Mike Reed has yet to coach his first X or O, but he's already making a positive impact on the Clemson football program - the expense of ACC rival N.C. State.
Reed, who lured ESPN Top 200 wide receiver Kyrin Priester of Snellville, Ga., away from the Wolfpack last week, has now positioned Clemson to get a commitment from defensive back Marcus Edmond of Lower Richland High in Hopkins, S.C. Edmond, who will visit Clemson this weekend after being offered by the Tigers last week, is ranked among the state's top 20 players by both ESPN and Rivals.
Edmond told recruiting analyst Phil Kornblut on Thursday that there's a strong likelihood that he'll flip his commitment to Clemson during his visit. "Clemson was always the place I wanted to go," he said.
Edmond was a standout performer on both sides of the ball as a senior at Lower Richland, when he passed for 1,200 yards, rushed for nearly 800 yards, and accounted for more than 20 touchdowns. On defense, he had 60 tackles and over the past two years has intercepted seven passes.
Reed, who joined the Clemson coaching staff in January as defensive backs coach, had recruited Edmond for the Wolfpack.
In other stretch-run recruiting news:
- Wide receiver James Clark of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. plans to visit Ohio State and Florida the next two weekends. He's choosing from among the Tigers, the Buckeyes, the Gators and Northwestern.
- Quarterback Asiantii Woulard of Winter Park, Fla. met with Clemson's Chad Morris and Jeff Scott before leaving for his official visit to UCLA. He is expected to choose between the Tigers and the Bruins.
- Clemson has added another 'preferred walk-on' in receiver-defensive back Adrien Dunn of Daniel High in Central, S.C. Earlier this week, tight end Sean Mac Lain of Fayetteville, N.C. accepted a walk-on offer to join his brother, Eric, at Clemson.
- Defensive tackle target Montravius Adams is visiting Georgia this weekend, while defensive end target Carl Lawson is visiting North Carolina.