The season is almost over, yet it seems like yesterday that fans were chomping at the bit for September. The Clemson Tigers exceeded preseason expectations, earning the No. 1 seed in the playoff and a chance to get back to the National Championship for a third straight year. Judging by the way Dabo Swinney has been recruiting, it seems likely the program’s success will continue for years to come.
Rivals recently released their updated recruiting rankings, and Derion Kendrick continues to climb upward. Kendrick currently has a national ranking of 42 and is knocking on the door of 5-star status after an awe-inspiring senior season. Kendrick has a chance to continue improve his rating with stellar play in the two all-star games that he’s been selected in.
Clemson commit Braden Galloway announced he will sign his LOI on Dec. 20 at 12:15 pm EST. Galloway is a 3-star tight end out of Seneca High School in South Carolina.
Clemson offered 4-star wide receiver Lance Wilhoite, the third best in the state of Tennessee, on Monday. Wilhoite currently holds offers from Ohio State, Mississippi State, Florida, LSU, Kentucky, N.C State, Louisville, South Carolina and Tennessee. He took three visits this season to Ohio State, Florida and LSU.
With the recent news of Jimbo Fisher leaving for A&M, Florida State has already lost commits from their 2018 class. One of those is 4-star running back Jashuan Corbin, who has been on Clemson’s radar as a backup plan if the Tigers fail to land Lynn-J Dixon. Corbin made an official visit to Oregon in November and will visit Clemson sometime in December. Corbin also has plans to visit Southern Cal in January and received offers from Nebraska and TCU over the weekend.
Paris Johnson Jr. received an offer from Clemson on Monday. The class of 2020 offensive tackle has yet to be ranked, but holds offers from Ohio State, Indiana, Cincinnati, Rutgers, Michigan State and Toledo.
Clemson commit Xavier Thomas received some love in 247’s latest player rankings, as the talented defensive end moved up to the number four recruit in the country.
4-star safety Litchfield Ajavon announced his top-7 schools with Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Georgia and Virginia Tech making the cut. Ajavon is ranked as the number four safety in Virginia.
Cade Mays has announced his top-3 schools. Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are the finalists for the best offensive lineman in the country, but it has been widely speculated that this is a Clemson and Georgia battle. Mays was seen sporting a pair of Clemson gloves in his State Championship game. While the Knoxville Fighting Irish won, Mays suffered a left ankle injury near the end of the game. Fortunately, the injury does not appear to be serious.
Mays has several friends who are either committed to or playing for the Tigers, and they are actively recruiting him to join the team. He recently posted a photo of a Clemson recruiting picture with him holding a deer in a football uniform (Mays is an avid outdoorsman) with the caption, “stay tuned”
Clemson commits Trevor Lawrence and Derion Kendrick are among the eight finalists for the Player of the Year award presented by the Army All-American game. The winner will be announced the day prior to the game.
KJ Henry was in Charlotte to watch the Tigers dominate the Miami Hurricanes. The highly sought-after defensive end is one of the Tigers’ top targets moving towards signing day. Henry is set to visit Alabama this weekend.
4-star safety Leon O’Neal de-committed from Texas A&M on Friday. Clemson was one of O’Neal’s top schools before he committed — look for the Tigers to pursue the talented 2018 recruit now that he’s back on the market.