Clemson won its third straight ACC Atlantic Division title on Saturday with a 31-14 victory over Florida State. The Tigers will take on Miami in the ACC Championship game in December, and both teams should be ranked in the top-4 if they win out. Now on to recruiting news.
While Clemson beat NC State a few weeks ago, both teams are still fighting for North Carolina 3-star defensive tackle Zavon Lindsay. Lindsay watched the Tigers and Wolfpack fight for a division title in Raleigh and left impressed with both teams. Currently, NC State is higher on the list for Zavon, but Clemson is not far behind.
Clemson defensive line coach and recruiter Todd Bates reached out to Florida State commit Quashon Fuller last week, showing the Tigers are still very interested in the 4-star defensive end. Fuller posted on his Twitter a video of Clemson’s recruiting package they send out to all recruits full of stickers, papers and media printouts the Tigers have been famously known for over the years. Fuller is ranked as a top-30 player on the ESPN 300.
Porter Rooks is three years away from playing on a college level, but that hasn’t stopped some prominent schools from taking notice. Rooks currently doesn’t have a star rating but is ranked by 247 as the third best wide receiver in the 2020 class. Brooks has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Miami, but is waiting on an offer from the defending national champions. Rooks visited Clemson for their game against Auburn and saw the Tigers in Blacksburg for their prime time showdown with the Hokies.
Two Clemson commits, B.T Potter and Derion Kendrick, were recognized as U.S Army All-Americans last week. Both players will be with the team next season.
5-star linebacker Owen Pappoe announced his final three teams in October. Pappoe later gave his reasoning to The Clemson Insider on why the Tigers made the cut: “They have always been one of my top schools, I respect all the coaches there and what they have done in the past couple of years, and also I believe I would be set up for success, not just on the field but academically as well.” One thing is for sure, Pappoe joining the Tigers would be a huge get for Brent Venables and his defense, which places extra importance on the linebacker position.
While there’s not yet much information about 2020 tight end Beau DeBerry out of Loganville, Ga., we do know that he models his play after Patriots star Rob Gronkowski. DeBerry also likes to rock a pair of Clemson receiver gloves during his games at Grayson high school, but other than that he’s largely an unkown quantity. However, that hasn’t stopped Clemson from treating him like a 5-star recruit. DeBerry has started his recruiting process already as a sophomore, traveling to see games at Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Georgia, but his visit to see the Tigers play has raised expectations. DeBerry traveled to Clemson for their rainy game against Georgia Tech, and while the weather may have ruined the weekend for some fans, DeBerry had the time of his life. “I loved it, truly one of the best if not the best visit I’ve been on this year. Coach (Mikey) Conn and coach (Mike) Reed really made the experience better. I love the environment and the atmosphere. It was also the most organized college visit I’ve been on this year. I loved the process, and the new facility was amazing.”
Jamaree Salyer has his commitment date set for December 15th. The 5-star offensive lineman has Clemson and Georgia down as his final two teams, with both schools still tightly contested. Salyer will officially visit Clemson on Saturday for their game against the Citadel and is looking forward to seeing the atmosphere that fans and recruits love to talk about. With so many offensive linemen about to move on from Clemson, picking up Salyer would be a huge get for Dabo Swinney.
Class of 2020 quarterback Michael Wright is hoping to receive an offer from the Tigers down the road. The dual-threat prospect out of Atlanta worked out with Zerrick Cooper, Clemson’s second string quarterback, over the summer and was told by the staff when he came up to visit during the Georgia Tech game to be patient. Wright would have Clemson at the top of his list if he was extended an offer.
2019 4-star wide receiver Jacoby Pickney is one of the top receivers in his class, and it seems like every power five conference has a few teams looking to add him to their roster. Pickney visited the Tigers last Saturday for their game against Florida State. He is also a teammate of Tigers offensive line target Jordan McFadden.
Although Clemson is heavily favored against the Citadel, this weekend will be pivotal from a recruiting stand point as it is the last opportunity for the Tigers to host 2018 recruits on a game day. Clemson and Virginia Tech have been battling hard for McFadden, and this could be Swinney’s last chance to flip the prized recruit.
5-star Cade Mays, another offensive line target for the Tigers, is making the trip up to Death Valley. Georgia and Clemson seem to be the two frontrunners after Mays recently de-committed from Tennessee. Salyer will also be taking a visit along with 4-star defensive backs Tyreke Johnson and Brendan Radley-Hiles.
Swinney has done a great job recognizing areas of need for next year. With almost all the offensive lineman playing their last season, Swinney has got the Tigers in a great position to land some excellent talent on that side of the ball. Cade Mays, Jordan McFadden, Mitch Hyatt, Jamaree Salyer and others playing in orange and white would be one of the best offensive lines in the country.