In wrapping up the 2014 recruiting cycle, Clemson's coaches are looking to add a handful of recruited walk-ons to the Tiger roster.
Already enrolled for the spring semester is 21-year-old Kurt Fleming, a 6-0, 225-pound running back who spent the past three seasons playing professional baseball in the Atlanta Braves and Seattle Mariners systems. Fleming, who orginally signed a football scholarship with Army out of St. Christopher's High in Richmond, Va., was a thousand-yard rusher as a high school junior before missing his senior season with an ACL injury. He opted for baseball after being drafted in the eighth round in 2010 by the Braves.
Over the weekend, the Tigers picked up a commitment from left-footed placekicker Christian Groomes from Daniel High in Central, S.C. Groomes committed after making an official visit. He was 14-of-22 on field goal attempts last season, including a 47-yarder, after going 7-of-13 as a junior. He finished his career 79-of-84 on PATs.
Clemson is expecting a decision this week from preferred walk-on wide receiver prospect Hunter Renfrow of Socastee, S.C. Renfrow, whose older brother and sister are Clemson students, is choosing between a walk-on offer from Clemson and a scholarship opportunity at Appalachian State. He also has scholarship offers from Wofford, Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb and Charleston Southern.
Renfrow, who is being recruited by Jeff Scott and Danny Pearman, was selected for the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas after rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and passing for 800 as a senior quarterback. He accounted for 26 touchdowns.
If Renfrow chooses to come to Clemson, he'll join scholarship placekicker Alex Spence of West Florence, S.C., in competition with Ammon Lakip and Bradley Pinion. Spence, the S.C. 4-A specialist of the year, was recently chosen to play for the U.S. in the Under 19 International Bowl against Team Canada.
Recruited walk-ons have played a significant part in Clemson's success over the past three years. All-ACC kicker Chandler Catanzaro was an original walk-on, as were running back C.J. Davidson, long-snappers Michael Sobeski and Phillip Fajgenbaum, holder Corbin Jenkins, wide receivers Matt Porter and Daniel Rodriguez, and defensive backs Taylor Watson and C.J. Jones, among others.
Daniel product Adrien Dunn, freshman wide receiver, was recently honored as one of Clemson's scout team players of the year. Other walk-ons of note include quarterback Nick Schuessler of Grayson High in Loganville, Ga., who was originally a scholarship signee at Mississippi State, and wideout Seth Ryan, the son of New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan.