Week 1 spring eval. period rewind

On Tuesday, the Clemson coaching staff hit the road to evaluate some of the top prospects in the southeast.

One of the first stops of the day for offensive coordinator Chad Morris and recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott was Savannah. They went by Calvary Baptist Day School to see three-star tight end Milan Richard.

Later that afternoon, Jeb Blazevich committed to Georgia, leaving Clemson in very strong position to add a commitment from Richard. Georgia doesn't have room for another tight end and they, along with Clemson, are Richard's favorites.

Morris also went to Gainesville so he could see four-star quarterback commitment Deshaun Watson, who recently reaffirmed his pledge in an interview with ajc.com.

But schools like Ohio State, Georgia and Auburn will continue to pursue the longtime Clemson pledge.

In search of another running back to add to the 2014 class, Scott and Morris also stopped in Cedartown, Ga. to see four-star running back Nick Chubb.

Jeff Scott and Chad Morris saw Nick Chubb on Tuesday.
Auburn, Georgia and Florida were recently named as the favorites for Chubb, but the Bulldogs could be done at the position after adding a commitment from five-star Sony Michel on Friday. Chubb has yet to visit Clemson, but a trip there could vault the Tigers into consideration with the SEC schools.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables was also in Georgia that day, checking on some of the state's top defensive players -- four-star linebacker Raekwon McMillan and defensive tackle Jeremy Patterson, who's listed by Scout.com as a three-star offensive guard.

McMillan [Liberty County] is considering Clemson, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. The Buckeyes could be the team to beat.

Patterson [Wayne County] has a few offers, including Clemson and Florida State, his two favorites. Unlike the Tigers, the Seminoles prefer Patterson as an offensive lineman.

Some folks call recruiting a young man's game. That doesn't apply to Dan Brooks. The 61-year-old defensive tackles coach is as strong a recruiter as there is on the Clemson staff.

He was in North Carolina on Tuesday to check up on three-star safety Jefferie Gibson, who holds offers from Clemson, UNC and N.C. State. The Gray's Creek [Hope Mills] junior last visited Clemson in February.

Also seen by Brooks that day were Pine Forest [Fayetteville] teammates Harold Landry and Lamont Gaillard. Landry is a defensive end who's committed to Boston College and Gaillard is a four-star defensive tackle with offers from several SEC and ACC schools.

The Clemson coaches also sent out some offers on Tuesday -- Langston Hughes [Fairburn, Ga.] 2015 defensive end D'Andre Walker and three-star middle linebacker Ty Tomlin [Marietta, Ga.], a 2014 prospect.

Three more offers were extended on Wednesday. Boiling Springs 2015 offensive tackle Noah Green was offered by Scott. Butler's Anthony Ratliff [2015 quarterback] was offered by Morris and tight ends coach Danny Pearman. Woodland's Michael Barnett, a 2015 offensive tackle/defensive end was offered by Tony Elliott.

Along with their trip to Butler, Morris and Pearman checked in on Charlotte Catholic four-star running back Elijah Hood, who committed to Notre Dame on Sunday.

Defensive ends coach Marion Hobby was by Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Wednesday to watch defensive lineman Albert Huggins workout. The 2015 prospect already has offers from several ACC and SEC programs.

Darin Smalls
Elliott spent the final days of the week back home in the Charleston area. On Thursday, he saw defensive end Kalan Ritchie, who's a three-star tight end, according to Scout.com. On Friday, he went to Summerville to se three-star cornerback Darin Smalls.

Ritchie is closely considering both Clemson and South Carolina. The Gamecocks want him at tight end and that's the position he's leaning towards playing in college.

Smalls has several offers from the ACC and SEC. He lists South Carolina and Florida State ahead of Clemson.

On Thursday, Morris and defensive backs coach Mike Reed teamed up to visit Abbeville, home of 2015 wide receiver prospect Kelly Bryant, the cousin of Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant.

On Friday, Reed visited Greenwood to see 2015 cornerback Kaleb Chalmers and 2015 wide receiver Markevious Adams. Chalmers was offered by Clemson the day before the spring game. Adams could be in line for an offer down the road.

Also on Friday, Morris and Hobby went by Williston-Elko to see 2014 offensive tackle commitment Taylor Hearn.

The Clemson staff will continue to visit and evaluate prospects for the next five weeks. According to NCAA rules:

An authorized off-campus recruiter may use one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete's athletics ability and one evaluation to assess the prospective student-athlete's academic qualifications during this evaluation period. If an institution's coaching staff member conducts both an athletics and an academic evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on the same day during this evaluation period, the institution shall be charged with the use of an academics evaluation only and shall be permitted to conduct a second athletics evaluation of the prospective student-athlete on a separate day during this evaluation period.

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