Star power on hand for elite junior day

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Four-star WR prospect T.J. Chase will be on hand this weekend

Clemson's 2015 recruiting is all but in the books and the Clemson coaching staff is already hard at work on what promises to be a stellar 2016 class.

That continues this Saturday with the first elite junior day of the New Year, and many of the top targets for the next recruiting cycle will be on hand. Last year's elite junior day reads like a Who's Who of big-time players, including Mitch HyattMitch Hyatt
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 270
Suwannee, GA

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, Jake FruhmorgenJake Fruhmorgen
Offensive Tackle
6-5, 280
Tampa, FL

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, Kelly BryantKelly Bryant
6-4, 205
Piedmont, SC

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, Tucker IsraelTucker Israel
6-0, 195
Orlando, FL

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, Mark FieldsMark Fields
5-10, 185
Charlotte, NC

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and Chad SmithChad Smith
Outside Linebacker
6-4, 215
Sterling, VA

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. Many of those same players are already enrolled at Clemson and will be on-hand recruiting success stories for the coaches to point to.

Clemson’s elite junior day will definitely have star power with three 5-stars on hand for the weekend’s activities.

Maryland native and five-star IMG Academy (FL) linebacker Rahshaun SmithRahshaun Smith
Defensive End
6-3, 230
Towson, MD

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will make his second trip to Clemson along with two teammates – 5-star defensive back Saivion SmithSaivion Smith
6-2, 175
St. Petersburg, FL

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and 4-star wide receiver T.J. Chase.

The third 5-star that will be in attendance is Wake Forest (NC) defensive tackle Dexter LawrenceDexter Lawrence
Defensive End
6-2, 280
Wake Forest, NC

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Highly regarded running back target Tavien FeasterTavien Feaster
Running Back
6-0, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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may also be in attendance, although his decision was still up in the air late Thursday evening.

After last year’s elite junior day, Clemson netted a commitment from quarterback Tucker Israel, so the coaching staff knows exactly how important it is to make a good a good first impression and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the Tigers picked up at least one commitment from this weekend’s activities.

Newnan (GA) Northgate 3-star linebacker Jamie Skalski has publically said that Clemson is his favorite. Could he give the Tigers the official nod this weekend?

Skalski told TigerNet Thursday night that he’s looking forward to seeing what all Clemson has to offer.

“I mainly want to see the facilities and the campus,” Skalski said. “I would also love to be able to sit down with some of the current players and talk to them.”

Clemson has heavily recruited four-star wide receiver Cornell Powell who told TigerNet that he's looking forward to bringing his mother to Clemson.

"I'm looking forward to hanging out with the coaches and other recruits and maybe even the players. Also, I want my mother to enjoy and love it just like I did," Powell said.

Head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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made Argyle (TX) tight end and Clemson commit J.C. ChalkJ.C. Chalk
Tight End
6-4, 221
Argyle, TX

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the unofficial leader of the 2016 class after his commitment last June, so it’s only fitting that the 3-star prospect will be in town this weekend.

“Every time I go to Clemson I never want to leave, so whenever I get home I am always trying to figure out when my next trip up there will be,” Chalk told TigerNet Thursday. “The main reason I want to go is so I can continue to build a relationship with the coaching staff and always start a good relationship with the other two commits.”

DE prospect Rahshaun Smith works out at Clemson's camp last summer

Additional junior day visitors

2016 Clemson commits

Quarterback Zerrick CooperZerrick Cooper
6-4, 200
Jonesboro, GA

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, Jonesboro (GA)
Offensive lineman Sean PollardSean Pollard
Offensive Guard
6-5, 295
Southern Pines, NC

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, Southern Pines (NC) Pinecrest

2016 prospects
Linebacker Brandon Hill, Columbia (SC) Heathwood Hall
Defensive end Javon KinlawJavon Kinlaw
Offensive Tackle
6-7, 285
Goose Creek, SC

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, Goose Creek (SC)
Defensive tackle Antwuan JacksonAntwuan Jackson
Defensive Tackle
6-3, 265
Ellenwood, GA

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, Ellenwood (GA) Cedar Grove
Linebacker Tre LamarTre Lamar
6-3, 230
Roswell, GA

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, Roswell (GA)
Defensive tackle David MarshallDavid Marshall
Defensive Tackle
6-4, 275
Upson-Lee, GA

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, Thomason (GA) Upson-Lee
Offensive lineman Jay Jay McCargoJay Jay McCargo
Offensive Tackle
6-4, 260
Arlington, VA

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, Arlington (VA) Bishop O’Connell
Wide receiver Diondre OvertonDiondre Overton
Wide Receiver
6-5, 195
Greensboro, NC

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, Greensboro (NC) Page
Wide receiver Cornell Powell, Greenville (NC) Rose
Offensive lineman E.J. Price, Lawrenceville (GA) Archer
Cornerback Robbie RobinsonRobbie Robinson
Defensive Back
5-10, 160
Hampton, VA

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, Hampton (VA) Phoebus

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