CLEMSON FOOTBALL

Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
Clemson's roster is continuing to evolve this offseason.

Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal


by - Senior Writer -

College football programs aim to have 85 scholarships when the entire team gathers as a unit for the first time over the summer. Where does Clemson stand heading into the final week of the transfer portal?

Clemson has had two scholarship players enter the portal, and both have come this week. Defensive end Adam Kissayi entered the portal and quickly announced a commitment to Minnesota – the school he was originally committed to and probably a better fit – and offensive lineman Zack Owens entered the portal Monday.

Clemson hasn’t had anyone join the team outside of the portal, which isn’t a big surprise.

As of this writing, we have Clemson at 83 scholarships. Those numbers include snapper Holden Caspersen, who was on scholarship last season, and the summer enrollees. Based on what I’ve seen in the past, Clemson’s coaches use this as a general guideline for scholarship numbers based off of position (numbers can and do fluctuate):

Quarterback – 5
Running back – 5
Wide receiver – 10
Tight end – 5
Offensive line – 15
Defensive line – 15
Linebacker – 9
Defensive backs -15
Special teams – 3

That makes for a total of 82, with three scholarships to use elsewhere, as needed at other position groups, or for deserving walk-ons.

Of course, Clemson doesn’t have five scholarship quarterbacks at this point – the Tigers have three. Two of those belong to Cade Klubnik and Christopher Vizzina, with the third going to Paul Tyson, who is in line to help coach the quarterbacks this season but can play in an emergency situation. I can also see a scenario where Trent Pearman is given a scholarship before the start of the season.

It’s my plan to do a series on where Clemson stands on numbers with this recruiting cycle, looking at scholarship numbers and targets. For instance, if you look at quarterback scenarios, Clemson has one signee in 2025, Blake Hebert, and hasn’t offered anyone for 2026.

Here is the scholarship breakdown by position, as it stands today:

Quarterback (3) - Cade Klubnik, Christopher Vizzina, Paul Tyson

Running backs (5) - Phil Mafah, Keith Adams Jr., Jarvis Green, Jay Haynes, David Eziomume

Wide receivers (10) - Troy Stellato, Cole Turner, Noble Johnson, Bryant Wesco, Antonio Williams, Ronan Hanafin, Misun Kelley, TJ Moore, Adam Randall, Tyler Brown

Tight ends (5) - Jake Briningstool, Josh Sapp, Markus Dixon, Christian Bentancur, Olsen Patt-Henry

Offensive line (14) - Marcus Tate, Tristan Leigh, Collin Sadler, Ian Reed, Ronan O'Connell, Trent Howard, Ryan Linthicum, Harris Sewell, Watson Young, Walker Parks, Blake Miller, Dietrick Pennington, Mason Wade, Elyjah Thurmon.

Defensive tackle (9) - DeMonte Capehart, Caden Story, Stephiylan Green, Champ Thompson, Payton Page, Peter Woods, Vic Burley, Hevin Brown-Shuler, Tré Williams. (Worth noting – both Woods and Story will start fall camp at defensive end).

Defensive end (6) - Cade Denhoff, Jahiem Lawson, Zaire Patterson, TJ Parker, Darien Mayo, AJ Hoffler (this number looks better if you add Woods and Story).

Linebacker (8) - Barrett Carter , Wade Woodaz, Kobe McCloud, Dee Crayton, Sammy Brown, Jamal Anderson, Drew Woodaz, CJ Kubah-Taylor.

Safeties (10) - RJ Mickens, Sherrod Covil Jr., Kylon Griffin, Robert Billings, Ricardo Jones, Tyler Venables, Khalil Barnes, Kylen Webb, Noah Dixon, Joe Wilkinson.

Cornerbacks (8) Jeadyn Lukus, Myles Oliver, Branden Strozier, Tavoy Feagin, Avieon Terrell, Ashton Hampton, Shelton Lewis, Corian Gipson.

Special teams (5) - Aidan Swanson, Holden Caspersen, Robert Gunn, Nolan Hauser, Jack Smith.

That number of 83 means Clemson could, if it desired, add to players via the portal. That number goes down to one if you add Pearman, and there is wiggle room if you take a scholarship away from the long snapper. Or if a quarterback was added before the start of the season, perhaps Tyson’s scholarship wouldn’t count.

Or, as has been the case under head coach Dabo Swinney, you add two (or one) scholarship to the 2025 class.

Ultimate Level LogoUpgrade Your Account

Unlock premium boards and exclusive features (e.g. ad-free) by upgrading your account today.

Upgrade Now
Comment on this story
Print   
Tags: Clemson Football, Adam Kissayi, Zack Owens, Holden Caspersen, Cade Klubnik, Christopher Vizzina, Paul Tyson, Trent Pearman, Phil Mafah, Jarvis Green, Jay Haynes, David Eziomume, Troy Stellato, Cole Turner, Noble Johnson, Antonio Williams, Ronan Hanafin, Misun Kelley, TJ Moore, Adam Randall, Tyler Brown, Jake Briningstool, Josh Sapp, Markus Dixon, Christian Bentancur, Marcus Tate, Tristan Leigh, Collin Sadler, Ian Reed, Ronan O'Connell, Trent Howard, Ryan Linthicum, Harris Sewell, Watson Young, Walker Parks, Blake Miller, Dietrick Pennington, Mason Wade, DeMonte Capehart, Caden Story, Stephiylan Green, Champ Thompson, Payton Page, Peter Woods, Vic Burley, Hevin Brown-Shuler, Tré Williams, Cade Denhoff, Jahiem Lawson, Zaire Patterson, Darien Mayo, AJ Hoffler, Barrett Carter, Wade Woodaz, Kobe McCloud, Dee Crayton, Sammy Brown, Jamal Anderson, Drew Woodaz, CJ Kubah-Taylor, RJ Mickens, Kylon Griffin, Ricardo Jones, Tyler Venables, Khalil Barnes, Kylen Webb, Noah Dixon, Joe Wilkinson, Jeadyn Lukus, Myles Oliver, Branden Strozier, Tavoy Feagin, Avieon Terrell, Ashton Hampton, Shelton Lewis, Corian Gipson, Aidan Swanson, Nolan Hauser, Jack Smith
Send Feedback to David Hood: Email | Comment
Rivals updates 2025 class rankings with eight Clemson commits in its Top 250
Rivals updates 2025 class rankings with eight Clemson commits in its Top 250
Clemson's ranking in NCAA Tournament, teams on upset alert for Baseball America
Clemson's ranking in NCAA Tournament, teams on upset alert for Baseball America
Clemson infielder signs with pro softball team
Clemson infielder signs with pro softball team
National outlet analyzes Garrett Riley's head coaching path
National outlet analyzes Garrett Riley's head coaching path
Post your comments!
Subject (Replies: 29) Author
spacer TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
TigerNet News®
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
AustinPounders
spacer Not forced to have 85 scholarships***
NoChinTiger
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
clemson7024
spacer Not happening bud. Not like there are 5* just sitting out there.***
NoChinTiger
spacer Re: Not happening bud. Not like there are 5* just sitting out there.***
CUAtTheFinishLine®
spacer Re: Not happening bud. Not like there are 5* just sitting out there.***
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
jstone D329
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
Creektiger1®
spacer I would think...
TigerCC®
spacer Another concept,
Johnny99
spacer Re: Another concept,
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer I know that, but those
Johnny99
spacer Re: I know that, but those
TigerChrisL®
spacer Re: I know that, but those
tigerrag86
spacer Re: I know that, but those
domino dave
spacer Kids can change when they get on campus
rhettfla
spacer Re: Another concept,
TigerPunk
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
LeonTrotsky
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
CU1976
spacer so basically we are in need of a QB and a OL based on
ctigers90
spacer Re: TNET: Scholarship numbers: Where the Tigers stand after first week of the portal
WPD1
spacer Chapman Pendergrass probably was going to see the field more than Owens
ROBOKIRK
spacer Having 15 DBs on Scholarship is TOO MANY!!!!
svaughan
spacer you realize we have 5 on the field at a time these days - run more 2 LB/5 DB
ctigers90
spacer Re: you realize we have 5 on the field at a time these days - run more 2 LB/5 DB
svaughan
spacer Thanks for the illumination David
SocMan2®
spacer Take Paul Tyson's scholarship, give it to Pearman
CoolBreeze864®
spacer Every time I think I become numb to not using the portal
Clemson_Orange
spacer So basically two more walkons will be getting scholarships; got it
geech72®