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Friday, August 29, 2014 10:41 AM
The Recruits Weigh In on Clemson vs. Georgia
by Nikki Steele
Staff Writer

Clemson and Georgia battle on the recruiting trail every day in the Peach State and the Tigers and Bulldogs will battle on the gridiron Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. in Sanford Stadium, a game which could have a huge impact on recruiting.

Clemson currently has 19 players that hail from the state of Georgia and four Peach State natives committed for the 2015 recruiting cycle.

TigerNet reached out to all of the 2015-2016 Clemson commits as well as several uncommitted prospect to see how they thought Saturday’s border brawl would turn out.

Here’s what they had to say:

2015 commits

Zach Giella, OL, Martinez (GA) Augusta Christian– UGA’s defense is struggling, so I expect our offense to put up good numbers. Our defense is pretty stout. We should be able to handle them pretty well, especially later in the game. I’m predicting 28-17, Clemson.

Sterling Johnson, DT, Clayton (NC) Cleveland – 17-14, Clemson. The key is if Clemson’s offense can play fast an pass the ball efficiently and if they can stop the UGA run game.

Kaleb Chalmers, CB, Greenwood (SC) – I think the score will be 42-21 Clemson. Keys to the game will be QB play for Clemson and containing the run.

Chad Smith, LB, Sterling (VA) Dominion – Well I think the keys to the game will be whoever can establish dominance on both O-line and D-line. Whoever controls the line of scrimmage I believe will win. And whoever can control the ball the longest I believe will have the best chance of winning. I believe it'll be a tough game for Clemson but I believe they will pull it out in a hostile environment. I'd say somewhere around 31-27 Clemson.

Jake Fruhmorgen, OL, Tampa (FL) Plant – 35-21, Clemson. Clemson’s d-line vs. Georgia’s o-line.

Mitch Hyatt, OL, Suwanee (GA) North Gwinnett – The big things will be defense. I think it will be low scoring. 27-14 the outcome being Clemson.

Deon Cain, ATH, Tampa (FL) Tampa Bay Tech – 28-14, Clemson.

Tanner Muse, S, Belmont (NC) South Point – I think it's gonna be 24-21 Clemson and the key is to stop Gurley on defense and try to keep the ball away from their offense.

Shadell Bell, WR, Decatur (GA) Columbia – I say 21-14 Clemson. Keys I say that it’s going to be the d-line and defense to stop Gurley and the offense to score points with little mistakes. Just have to stop the run game of UGA.

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Richmond (VA) Benedictine – 35-28, Clemson. #Wetoodeep.

Garrett Williams, TE, Orlando (FL) First Academy – I think it will be 31-21 Clemson.

2016 commit

J.C. Chalk, TE, Argyle (TX) – 35-31 Clemson and Clemson is going to have to stop the run game as best as they can and make Georgia beat them with the pass. Clemson is going to have to be able to the ball to their playmakers.

2016 prospect

Mecole Hardman, CB, Elberton (GA) Elbert County – Score in favor of the Dawgs, 31-24. Keys for the game: Georgia – Establish the running game early to make the passing game open up. Clemson – Defensively contain Todd Gurley and offensively get the passing game going to help your running game.


Nikki Steele can be reached at nikki@tigernet.com