July recruiting recap

Over the last few years, the month of July has become an important recruiting month on the Clemson campus. July of 2013 was no different.

Hoping to build off of last year's successful event, the Clemson coaches hosted a second All-In Cookout, and it resulted in one commitment -- two-star defensive tackle Jabril Robinson, who pulled the trigger before heading back home to Leland, N.C. on the 19th.

Though a number of the invited prospects were unable to make this year's Cookout, a number were welcomed to campus, including Wando offensive lineman Nolen Kelleher, Greenwood cornerback Kaleb Chalmers and Boiling Springs offensive tackle Noah Green.

A majority of the commitments in the class of 2014 were there, too.

Clemson added a total of three commitments to the class last month -- four-star wide receiver Artavis Scott, three-star guard Justin Falcinelli and Robinson.

Scott made his announcement on national television while he was in Oregon for The Opening. He picked Clemson over offers from Florida, Florida State, Michigan and UCF.

Six days later, on the eighth, Falcinelli committed to Clemson over Stanford, Penn State, Boston College and Maryland.

Longtime pledge Cannon Smith reaffirmed his commitment to Clemson when he told CUTigers that he would not take a visit to Alabama.


Cannon Smith will not be making a visit to Alabama, despite having an offer from the Crimson Tide.
One of the month's biggest campus visitors was Texas running back Chris Warren, who made his first visit to Clemson on the 26th. And it went well.

There were also a couple of new offers sent out during July.

Blythewood linebacker Jalen Williams returned to Tigertown on the final day of the month. He walked away with a greyshirt offer, which could turn into a regular offer later on in the 2014 recruiting cycle.

Drew Richmond, a rising junior offensive tackle at Memphis University School, added Clemson to his already impressive offer sheet, which includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State.

It was also a busy month for basketball recruiting efforts. The July evaluation period is one of the most important times of year for college hoops coaches, and Brad Brownell and his staff handed out a couple of offers.

Chattahoochee High School [John's Creek, Ga.] rising junior Marcus Sheffield picked up an offer from Clemson after a strong showing at the Peach State Showcase in Aiken. The class of 2015 prospect also picked up offers from Xavier and VCU.

Despite having no scholarship openings in 2014, Brownell sent out another offer to a rising senior. Isaiah Wilkins, a forward from Greater Atlanta Christian, received an offer from the Tigers.

Though August is typically a quiet recruiting month, a couple of Clemson football targets could be announcing their decisions within the next 30 days.

Four-star wide receiver Trey Quinn and three-star defensive end Ricky Leonard are close to shutting their respective recruitments down. Plenty of folks believe Quinn will stay instate and pick LSU and Leonard will choose Florida State, where his father went to school.

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