Hyatt leads way for OL targets

Now that the regular season is done, the Clemson staff is tying up a few loose ends with the 2014 signing class, and they're also looking ahead to 2015.

Five 2015 prospects are already on board as commitments to the Tigers' 2015 class. Four-star safety Van Smith is the highest rated of the group. Brothers, J.D. Davis and Judah Davis, are down as outside linebackers. There is also a pair of three-stars on the offensive side of the ball: wide receiver Shadell Bell and offensive tackle Noah Green.

But there are several other available spots for 2015. In this series, we're taking a position-by-position look at the junior prospects to keep an eye on as the focus begins to shift towards that haul.

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Clemson will lose a pair of starters from the 2013 offensive line, left tackle Brandon Thomas and right guard Tyler Shatley.

Thomas, who was named second-team All-ACC, was the best, most consistent performer along the Tigers' offensive front all season long. Shatley's a two-year starter that provided a steady source of play during his tenure.

And with Patrick Destefano being forced to stop playing football because of injuries, an additional scholarship is open.

The offensive line will have four seniors next season -- David Beasley, Kalon Davis, Giff Timothy and Reid Webster. As things stand for now, Taylor Hearn and Justin Falcinelli will be the only first-year freshmen.

There's still work to do at tackle in 2015, even with a commitment from Green already on the board. Clemson could also look into adding a guard to the commitment list, too.

Here are some of the names to keep an eye on over the next several months.


Not only is Edoga one of the top offensive linemen in Georgia for 2015, he's one of the top overall prospects.
Zack Bailey, Summerville High School
One of six four-star prospects from the state's 2015 class, Bailey is the No. 4 overall player in South Carolina for that haul.

A native of Oregon, he has high interest in Clemson. It certainly helps that his good friend and teammate, sophomore Sawyer Bridges, is committed to join the Clemson baseball team in 2016. Bailey has been to Clemson multiple times this calendar year.

South Carolina, Florida State and UNC have also offered.

Chuma Edoga, McEachern High School - Powder Springs, Ga.
Tennessee, at one time, was out front as the leader for the four-star offensive tackle, who's the No. 8 ranked player at the position by Scout.com.

Most of the heavy hitters from the ACC and SEC have offered. So have Oregon and Ohio State. Now that he's been offered by the Ducks and Bucks, they're right there with the Vols for that No. 1 spot.

Edoga grew up pulling for Georgia.

Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett High School - Suwanee, Ga.
A five-star prospect and the No. 1 ranked offensive tackle in the country, Hyatt has ties to Clemson. His uncle, Dan Benish, played on the Tigers' 1981 National Championship team.

Earlier this fall, Hyatt told Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons that Clemson and Ohio State are "definitely" in his top-five.

"Every time I go to Clemson, it feels like family, and it feels like I belong there. I love the environment, the community, the coaches, and it feels great to be there," Hyatt said.

Clemson figures to be in excellent shape here entering next spring.

Mason Veal, Ardrey Kell High School - Charlotte, N.C.
Since Clemson offered the three-star prospect in April, Veal has been to Tigertown several times since then. In addition to his Clemson offer, UNC, N.C. State, South Carolina, and Virginia have offered.

The Tigers, Gamecocks and Tar Heels have been listed as leaders for the three-star prospect.

Up next, we'll take a look at the running backs that Clemson could sign in February of 2015.

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