Looking ahead to 2014: OL

After signing a pair of offensive linemen in the class of 2013, the Clemson staff is after two more in the 2014 haul.

The February signing of Maverick Morris will add another body to the offensive tackle group, which didn't lose anyone after 2012. Along the interior, Dalton Freeman was the only departure. The final pieced to the 2013 signing class was four-star guard Tyrone Crowder.

Plus, two players were switched to the offensive line during the course of last season. Tight end Eric MacLain shifted inside from tight end to tackle. Defensive tackle Tra Thomas was moved to guard/center.

Offensive Tackle

Two days before signing day, Clemson added the commitment from Williston-Elko High School offensive tackle Taylor Hearn.

The 6-foot-5, 305-prospect was ready to commit while he was in town for the first Junior Day of the year, but was encouraged to take a few days to make sure that was the direction he wanted to go. After taking a few days to mull over the decision, he picked up the phone and called in the commitment to Dabo Swinney.

Clemson has offers out to several other tackles, but their focus will shift to adding another player for the interior.

Among the tackles that had an offer from Clemson -- Braden Smith, Damian Prince, Bentley Spain, Steven Moss, Reilly Gibbons and Orlando Brown.

Prospects like Trip McNeill and Christian Taylor have visited Clemson several times but have yet to pick up an offer from the Tigers.


The top-rated guard in the country, four-star Donell Stanley [Latta] has offers from some of the best programs in the country, including Alabama, LSU, Ohio State and Notre Dame. Most believe Stanley is a lean to South Carolina with North Carolina and Clemson following.

Stanley, who checks in at 6-foot-4, 312 pounds, recently told Scout.com that he is "wide-open" with his list of favorites.

From Middletown, Md., Justin Falcinelli visited Clemson last month for Junior Day. Clemson, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt, Rutgers and Virginia have offered. The Tigers are firmly in contention for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound prospect.

Clemson initially offered Jeremy Patterson [Wayne County, Ga.] as a defensive tackle. But folks have begun to say he could play on the offensive side of the ball at guard when he gets to the next level. Along with Clemson, Florida State has offered.

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