Tigers Look To Close Strong
With now less than one week until Signing Day, Clemson is poised for a strong sprint to the finish. Coming into the final weekend, the Tigers’ recruiting board has been trimmed to five prospects. The commitment of Chris Chancellor today is a firm commitment, and it also firms up the commitment of his brother Demerick.
If Clemson receives even one more commitment, Tiger fans should just be ecstatic. Anything more than and it is time to feel really blessed. Coming into the final weekend we feel Clemson is in a good position with four of the five remaining prospects.
Possibly at the top of the board is Geno Hayes. The Tigers were able to get him to de-commit from Tennessee this past weekend. However, now Hayes will visit FSU this weekend. All-Pro and former NFL defensive MVP Derrick Brooks is speaking at a banquet this weekend for the Seminoles. The Noles are located 30 minutes from Hayes’ high school, and that normally means if FSU wants the player they get the player. In this case, FSU definitely wants Hayes. However 16 scholarship linebackers for the Seminoles, and Dabo Swinney doing a great job for Tigers goes in Clemson’s favors. Tiger fans will have their fingers crossed come Signing Day with Hayes.
James McKinney informed us last night that Clemson is still very much in the mix. McKinney has already taken his official visits. This is really a two team race with Clemson and Michigan. It appears the negative recruiting by the Florida Gators left a bad impression with McKinney. The Clemson coaches were in house with McKinney Tuesday night. We hope to have another update from McKinney Wednesday afternoon or evening.
Mike Davis is still believed to be a slight Clemson lean heading into his official visit this weekend into Maryland. Currently, Clemson leads South Carolina and Kentucky. Davis will most likely make his decision on Signing Day. Coach Brad Scott has been recruiting Davis for the Tigers.
Hivera Green maybe the most difficult to get a read on heading into the final weekend. Depending who you talk to, Clemson, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech all feel Green will sign with them. The Hokies will host Green this weekend, but Green is not expected to make any sort of commitment this weekend. Fans may not have to wait until Signing Day though, Green has hinted that he could make a commitment on Monday.
The last player the Tigers are still recruiting is Oklahoma commitment Antonio Clay. Clay says he is firm to Oklahoma, but the Tigers have not given up just yet. It will be extremely difficult to turn Clay into Clemson’s favor, but the roller coaster has yet to stop for Clay.
With 24 verbals in hand, the Tigers are set for possibly the best Signing Day under Tommy Bowden. The real results will come on the field, but this has been a very exciting year to follow recruiting.