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Clemson TE commit makes 'Five-Star Challenge'
14 hours ago by
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TigerNet: (4.36)

Height: 6-6   Weight: 240   Hometown: Riverdale, GA (Riverdale HS)   Class: 2019
ESPN:
#4 TE-H, #41 GA
Rivals:
#13 TE, #35 GA
24/7:
#418 Overall, #18 TE, #43 GA
Clemson four-star 2019 tight end commit Jaelyn Lay will compete in Rivals' 5-star Challenge, Rivals officially announced Tuesday.

Lay (Riverdale, Georgia) earned a four-star rating from the site last week as the No. 13 tight end nationally.

The competition will be held June 27-29 in the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia.

Fellow 2019 Clemson commmit and four-star linebacker Bryton Constantin received an invite for it earlier in the month. Constantin is also on the roster for Nike's 'The Opening' finals to be held June 30-July 3 in Frisco, Texas.




Clemson commit debuts in top-40 of 2020 ranks
16 hours ago by
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TigerNet: (4.08)

Height: 6-5   Weight: 275   Hometown: Hartsville, SC (Hartsville HS)   Class: 2020
ESPN: NR
Rivals:
#39 Overall
24/7:
#38 Overall, #2 DT, #2 SC
Clemson 2020 commitment and defensive tackle prospect DeMonte Capehart was ranked No. 39 in Rivals.com's first full 2020 top-100.

Capehart committed to kick off Clemson's camp sessions in early June and is also rated in the top-40 nationally by 247Sports (38). He is the No. 2-rated defensive tackle in the country on both sites (George County, Mississippi's McKinnley Jackson at No. 1).

Outside of the top-10 already released, one of the higher-ranked Clemson targets in the Rivals' new ranking is Woodbridge, Virginia linebacker Antoine Sampah, at No. 12, who received a Clemson offer on a visit in late March.

"Sampah has plenty of room to fill out his frame but the special thing about him is how fast he is in the open field," Rivals.com's Adam Friedman said of Sampah. "His film is littered with bone crushing hits but seeing how big and fast he is really elevated him in the rankings. Sampah has taken plenty of visits and more are coming up for him but are not planned just yet. One school that has done a very good job with him is Clemson, but keep an eye on Ohio State, a school he plans to visit some time next month."

All totaled, nearly 30 of the Rivals top-100 have reported Clemson offers (28), with three offensive linemen targets joining Sampah in the top-20 (Paris Johnson Jr. - 14; Justin Rogers - 16; Kevin Pyne - 19).

Clemson makes top schools for 4-star OL
20 hours ago by
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TigerNet: (4.45)

Height: 6-6   Weight: 295   Hometown: Nokesville, VA (Patriot HS)   Class: 2019
ESPN:
#16 OL, #8 VA
Rivals:
#76 OL, #18 VA
24/7:
#332 Overall, #16 OG, #8 VA
Four-star 2019 Nokesville, Virginia offensive lineman Jakai Moore included Clemson in his top schools list on Monday.

Moore (6-6 295) has Clemson in a group with Penn State, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, UNC, Miami and South Carolina. He camped at South Carolina last week and only picked up the Tigers' offer in mid-May, expressing a desire to check Clemson out soon.

Moore said Clemson is targeting him as an offensive tackle.

“(Coach Robbie Caldwell) was telling my coach that the left tackle is leaving after this year and that I have a good chance of coming in and making an impact at left tackle,” Moore told TigerNet. “He told me that Hyatt played as a true freshman and I would love to be able to play as a true freshman.

“It doesn't matter to me whether I play guard or tackle. I have been working out at both guard and tackle because I don't know where I will be playing in college. A lot of coaches tell me that I am going to be playing tackle so I have been working on both because I have no idea where I will be playing.”



The new Nigerian Nightmare ready to haunt opposing quarterbacks
23 hours ago by
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S.C. kicker commits to Clemson
1 day ago by
Porter Gaud (S.C.) 2019 kicker Jonathan Weitz announced a commitment to Clemson Monday night. "Thank you to the Clemson coaches...who made me feel so welcomed a
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4-star CB visits Clemson
2 days ago by
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TigerNet: (4.70)

Height: 6-1   Weight: 180   Hometown: Southlake, TX (Southlake Carroll HS)   Class: 2020
ESPN: NR
Rivals:
#30 Overall
24/7:
#55 Overall, #4 CB, #6 TX
Four-star 2020 cornerback R.J. Mickens (Southlake, Tx.) visited Clemson on Monday.

Mickens has offers coast-to-coast and is rated as high as the No. 4 cornerback in the 2020 class by 247Sports.

He is the son of 10-year NFL pro Ray Mickens. The Southlake Carroll high school product earned Class 61 second-team all-state honors with 99 tackles and 13 pass breakups last season. He posted all-district honors as a freshman with 32 stops, 12 pass breakups and three interceptions.

Mickens shared a pic from his visit Monday on Instagram:

Clemson University Clemson, SC #allin ????

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Clemson makes top group for 4-star DE
2 days ago by
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TigerNet: (3.65)

Height: 6-4   Weight: 233   Hometown: Blairstown, NJ (Blair Academy HS)   Class: 2019
ESPN:
#37 DE, #6 NJ
Rivals:
#41 DE, #13 NJ
24/7:
#529 Overall, #36 SDE, #7 NJ
Fast-rising 2019 4-star DE prospect David Ojabo included Clemson in his top schools list on Monday.

Ojabo has Clemson in a top-15 group with Power 5 programs in Penn State, Nebraska, Virginia, Michigan, Ohio State, California, Syracuse, Rutgers, Notre Dame, Duke and Texas A&M, as well as Ivy League schools Harvard and Penn.

He has visited Texas A&M, Syracuse, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Duke and Notre Dame this month.

Ojabo played his first season of high school football last year and posted 35 tackles with six sacks and two forced fumbles. He's picked up 30-plus offers in the last few months.

Ojabo was born in Nigeria and also lived in Scotland before coming stateside.



Clemson QB target named No. 1 player for 2020
2 days ago by
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TigerNet: (5.00)

Height: 6-4   Weight: 240   Hometown: Bellflower, CA (St. John Bosco HS)   Class: 2020
ESPN: NR
Rivals:
#1 Overall
24/7:
#8 Overall, #1 PRO, #2 CA
Several Clemson targets for 2020 were rated in Rivals.com's top-10 prospects released Monday.

The headliner is quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (Bellflower, Calif.) at No. 1 overall, coming on the heels of a big campus stop last week.

“It's the best visit I've had so far. Those other schools were good, but that was the best visit by far,” he told TigerNet afterward. “I've been to other schools, but Clemson had every single point that I am looking for in a college. Every single one. It was amazing.”

Another recent Clemson camp visitor in the top-10 is linebacker prospect Sav'ell Smalls (Seattle, Wash.) at No. 3, who told TigerNet he loved his stop in town as well and described Clemson as "a great program top to bottom."

Other new top-10 members with Clemson offers include No. 2-rated and outside linebacker prospect Justin Flowe, who said Clemson was a "a dream scholarship offer," No. 3-rated and defensive end prospect Bryan Bresee, who is No. 1-rated on 247Sports, No. 8-rated and outside linebacker prospect Mekhail Sherman and No. 9-rated and athlete prospect Arik Gilbert.

Clemson DE target commits to Alabama
2 days ago by
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Justin Eboigbe - Defensive End Copy Embed Code
TigerNet: (4.69)

Height: 6-4   Weight: 263   Hometown: Forest Park, GA (Forest Park HS)   Class: 2019
ESPN:
#122 Overall, #11 DE, #16 GA
Rivals:
#158 Overall, #16 DE, #15 GA
24/7:
#152 Overall, #11 SDE, #13 GA
Clemson 2019 DE target Justin Eboigbe (Forest Park, Ga.) announced a commitment to Alabama on Monday.

Eboigbe had included Clemson in his latest top schools lists, including a final five with the Crimson Tide, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee. He had eliminated Florida, FSU, Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Oklahoma previously.

Eboigbe visited for Clemson's Junior Day last on March 3. He is rated as high as the No. 11 defensive end in the nation by ESPN.

Alabama extended its lead atop the 2019 247Sports Team Composite rankings with a 16-commit class, while Notre Dame's addition of Zeke Correll moved them to No. 4 ahead Clemson in fifth.



Clemson 2019 OL targets commit elsewhere
2 days ago by
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Zeke Correll - Offensive Guard Copy Embed Code
TigerNet: (4.67)

Height: 6-4   Weight: 270   Hometown: Cincinnati, OH (Anderson HS)   Class: 2019
ESPN:
#174 Overall, #7 OL, #3 OH
Rivals:
#14 OL, #11 OH
24/7:
#131 Overall, #5 OG, #4 OH
Two 2019 Clemson offensive line targets have committed to other major programs in the last two days.

Four-star offensive guard prospect Zeke Correll (Cincinnati, Ohio) announced a commitment to Notre Dame on Monday. He had placed Clemson in a final four group with the Fighting Irish, Ohio State and Stanford.

Correll visited for Clemson's spring game and added a Tigers' offer back in late January. He is rated as high as the No. 7 offensive guard nationally.

On Sunday, four-star offensive line prospect Xaxier Truss (Warwick, Rhode Island) committed to Georgia. He was offered on a visit to Clemson in February but hadn't returned since.

Truss, who is listed at 6-foot-7 and 350 pounds, is rated as high as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.



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