August recruiting recap

Though the month of August is typically a slow recruiting month, but there was plenty of action around the Clemson campus over the last few weeks.

The month kicked off with a big-time visitor from Texas. Junior quarterback Chason Virgil visited West Mesquite High School with family members for his first look at the Clemson campus. While in town, Virgil watched the Tigers' first practice of preseason camp.

Chad Morris offered the four-star signal caller back during the May evaluation period. Virgil is a teammate of one-time Clemson commitment Dylan Sumner-Gardner, who is now a pledge to Texas A&M.

Brad Brownell and his staff picked up some good news on the fifth day of the month. Not long after they received word that Sidy Mohamed Djitte was cleared by the NCAA to enroll at Clemson, Gabe DeVoe and Isaiah Wilkins visited the Clemson campus.

A day later, DeVoe pulled the trigger and committed to the Tigers' 2014 hoops class. Later in the month, Wilkins, another 2014 prospect, listed a top five that didn't include Clemson. Word is, he left the Tigers off his list because their 2014 class is full.

The Clemson football staff missed out on three 2014 prospects in the coming days, so August wasn't as fruitful as some had hoped to see.

The only surprise of the three was Wando's Nolan Kelleher, who committed to Florida on the 10th. Ricky Leonard picked Florida State on the 13th. Surprise? Hardly, that's where his dad went to school. Four days later, to no one's surprise, Trey Quinn opted to stay instate and pledged to LSU.

On the same day that Quinn announced his commitment to LSU, J.K. Britt visited the Clemson campus. The Newnan, Ga. junior watched as the Tigers went through a preseason stadium scrimmage.

Clemson has offered Britt as a cornerback. Duke, Marshall and Virginia Tech have offered. The Herd like him as a running back.

Maryland picked up a commitment from four-star defensive end Jesse Aniebonam on the 23rd. A former teammate of Clemson freshman Dorian O'Daniel, Aniebonam never visited Tigertown, but did list Clemson in his final group.

On Sunday, the 26th, Clemson hosted a pair of prospects from that same part of the country. Gonzaga College High School teammates Marcus Lewis and Rahshan Jones drove down from Charlotte after playing at Charlotte Catholic a night earlier. Lewis was offered by Mike Reed during the spring evaluation period.

The next day, Clemson handed out an offer to Olympic High School [Orlando] junior quarterback Deondre Francois, joining Louisville, USF and UNC.

One of the biggest recruiting events at Clemson since Dabo Swinney took over as head coach was last Saturday's showdown with Georgia. Loads of four and five-star caliber players were on the Clemson campus, including Josh Malone, Trevion Thompson, Mitch Hyatt, Ricky DeBerry, Garrett Williams, Ben Cleveland and nearly every member of the Tigers' 2014 class.

The 2014 Clemson class grew by one when three-star safety Jefferie Gibson pulled the trigger and committed. A one-time N.C. State commitment, Gibson could be the only defensive back signed by Swinney in February. D.J. Smith, a four-star prospect, was also on campus, and he could be an oversign take for the Tigers. Tennessee and Georgia are also in the mix for him.

With two linebackers already on board for 2015, brothers J.D. Davis and Judah Davis, Clemson secured a pledge from Van Smith before Saturday's game. Smith, a four-star safety from West Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, also has offers from Duke, Kansas State, Penn State and South Carolina.

CUTigers will have more news and notes on the Georgia game visitors in the next several days, so stay tuned.

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