Week 4 evaluation period rewind

The Clemson coaching staff was back out on the road last week to evaluate some of the top talent in the country.

On Monday, running backs coach Tony Elliott was in North Carolina to see two of the state's top prospects in the 2014 class. Both happen to be running backs.

Elliott went by Havelock High School to see four-star Derrell Scott, who is ranked by Scout.com as the country's No. 13 player at his position.

Scott lists Clemson in his top-five. Florida State is battling South Carolina for the top spot while Ohio State, Notre Dame and Clemson are jockeying behind the Seminoles and Gamecocks.

At Durham's Hillside High School is four-star Donte Williams, the No. 23 ranked running back in the nation.

Williams continues to hold Clemson in high regard. The Tigers hold a spot in his lead group, which also contains Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia Tech and Georgia. He visited Clemson earlier this spring and plans to be back in the summer.

Williams' teammate, four-star wide receiver Trevion Thompson, is also a Clemson target. Thompson was accompanied by his mother for his most recent Clemson trip, an April visit or the Orange and White spring game.

Also on Monday, defensive ends coach Marion Hobby went to Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School to check in on Albert Huggins, among others. The sophomore defensive tackle is among the highest recruited class of 2015 prospects in the country.

Huggins has several quality offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Defensive backs coach Mike Reed was in Georgia. One of his stops was by Lamar County High School in Barnesville to see a set of twins. Lance Austin and Lawrence Austin both play cornerback. Each has a three-star rating by Scout.com. Marshall and South Carolina have offered the twins.


2015 CB Tyrek Cole was offered by Clemson last week.
Kendall Joseph, the three-star middle linebacker from Belton-Honea Path High School, will announce his commitment on Monday, June 17. Defensive coordinator Brent Venables went by his school last Monday to watch him practice.

Joseph told CUTigers over the weekend that Clemson, Duke and Louisville are his finalists.

On Tuesday, the offensive coordinator/recruiting coordinator tandem of Chad Morris and Jeff Scott were back together visiting top targets.

They stopped by Gainesville High School to see 2014 quarterback commitment Deshaun Watson. Morris and Scott also went down to the other side of Atlanta to Sandy Springs High School for 2014 wide receiver Demarre Kitt.

Kitt, who will announce his commitment choice seven days before Joseph, will choose between Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee.

Tight ends coach Danny Pearman made his usual stops in south Georgia on Wednesday. One of the schools he visited was Thomas County Central, the home of three-star running back Adam Choice.

Choice told CUTigers over the weekend that Clemson and Auburn are his favorites. Though he does not have a date for a final decision, it appears that Choice will be a Tiger at the college level.

While A.T. Thomas County Central, Pearman dropped an offer of to outside linebacker Austin Bryant, a 2015 prospect who had already been offered by Florida State, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss.

Also on Wednesday, Venables was in South Florida making the rounds. He went by Miramar High School and offered sophomore cornerback Tyrek Cole. The big three in Florida, plus South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia have offered.

On Thursday, Morris spent some time recruiting in his native state of Texas. One of the schools he visited was West Mesquite High School, which is home to former Clemson commitment Dylan-Sumner Gardner, a four-star safety who is now committed to Texas A&M.


2015 WR Akilian Butler was the third West-Mesquite HS prospect to get a Clemson offer.
Morris went to see 2015 quarterback Chason Virgil, who picked up an offer from the Tigers earlier this year. Morris didn't leave without giving out another offer. This one went to 2015 wide receiver Akilian Butler.

Virgil will camp at Clemson in June. Butler might, too.

Malik Jefferson, a 2015 middle linebacker at another Mesquite high school -- Poteet -- also picked up a Clemson offer on Thursday.

Also offered by Clemson during week four of the evaluation period was a pair of Georgia defensive backs -- Kendarius Webster and Khane Pass.

Webster, a junior cornerback at Stockbridge High School, added Clemson to his list, which includes, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, UNC and South Carolina.

Pass, who's at Carver High School in Columbus is a sophomore safety.

Another Clemson offer went out to Kerryon Johnson, a 2015 running back Madison Academy in Alabama.

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