged of late for the ESPN 300 defensive end. It's uncertain whether he will be attending Saturday's game, but the Tigers would absolutely love to have him in Death Valley. Clemson is battling the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Notre Dame for his signature. Williams is the No. 168 prospect in the country for 2014.

Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman): This four-star receiver has been one of the brightest spots for Florida State's recent recruiting news. For a long time, Ohio State and Florida were out in front, but it looks as if recruiting coordinator Tim Brewster and the Seminoles have surged and might even have the lead at this point. A good performance from Jameis Winston and his receivers could grab Rudolph's attention if he tunes in Saturday night.

Mitch Hyatt (Suwanee, Ga./North Gwinnett): The No. 1 offensive tackle in the 2015 class is high on Clemson, and on Saturday, he will be at Death Valley for the second time for a game. Right now, the Tigers are probably the team to beat. Auburn, Georgia and Ohio State are right there, too. But a win could put some breathing room between the Tigers and their recruiting rivals. Hyatt checks in at 6-6, 265 pounds.

Markell Pack (Purvis, Miss./Purvis): The four-star receiver prospect has been committed to Florida State since May. But he has been looking at Ole Miss a lot lately, and made a visit to Oxford last weekend. Pack has made it no secret that he likes the way the Seminoles' offense is run with Winston and that he'd like to play with him next season. Pack is one of the Seminoles' most important commitments because he is at a position of need. A good showing from the Seminoles' offense could help solidify things a little bit. Pack is the country's No. 144 prospect.

Austin Bryant (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central): The four-star 2015 defensive lineman prospect will be in attendance, and that carries some serious weight. Bryant is way up on the board for both teams, and a win in either direction could impact his thoughts on the process. ESPN ranks Bryant as the No. 216 prospect in the country for his class, and he also has offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, Notre Dame, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt.

Tavien Feaster (Spartanburg, S.C./Spartanburg): This fast-rising prospect has early offers from both schools, despite being a 2016 prospect. He's a 6-foot, 180-pound running back and will get a bunch more offers before all is said and done. Feaster will be in attendance Saturday night. North Carolina and South Carolina have made offers, too.