With no football to be played, the Clemson Tigers coaching staff spent their week on the road recruiting. The early signing period is only days away, and things are starting to fall into place for the 2018 class
Several players received offers from the Tigers over the past week, including Jaylon Scott (3-star LB), Caedan Wallace (4-star OL), Jalen Rivers (4-star OL), Akeem Dent (5-star DB), Frank Ladson (4-star WR), Tyrique Stevenson (4-star DB), Chantz Williams (4-star DE), Paris Johnson Jr (unrated OL) and Lance Wilhoite (4-star WR).
Curtis Fann Jr. released his top four on Sunday. The 2019 4-star defensive end has Clemson, Florida, South Carolina and Auburn as his final schools.
Two Clemson commits have been named POTY of their respective states. Trevor Lawrence from Georgia, who is also thee top player in the 2018 class in 247Sport’s latest rankings, and Derion Kendrick from South Carolina.
Since the ACC Championship victory over Miami, Clemson has added two new commits. Class of 2019 running back/defensive end Mason Merkley announced over Twitter Monday night that he will be a preferred walk-on for the Tigers. With players like Hunter Renfrow and Greg Huegel making instant impacts on the team, Clemson fans know not to sleep on walk-ons.
The biggest commitment, however, came from in-state offensive tackle Jordan McFadden, who flipped to the Clemson from Virginia Tech on Saturday to stay at home. The Tigers battled the Hokies for months to land the 3-star.
Xavier Thomas was selected to participate in the Army All-American Bowl. The 5-star defensive end will sign his letter of intent to the Tigers on his birthday, Dec. 20.
Perhaps the biggest news of the past came from defensive end KJ Henry. Henry has received in-home visits from coaches around the country and was scheduled to take his last official visit to Alabama until Dabo Swinney, Brent Venables, and Todd Bates visited the highly sought after 5-star. After the Clemson staff left, Henry cancelled his official to Tuscaloosa. The Tigers have been viewed as the favorite to land Henry for some time, and this could be further proof of that. Henry is set to sign his letter of intent on Dec. 20.
4-star defensive back Jaycee Horn de-committed from Tennessee two weeks ago. Horn has been on the Tigers’ radar, and he wants to visit Clemson with his mother over the offseason.
5-star Noah Cain from IMG Academy has been in daily contact with running backs coach Tony Elliott since his visit to Clemson in October. The nation’s top running back for 2019 has several teammates committed to the Tigers and currently has Clemson in a good place among his offers. Cain will not be making a decision until December 2018.
Clemson wide receiver commit Brannon Spector and Calhoun High School won the 3A State Championship over the weekend, and Spector made the play of the game. Spector took a 45-yard pick six to the house before halftime in what would be the only touchdown of the game. Calhoun won 10-6.
And finally, the second biggest news of the week was an unexpected official visit from 5-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman. It’s been reported that Clemson rolled out the red carpet for Carman, who is one of the best offensive tackles in the 2018 class. Currently Ohio State and Clemson are in the running, but it’s speculated that Ohio State will land the coveted tackle.
That’s it for this week’s recruiting update, check back next Tuesday for more updates on all things Tigers recruiting. Have a great week and Go Tigers!