When you boil down the 2003 regular season of the Clemson Tigers, one word seems to creep up time…
Recruiting Saga Comes Full Circle
The reason for such intense examination is easy to understand, after all, Tennessee had the nation's No. 1 rated prospects in Heath Shuler (1992), Peyton Manning (1994), and Tee Martin (1996). They also got a commitment from Chris Simms, who was the nation's No. 1 quarterback prospect in 1999, before he switched his allegiance to Texas. In 2000, the Vols got a commitment from Casey Clausen who was rated No. 5 nationally, and last year they were in serious contention for No. 1 rated Chris Leak before the relationship was torn asunder over several issues, including his brother C.J.'s playing time and promises that were allegedly broken. The Vols never quite recovered from the bad timing of last season's ugly breakup with Leak and settled for an in-state sleeper, Bo Hardegree, who was rated No. 99 nationally. The case can be made that since Clausen came on board in 2000, the Vols have spun their wheels in the race for a high-profile field general. And three strikes in three seasons...
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