Best of the Upstate: Easley's Fuller joining Daniel's Oglesby in Tiger backfield

Pickens County stars racked up more than 4,500 yards in rushing last season as juniors

D.W. Daniel's JaeÕlon Oglesby runs past Easley High School's Xavier Banks to score a touchdown in the second quarter making the score 14-0 during their game in Easley Friday night.

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D.W. Daniel's JaeÕlon Oglesby runs past Easley High School's Xavier Banks to score a touchdown in the second quarter making the score 14-0 during their game in Easley Friday night.

Far and wide, or just down the road.

The Clemson football coaching staff continued to successfully mine its close-to-home recruiting ground on Monday when running back C.J. Fuller of Easley, S.C. committed to the Tigers over offers from North Carolina and N.C. State.

A 2,000-yard rusher last season as a junior, the 5-11, 205-pound Fuller is consider a tough, between-the-tackles and zone runner with breakaway speed. He also received recruiting attention as a cornerback, but his preference for playing offense and Clemson's willingness to sign him as a running back, played a major part in his decision.

He's the sixth member of the Tigers' 2014 recruiting class, and the second running back, joining Daniel High star Jae'lon Oglesby, who rushed for nearly 2,500 yards last fall and has a more than 4,000 yards the past two seasons.

Both Fuller and Oglesby have proven their durability in multiple 20+ carry performances.

Still on Clemson's board at the running back position are Adam Choice of Thomasville, Ga., and Donte Thomas- Williams of Durham, N.C.

With the summer camp period approaching, Clemson is a little less than halfway to filling its 2014 recruiting quota, which is expected to top out at 14-15.

Also on board with the Tigers are tight ends Milan Richard of Savannah, Ga. and Cannon Smith of Columbia, S.C., offensive lineman Taylor Hearn of Willison, S.C., and the nation's top-rated quarterback, Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Ga.

With the addition of Fuller and Oglesby, Clemson continues to recruit successfully in the Upstate. They'll join recent signees Shaq Lawson of Daniel High, Ben Boulware of T.L. Hanna High, D.J. Greenlee of Daniel High, on a team that already includes DeShawn Williams, Jerrodd Williams and C.J. Davidson from Daniel High, Martavis Bryant from T.L. Hanna, Adam Humphries, Charone Peake, Michael Sobeski and Patrick Destefano from Spartanburg, Kevin Dodd from Taylors, Oliver Jones from Ninety Six, Chandler Catanzaro from Greenville, and Ryan Norton from Mauldin.

Scheduled to make announcements soon are four-star wide receiver Demarre Kitt of Tyrone, Ga., who is choosing among Clemson, Tennessee and Ohio State, and linebacker Kendall Joseph of nearby Belton-Honea Path, S.C., who choose among Clemson, Louisville and Duke.

Kitt, the top-ranked receiver in the state of Georgia and a former UGA commitment, will announce his decision on June 9. Joseph has set June 17 as his announcement date.

Kitt is one of the top three receivers on Clemson's board at wide receiver, along with Trevion Thompson of Durham, N.C. and Trey Quinn of Lake Charles, La. All three are ranked among the top 20 wide-outs in the nation by Rivals.

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