Recruiting hits high gear with weekend official visits from 13 prospects

First wave of visitors includes 10 committed players, top defensive targets Montravius Adams, Carl Lawson

Football Recruiting - Montravius Adams and Wayne Gallman

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Football Recruiting - Montravius Adams and Wayne Gallman

The Clemson football coaching staff is scheduled to have 13 players on campus this weekend for official recruiting visits. The group includes 10 players currently committed to Clemson, and three uncommitted prospects.

The trio of uncommitted prospects includes two of the nation's premier defensive players - five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams of Vienna, Ga., and five-star defensive end Carl Lawson from Alpharetta, Ga. Also making an official visit will be defensive back Korrin Wiggins of Durham, N.C.

Committed players visiting this weekend include local products Ben Boulware, a linebacker from Anderson, and D.J. Greenlee, a linebacker from Central, as well as in-state wide receiver Mike Williams of Lake Marion.

Three committed players from the state of Georgia will visit: running backs Tyshon Dye of Elberton and Wayne Gallman of Loganville, as well as offensive lineman Maverick Morris of Douglas.

Other committed players making their official visits are Jayron Kearse, a safety from Fort Myers, Fla., Dorian O'Daniel, a linebacker from Onley, Md., Scott Pagano, a defensive tackle from Honolulu, Hawaii; and Dane Rogers, a defensive end from Shelby, N.C.

Not on campus this weekend as originally scheduled are offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham, N.C. and wide receiver Marquez North of Charlotte, N.C. Crowder, who is choosing between Clemson and Georgia, postponed his visit until next weekend because of his mother's illness. North, meanwhile, canceled his visit and will apparently choose between North Carolina and Tennessee.

In another recruiting-related note, defensive end Shaq Lawson of Daniel High is home from Hargrave Military and is awaiting the NCAA Clearinghouse's approval of his paperwork. He will enroll for the current semester if he gets approval by Clemson's cut-off date of Jan. 15.

Following is a quick look at the players making official visits this weekend:

Montravius Adams: He's ranked as the nation's No. 1 defensive tackle and among the top 25 players nationally overall. He's already visited Florida, and will make subsequent visits to Alabama, Georgia and either Auburn or Ole Miss.

Carl Lawson: He's ranked as the nation's No. 2 defensive end and as the nation's No. 2 player overall by Rivals, and has been committed to Auburn since last spring.

Korrin Wiggins: He's been committed to North Carolina for the past year, but has continued to take visits.

Ben Boulware: Just ranked as S.C.'s top prospect by ESPN, Boulware recently put on a show at the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and the Under Armour All-America Bowl. He picked Clemson over Georgia, has offers from Stanford, Texas A&M and Tennessee, and picked up another this week from Penn State.

Dane Rogers: A top-15 player in North Carolina, he's the cousin of Clemson freshman defensive tackle Carlos Watkins.

D.J. Greenlee: The son of long-time Clemson strength coach Larry Greenlee, he's rated as one of S.C.'s top defensive players and has been committed to the Tigers for the past year.

Dorian O'Daniel: A member of ESPN's Top 150, he's ranked as the nation's No. 5 outside linebacker by Rivals. As a senior, he starred both as a running back and linebacker for Good Counsel High's division championship team.

Wayne Gallman: The lone remaining remember of the 'Grayson Trio' that committed to Clemson last summer, he starred on both sides of the ball as a high school senior. He's considered to be one of the nation's top 30 running backs.

Tyshon Dye: A big-frame back with speed and power, he's a member of ESPN's Top 150 and is ranked among the top 15 running backs in the nation by Rivals.

Jayron Kearse: A tall (6-4), physical safety with a nose for the ball, Kearse was a big-play machine for South Fort Myers High last fall. He was a one-time Miami commitment who switched to Clemson last summer.

Mike Williams: A tall (6-4) receiver with good hands and speed, he's a member of ESPN's Top 300 and Rivals' Top 250. During the past two seasons, he has more than 2,500 receiving yards.

Maverick Morris: An under-the-radar prospect, the 6-5, 290-pound Morris earned an on-the-spot offer after attending Dabo Swinney's camp last June.

Scott Pagano: Widely rated as one of the nation's top 20 defensive tackles, Pagano has family in Upstate South Carolina. He had a dozen sacks as a senior.

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