Photo-realistic Death Valley replica!
On the Clock: Defensive End


  by - Staff Writer - Sunday, May 25, 2014 2:09 AM
    |

Barnett has Clemson near the top

Clemson’s 2015 recruiting class is stocked with offensive linemen, and now it’s time to turn our attention to the defensive line.

Clemson loses Vic Beasley, Corey Crawford, Grady Jarrett, DeShawn Williams, Josh Watson and Tavaris Barnes to graduation after next season. Ouch.

The Tigers have two commitments for the defensive line already on board – 4-star defensive tackle Sterling Johnson Sterling Johnson
Defensive Tackle
6-4, 265
Clayton, NC

ESPN:
View Full Profile
out of North Carolina and three-star defensive tackle Gage Cervenka Gage Cervenka
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 280
Greenwood, SC

View Full Profile
out of Greenwood The best guess is that the Clemson coaches will take as many as three or even four more defensive linemen this cycle.

In the second part of this two-part series, TigerNet will take a look at five (in no order) of Clemson’s top targets at defensive end.

LaSamuel Davis LaSamuel Davis
Defensive End
6-4, 205
Bamberg, SC

ESPN:
View Full Profile
, Bamberg-Ehrhardt (SC) Bamberg:
Bamberg has always been a pipeline for the Tigers, sending Ricky Sapp, Da’Quan Bowers and Martin Aiken Clemson’s way. The next one up in the pipeline is this 6-4, 218-pound prospect, who TigerNet learned over the weekend will announce his decision next Saturday at a ceremony at his church. Davis has picked up offers from Florida, Kansas St., North Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and USC. He told TigerNet this weekend that he has a great relationship with defensive ends coach Marion HobbyMarion Hobby
Assistant Coach / Defensive Ends
View Full Profile
, and that he understands the reasons why players like Bowers, Sapp and Aiken have made the trip from Bamberg to Clemson.

Michael Barnett Michael Barnett
Defensive End
6-4, 250
Ridgeville, SC

ESPN:
View Full Profile
, Ridgeville (SC) Woodland:
The 6-4, 239-pound defensive end committed to Virginia Tech early in the process, but decided later on that he wanted to look at more options and at the top of that list were the Tigers. Barnett has liked the way the Clemson coaching staff has recruited him, especially when head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
View Full Profile
stopped by his school during the winter. Barnett is ranked as the player No. 244 in the ESPN 300, the No. 21 overall defensive end nationally and the sixth-best prospect out of South Carolina.

Darian Roseboro Darian Roseboro
Defensive End
6-4, 265
Lincolnton, NC

ESPN:
View Full Profile
, Lincolnton (NC):
The four-star defensive end can have his choice of just about any school in the country, but when it comes time for him to make a decision, the Tigers will be firmly in the mix. As a junior, the 6-4, 283 pounder had 125 tackles, 10 sacks, 21 tackles for loss and seven passes broken up.
Roseboro hopes to narrow down his list at some point this summer. He is player No. 159 in the ESPN 300.

Byron Cowart, Seffner (FL) Armwood: The No. 2 defensive end in the country and five-star prospect according to ESPN has long been an Oregon lean, but after spending time with Clemson recruiter Tony ElliottTony Elliott
Assistant Coach / Running Backs
View Full Profile
, Cowart said the Tigers are definitely under consideration. Obviously, Clemson will have some ground to make up, but the 6-3, 254 pounder is giving the Tigers a chance.

Ricky Deberry Ricky Deberry
Linebacker
6-2, 235
Richmond, VA

ESPN:
View Full Profile
, Richmond (VA) St. Christopher:
The four-star pass rusher has offers from all across the country, but his relationship with defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
View Full Profile
could give Clemson a chance at landing the 13th best defensive end prospect in the country according to ESPN. One thing that may work in Clemson’s favor is the fact that one of DeBerry’s coaches and mentors attended Clemson.

Rate this Story:
30 votes
Send Feedback to Nikki Steele: Email | Comment
    |
  •  
    Brent Venables discusses Winston, stopping Florida St. - 1 day ago
    Defensive coordinator Brent Venables spent the majority of Tuesday’s question and answer session with the media answering questions about Florida St quarterback Jameis Winston and last year’s 51-14 blowout loss to the Seminoles. Full Story »
  •  
    Clemson commits continue to shine on Friday nights - 3 days ago
    Clemson quarterback commits Tucker Israel and Kelly Bryant continue to put up big numbers and Ray Ray McCloud rebounded with a big week as CLemson commits continue to shine under the lights on Friday nights. Full Story »
  •  
    Pigskin Prophet - Get Back Guy Edition - 6 days ago
    The Clemson Tigers are off this week, but the Pigskin Prophet takes time out of his busy schedule to dish on a full slate of games. Full Story »
  •  
    A few hours made all the difference for Adam Choice - 1 week ago
    A few hours time made all the difference in the world for freshman running back Adam Choice, who went from a possible redshirt to a sure-fire contributor once the team learned of the injury to Zac Brooks. What does he say about his chance? How hard is it learning to play running back after playing quarterback in high school? Full Story »
  •  
    Elite linebacker talks Clemson visit - 1 week ago
    One of the region's top linebackers was on hand for Clemson's win over South Carolina State, where he spent time with defensive coordinator Brent Venables. What does he say about the visit? Where does Clemson stand? Full Story »

Subscribe to our RSS Feed
Follow us on Twitter
Follow us on Facebook
Sign Up for News Alerts
Features
Updates
Daily Digest