Stanton Seckinger dreams about wearing the purple and orange of the Clemson Tigers.
But for now, the Porter-Gaud standout wide receiver is only worried about gray and red. That's gray as in grayshirt, and red as in redshirt.
Seckinger is scheduled to sign a national letter of intent with Clemson on Wednesday, but exactly when his football career will actually begin depends on the size of the Tigers' recruiting class. The Tigers' recruiting class has topped its limit with 25 commitments and only 24 scholarships to hand out.
Clemson's scholarship offer to Seckinger is for a grayshirt, meaning he will sign on Wednesday, but will wait until January 2012 to enroll full-time. A grayshirt is the term used when a student-athlete delays initial enrollment to the winter or spring terms after the traditional academic year begins. Students who grayshirt often use the fall to take classes part-time or choose not to enroll at all.
Seckinger said he will be a part-time student when the academic year begins in August and will become a full-time student next January.
"When they offered me, they told me I was the one who would be oversigned," said Seckinger, who finished the 2010 season with 98 receptions for
1,815 yards and 26 touchdowns. "They told me it depends on what happens on signing day or in spring practice. Someone could decommit before signing day or quit during spring ball. That would open up a scholarship for me. I won't know until signing day or possibly spring ball."
If Seckinger isn't grayshirted, he said he will be redshirted. In most cases, recruits are redshirted their freshman year because they need more time to develop as college players. Recruits might also redshirt because there is great depth at their position. They can practice but do not play in games. They still have four years of eligibility left after their freshman year.
No matter what happens, Seckinger will be happy to be a Tiger.
"Every time up I go up there, I still get chills," Seckinger said. "I like the atmosphere, the campus, the student life, the people up there. It's a great campus, a great university."
Seckinger is arguably the top athlete in SCISA. He is 6-5, weighs 200 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He also is the defending state champion in the high jump, clearing 6-7 last spring.
He's one of the best athletes the school has produced and is believed to be only the fourth Porter-Gaud football player to sign with a big-time program. Billy Dennis signed with Virginia in 1971, Freddy Renken signed with North Carolina in 1987 and Ovie Mughelli signed with Wake Forest in 1998.
Porter-Gaud has had several who have played at smaller colleges, including Furman, The Citadel, Harvard, Washington and Lee, Dartmouth and Sewanee.
"It's been a thrill to represent Porter-Gaud as an athlete and football player," Seckinger said. "They prepare you for the athletic arena and the classroom. Coach (Rick) Reetz is outstanding, and my wide receiver coach Jimmy Harrell helped me a lot. I am indebted to them."
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