Xavier Truss was recently given an offer by the Clemson Tigers after visiting campus. A 4-star offensive tackle, Truss was told by offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell that following the departure of All-ACC tackle Mitch Hyatt next season, he would be the prime candidate to replace that left tackle spot. An offer by the Tigers instantly put them in his top-5 along with Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama and Georgia. Truss plans to sign during the early signing period in December. He is the top prospect in Rhode Island and 13th overall tackle in the class.
The 2019 class’ top player trimmed his list early last week. Kayvon Thibodeaux is a weakside defensive end out of Thousand Oaks, Calif. The 5-star narrowed his choices to Alabama, Clemson, LSU, Washington, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Oregon, Oklahoma, Georgia, Florida and Florida State. Kayvon plans on cutting the list further by early April and wants to commit in the summer in order to focus on his senior season.
Defensive lineman Raymond Cutts was offered earlier this week by Clemson and the Tigers vaulted to the top of Cutts’ list. The 3-star linebacker/defensive end also holds offers from Virginia Tech and Louisville.
3-star cornerback Shyheim Battle was offered by the Tigers last week. With the offer Clemson gained the lead in his recruitment, but NC State is not far behind. Battle has both the Tigers and the Wolfpack in his top two. Battle also plans to take visits to Ohio State later in the year.
Other prospects who received offers from the Tigers this week are Florida decommit Marcus Tillman Jr (3-star OLB), top Mississippi prospect Nakobe Dean (5-star/top 3 LB), George Karlaftis (4-star SDE), Joshua Harris (4-star DT), Bryton Constantin (3-star OLB), Spencer Lytle (3-star OLB), Travis Jay (3-star CB), Kaiir Elam (4-star CB), Lannden Zanders (3-star S), Makiya Tongue (4-star OLB/WR), Luke Deal (4-star TE) and Tyler Davis (4-star DT).
On Saturday Clemson will be hosting its annual Junior Day. Over 23 prospects will be in attendance, including the top player in the 2020 class, defensive end Bryan Bresee. 5-star Nakobe Dean was expected to visit but now is not sure. A couple of recruits that have not been offered yet but will be in attendance are Garmon Randolph (3-star TE), Reddy Steward ( 4-star CB), Will Conner (3-star ILB) and Steven Faucheux (4-star SDE).
Tuesday marked the start of the NFL Combine, and Clemson sent five tigers to Indianapolis — Deion Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud, Taylor Hearn, Dorian O’Daniel and Van Smith. Cain and McCloud will perform on-field workouts and bench press Thursday and Friday along with Hearn. O’Daniel will be on the field Saturday and Sunday, and Van Smith will be on the field Sunday and Monday. We wish all of them good luck and a warm congratulations for being invited to Indy.