August 5, 1998
Clemson, SC – Clemson Head Coach Tommy West welcomed 22 scholarship newcomers to the Clemson campus on Wednesday. The Tiger freshmen will open practice on Friday at the Jervey Athletic Center. The 22 players are from six different states.
“The class reported in good shape and is ready to make a contribution to this football program,” said West. “It was a big day for this class, especially the 15 who were moving onto campus for the first time. We had seven freshmen report for the second session of summer school, so they have been here working out since the first of July.
“We are all anxious to get started on the practice field on Friday.” The freshmen will practice twice on Friday and Saturday and once on Sunday before the veterans report on Sunday evening. Practice for the entire team begins Tuesday, August 11th. Two-a-day practices will continue until the start of school on August 20th.
West expects two junior college players, Telly Irby and Warren Lott, to join the newcomers when they have completed their course work at their respective JCs.
The following is a list of the 22 football newcomers who reported to Clemson on Wednesday, August 5, 1998:
Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. High School/Junior College HometownKeith Adams LB 6-0 210 Fr. Westlake HS Atlanta, GAAltroy Bodrick LB 6-1 210 Fr. Fairfield Central HS Winnsboro, SCGary Byrd OL 6-6 320 Fr. Stone Mountain HS Stone Mountain, GAJeremy Carroll OL 6-6 290 Fr. Dalton HS Dalton, GAChad Carson LB 6-2 210 Fr. Woodward Academy Newnan, GAVince Ciurciu RB 6-1 210 Fr. Saint Joseph's Regional HS Paramus, NJPat Cyrgalis RB 6-2 233 Fr. Kearny HS Kearny, NJNick Eason OLB 6-4 233 Fr. Toombs County HS Lyons, GANathan Gillespie DL 6-4 290 Fr. North Gaston HS Dallas, NCDavid Haselden OL 6-8 305 Fr. Clover HS Clover, SCGary Johnson RB 6-0 205 Fr. Cherryville HS Bessemer City, NCJason LeMay TE 6-5 230 Fr. Owen HS Black Mountain, NCBryant McNeal OLB 6-5 210 Fr. Swansea HS Swansea, SCJoe Don Reames QB 5-11 185 Fr. Seneca HS Seneca, SCTravis Roberts LB 6-2 220 Fr. Charlton County HS Folkston, GAJackie Robinson WR 6-2 185 Fr. Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS Orangeburg, SCBrandon Rouse LB 6-4 245 Fr. Darlington HS Darlington, SCMatt Schell QB 6-3 200 Fr. Eastside HS Covington, GAAkil Smith DL 6-5 280 Fr. Fork Union Military Academy Richmond, VABrady Washburn OL 6-5 280 Fr. Fayetteville HS Fayetteville, ARQuincy Wicker RB 5-10 220 Fr. Fairfield Central HS Winnsboro, SCBraxton K. Williams FS 6-3 225 Fr. Dudley HS Greensboro, NC
The following is a list of players who are expected to report later this month to Clemson upon completion of their academic work at their respective junior colleges.
Player Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Cl. High School/Junior College HometownTelly Irby LB 6-3 240 Jr. Southwest Mississippi JC Charleston, SCWarren Lott LB 6-3 235 Jr. Georgia Military College Warner Robbins, GA
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