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4-star linebacker Nakobe Dean (Horn Lake, Miss.) announced a Clemson offer Thursday evening.
“Tremendously blessed to receive and offer from Clemson University,” Dean posted on Twitter.
Dean totaled 147 tackles (25 for loss) with nine sacks and a caused fumble last season.
He also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, as well as Florida State, Nebraska, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.
4-star SDE Byron Young (Laurel, Miss.) announced a Clemson offer Thursday evening.
“Blessed to receive an offer from Clemson University,” Young posted on his Twitter account.
Young recently picked up an offer from Alabama, adding to a mix including LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and South Carolina.
Before the offer, Young had visits set for this weekend (Alabama) and the week after (Georgia, March 3).
Four-star Roxboro, N.C. defensive tackle prospect Joshua Harris announced an offer from Clemson on Thursday afternoon.
“Blessed to receive my 18th offer from Clemson University,” Harris posted on Twitter.
Harris made all-area first-team with 65 tackles, 24 for loss, with 13 sacks at Person High School last season.
In 2018, Harris has also picked up offers from South Carolina, Ohio State, Virginia, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Penn State to go with similar interest from Georgia, Duke, NC State, UNC and Virginia Tech.
Check out Harris highlights here.
Three-star Baton Rouge linebacker Bryton Constantin added a Clemson offer Thursday ahead of an upcoming visit.
Constantin, who earned region Outstanding Defensive Player honors, is slated to be in town for Clemson's March 3 Junior Day, which will be his second college stop in a month's span after a recent visit to Mississippi State.
He played on an undefeated University Lab (La.) team in 2017 and totaled 104 tackles (23 for loss), six sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two defensive TDs.
Constantin also holds Power 5 offers Kansas State and Kansas.
Check out Constantin highlights here.
3-star Bellflower, California OLB prospect Spencer Lytle announced a Clemson offer on Thursday. Since the calendar turned to 2018, he has picked up offers from Nebraska, Texas A&M and Virginia to go with offers from Boston College, Minnesota, Indiana, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Arizona State and UCLA.
Check out Lytle highlights here.
3-star playmaking Madison County (Fla.) defensive back Travis Jay picked up an offer from Clemson on Wednesday.
Jay picked off eight passes - returning two for touchdowns - and broke up four more passes as a junior, adding 59 total tackles.
Jay has made several trips to nearby Florida State after its offer last July, including a Junior Day visit this month.
He received offers from Auburn and Miami recently to go with similar interest from Alabama, Louisville and Tennessee.
Check out Jay highlights here.
Three-star Rocky Mount, N.C. cornerback Shyheim Battle announced an offer he's been waiting on Wednesday night.
"Can’t Thank no one but GOD for blessing me with my 11th offer from Clemson University," Battle said on his Twitter account. "True blessing."
Battle's recruitment has picked up this year with also receiving offers from Virginia, Tennessee and Appalachian State, as well as visits to and from Virginia, UNC, NC State and Ohio State.
He listed NC State as his favorite in January, but not unfamiliar with Clemson after attending Dabo Swinney's summer camp, he told TigerNet that the Tigers have moved up to his top schools with the Wolfpack. Battle said he is set for a March 3 Junior Day visit in Clemson.
On offense last season, Battle totaled four touchdown catches and posted three pass breakups and 31 tackles on defense.
Battle played with the USA Football Under-17 team in January.
Check out Battle highlights here.
A day after releasing its new top-100 prospects for 2019, Rivals.com announced its new top-250.
Clemson safety commit Joseph Charleston checked in at No. 152 overall as the No. 10 safety.
Other notable targets include Norfolk, Virginia cornerback Sheridan Jones, who recently reclassified to the 2019 group, debuting at No. 118 overall, recent Mississippi SDE offer Nathan Pickering moving up to No. 119 and Chesapeake, Virginia safety Cam'Ron Kelly moving up to No. 135.
The Athletic went back four years and re-ranked the recruiting classes from 2014 ($), which provided quite the bump for Clemson.
The Tigers' 2014 group was highlighted by Deshaun Watson, who was a four-star in the 247Sports Composite in a class rated No. 16 overall. In the re-ranking, Clemson checked in at No. 6, trailing Stanford at the top (13th in 247Sports Composite), Alabama (1), Ohio State (3), Penn State (24) and Washington (38).
The site evaluated the 2014 class by team on how prospects panned out, ranging from five points for an All-American or top-50 draft pick to two points for a career backup or none for leaving the program or playing much at all.
Clemson was assessed wtih a 71 percent "hit rate" on the 21-member class, which also featured Artavis Scott and Kendall Joseph and a number of transfers/players leave program (DT Jabril Robinson, S Jeff Gibson, WR Kyrin Priester, WR Demarre Kitt, LB Korie Rogers).
Re-ranking the 2014 recruiting classes. The new top 5:— Max Olson (@max_olson) February 20, 2018
3. Ohio State
4. Penn State
Clemson has offered 3-star 2019 safety Lannden Zanders from Shelby, NC (Crest HS) on Wednesday according to his Twitter account.
"Beyond Blessed to receive a offer from THE CLEMSON UNIVERSITY," Sanders posted.
Zanders has offers from Appalachian State, Clemson, East Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Vanderbilt. Look for his recruitment to blow up in the coming months.
East Carolina was the first to offer.
In 2017 through 10 games, he had 47 tackles including six for loss, and four interceptions. On offense, he had 10 rushes for 95 yards and 16 catches for 273 yards and four scores.
Clemson has offered 4-star 2019 cornerback Kaiir Elam from North Palm Beach, Florida (The Benjamin School) on Wednesday according to his Twitter account.
"Blessed Beyond Measures to have earned an offer from The Clemson University Tigers," Elam posted.
Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Mike Reed are recruiting Elam for the Tigers.
The talented defender has national offers from Auburn, Central Florida, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida Atlantic, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
As a sophomore, Elam had 39 receptions for 570 yards and five touchdowns while registering three interceptions on defense.
He has football bloodlines as his father was former Notre Dame safety Abram Elam.
One of the top defensive line prospects for the 2020 class is leaving a Clemson visit with an offer Tuesday.
Powder Springs, Ga. (McEachern HS) DT Jamil Burroughs announced he was in town for a stop on campus Tuesday afternoon and picked up the offer shortly after, adding Clemson to a group already including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan and South Carolina.
"Blessed to just receive an offer from Clemson University," Burroughs said on Twitter.
Burroughs totaled 62 tackles (13 for loss) with six sacks last season.
He joins a select group in 2020 Clemson offers, as only the 14th reported so far.
Had a great time at Clemson today with the DL Coach???? pic.twitter.com/6IgApBxYJY— Jamil Burroughs....99?? (@D1Elxte) February 21, 2018
Just arrived to Clemson University ??— Jamil Burroughs....99?? (@D1Elxte) February 20, 2018
Clemson offered 4-star 2019 cornerback Devin Bush from New Orleans, LA (Ednar Karr) on Tuesday according to his Twitter account.
"I am very blessed to say that I've received an offer from Clemson University," Bush posted.
Bush has national offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Mississippi State, Nicholls State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Tulane, and Virginia. His favorite schools growing up were Florida and LSU.
Most recruiting analysts have LSU with the edge at this stage in his recruitment.
In 2017, he was named an All-State cornerback and a MaxPreps All-American.
Rivals.com released its latest top-100 rankings on Tuesday, where a couple of Clemson targets moved into the top-2 spots.
After QB J.T. Daniels re-classified to 2018, that paved the way for 5-star athlete Quavaris Crouch to take the top spot, with 5-star offensive tackle and recent Clemson offer Darnell Wright jumping three spots to No. 2.
“Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and a few others are major contenders to land Crouch's commitment,” Rivals.com’s Adam Friedman writes.
Clemson target and local product Zacch Pickens (Anderson, S.C.) earned a fifth-star and moved up to the No. 16 spot overall (No. 3 SDE).
"Clemson, South Carolina and Georgia are already involved and it will be a heated battle between several schools to land his commitment,” Rivals.com’s Woody Wommack writes (same link as above).
Other top-50 Clemson targets (plus a few more) include WDE Kayvon Thibodeaux (4; Westlake Village, Ca.), CB Derek Stingley Jr. (7; Baton Rouge, La.), RB Devyn Ford (9; Stafford, Va.), DT Ishmael Sopsher (10; Amite, La.), C Clay Webb (12; Oxford, Al.), OT Wanya Morris (19; Loganville, Ga.), OLB Owen Pappoe (21; Loganville, Ga), CB Akeem Dent (22; Wellington, Fla.), APB Mark-Antony Richards (23; Palm Beach, Fla.), WDE Nolan Smith (25; Bradenton, Fla.), WR Maurice Goolsby (28; Dunnellon, Fla.), OT Devontae Dobbs (29; Belleville, Mi.), CB Andrew Booth (30 - moved up 40 spots; Lawrenceville, Ga.), ATH Isaiah Williams (37; St. Louis, Mo.), SDE Travon Walker (40; Thomaston, Ga.), OT Pierce Quick (42; Trussville, Ala.), DT Faatui Tuitele (45; Honolulu, Hi.), WR Frank Ladson (46; Miami, Fla.), CB Devin Bush (48; New Orleans, La.), WR Trey Knox (50; Murfreesboro, Tn.), WDE Brandon Smith (53; Mineral, Va.), WR Lance Wilhoite (55; Nashville, Tn.), OT Harry Miller (56; Buford, Ga.), RB Noah Cain (60; Bradenton, Fla.), S Lewis Cine (68; Everett, Ma.), WR/ATH DeMarcco Hellams (83; Hyattsville, Md.), WR Joseph Ngata (89; Folsom, Calif.).
4-star No. 1-rated 2020 DE Bryan Bresee (Damascus, Maryland) announced on social media that he will visit during Clemson's Junior Day on March 3.
The 6-4 and 260-pound prospect recently picked up an offer from LSU, to go with the same from Florida State, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, Tenessee and Oklahoma among more promiminent programs.
Bresee will also make a trip to Georgia on March 4.
2019 four-star Buford (Ga.) offensive tackle Harry Miller announced his top-5 list on Monday afternoon, including Clemson in a group with Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia and Stanford.
Miller visited Clemson for both the Boston College and Florida State games last season after being offered last June by the Tigers. He also made a stop for Clemson's Elite Junior Day, as well as Ohio State and Georgia, in January.
Miller told the Ohio State 247Sports site that he has three more spring visits set, with Notre Dame, Stanford and Ohio State.
He is rated as high as the No. 48 player overall by Rivals.com.
Current Top 5?????????? pic.twitter.com/iYL8MSMell— Harry Miller (@harrymiller76) February 19, 2018
Clemson offered 3-star cornerback Tyler Rudolph from Oakdale, CT (St. Thomas More) on Monday according to his Twitter account.
"Blessed to receive an offer from Clemson University," Rudolph posted.
The standout defender has offers from Buffalo, Clemson, Connecticut, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, UMass, and Virginia Tech. His first football offer was from Syracuse.
Clemson offered 3-star 2019 safety Kyle Hamilton from Atlanta, GA (Marist School) on Sunday, according to his Twitter account.
"Very excited to receive an offer from Clemson University," Hamilton posted.
The standout defender has national offers from Baylor, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina State, Northwestern, Penn, Princeton, Troy, Vanderbilt, Virginia, and Wake Forest.
In 2017, he has 60 solo tackles, six interceptions, and eight pass breakups. He helped lead his high school to the 4A State Championship game and was named first-team All-State after the season.
Very excited to receive an offer from Clemson University! pic.twitter.com/oF5fDpnhUL— Kyle Hamilton (@kham316) February 18, 2018
2019 4-star West Chester, Ohio DE Steven Faucheux is slated for a March 3 Clemson Junior Day visit, he told 247Sports. Among his current offers are Penn State, Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, Boston College, Louisville, Cincinnati, Iowa State, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Tennessee.
"I'm looking forward to visiting there and seeing what they're all about," Faucheux told 247Sports, who also said he's looking to visit Tennessee and Penn State. "I really think a lot of what Dabo Swinney and the program he's put together."
He is rated as the No. 16 strongside defensive end by the 247Sports Composite Ranking.
Another new staff in Florida has shown interest in 2019 Clemson safety commit Joseph Charleston. The 4-star safety picked up an offer from Florida under Dan Mullen in December and Florida State's Willie Taggart offered on Saturday. Charleston committed to Clemson on Oct. 10 last year shortly after an unofficial visit.
Charleston posted 67 tackles (2 for loss) with two interceptions last season at Milton (Ga.).
Clemson 2019 receiver commitment Brannon Spector posted his highlights Friday from a state championship Calhoun (Ga.) campaign:
4-star No. 1-rated 2019 tight end Hudson Henry (Little Rock, Arkansas) picked up a Clemson offer Friday.
I’m excited to announce that I have been offered by Clemson University! pic.twitter.com/2uy1HJ5X1x— Hudson Henry (@hudsonhenry84) February 16, 2018
Henry posted 72 catches for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior in a 14-0 Pulaski Academy run. Since that season wrapped up, the offers have come pouring in, with Clemson among more recent suitors such as Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Florida State and Texas A&M.
He is an Arkansas Razorbacks legacy with his dad and two brothers who have played for the in-state school, which offered him last February. His brother, Hunter, was also a tight end and was drafted by the Chargers in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft.
Henry visited Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Michigan and Wisconsin recently. He's set to play in the 2019 Under-Armour All-American Game.
Clemson has offered elite 2019 cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. from Baton Rouge, LA (Dunham School) on Thursday night according to his Twitter account.
"Blessed to receive an offer from Clemson University," Stingley Jr. posted.
The big-time prospect was a one-time LSU commitment last year but decided to reopen his recruitment to check out more schools around the country. The SEC Tigers will still be one of his main schools that factor into his recruitment.
The ball-hawking cornerback has national offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona State, Auburn, Arizona State, Auburn, Ball State, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Kansas State, LSU, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulane, Virginia, and others.
Last week, his top ten schools were Texas, Oklahoma, Penn State, LSU, Stanford, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Michigan, and Texas A&M.
In 2017, he was named to LSWA Class 2A All-State, District MVP, and All-Metro after collecting 64 tackles, an impressive 11 interceptions, and 6 pass breakups.
He has already accepted an invitation to play in the 2019 Army All-American game in San Antonio.
Blessed to receive an offer from Clemson University!! pic.twitter.com/AxrJx3AVP1— Derek Stingley Jr. (@JrStingley) February 16, 2018
4-star 2019 Forest Park, Georgia defensive end Justin Eboigbe announced a Clemson offer Thursday afternoon. Eboigbe has picked up offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Ole Miss recently. He visited Tennessee in early February and will visit Auburn over the weekend.
Blessed to receive an offer from Clemson ??. pic.twitter.com/v8EilG05N5— Justin Eboigbe (@JustinEboigbe) February 15, 2018
2019 Saint Augustine, Florida athlete Kenny Logan will visit Clemson on March 3 for Junior Day. Logan holds offers from Miami, Boston College, Florida Atlantic, Minnesota, Purdue, UCF, and USF among more schools.
Logan posted over 1,300 all-purpose yards with 13 touchdowns as a junior and has picked off six passes over the last two seasons.
Clemson jumped in the mix of a number of recent offers for 4-star Fort Lauderdale, Florida defensive back Jaden Davis Thursday.
In the last few weeks, the St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) product has also picked up offers from Ohio State, Georgia, Texas and Indiana.
"Blessed to receive an offer from Clemson University," Davis said on Twitter Thursday.
Before Clemson's offer, Davis listed a top-10 on Feb. 8 of Florida, Georgia, Miami, Kentucky, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Syracuse, Texas and Wisconsin.
He visited Syracuse for Junior Day recently and has April official visits set for Ohio State and Oklahoma currently.
Davis is listed with a fumble recovery TD, five pass breakups and 25 tackles in action over seven games last season.
Clemson has offered 4-star 2019 strong-side defensive end Nathan Pickering Jr. from Seminary, MS (Seminary HS) on Thursday morning according to his Twitter account.
"Extremely blessed, honored and humbled to receive my 3rd ACC offer from the great Clemson University," Pickering posted.
Mississippi's top lineman has national offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Notre Dame, Oregon, Seton Hall, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and USC.
His childhood favorite team growing up was Oregon.
Pickering had 85 tackles including 39 tackles for a loss and five sacks last season. He was named USA Today's first-team All-Missippi team for those efforts.
In 2016, he had 72 tackles including 26 for loss, four sacks, four pass breakups, three forced fumbles, and an interception.
3-star Lawrenceville, Georgia defensive end Colby Wooden announced a Clemson offer on social media Wednesday night. Wooden recently visited Tennessee after they offered in December. He also holds offers from Florida State, Georgia, Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Michigan and Michigan State among more Power 5 schools.
3-star 2019 Malvern (Pa.) LB Keith Maguire Jr. announced a Clemson offer on Tuesday afternoon. Maguire recently was offered by Notre Dame after attending a Junior Day there, and also picked up offers from Ohio State, Boston College, Connecticut, Northwestern, Maryland, Toledo and Kent State in the last month.
Maguire was an all-league selection playing linebacker and wide receiver last season. He totaled three interceptions and caught 19 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns.
He told TigerNet he is looking to make Clemson's next Junior Day coming up March 3.
Two highly-regarded Hammond School (Columbia, S.C.) products were in town to visit Clemson.
2020 defensive end Jordan Burch and defensive tackle Alex Huntley made the trip, with Huntley saying the duo had a "great time" in a picture on Twitter with Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates.
Burch, also a potential basketball prospect, holds offers from Clemson, as well as Georgia, Oklahoma, Michigan, Duke, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina and Wake Forest.
Huntley recently picked up offers from Oklahoma and Michigan and grabbed a Georgia offer last fall. He visited for the Clemson-Georgia Tech game last season.
Clemson tight end Cannon Smith also played at the Hammond School.
An ESPN story Monday put recruiting's impact on the national title race in perspective.
Per their data, the last seven national title winners have averaged a top-10 recruiting class the four years before that school's title, and they each posted one class inside the top-four within two years of their championship.
Using that model projecting forward, four teams fit the mold for both stats in 2018 per ESPN: Alabama (2.5 average class rank), Ohio State (3.75), Georgia (4.75) and Florida State (4.5). In the top-10 class average range, Southern California (6.75), Clemson (6.75) and Auburn (9.25) join those four.
"The (Clemson) 2018 class finished at No. 5 overall, which might mean that Clemson could buck the stat and still win the championship," ESPN's Tom VanHaaren writes. "Dabo Swinney's staff will have a lot to work with, especially on the defensive line, where Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant all elected to come back to school to join up with Dexter Lawrence and 2018 five-stars Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry."
5-star Clemson DE target Zacch Pickens continues to pick up major offers from around the country.
The T.L. Hanna (Anderson, S.C.) product announced an offer from Oklahoma on Saturday. He also received offers from LSU and Alabama recently to go with similar interest from Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn, Miami, Michigan and Tennessee among more Power 5 offers.
Pickens, rated as the top player in the state, visited South Carolina for Junior Day recently and was also in Columbia for the Clemson-South Carolina game. He made stops in Clemson for both the Auburn and Wake Forest games last season.
Pickens hasn't put together a top schools list as of yet.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach Jeff Scott was named one of the top-25 recruiters in the nation by two recruiting outlets this week.
Scott made the Rivals.com's Top-25 for a third-straight class.
"Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott is no stranger to this list," Rivals' Josh Helmboldt wrote. "Signing the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect will go a long way toward getting your name here three years in a row, and that’s exactly what (Scott) did with quarterback Trevor Lawrence. However, arguably even more impressive was stealing five-star Alabama-based wide receiver Justyn Ross out from under Nick Saban’s nose. Scott gets credit for a third five-star in this class with wide receiver Derion Kendrick."
247Sports.com keeps a running log of who's recruiting who and credited Scott as the primary recruiter for five Clemson signees, which was enough to rank him seventh in the nation and No. 1 in the ACC. Those five signees included three rated as five-star prospects by at least one outlet in wide receiver Derion Kendrick and Justyn Ross and defensive tackle Josh Belk.
Credited with recruiting 5-star D-ends Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry, as well as tight end Braden Galloway, tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Danny Pearman checked in at No. 31 in the 247Sports rankings. Brent Venables also made the top-100 (86; Primary or secondary recruiter on 4-star DB Mario Goodrich, 4-star DE Justin Mascoll, 4-star DT Darnell Jefferies and 4-star LB Jake Venables).
Clemson's official YouTube channel posted impressive highlight videos of the new Clemson signees WR Justyn Ross, DB Mario Goodrich, LB Mike Jones Jr., walk-on safety Carson Donnelly, walk-on receiver Drew Swinney and walk-on ATH Ben Batson.
Check out new senior highlights of Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Video Description: Trevor Lawrence will LIGHT UP the Clemson scoreboard. Trevor OWNS the 2 prestigious Georgia Quarterback Records. MOST Passing Yards and MOST Passing Touchdowns. National Prep Stars on PassportplayasTV
2019 four-star Everett, Massachusetts safety Lewis Cine announced an offer from Clemson on his Twitter account Thursday afternoon. Cine is a top-40-rated 247Sports Composite prospect as the No. 3 safety in the nation.
A survey of recruits rated Clemson as the No. 1 brand in college football.
The survey asked 224 recruits to rate their "interest and desire" surrounding each program as if they were the No. 1-rated prospect in the nation.
Just how much does the brand help? The site that conducted survey, Pick Six Previews, explains.
"College football is an exercise in the principles of statistics," they write. "Think about these brand rankings as a ranking system of the true probabilities assigned to each program’s likelihood to land any given high school recruit regardless of circumstance.
"Clemson would then have the best probability to land any recruit it wants, whether it be the number one recruit in the country or the number 5,000 recruit in the country."
The survey notes Clemson (8.71 brand metric ranking) as in a group with Oregon and Miami as brands outperforming their revenue flow, with Clemson listed with the 27th-most revenue in 2015-16. Oregon (8.15) checks in at No. 5 in best brands, with Miami not far behind at No. 7 (8.10).
"Clemson has Death Valley, Howard's Rock, the charismatic Dabo Swinney, and a recent National Championship to sell," they write. "These three programs have found a way to differentiate themselves in the eyes of teenage student-athletes with their brand from the blue bloods and other non-traditional powers in the sport of college football."
Notable lower rankings include Notre Dame at 15 (7.49), Alabama at 19 (7.25), Texas at 20 (7.13) and South Carolina at 32 (6.29).
Top-10 brands to recruits (Pick Six Previews)
1. Clemson (8.71)
2. Ohio State (8.68)
3. Penn State (8.48)
4. Georgia (8.31)
T-5 Oregon (8.15)
T-5 Southern Cal (8.15)
7. Miami (8.10)
8. Oklahoma (7.93)
9. Stanford (7.83)
10. LSU (7.75)
Two Clemson 2018 opponents were named "winners" of the 2018 National Signing Day by CBS Sports.
Two schools with ties to Jimbo Fisher made the cut of four teams in Texas A&M, at No. 3, and Florida State, at No. 4.
The Aggies, who Clemson plays on Sept. 8, moved from No. 35 in the rankings last week to inside the top-20 at No. 17 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings. They signed 13 4-star prospects in all in a 23-man class.
"Texas A&M stole an in-state defensive tackle from Alabama (Bobby Brown)," Barton Simmons wrote, "held off a late push by Florida State to land the best quarterback available after the early period in James Foster, beat Oklahoma for offensive tackle Tank Jenkins, and got one of the best edge rushers in California in Jeremiah Martin. The quantity late in the process was there for Fisher, but the quality was on point, too."
CBS Sports notes that the FSU class was ranked No. 64 overall at one point and moved to No. 11 on Wednesday.
"On signing day, Willie Taggart closed with four-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison out of Washington," Simmons wrote, "he stole a big time talent from Tennessee in wide receiver Jordan Young; he landed four-star defensive end Malcolm Lamar out of Tampa; and he stole a second Tennessee commit in running back Anthony Grant. It was a solid close for a coach that faced a steep uphill battle this cycle with his arrival in Tallahassee."
Clemson 2018 opponents in 247Sports Composite 2018 Rankings
Team - Ranking - Rating
Florida State - 10th - 268.86
Texas A&M - 17th - 251.20
South Carolina - 19th - 237.13
NC State - 26th - 219.84
Louisville - 29th - 215.79
Syracuse - 50th - 186.48
Georgia Tech - 51st - 185.49
Wake Forest - 60th - 178.71
Duke - 61st - 176.85
Boston College - 67th - 172.47
Georgia Southern - 87th - 146.64
Clemson quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter hit a number of topics in a Q&A session Wednesday.
Streeter talks closing the 2018 recruiting class strong, as well as QB competition and reps this spring and more:
Clemson took the ACC recruiting crown for the first time in 247Sports' Composite Rankings going back to 2000.
The site averages 247Sports' ranking as well as Rivals.com, ESPN, and more recruiting websites, and Clemson checked in at No. 6 overall through Wednesday evening.
The Tigers trailed Miami midway through Signing Day before 5-star WR Justyn Ross announced his Clemson commitment. Miami finished the day in eighth in the rankings. In average prospect ranking, Clemson finished 4th in the 247Sports Composite (93.45).
Transitioning coaches after a rough season, Florida State recovered with a big Signing Day push to move up to 11th in the standings.
247sports Top-10 (as of 7 p.m.)
1. Georgia - 323.31
2. Ohio State - 317.06
3. Texas - 300.09
4. Southern Cal - 291.20
5. Penn State - 285.92
6. Clemson - 283.67
7. Alabama - 283.27
8. Miami - 280.87
9. Oklahoma - 275.97
10. Notre Dame - 268.86
247Sports (site): 5th
247Sports Composite: 6th
Watch Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and assistant coaches Jeff Scott and Todd Bates react to 5-star WR Justyn Ross announcing his Tigers' commitment:
Those who have experienced Clemson are always thrilled to hear when someone chooses to attend Clemson...— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) February 7, 2018
Because they know it will be one of the best decisions of their life.#ALLIN ???? #ClemsonFamily pic.twitter.com/R65N2bOsW5
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney did a break down of the 2018 Clemson signing class and talked a little about the prep for 2018 for local media this afternoon:
Clemson is holding its National Signing Day celebration at the football complex right now
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said that on paper that the 2018 class is the "most complete" class that the Tigers have signed since he's been there:
ESPN's Signing Day coverage noted that Justyn Ross joins FSU Heisman Trophy-winner Jameis Winston as the only No. 1-rated Alabama prospects to leave the state for school since ESPN started ranking prospects in 2006 with his Clemson commitment Wednesday.
Ross to ESPN on Clemson: "When I was up there, it just felt like family. Even though we were out of state, they made me and my family feel like it was home. That played a big part. It just felt like home.
Ross on what stood out from Dabo Swinney's recruitment: "Just how down to earth he is. How involved he is with his players. That means a lot to me. I want to have a great relationship with my head coach."
Ross also said Trevor Lawrence being on board with the class "made a great impact" on his decision.
Clemson added a seventh 5-star-rated prospect to its 2018 class with the ESPN-televised commitment of Phenix City, Alabama receiver Justyn Ross Wednesday.
Ross is a second 5-star receiver to join the Tigers’ 2018 group, in addition to South Pointe (S.C.)’s Derion Kendrick. Also on the offensive side, No. 1 overall prospect Trevor Lawrence anchors the class at quarterback, as well as 5-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman.
The Central High School (Ala.) product totaled 730 receiving yards in 37 catches with 13 touchdowns last season.
Ross’ commitment moves Clemson to fifth in 247Sports’ Composite rankings, and matches No. 1-rated Georgia for the number of 5-star signees currently.
??????#ALLIN ????— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) February 7, 2018
5-star Clemson WR target Justyn Ross is slated to announce around 1:15 p.m. on ESPN2 (WatchESPN.com). A Youtube stream from the Central HS (Ala.) is available below:
The push for the 2019 class really kicks into high gear soon. Although a year away, Clemson's giving its targets a lookahead to 2019 Signing Day.
3-star Baton Rouge, Louisiana linebacker Bryton Constantin showed an example of that with this tweet Wednesday:
Constantin is slated to visit for a March 3 Junior Day. He played on an undefeated University Lab team in 2017 and totaled 104 tackles (23 for loss), six sacks, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and two defensive TDs.
Clemson walk-on receiver signee Drew Swinney just held his signing ceremony at Daniel High School in Central:
Clemson LB signee Jake Venables held his ceremony Wednesday morning as well:
Jake Venables goes through a signing ceremony at Daniel High School despite having already enrolled at Clemson. With his dad Brent at his side, Jake and the Venables family are a proud bunch. @WSPA7 pic.twitter.com/PyI0BsrVuv— Todd Summers (@ToddSummers7) February 7, 2018
Clemson and Ohio State's battle over 5-star offensive tackle signee Jackson Carman came back up during a press conference from Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer Wednesday.
Ohio State signed 247Sports' No. 1-rated OT Nicholas Petit-Frere out of Tampa, Florida after an ESPNU-televised announcement Wednesday.
Back in December, Carman made a surprise pick of Clemson during the early signing period over his home-state Buckeyes, and after his announcement, Carman referenced Clemson's staff saying Meyer was on "the back end of his career."
Meyer didn't address the comments at the time, but did weigh in on the end result on the recruiting trail Wednesday:
Meyer on losing Ohio OT Jackson Carman to Clemson in December but getting Petit-Frere: "That (Carman decision) received a lot of publicity and he's a fine player but the one we got was the one the laser lights were on."— Bill Rabinowitz (@brdispatch) February 7, 2018
The final announcement of interest is coming up around 1:15 ET on ESPN2 with 5-star Central (Ala.) WR Justyn Ross.
A Ross commitment to Clemson would mark a seventh player rated as a 5-star prospect by any recruiting service in Clemson's 2018 class, which would match No. 1-rated class overall Georgia's 5-star prospects rated by 247Sports' Composite.
A Ross commitment would also move a Tigers' 16-signee class past Alabama for fourth overall currently in the 247Sports' rankings.
The Crimson Tide are the favorite going in with 81 percent of the projections in 247Sports' Crystal Ball, with Clemson next (15 percent) and then Auburn (4).
Four-star linebacker Dax Hollifield picked Virginia Tech over Clemson, UNC and Stanford in an announcement at his school Wednesday.
The Tigers were the first to offer the Shelby (N.C.) defender, and after some late shifts in Clemson’s recruiting board, Hollifield appeared back on the radar recently before he committed to sign with the Hokies.
Last season, Hollifield posted 150 tackles, including 32 for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also tallied a big junior season with 146 tackles, 52 tackles for loss an interception, and a pass breakup. As a sophomore, he totaled 204 tackles, including 38 tackles for loss, 8 sacks and an interception. As a freshman, he registered 112 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 6 sacks and an interception.
Virginia Tech moved up to the 22nd-best class rated by 247Sports with Hollifield's commitment, which is the fourth-best in the ACC currently behind Miami (5), Clemson (7) and Florida State (12).
Some key announcements down and several more coming up nationwide, Clemson is sitting in sixth in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings for the 2018 class.
The next two announcements to watch are 4-star LB Dax Hollifield around 11 a.m. (livestream expected here) and 5-star WR Justyn Ross in the 1 p.m. hour on ESPN2.
If Clemson gained a commitment from both targets, that will likely clinch a top-5 class in the 247Sports Composite. Right now, those potential commitments would move the Tigers to fourth.
Hollifield has Clemson in a group with UNC, Virginia Tech and Stanford as finalists. Ross is considering the Tigers versus in-state Alabama and Auburn.
5-star DB Patrick Surtain Jr. picked Alabama over Clemson and LSU in an ESPNU announcement.
LSU and Alabama were regarded as the favorites down the stretch, but Clemson was able to draw a visit in January.
The American Heritage (Fla.) product is the son of former All-Pro and also American Heritage coach Patrick Surtain.
Surtain is listed at 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds and is rated as the No. 1 cornerback in the nation and the No. 6 overall prospect by the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Alabama is seventh now with Surtain's announcement in the 247Sports team rankings. Clemson is currently in sixth in the standings.
As expected, three-star safety Trevon Flowers announced he will sign with Tennessee over Clemson and Kentucky also Wednesday.
An ex-Kentucky baseball signee, Flowers is expected to play football and baseball at the college level after one season of high school football.
That senior campaign at Tucker High School (Ga.) was enough to garner the attention of a number of programs, with the 6-1 defensive back visiting Clemson and Tennessee in last week before National Signing Day.
Flowers was rated as a 3-star prospect who also held offers from Appalachian State and Illinois.
SI college football writer Bruce Feldman says his polling of college coaches regards Clemson DE signee Xavier Thomas as the best player in the nation out of the 2018 class:
Spoke to a half-dozen college coaches in the past 24 hrs. Asked who they thought was the best player they saw in 2018 recruiting class. One player got mulitiple votes: DL Xavier Thomas going to #Clemson. "That guy is phenomenal. If there's such thing as a 'can't miss' it's him."— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 7, 2018
2018 receiver Drew Swinney from Clemson signed as a preferred walk-on at Clemson during a high school ceremony on Wednesday.
Swinney is the son of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney.
Clemson has offered him a walk-on spot as a wide receiver. Tigernet has watched him at the last few Dabo Swinney Football camps and he has fast acceleration and reliable hands.
Swinney played QB for the Lions in addition to receiver as a senior. He totaled 30 catches for 405 yards last season.
Highlights for walk-on signee Carson Donnelly out of Briarwood Christian High School in Birmingham, Alabama:
2018 Dual-threat quarterback Ben Batson from Clemson signed as a preferred walk-on as an athlete at Clemson on Wednesday.
Batson is the son of long-time Clemson strength and conditioning coach Joey Batson.
As a senior at Dorman high school, he was named Region 3 5A player of the year as he completed 58.8% for 1792 yards with 13 passing touchdowns and only four interceptions. He showed off his athleticism on the ground with 1201 yards rushing and 13 scores.
Clemson welcomes its latest signings, 4-star Lee's Summit West (Mo.) CB Mario Goodrich and preferred walk-ons, athlete Ben Batson (son of Clemson director of strength and conditioning), safety Carson Donnelly and receiver Drew Swinney (son of Clemson coach Dabo Swinnney):
ESPN recruiting analyst Gerry Hamilton weighs in on Clemson's class after 4-star CB signing Mario Goodrich:
#Clemson began the day with No. 6 ranked class ... they have added #ESPN300 CB @_MG3__ (Mario Goodrich) over #LSU ... Tigers now have 10 #ESPN300 prospects, including 3 5-star's ... 4th straight top 10 class a lock ... https://t.co/oPnkP3LfTB— Gerry Hamilton (@HamiltonESPN) February 7, 2018
Lee's Summit West coach Vincent Careswell on 4-star Clemson CB commit Mario Goodrich and his recruiting process: "Mario is dynamic. He’s a true competitor. You can tell how close and how important family is to him just by the showing today (at the TV announcement). They played a big role in the recruiting process and kinda guided him through the process to make this decision. Extremely proud of Mario. This is big for Lee’s Summit West too. It puts us on the map as far as the national recruiting scene. (Mario’s) a great, tremendous player. I’m gonna miss him."
New 4-star Clemson CB commit Mario Goodrich signing his NLI with the Tigers:
New 2018 4-star Clemson CB commit Mario Goodrich's announcement this a.m. on KMBC in Kansas City:
Goodrich on his Clemson visit: “The coaching staff, I felt like I was at home when I went. The visit was terrific. The players and coaches are always happy. I had that feeling in my chest.”
Goodrich on playing for Dabo Swinney: “It’s exciting. He’s a genuine guy. He cares about his players. They’re always at his house. He’s got an open-door policy. I just felt comfortable around him.”
Goodrich's mom on the Clemson decision: "We know he made the right decision. We know. We know. We know. We knew it literally when he got there...Dabo is the man. We felt like we were at home."
Clemson’s late push was rewarded as four-star cornerback and top-100 prospect Mario Goodrich announced that he’s signing with Clemson Wednesday morning on a local TV broadcast.
Goodrich was offered by the Tigers in mid-January and he made an official visit on Jan. 26. The Tigers coaching staff followed up with a trip to his school and an in-home visit shortly after.
The Lee’s Summit, Missouri, product was also considering Georgia and LSU heavily, where he also made January official visit stops.
Goodrich logged 28 passes defended (pass breakups plus interceptions) over the last two seasons.
The announcement moved Clemson up three spots to No. 6 in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Watch his highlights below:
SUPER MARIO IS IN THE HOUSE! Watch his decision ??— KMBC (@kmbc) February 7, 2018
?? @KCWE_TV Channel 29 in Kansas City
?? KMBC NowCast https://t.co/EmzUMc3xDT
?? Facebook Live https://t.co/kjUFEPHcFy@_MG3__ #Clemson #UGA #LSU #SigningDay #NSD18#AllIn #GoDawgs #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/jpaDdmPKZ3
Live stream for Mario Goodrich announcement at 8:30AM EST:
How to watch Mario Goodrich’s decision in 30 MINUTES!— KMBC (@kmbc) February 7, 2018
?? @KCWE_TV Channel 29 in Kansas City
?? KMBC NowCast https://t.co/jtfmxccsZM
?? Facebook Live https://t.co/firyV5pmSK@_MG3__ @Coach_Careswell @LSWTitanFB #Clemson #UGA #LSU #SigningDay #NSD18#AllIn #GoDawgs #GeauxTigers pic.twitter.com/ygY3YRebXe
Clemson handed out a number of offers last week while traveling nationwide for stops before the contact period ended Sunday (trips permitted again for evaluation period starting April 15):
3-star Tucker (Ga.) S Trevon Flowers - No. 58 safety on 247Sports - Also holds offers from Tennessee, Appalachian State and Illinois.
4-star Cincinnati (Oh.) OG Zeke Correll - No. 9 offensive guard on 247Sports - Also has offers from Arkansas, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Clemson, Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers, Stanford, Toledo, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin.
3-star Pine-Richland (Pa.) OT Andrew Kristofic - No. 35 offensive tackle on 247Sports - Also holds offers from Akron, Boston College, Buffalo, Clemson, Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Toledo, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
4-star Millis (Mass.) OT Kevin Pyne - No. 1 OT on 247Sports - Also holds offers from Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Rhode Island, Syracuse, Tennessee, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin.
Clemson targets saw some movement in the latest 2019 class evaluations by 247Sports.com.
Florida de-commitments and December Clemson offers Tyrique Stevenson and Frank Ladson each made triple-digit moves into the top-10 on the service, with the athlete Stevenson vaulting 183 spots to No. 8 and the receiver Ladson going up 203 to no. 10. Ladson recently told TigerNet that his Junior Day visit opened his eyes to what Clemson offers. https://www.tigernet.com/story/football/Four-star-wide-receiver-out-of-Florida-breaks-down-Clemson-visit-16614
Among the top-rated targets is No. 1 Composite Ranking prospect and 247Sports’ No. 2 overall, Amite (La.) defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher. Other top-50 targets include Cedar Grove (Ga.) and Georgia receiver commit Jadon Haselwood (7), Upson-Lee (Ga.) Travon Walker (11), St. Louis (Hi.) DT Faatui Tuitele (13), Grayson (Ga.) LB Owen Pappoe (14), Palm Beach Central (Fla.) and FSU CB commit Akeem Dent (16), Belleville (Mi.) OT Devontae Dobbs (17), T.L. Hanna (S.C.) DE Zacch Pickens (20), Harding (N.C.) RB Quavaris Crouch (21), Judson (Tx.) DL DeMarvin Leal (29), Oxford (Ala.) C Clay Webb (35), Archer (Ga.) CB Andrew Booth (36), John Ehret (La.) LB Donte Starks (37) and Hewitt-Trussville (Ala.) and Alabama OT commit Pierce Quick (50).
Clemson safety commit Joseph Charleston out of Alpharetta, Georgia checked in at No. 145 overall and the No. 6-rated safety. Receiver commit Brannon Spector out of Calhoun, Georgia is rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports.
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