Commanding position: Clemson welcomes top-rated 2014-15 recruits to the Valley

Already dominating Georgia recruiting for 2014, Tigers looking to press their advantage

Raekwon McMillan (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Raekwon McMillan (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Clemson and Georgia haven't played since 2003, but that doesn't mean they've ever stopped competing.

The Tigers and Dawgs have been knocking heads over some of the Southeast's top recruits on an annual basis, both in-state and out-of-state.

In head to head battles with Clemson, Georgia recently nabbed Todd Gurley (Tarboro, N.C.), Keith Marshall (Raleigh, N.C.), Jay Rome (Valdosta, Ga.) and Tramel Terry (Goose Creek, S.C.).

At Georgia's expense, Clemson got Dwayne Allen (Fayetteville, N.C.), Ben Boulware (Anderson, S.C.), David Beasley (Columbus, Ga.), Corey Crawford (Columbus, Ga.) and Travis Blanks (Tallahassee, Fla.).

The two schools are at it again this year. Clemson currently leads all schools with four commitments from the 11-man Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11: quarterback Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, wide receiver Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, linebacker Korie Rogers of Buford, and Adam Choice (Thomasville). Clemson also has a commitment from Milan Richard of Savannah, the nephew of former Georgia star Herschel Walker.

Kitt, meanwhile, is a former commitment to Georgia.

Kitt, Rogers, Watson, Richard and Choice were all expected to be on the Clemson sidelines on Saturday prior to the Clemson-Georgia game, accompanied by most of the class of 2014's Tiger commitments.

There were also plenty of uncommitted prospects in the crowd, including several Peach State stars of strong interest to both Clemson and Georgia.

At the top of the list are Raekwon McMillan of Hinesville, who is the nation's top-rated inside linebacker, and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt of Surwanee, who's projected as perhaps the No. 1 offensive tackle in the class of 2015. Hyatt is the nephew of Clemson 1981 national championship team member Dan Benish.

Others scheduled to attend were 2014 defensive back D.J. Smith of Marietta, 2014 defensive end Andrew Williams of McDonough, and 2015 quarterback Lorenzo Nunez of Harrison.

Other prospects on the guest list include 2015 prospects Albert Huggins, a defensive lineman from Orangeburg, S.C.; Shy Tuttle, a defensive lineman from Lexington, N.C.; Mason Veal, an offensive lineman from Charlotte, N.C.; Noah Green, an offensive lineman from Boiling Springs, S.C., Anthony Ratliff, a quarterback from Matthews, N.C., Michael Barnett, a defensive end from Dorchester, S.C., Garrett Williams, a tight end from Orlando, Fla., and Reggie Gallaspy, a running back from Greensboro.

Other 2014 prospects included defensive end Lorenzo Featherston of Greensboro, N.C.; offensive lineman Donnel Stanley of Latta, S.C., and wide receiver Trevion Thompson of Durham, N.C.

Other Clemson commitments scheduled to attend included linebacker Kendall Joseph of Belton, S.C., Daniel High teammates Jae'lon Oglesby, Judah Davis and J.D. Davis, defensive tackle Jabril Robinson of Leland, N.C., offensive lineman Taylor Hearn of Williston, S.C., linebacker Chris Register of Greensboro, N.C. and wide receiver Artavis Scott of Tarpon Springs, Fla.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

We should be able to get the Hyatt kid with not too much trouble being Dan Benishs' nephew. That should be easy pickens. The kid probably likes Clemson anyway so it shouldn't be hard to get him.

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