Clemson to welcome impressive list of prospects to spring game


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Seabrook (SC) Whale Branch defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney
Seabrook (SC) Whale Branch defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney

Clemson fans will flock to Clemson Saturday for the annual spring game, but Clemson’s coaching staff will play host to more than 30 high-profile recruits and commitments in what could turn out to be a big recruiting weekend.

This year’s spring game is unique in that a majority of the 2015 recruiting class will actually be playing in the spring game instead of taking a last visit. However, current 2015 commits that will be on hand are defensive end Austin Bryant out of Thomasville (GA) Thomas County Central; wide receiver Deon Cain out of Tampa (FL) Bay Tech; defensive tackle Gage Cervenka out of Greenwood (SC.) Emerald; defensive end Clelin Ferrell out of Richmond (VA) Benedictine; athlete Ray-Ray McCloud out of Tampa (FL) Sickles; and safety Tanner Muse out of Belmont (NC) South Point.

Also on hand will be six of Clemson’s 2016 committed prospects – wide receiver T.J. ChaseT.J. Chase
Wide Receiver
6-2, 175
Plant City, FL

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out of Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy; quarterback Zerrick CooperZerrick Cooper
Quarterback
6-5, 200
Jonesboro, GA

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out of Jonesboro (GA); running back Tavien FeasterTavien Feaster
Running Back
6-0, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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out of Spartanburg (SC); offensive lineman Sean PollardSean Pollard
Offensive Guard
6-5, 295
Southern Pines, NC

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out of Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest; linebacker Jamie SkalskiJamie Skalski
Linebacker
6-1, 225
Newnan, GA

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out of Newnan (GA) Northgate; and linebacker Rahshaun SmithRahshaun Smith
Linebacker
6-3, 230
Towson, MD

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out of Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy.

A pair of 5-star running backs announced earlier this week they would make the trek to TigerTown – Colin WilsonColin Wilson
Running Back
6-1, 200
Green Cove Springs, FL

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out of Green Cove Springs (FL) and Anthony McFarlandAnthony McFarland
Running Back
5-9, 181
Hyattsville, MD

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out of Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic. Both hold Clemson offers.

Several of Clemson’s top prospects will be in town as well, a group that includes Baltimore (MD) St. Frances cornerback Kareem FelderKareem Felder
Cornerback
5-11, 165
Baltimore, MD

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. Felder is a former teammate of Rahshaun Smith’s, and Felder received a Clemson offer a few days before Smith’s commitment late last month.

Felder is committed to Virginia Tech, but has expressed a desire to play with Smith on the collegiate level and told TigerNet that the Tigers are definitely in the picture for his services.

“I came down there last summer. I got to work with Coach (Mike) Reed at a camp and I talked to him a few times before I had the offer and he would always tell me the offer was on the way,” Felder said. “He seems to be a straight up guy and I feel like I can trust him. It was one of the best campuses that I've ever seen. Their campus is amazing and it's a lot of fun there. Obviously, there are other factors that play into a decision, but it's definitely a wonderful campus. Their defense is one of the best in the country. It's definitely a place in my top three.”

Another big-time prospect for 2016 is Seabrook (SC) Whale Branch defensive tackle Nyles PinckneyNyles Pinckney
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 290
Seabrook, SC

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. He last visited Clemson for the Tigers’ win over South Carolina.

For the 2017 recruiting cycle, Shelby (NC) Crest linebacker Justin FosterJustin Foster
Linebacker
6-4, 205
Shelby, NC

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will be making his second trip to Clemson this week. We saw Foster at Clemson’s practice on Monday and he will make the return trip for the spring game.

2015 Commits

Tanner Muse, S, Belmont (NC) South Point

Austin Bryant, DE, Thomasville (GA) Thomas County Central

Gage Cervenka, DT, Greenwood (SC) Emerald

Deon Cain, WR, Tampa (FL) Bay Tech

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Richmond (VA) Benedictine

Ray-Ray McCloud, ATH, Tampa (FL) Sickles

2015 Prospects

*Denzel Johnson, WR, Columbia (SC) A.C. Flora

Johnson has a committable offer from head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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, and he has been told he can join Clemson’s 2015 class if he qualifies

2016 commitments

Sean Pollard, OL, Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest

Jamie Skalski, LB, Newnan (GA) Northgate

Rahshaun Smith, LB, Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy

T.J. Chase, WR, Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy

Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jonesboro (GA)

Tavien Feaster, RB, Spartanburg (SC)

2016 Prospects

K.J. Chamberlain, DB, Greenwood (SC) Emerald

Kareem Felder, CB, Baltimore (MD) St. Frances

Thomas Jones, S, Laurens (SC)

Khris Pam, CB, Blythewood (SC)

Nyles Pinckney, DT, Seabrook (SC) Whale Branch

Mike Murphy, DB, Spartanburg (SC)

2017 prospects

Jalen Barr, WR, Lake City (SC)

Chase Brice, QB, Loganville (GA) Grayson

Michael Cone, OL, Dallas (GA) East Paulding

Justin Foster, LB, Shelby (NC) Crest

Marcus Hawkins, DT, Morganton (NC) Freedom

D'Marco Jackson, OLB, Cowpens (SC) Broome

Ryan Jones, WR/ATH, Charlotte (NC) Ardrey Kell

Anthony McFarland, RB, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha

Derrick Smith, WR, Fleming Island (FL)

OrTre Smith, WR, Mount Pleasant (SC) Wando

Malik Sumter, DT, Irmo (SC) Dutch Fork

Stefan Touani, C/DT, Oxon Hill (Md.)

Colin Wilson, RB, Green Cove (FL) Clay

2018 prospects

Stephon Wynn Jr., DE, Anderson (SC) T.L. Hanna

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