Tigers suffer double-barreled recruiting blow: Robinson to Florida, Jenkins to UT

Mike Williams Clemson's lone remaining 2013 WR commitment; coaches now pursuing Marquez North, James Clark

Football Recruiting - Ryan Jenkins

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Football Recruiting - Ryan Jenkins

Suddenly, DeAndre Hopkins' unmade - or at least unannounced - decision looms larger than ever for Clemson's Tigers.

The Tiger coaching staff got a double dose of bad news on Monday: constantly-wavering Demarcus Robinson is headed to Florida, while long-time commitment Ryan Jenkins announced via Twitter that he has dropped the Tigers and will sign with Tennessee.

The loss of two pieces of Clemson's 2013 recruiting puzzle leaves Mike Williams of Lake Marion, S.C. as the Tigers' only wide receiver commitment.

Clemson is expected to push even harder now to sign Charlotte, N.C.'s Marquez North - one of the nation's elite prospects - and is making a move for James Clark, a three and four-star rated wide-out from New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

North is considered a lean to Tennessee over Clemson and North Carolina, while Clark is also considering Florida, Nebraska and Northwestern. Both are expected to take official visits to Clemson this month.

North is a consensus four-star prospect who is ranked as high as No. 3 in the nation by Rivals and No. 5 by 247Sports. Clark is rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and a four-star player by Scout. He also has offers from Auburn, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Tennessee, among others.

Robinson's decision came after a long and rocky recruiting ride. He was twice committed to Clemson and once to Florida before choosing the Gators. He was originally scheduled to make his announcement on Saturday at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, but delayed because of indecision. He met with members of the coaching staffs of both Clemson and Florida on Sunday.

Jenkins' decision came as a surprise. The younger brother of Clemson rising junior cornerback Martin Jenkins, Ryan Jenkins appeared to be solid to Clemson until new coach Butch Jones arrived in Knoxville. Jenkins also has ties to Tennessee, in that his father played there.

If Hopkins returns for his senior season, the Tigers will have five of their top six wide-outs back for 2013, plus redshirt freshman Germone Hopper.

Hopper was the Tigers' only wide receiver signee last year, leaving the option of signing at least three at the position in February.

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Xander5000 writes:

Stop all the long drawn out drama. REAL COMMITTED PLAYERS PLEASE COME TO CLEMSON.....WE THANK YOU. Signing Day needs to be this weekend and from now on, it needs to be the weekend after the National Championship Game of college football. The way it is now with recruits, its only going to get worse and worse. It used to be a lot smoother process. I'm starting to hate this part of the process, because we got youngsters that don't really know what they want to do, or know where they want to go. Plus the media is also making it even worse for them, beleive it or not.

upstatewave writes:

Really and 3 star and a kid that cannot make up his mind. no loss here press on...

richardcd writes:

If you look at the ESPN top 10 schools in recruiting, none have less than 21 commitments except USC which has 15. Texas A&M has 35 (35!) and LSU and UGA have 25 and 29. How are they able to recruit so many players considering the NCAA cap?

KerryCapps writes:

I'm pretty sure there is no NCAA cap on the number of signees, just on the total number of players on scholarship (85), and on the number of players that can enroll (25) in a single year. The SEC voted in a 25-player cap on signing classes that will go into effect this year, in order to curb the policy of many schools in bringing in 30-35 a year. However, according to a story in the AJC, Georgia is 'circumventing the rule' by pushing to get as many early enrollees as possible this semester so as to back-count them against the previous year's total - scholarships that are open because of attrition. If I read the story correctly, 10 of Georgia's 29 or 30 will count backwards (they have 13 early enrollees). I don't know for sure, but would assume that other SEC schools are doing likewise. That is to say, it's all just about as clear as mud...

TigerNE writes:

in response to KerryCapps:

I'm pretty sure there is no NCAA cap on the number of signees, just on the total number of players on scholarship (85), and on the number of players that can enroll (25) in a single year. The SEC voted in a 25-player cap on signing classes that will go into effect this year, in order to curb the policy of many schools in bringing in 30-35 a year. However, according to a story in the AJC, Georgia is 'circumventing the rule' by pushing to get as many early enrollees as possible this semester so as to back-count them against the previous year's total - scholarships that are open because of attrition. If I read the story correctly, 10 of Georgia's 29 or 30 will count backwards (they have 13 early enrollees). I don't know for sure, but would assume that other SEC schools are doing likewise. That is to say, it's all just about as clear as mud...

Rules and taxes. You feel like a fool unless you are acting as creatively as you can while staying within the law. No doubt there are plenty of opinions from counsel before UGA or any other school gets so 'creative'.

Lynx26 writes:

I def wanted Demarcus here at Clemson... oh well. North is a burner and very physical too. We have to snatch North and leave another slot open for next year- so we can snatch 2 or 3 top 30 WRs

FlopEye writes:

Recruiting has become a theater of the absurd.
Kids having news conferences to announce
their decisions, wearing 2 or 3 hats before
finally picking a team. The wringing of hands
and the gnashing of teeth of fans over an
18 year old that, in many cases, will never
be heard of again. What a crock!

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

in response to Xander5000:

Stop all the long drawn out drama. REAL COMMITTED PLAYERS PLEASE COME TO CLEMSON.....WE THANK YOU. Signing Day needs to be this weekend and from now on, it needs to be the weekend after the National Championship Game of college football. The way it is now with recruits, its only going to get worse and worse. It used to be a lot smoother process. I'm starting to hate this part of the process, because we got youngsters that don't really know what they want to do, or know where they want to go. Plus the media is also making it even worse for them, beleive it or not.

17 and 18-year-old kids are indecisive? Shocker! Stop with the REAL COMMITTED PLAYERS ONLY stuff. If you stole a top commitment from a top program like Alabama or LSU on signing day you'd talk about it non-stop for 8 years. So don't be a hypocrite.

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

How is losing these kids a surprise? If you want to play at the highest level of college football, you go to the SEC. You don't go to a school that has to travel to places like Wake Forest, Duke, and Boston College.

Xander5000 writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

How is losing these kids a surprise? If you want to play at the highest level of college football, you go to the SEC. You don't go to a school that has to travel to places like Wake Forest, Duke, and Boston College.

Dabo tries to tell these guys not to commit to Clemson if they are not sure. Self Explanatory. Sure take ALL the visits, then make the choice. Some are REAL COMMITTED PLAYERS if they choose whatever school early. Sure its a risk, but when they sign we all know who was really committed here or there.....whether they are committed to Arizona, committed to Duke, committed to Anderson College, committed to Clemson, LSU, Egg Nog Tech......etc..... If we steal one or they steal one, that player wasn't committed was he?

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