Another big official visit weekend

Asiantii Woulard

For the second consecutive weekend, the Clemson coaching staff will host several highly recruited prospects for official visits.

Though there won't be as many guests this time around, it will be a critical three days for the 2013 signing class.

Headlining the list of guests is four-star offensive guard Tyrone Crowder. The No. 4 player at his position in the country, Crowder is down to two finalists -- Clemson and Georgia.

The Under Armour All-American was originally scheduled to visit Tigertown last weekend, but the trip was pushed back seven days after his mother came down with the flu.

Though Crowder lists Clemson and Georgia as his final two, a trip to Georgia has not been scheduled.

Crowder, who went Greer High School before moving to Rockingham, N.C., is now a senior at Richmond High School. Clemson's involvement with Crowder began when he was a freshman at Greer and has continued since his transfer.

"Crowder is constantly looking for someone to hit," Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons said. "He looks mean, he plays mean, and he likes to get after it. He is very quick off the ball, he moves so well in space, and he puts defenders on their backs on a regular basis.

"He is so strong and he plays with so force at a quick pace. He can pull, get to the second level, or stone defenders. He can still work on his play in pass sets, but he has the tools to be an elite guard."

With the decommitments of Demarcus Robinson and Ryan Jenkins, the Clemson coaching staff had to look elsewhere for potential wide receiver signees.


Clark is the No. 30 ranked WR in 2013.
Among the first places Dabo Swinney and company scoped out was New Smyrna Beach High School in Florida, the home of four-star James Clark.

Now one of the hottest uncommitted prospects in the country, Clark is also considering Florida, Ohio State, Nebraska, Purdue and Northwestern.

This weekend's trip will be his fourth official visit. Purdue and Northwestern hosted Clark for officials in 2012. Last weekend, he saw Nebraska.

Clark almost nixed his plans to visit Clemson this weekend after Ohio State offered and invited him up to Columbus, but he opted to stick with his original plans after Chad Morris and Jeff Scott conducted an in-home visit earlier this week.

Florida is scheduled to host Clark for an official visit next weekend.

Scout.com recruiting analyst Mike Bakas watched the No. 30 wide receiver in the country play this past fall.

"He's one of the fastest kids in the entire state and he often plays like it. He's quick in and out of his cuts," Bakas said. "Even though he lacks ideal size to play on the outside, he's still a legit X-receiver prospect who really has the ability to stretch the field and instill fear into opposing defenses."

Clemson originally planned to go without a quarterback in the 2013 class, but the transfer of reserve Morgan Roberts may have helped bring about some change.

On Sunday night, Asiantii Woulard [Winter Park, Fla.] announced his intentions to visit Clemson. In his interview with CUTigers, Woulard said this weekend's plans to see Clemson were "confidential for a while."

A former USF commitment, N.C. State and Kentucky have already hosted Woulard for official visits. After his trip to Tigertown, Woulard will go west for a visit to UCLA.

Woulard, a U.S. Army All-American, was named MVP at last summer's Elite 11.

"Woulard is a quarterback with a lot of upside. He played wide receiver in high school as a freshman and sophomore before moving to quarterback as a junior," Simmons said. "He has a very live arm, he has great size, he is a great athlete, and he has a lot of tools to like. He just needs more experience.

"He can improve on his decision-making in games and just get a better feel when he is in the pocket. He is smart, he is eager to learn, and very talented."


Priester is a three-star prospect, according to Scout.com.
Another wide receiver targeted by the Clemson coaches was N.C. State pledge Kyrin Priester, a three-star from Brookwood High School in Snellville, Ga.

Originally a pledge to Georgia, Priester was committed to the Dawgs for two months. By early October, he committed to N.C. State.

At N.C. State, Priester's primary recruiter was defensive backs coach Mike Reed, who is now on staff at Clemson.

Priester was scheduled to visit Clemson last summer for Swinney's camp. Had he made the trip, it would have likely resulted in an offer from the Tigers.

Clemson is in prime position to flip Priester from his commitment, and it could happen as early as this weekend.

"Priester is a versatile receiver and he could play inside or outside on the next level. He is more of a quick than fast wideout and he is tough to tackle in open space," Simmons said. "He has quick feet, he can change direction well, and he is good at getting yards after the catch.

"He needs to work on his ability to get separation down the field and just running more crisp routes. He catches the ball well and he is a dependable receiver."

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