Land a five-star prospect. Check.
MacKensie Alexander is the lone five-star prospect signed by Clemson in 2013.
Grab two of the best running backs in the Southeast. Check.
Sign an elite athlete. Check.
Increase Clemson's presence in Florida and Georgia. Check.
Clemson assistant Tony Elliott didn't just hit a home run on the recruiting trail during the 2013 cycle, he smacked a grand slam.
In the final 247Composite rankings, Clemson finished 13th -- one spot ahead of Southern California. Elliott had a lot to do with that.
For his efforts, he is Clemson247's choice as Clemson "Recruiter of the Year."
Here's a look at Elliott's class-of-2013 achievements …
MacKensie Alexander, CB, Immokalee (Immokalee, FL) -- Elliott was instrumental in helping Clemson sign the jewel of the class. An Army All-American, Alexander is the No. 29 prospect in the 247Composite. He was coveted by practically every major program in the country. Not only is Alexander an excellent player, but signing him gives Clemson more exposure in talent-rich southwest Florida.
Tyshon Dye, RB, Elbert County (Elberton, GA) -- Dye is a big-bodied four-star running back that has a chance to make an immediate impact in 2013. Clemson has not had as much success in Georgia in recent years as it probably would like and with Dye the Tigers scored big. Elliott hit the area from Atlanta to the South Carolina line near Clemson hard, and he snagged the talented Dye away from many other pursuers, including Auburn.
Wayne Gallman, RB, Grayson (Loganville, GA) -- Gallman could play either running back or outside linebacker, but it is our understanding the Tigers like him in the backfield. He's fast, is an excellent athlete and might be the most well-conditioned signee in the class. Gallman's signing was a major get for the Tigers in the metro-Atlanta area, a spot they plan to hit extremely hard this coming year and beyond.
Jayron Kearse, ATH, South Fort Myers (Fort Myers, FL) -- Another nice addition from southwest Florida, the 6-feet-4, 185-pound Kearse will start out at safety but the odds are probably 50-50 he grows into a backer or defensive end. He's an exceptional athlete, and has the ability to thrive wherever he plays. Kearse ended up as the country's No. 216 overall prospect in the 247Composite.
Ryan Carter, CB, Grayson (Loganville, GA) -- A last-minute pickup by Clemson, Carter is a two-star prospect. It remains to be seen whether he will play corner or safety in college. In high school, he was mostly a safety, and he intercepted four passes as a senior.
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