Recruiting Notebook, Jan. 28: Beaufort High's Clifford scrambling for seniors mmccombs@islandpacket.comJanuary 28, 2014 

Beaufort High School tight end Stephen Baggett (80) celebrates with teammates during the Eagles' game against Wando earlier this season.

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With National Signing Day a week away, Beaufort High School football coach Mark Clifford is hustling to find a place for his seniors to land.

Beaufort High tight end Stephen Baggett is still solid in his commitment to East Carolina. Pirates coach Ruffin McNeill and some assistants visited Baggett in Beaufort this past week, and the coaches later dropped in at Beaufort High.

Baggett, who also has offers from Appalachian State and UNC Charlotte, committed to the Pirates last summer. He took his official visit on Jan. 17.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Baggett caught 29 passes for 556 yards and seven touchdowns his final high school season and was a North-South all-star selection. He posted a photo this past weekend from the Pirates' home visit, standing with McNeill, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley and recruiting coordinator Donnie Kirkpatrick.

"It's good to be a pirate," Baggett wrote.

Beaufort High coach Mark Clifford hopes the Eagles' Signing Day festivities also included quarterback Ben Vaigneur, who has an opportunity to play at Presbyterian College, and linebacker T.J. Watts.

Watts planned to visit North Greenville on Friday. He also has interest from Newberry and Limestone but is trying to find the right fit for the major he wants, Clifford said.

Clifford is also working to secure spots for Kentrell Seabrook and Eric Blakely, pending test scores.

"I've gotten kids in as late as April," Clifford said. "I'll just keep working."


Hilton Head Christian Academy's Brad Meccariello and Deo'Vonte Doe are both drawing interest from schools.

According to head football coach Ryan Mitch, Meccariello has heard from numerous schools but is likely to end up at Davidson. The Eagles' all-around standout visited Davidson this past weekend, Mitch said, and "loved it."

Mitch said Meccariello is hearing from Furman but does not yet have an offer from the Paladins.

As for Doe, he's hearing from numerous schools but doesn't have an offer yet.


TE Stephen Baggett, Beaufort High, East Carolina

DL K.J. Ford, Bluffton, James Madison

OL Taylor Gordon, Bluffton, Savannah State

RB Khalil Lewis, Hilton Head Island, Gardner-Webb

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