Looking ahead to 2015: RB

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's 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.


At this time two years ago, who would have thought that Roderick McDowell would have a 1,000-yard season before he left Clemson? Well, he's just 46 yards short of the mark with one game left in his college career.

With McDowell gone, there will be a wide-open competition for carries next season. D.J. Howard, Zac Brooks, and former walk-on C.J. Davidson represent the upperclassmen. Redshirt freshmen Tyshon Dye and Wayne Gallman will be joined by first-year freshmen Adam Choice, Jaelon Oglesby and C.J. Fuller.

Because Howard will be a senior in 2014, the Clemson staff can be a little more selective with who they take in 2015 at running back. And there's no shortage of well-qualified candidates in the two stats that border South Carolina.

Here are some of the names to keep an eye on over the next several months. Taj Griffin, McEachern High School - Powder Springs, Ga.
In August, Griffin told Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons that he favored Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee. All five have offered. So have Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State.

Griffin is a smallish scat back with plenty of speed to burn, and he's quick in short space, too. His skill set is elite. That's why he's ranked 7th in the country at his position.

Clemson has hosted him for visits multiple times.

"I really like their offense and how they have produced top running backs. Some running backs in recent years have had great careers and I think I could have one there at Clemson too in their offense."

Nyheim Hines, Garner High School - Garner, N.C.
One of the most productive running backs in the country, Hines has rushed for 3,137 yards and 49 touchdowns in 14 games this season. He's also caught 29 passes for 599 yards and nine touchdowns.

A three-star prospect, Hines is the No. 48 running back in the country. Clemson, Ohio State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech have offered. So have the big four in his home state: Duke, East Carolina, UNC and N.C. State.

Bryce Love, Wake Forest High School - Wake Forest, N.C.
Love and Hines are good friends and have made several recruiting trips together. Also in their traveling party is Love's teammate, Dexter Lawrence, a 2016 defensive tackle. Among their stops this season was a visit to Clemson for the Georgia game.

Love has expressed interest in making return trips to Clemson, UNC, South Carolina and Tennessee. Scout.com lists him as a four-star prospect and the No. 36 running back in the country.

Chris Warren, Rockwall High School - Rockwall, Texas
Another skill player from Texas with a Clemson offer, Warren visited in late July. The four-star prospect made his stop by Tigertown on a summer recruiting tour that also included visits to Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama.

At 6-2, 220, he's the biggest of the four backs featured on our list. Alabama, Baylor, Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Texas are among the offers for the No. 12 running back in the country.

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