Looking ahead to 2014: Safety

After adding seven defensive backs during the 2013 haul, the Clemson coaches will add a couple more in 2014.

At least one safety will be signed next February.

It seemed like the Tigers' coaches had their man when Dylan Sumner-Gardner pulled the trigger last summer. But when the West Mesquite High School [Mesquite, Tex.] junior began to pull down ffers from the big boys in the Big 12 and SEC, Sumner-Gardner started to rethink where things stood with his pledge to Clemson.

Since decommitting last month, Sumner-Gardner has listed Texas A&M, Texas and Notre Dame as his favorites.

But Clemson is in good position for several other safety prospects.

Todd Kelly Jr., a three-star from the Webb School in Knoxville, Tenn., visited Clemson in February for the first Junior Day of the year. It was the second Junior Day trip to Tigertown for the No. 18 safety in the country. He was also in for the first Junior Day of 2012.

A Tennessee legacy, Kelly also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State and Southern Cal.

Southern Alamance High School [Graham, N.C.] three-star Johnathan Lloyd is classified by Scout.com as a safety, but he could play a number of positions at the next level, including quarterback.

Clemson, Duke, Florida, N.C. State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest are among the schools with offers to Lloyd.

Allen Artis picked up a Clemson offer last month. Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina and Tennessee have also offered the Wheeler High School [Marietta, Ga.] junior. He'll visit Clemson for next week's Junior Day.

Gray's Creek High School [Hope Mills, N.C.] prospect Jefferie Gibson has offers from Clemson, North Carolina and N.C. State. Gibson, who is classified by Scout.com as a safety, is being recruited to Clemson as an athlete.

From Alabama's Calera High School, four-star Ronnie Clark owns a Clemson offer. But he's also been offered by both instate schools. Last summer, when Auburn and Clemson were his only offers, Clark listed Clemson as a favorite. But it could be tough to pull him from the state's SEC schools.

A number of other safety prospects hold Clemson offers, including the No.1 player at the position, Quin Blanding, who committed to instate Virginia earlier this week.

Quincy Wilson, a three-star from the University School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is the No. 10 safety in the country. He lists a number of offers, including most of the ACC, SEC and Big 10.

Clemson has also, reportedly, sent offers to Evan Berry and Marcus Allen.

Prospects like Trae Bonner, Germaine Pratt and Zykiesis Cannon continue to be evaluated.

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