Clemson received its third commitment of the 2019 class and second in three days on Monday night when Aidan Swanson committed shortly after he was told his preferred walk-on spot had turned into a full scholarship offer. The top punter prospect of 2019, yet another IMG Academy product, loved Clemson growing up, so the decision a no-brainer. With veterans Greg Huegel and Alex Spence returning and newcomer B.T Potter, who was ranked the third best kicker in the country last year, joining the team, the Tigers kicking game should continue to improve over the next few seasons.
Clemson hosted their Junior Day last Saturday. The event was a huge success as the Tigers received a commitment the and improved their standing with several prospects. 4-star wide receiver Joe Ngata flew across the country to be in Tiger town, and Dabo Swinney let him know how much the staff appreciated it. After the festivities, Ngata moved Clemson to the top choice on his list due to the coach’s culture and his interactions with his players. Washington and USC are considered his other leading choices. Ngata plans to commit before the start of senior year.
Before Swanson committed to Clemson on Monday, the Tigers received a commitment from 3-star tight end Jaylen Lay on Saturday. Lay is 6-6, 220 pounds and is the first tight end to commit to the 2019 class. The Tigers have been waiting for a tight end to breakout since the departure of Jordan Leggett two seasons ago.
Other players who visited last weekend were 2020 running back Roydell Williams, who has offers from Alabama and Auburn, 2020 5-star defensive end Jacolbe Cowan, the top player in North Carolina, and 5-star in-state defensive end Zacch Pickens. Pickens is the top player in South Carolina for the 2019 class and is also being heavily recruited by South Carolina.
Another player in the middle of a recruiting battle between the two in-state rivals is 2019 5-star running back and outside linebacker Quavaris Crouch. Crouch is a top-20 recruit and the top prospect in North Carolina. Clemson appears to be leading at the moment, but the Gamecocks have been able to stay in contention. This will be a back and forth effort throughout the entirety of his recruiting process.
2019 5-star offensive tackle and Clemson target Pierce Quick decided to shut down his recruiting process and stay with Alabama after committing back in April. The Tigers had been communicating often with Quick, but Swinney couldn’t persuade him to make the switch.
Several other recruits received offers from the Tigers over the week: Lloyd Summerall (4-star DE), Georgia commit Jalen Perry (4-star CB), Rian Davis (3-star WDE), Adrian Medly (3-star OT), ’20 Jacolbe Cowan (5-star DE) ’20 Keshawn Lawrence (4-star CB), ’20 Ze’Vian Capers (WR), ’20 Tre Williams (4-star DT), top ’20 player Bryan Bresee (4-star DE/TE), Derek Boykins (LB) and a preferred walk-on offer for Ty Lucas (LS).