Originally created 07/10/01

Two Clemson recruits fail to meet academic requirements



CLEMSON, S.C. -- One of Clemson's highly touted freshman receivers has failed to meet NCAA academic requirements.

Marlboro County's Tymere Zimmerman said Sunday his ACT score kept him from qualifying for the Tigers. He said he is considering going to Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia.

At least one recruiting analyst called Zimmerman the fifth best receiver in the country, right behind Clemson recruits Roscoe Crosby and Airese Currie. Zimmerman caught seven passed for 170 yards to lead all receivers in the Shrine Bowl.

Crosby and Currie, both who could play as freshmen, have qualified.

Another heralded receiver, Lamar's Derrick Higgins, also failed to qualify.

Defensive lineman Wendell Singletary of West Columbus High School in Whiteville, N.C., said Sunday he also has not qualified after receiving his latest ACT score.

The academic ineligibility of Georgetown defensive lineman Leo Reed leaves Clemson with four signees not qualified out of 29 recruits. The NCAA allows a school to bring in a maximum of 25 freshmen in one class.