Clemson's recruiting class ranked No. 9

On the strength of seven four-star verbal commitments, Clemson's 2012 recruiting class debuts at No. 9 in Scout.com's initial team rankings.

The Tigers have 14 verbal commitments overall for the 2012 class, including seven four-star prospects and seven three-star prospects.

Safety Travis Blanks, out of Tallahassee, Fla., is the Tigers' highest rated defensive commitment by Scout, coming in at No. 8 in the country.

Offensive guard Patrick Destefano is Clemson's highest rated offensive prospect currently committed as a four-star prospect. He is the No. 12 guard in the nation.

Four-star wide receiver Germone Hopper is also ranked as the No. 20 wide out in the country. The Tigers also have three-star center Jay Guillermo, who is currently ranked as the No. 4 center nationally.


Clemson recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott
Clemson is currently ranked two spots ahead of South Carolina and No. 3 in the ACC behind No. 5 Florida State and No. 7 Miami.

Led by wide receivers coach/recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott, Clemson finished 11th in the nation with its 2011 recruiting class earlier this year.

The Tigers are expected to sign as many as 19-20 prospects for the 2012 recruiting class, including a pair of 2011 signees who are expected to be in prep school this fall in Kevin Dodd and Isaiah Battle.

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SCOUT.COM'S TOP 25 RECRUITING CLASSES

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