With National Signing Day eight days away, we take a look at what’s unfolding for the Clemson Tigers’ 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes.
Last Tuesday Brent Venables and Mike Reed took an in-home visit to see 4-star cornerback Mario Goodrich. Goodrich received an offer from the Tigers two weeks ago and came up to Clemson for an official visit the last weekend of January. The trip was Goodrich’s final visit before he makes his decision, and the Tigers rolled out the red carpet for him and his family, stressing the prospect of early playing time due to the lack of depth in the secondary.
2019 4-star offensive guard Zeke Correll was offered by Clemson on Sunday. The Cincinnati, Ohio native also holds offers from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Penn State.
4-star 2019 wide receiver Ramel Keyton announced his top-10 on Saturday. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Oregon, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, NC State and Ohio State made up the list. Clemson, Auburn and Florida are seen as the frontrunners.
Two Tiger commits received honors last week. BT Potter earned the Chandler Catanzaro Kicker of the Year award and a free year of Chick-Fil-A (yum). As most Clemson fans remember, Catanzaro kicked the game-winning field goal to beat LSU in the 2012 Chick-Fil-A bowl 25-24. This was also seen as the start of Clemson’s recent dominance.
Trevor Lawrence was named 247Sports’ National Player of the Year. During his high school career, Lawrence threw for over 3,000 yards each season and led Cartersville to a 51-3 record. He is just the third quarterback to earn the award (Vince Young, Matt Barkley), and he finished with a 101-overall grade, the highest ever by a quarterback.
Clemson currently has five 5-stars in its 2018 class, second only to Georgia (6), and still has a chance to sign two more in Justyn Ross and Patrick Surtain Jr. The next schools with multiple 5-star players are Southern Cal and Penn State, each with three.
Justyn Ross is set to make his announcement on National Signing Day at 1 pm on ESPN. It is expected to be a two-way battle between Clemson and Alabama. Nick Saban visited Ross at his house and was seen dancing (yes, dancing) at his official visit. Saban also visited Ross’s mother at her work and took pictures with her coworkers. Clemson will send Dabo (The Closer) Swinney to Alabama this week for an in-home visit before Ross decides.
4-star safety Leon O’Neal will have Swinney and Brent Venables in-home this week before his decision. O’Neal was considered a lock for the Tigers until Texas A&M fans brought the Aggies back into contention. With the lack of depth in the back half of the defense, the Tigers need to pick up some quality recruits for the backfield.
4-star offensive tackle Richard Gouraige will host Swinney later this week for an in-home visit down in Tampa. Gouraige is ranked as a top-10 tackle in the 2018 class and has Clemson and Florida in a heated recruiting battle.
On Tuesday night, it was announced that Jabril Robinson will be transferring next season. Robinson was a defensive tackle and graduated in 2017, so he will be able to play next year wherever he chooses. With Robinson going elsewhere, there will be opportunities for talented freshman KJ Henry and Xavier Thomas to get more snaps this season. We wish Robinson the best wherever he ends up.