Five RBs to watch: Clemson hones in on rounding out 2013 recruiting class

No. 1 Derrick Green, Tyshon Dye, Peyton Barber, Alvin Kamara, Taquan Mizzell have Tigers in final group

Derrick Green (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Derrick Green (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

The Tigers have one running back and one wide receiver.

Now they want more.

Just as the weekend commitment of Ryan Jenkins was the first step in assuring a steady progression of talent at the wide receiver position, the same is true of Wayne Gallman at the running back position.

At both positions, the Tigers signed just one player last recruiting cycle - Germone Hopper at wide-out and Zac Brooks at running back.

Clemson's overall numbers are down at running back, due to Demont Buice's transfer and Mike Bellamy's dismissal, and the coaches are looking for early-impact players to help fill the gap from the loss of senior Andre Ellington after this season.

Clemson is currently heavily involved with a group of five running backs, topped by the nation's No. 1 prospect at the position, Derrick Green of Richmond, Va.

Green, who visited Clemson with his parents for the Orange-White game in April, is a power-speed back at 6-0, 220 pounds. He has listed Clemson as his recruiting leader for the past several months, and recently trimmed his list of more than 30 offers down to 13 schools. The group includes ACC rivals Virginia Tech and Miami, as well as Alabama and Auburn from the SEC, and Michigan and Ohio State from the Big Ten.

Clemson has been pursuing Tyshon Dye from nearby Elberton, Ga. for the past year, since making at offer last summer before his junior year. Dye appears to have narrowed his choices to Clemson and Auburn.

Clemson also continues to recruit another back of Green's body type in 5-11, 215-pound Peyton Barber of Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga. Others who factors for Barber include North Carolina, Mississippi, South Florida, Arizona State and Wake Forest.

The Tigers recently got a visit from another Atlanta-area star in Alvin Kamara, whose long list of pursuers incudes Southern Cal, Georgia, Alabama, Florida State and Auburn.

And Clemson has its foot in the door with another highly-rated Virginia running back in Taquan Mizzell of Virginia Beach. He recently announced Clemson as one of his five finalists, among with Virginia, West Virginia, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

The coaching staff would like to sign at least two running backs for its 2013, and already has two committed for the class of 2014 in Dalvin Cook of Miami, Fla. and Jae'lon Oglesby of Daniel High in Central, S.C.

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kellytown writes:

We would love to have any of these running backs but look at this young man Green I bet he won't look for the side lines he'll be looking for some one to pay for attempting to tackle him what a brut of a young man. this is an invitation for all of you come to CLEMSON join our family.

brookesdad729 writes:

Green is a beast! We need a power back! Go Tigers!

SlappleDapple writes:

We've got so much lightning already. Bring the thunder!

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