Countdown to Signing Day: It's down to the wire, head-to-head for remaining prospects

Clemson battling Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, UCLA, Auburn, UNC to fill out 2013 recruiting class

Immokalee's Mackensie Alexander runs during his team's 29-21 Florida 5A semifinal victory over Jackson on Friday (Photo courtesy of Andrew Bosch, Naples News).

Immokalee's Mackensie Alexander runs during his team's 29-21 Florida 5A semifinal victory over Jackson on Friday (Photo courtesy of Andrew Bosch, Naples News).

It's down to the wire, in most cases either/or for the handful of players who'll write the final chapter of Clemson's 2013 football recruiting effort.

Like in 2006, when C.J. Spiller cast his lot with the Tigers, and 2010, when five-star linebackers Tony Steward and Stephone Anthony fell to Clemson Tigers on signing day, it appears there will be high-drama on Feb. 6.

All of the eight players still being actively (or at least publicly) recruited by Clemson are planning signing day announcements.

It's Clemson vs. Georgia for four-star offensive guard Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham, N.C., and, quite likely, for five-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams of Vienna, Ga., who is the nation's top-rated player at his position. Adams visited Alabama last week, and will be in Athens this weekend.

It's Clemson vs. Oklahoma for Florida cornerback Adrian Baker, a former FSU commitment.

It looks like Clemson vs. UCLA for four-star quarterback Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park, Fla., who visited Clemson last weekend and will travel to UCLA this weekend.

The battle for four-star receiver James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. looks to have come down to a decision between Clemson and Ohio State. Clark chose to visit Clemson over OSU last weekend, but a mid-week visit from Urban Meyer has Clark set to visit Columbus this weekend, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Cornerback Korrin Wiggins of Durham, N.C. remains committed to UNC, and will decide between the Tar Heels and Tigers on signing day.

For a couple of targets, the picture is still a bit more clouded, and crowded.

Five-star defensive end Carl Lawson remains nominally committed to Auburn, but has taken a full slate of visits in the run-up to signing day, including trips to Clemson and Tennessee the past two weekends. He plans to visit North Carolina this week.

Five-star cornerback Mackensie Alexander, meanwhile, is weighing offers from Clemson, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, Florida and Rutgers. Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables visited Alexander on Wednesday, and Clemson remains strongly in the picture. Mackensie's twin brother, Mackenro, is a wild card in the recruiting scenario. He has not been as highly recruited as his brother, yet the players have indicated they would like to play together in college. They visited Mississippi State last week, and will travel to Rutgers this week. Clemson's coaches met with both brothers on Wednesday.

More News & Notes

- Quarterback Deshaun Watson, who committed a year ago for Clemson's class of 2014, has been a busy man this week, fielding new offers and visitors. Ohio State's Meyer was at his school earlier this week, while Watson picked up offers from Georgia (he's the first QB offered by Mark Richt for 2014) and North Carolina. Watson plans to be in Clemson the weekend of Feb. 1-2, and then will visit Ohio State the weekend after signing day.

- Former Clemson defensive end commitment Elijah Daniel of Avon, Ind. has committed to Ole Miss. The Tiger coaching staff stopped recruiting Daniel after he continued visiting other schools after committing to Clemson last summer.

- Tight end Sean Mac Lain of Fayetteville, N.C. will walk on at Clemson, rather than pursue scholarship opportunities at other schools. Mac Lain is the younger brother of Tiger sophomore offensive tackle Eric Mac Lain, and has been a frequent visitor to Clemson over the past two years.

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Bigboots writes:

Have to wonder about this policy of not allowing commits to take visits.
Do others have such a policy? Bama, Georgia, FSU, etc

MoncksTater writes:

I actually support Swinney in his commitment promise. I find it refreshing that our coach has taken a stand against this wishy-washy culture we live in that has watered down important life lessons like honor and commitment. These young men he has to visit and bring into the fold should be held to a higher standard...I mean its Clemson. If it were Sackerlina , where Scurrier cried to the BOD about lowering admissions standards and then admitted to cheating to avoid being caught cheating and was smirking after the heinous result..I would understand allowing a kid to hold your school hostage with his non-commital..but its Clemson _ and we are just better than that.

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