January 6, 1999
CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson Head Football Coach Tommy Bowden has announced two new student-athletes have joined his program for the 1999 season, while two returning lettermen from 1998 will not be back.
Eric Meekins, a strong safety from Easley High School in Easley, SC, and Jason Carroll, an offensive lineman from Dalton, GA, enrolled at Clemson on Wednesday and will begin practice with the Tiger team this Spring. Both will be eligible to play in the 1999 season.
Meekins gained fame as a running back at Easley in 1997 when he rushed for 2415 yards and 24 touchdowns in 14 games as a senior. He had five interceptions on defense and was chosen to play for the South Carolina team in the 1997 Shrine Bowl.
Carroll joins twin brother Jeremy Carroll on the Clemson team in 1999. Jeremy red-shirted this past season. Jason was selected to play in the Georgia-Florida High School All-Star game last summer. The Carrolls will be the first set of twins to play football at Clemson since Peter and Andy Ford were twin cornerbacks from 1993-96.
While Bowden adds two players for the Spring semester, two players will not return. Running back Dymon Adams and wide receiver Marcus Martin will not return for this season. Adams has decided to transfer to Division I-AA school Northern Iowa. Martin has left for personal reasons and is not expected to return.
Martin started seven of Clemson’s 11 games and finished fourth on the team in receptions with 20 for 318 yards and two touchdowns.
He had six receptions for 97 yards and a touchdown in Clemson’s win over Maryland. He had at least one catch in each of the first eight games, but had just one reception for 18 yards over the last three contests.
Adams had 18 rushes for 50 yards in 1998. He played in four contests overall. He had his best game against NC State when he had seven carries for 29 yards.
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