For three Clemson football commitments and one coveted target, it's semifinal showdown time.
Tiger commitments Jordan Leggett, Dalvin Cook and Deshaun Watson will all be in action in state semifinal games tonight, as will 2013 target Montravius Adams, the nation's top-ranked defensive tackle prospect.
Leggett and Cook, whose teams are competing for the Florida Class 6-A championship, are on a collision course if they can clear formidable hurdles in the their respective semifinals.
Leggett's Navarre High (12-1) team will be at home against unbeaten, top-ranked Gainesville (13-0). In the opposite bracket, Cook and Miami-Central (10-2) will play at unbeaten Naples (12-0).
Both future Tigers are mainstays for their teams. Leggett, who is being recruited by Clemson as a tight end, has caught 53 passes for 904 yards this season. Navarre has advanced through the playoffs with victories over Pace, 30-10; Milton, 20-12; and Columbia, 28-21. Visiting Gainesville comes into the game as the favorite, and is currently ranked 16th nationally by ESPN.
Cook is trying to help Miami-Central extend a streak of playoff success. Miami-Central won the Florida 6-A title in 2010 and then reached the semifinals in 2011, though it was eventually forced to vacate its victories because of an ineligible player.
After a bumpy beginning to the 2012, Miami-Central has been on a roll in recent weeks, including playoff blowouts over Archbishop McCarthy, 59-7; Miami-Northwest, 34-7; and Palm Bay, 38-2.
Miami-Central features one of the state's top rushing attacks, averaging more than 250 yards per game. Both Florida State-bound Joseph Yerby and Clemson's Cook have rushed for more than 1,200 yards this season.
In the Georgia high school playoffs, Watson will lead Gainesville's Red Elephants against Whitewater in tonight's Class 5-A semifinal at Fayetteville. The junior has accounted for nearly 70 touchdowns this season, and he needs just 224 yards passing to set a new Georgia state high school record.
At the Class 1-A level, Adams will lead his Dooly County team against Lincoln County.
Tigers Hosting Baker This Weekend: Clemson is getting a weekend official recruiting visit from defensive back Adrian Baker of Hollywood, Fla. Baker, a long-time commitment to Florida State, will be accompanied by his grandmother on his first trip to Clemson. Oklahoma is still actively recruiting Baker, as well.
Clemson will get official visits in January from defensive end Carl Lawson, who is committed to Auburn, and offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham, N.C. Lawson, who made an unofficial visit to Clemson recently, will also visit Mississippi and Southern California. Crowder lists Clemson and Georgia as his favorites.
Clemson looks to be in the final two for New York's top-ranked prospect - defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko of Brooklyn. Dabo Swinney made an in-home visit on Monday. Ogundeko is visiting Syracuse this weekend, but expects to choose between Clemson and Florida.