The commitment: Tyrone Crowder, Richmond Senior HS [Rockingham, N.C.]
Date committed: Feb. 6, 2013
Ranked: Four-star, No. 4 OG
Other options: Georgia, North Carolina, Alabama, Auburn, Nebraska
Position status: Former defensive tackle Tyler Shatley took the starting right guard spot and ran with it last season. His play, along with the emergence of David Beasley eased any doubts at guard. Kalon Davis and Reid Webster finished the 2012 campaign as the backup guards. Patrick Destefano and Spencer Region will figure into the reserve mix this year.
The evaluation: Crowder is constantly looking for someone to hit. He looks mean, he plays mean, and he likes to get after it. He is very quick off the ball, he moves so well in space, and he puts defenders on their backs on a regular basis. He is so strong and he plays with so force at a quick pace. He can pull, get to the second level, or stone defenders. He can still work on his play in pass sets, but he has the tools to be an elite guard. - Chad Simmons, National Recruiting Analyst
Estimated impact: 2014. It's been rare for Clemson to be in this kind of position -- sign a big-time, highly talented offensive lineman that doesn't need to play immediately. With the emergence of Beasley and Shatley's move to the offensive side of the ball, the starting spots at guard are in pretty good hands. After Shatley's final season in 2013, Crowder steps into the starting right guard job in 2014. Plus, Crowder could use the year to reshape his body for the hurry-up, no-huddle offense.
Commitment capsule: Crowder
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