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Tonight Clemson could get a commitment from one the nations' top high school prospects when Rahshaun Smith announces his college choice.
Smith is ranked as the nation's 11th best prospect by rivals.com. If that ranking holds, it will be the second highest ranked player Clemson has ever signed according to the website. DaQuan Bowers was ranked second in his senior class.
The Maryland native has recently moved to Bradenton, FL to play his senior season at the IMG Academy. Smith is ranked as the nation's top linebacker and the third ranked player in the state of Florida.
A commitment from Smith would mean several things. Among them is the fact they get another prospect at the nation's top program. Clemson got four-star receiver TJ Chase earlier this year.
Smith would also keep a recent run of great defensive talent coming to Clemson. Last season the Tigers had the nation's top defense and this year's NFL Draft will see several Tigers drafted. But the future could be just as bright, as this staff has signed some super stars in the past few classes. Players like
Jayron KearseJayron Kearse
#20 6-4, 210
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile , Mackensie AlexanderMackensie Alexander
RS So. Cornerback
#2 5-10, 190
View Full Profile , Albert HugginsAlbert Huggins
Fr. Defensive Line
#67 6-3, 280
View Full Profile , Christian WilkinsChristian Wilkins
Fr. Defensive Tackle
# 6-5, 305
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# 5-10, 185
View Full Profile could play in any program in the country. Clemson is known for great offensive stars like CJ Spiller, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL
View Full Profile , Nuke Hopkins and Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
#4 6-2, 205
View Full Profile . However, the defense has seen a major upgrade in players under Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Def. Coordinator / Linebackers
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A commitment from Smith would mean a lot to what could be a great linebacker class. Venables told Smith he had the top camp performance he has seen in his 20 years of coaching when Smith starred at
Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
View Full Profile 's summer camp two years ago. That is an impressive performance considering Venables' experience.
Smith could help swing his high school teammate Saivion Smith back in Clemson's corner. Saivion Smith is considered the nation's top cornerback prospect and is another five star prospect, but he surprised everyone when he committed to LSU a few weeks ago. The Clemson staff felt good about Smith before the commitment and he says he will take other visits including one to Clemson later this year. Who knows? Maybe Clemson can flip him late.
Finally, Rahshaun Smith could continue Clemson's great run of five star prospects and top 100 players. Five stars don't always turn out. Remember
Mike BellamyMike Bellamy
Running Back (2011)
#5 5-10, 175
View Full Profile ? But Clemson has had a ton of success with its five stars including Bowers, Spiller, Watkins, Watson, Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#42 6-3, 245
View Full Profile and Tony StewardTony Steward
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#7 6-, 235
View Full Profile . This past class Clemson signed Wilkins, Deon CainDeon Cain
Fr. Wide Receiver
# 6-1, 190
View Full Profile , Ray Ray McCloud and Mitch HyattMitch Hyatt
Fr. Offensive Line
#75 6-6, 270
Sugar Hill, GA
View Full Profile , all were considered five stars by at least one recruiting service.
You win games in the offseason. Clemson could improve its chances of winning a lot of games in he future if another five star picks the Tigers tonight.
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