Who's off to a fast start 

September, 20, 2011
While recruiting continues to speed up across the nation at a dizzying pace, that's not nearly as evident from the number of commitments from some schools in the Southeast and Atlantic Coast region. There is, however, plenty of top targets rising up through the ranks as scholarship offers fly.

Clemson Tigers
Credit Clemson's work on the 2012 class for giving the Tigers a head start on the 2013 class. Aside from a few top targets still left on Clemson's 2012 board, the Tigers have been focused on high school juniors for weeks. Clemson already has a commitment from Drake Grisham from Birmingham (Ala.) Spain Park. The 5-foot-8, 150-pounder is an intriguing prospect who relies mainly on speed and quickness. He is the younger brother of former Tiger wideout Tyler Grisham, who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Defensive end Davaris McGowens from Taylors (S.C.) Eastside is a key target. The 6-5, 230-pounder is thought to be heavily interested in the Tigers.

Maryland Terrapins
The Terrapins rebuilding efforts will rely mainly on local prospects from top high school talent producers. Maryland has already offered three junior prospects from Baltimore Gilman: defensive tackle Henry Poggi, quarterback/defensive back Shane Cockerille and linebacker Micah Kiser. Maryland has also shown strong interest in several prospects from Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel: linebacker Dorian O'Daniel and defensive backs Kendall Fuller and Kirk Garner. Defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow from Bear (Del.) Red Lion will also be a top target. Linebacker E.J. Levenberry Jr. from Woodbridge (Va.) Hylton is expected to be one of the top prospects in the nation in 2013. Maryland has some ground to make up on Levenberry, but the Terrapins won't give up easily.

Dave Hooker

Reporter, RecruitingNation