CLEMSON -- Clemson added five freshmen to its 2008 football roster Wednesday. Three of the five are ranked in this year's ESPN.com top 150, including defensive end DaQuan Bowers, ranked the top player in the nation.
The five are Bowers, a defensive end from Bamberg; Spencer Benton, a kicker from Myrtle Beach; Stanley Hunter, a linebacker from Spartanburg; Kyle Parker, a quarterback from Jacksonville, Fla.; and Tarik Rollins, an outside linebacker from Hollywood, Fla. Another freshman could enroll early next week.
Bowers was elevated to the number-one ranking by ESPN.com Wednesday, the first Clemson player in history to be ranked number one by any recruiting service. He led Bamberg-Ehrhardt to an 11-2 record this year by recording 97 tackles, including 33 for loss and 14 sacks. On offense, the 6-foot-5, 270-pounder rushed for 1,219 yards and 19 touchdowns and also caught two touchdowns. He averaged 40 yards per kickoff return and blocked seven kicks.
Bowers was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for South Carolina and was a first-team all-state selection. In addition to his number-one ranking, he is ranked ninth by Scout.com and seventh by Rivals.com. He finished his career with 37 sacks and 90 tackles for loss and started 50 consecutive games. He was the Red Team MVP in the Under Armor All-American game in Orlando, Fla., last week and was a high school teammate with Clemson starting defensive end Ricky Sapp.
Parker is the No. 43 player in the nation by ESPN.com, fourth among quarterbacks. He attended Bartram Trail High School and joined Bowers in the Under Armor All-American game. While Bowers was the Red MVP, Parker led his Silver Team to a 17-14 victory. He was 9-of-13 for 114 yards and the game-winning touchdown with under three minutes left.
Rollins is an outside linebacker and rated the No. 26 outside linebacker by Scout.com, 36th by Rivals.com. Rollins did not play as a senior due to injury, but had 83 tackles, seven sacks and six interceptions as a junior at Chaminade Prep.
Hunter is a linebacker who originally signed with Clemson last year. He was a SuperPrep All-American as a linebacker at Byrnes, where he was a teammate of current Clemson players Willy Korn, Xavier Dye and Chad Diehl. Hunter was the defensive MVP for South Carolina in the 2006 Shrine Bowl.
Benton made 81-of-86 extra points over the last two years. He is ranked the No. 14 kicker in the nation by Rivals.com.