Looking ahead to 2015: DT

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.

DT

There will be several departures from the defensive tackle group after next season. Josh Watson originally planned to take off after the upcoming bowl game, but changed his mind right before The Citadel game. So, after two years of having no seniors at defensive tackle, 2014 will be the final season for Watson, DeShawn Williams and Grady Jarrett.

Next season, D.J. Reader and Roderick Byers will be the only juniors, assuming Carlos Watkins receives a medical redshirt after this season. Scott Pagano will be a redshirt freshman and Jabril Robinson will be a true freshman.

Because the position is top heavy with upperclassmen, it's a position of need. Clemson could potentially take multiple defensive tackles in 2015.

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

Albert Huggins, Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School - Orangeburg
Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 7 defensive tackle in the country, Huggins has indicated in the past that he would like to play defensive end at the next level. At 6-2, 280, that's probably not very realistic.

Clemson and South Carolina are the only schools that have hosted Huggins for visits, but he plans to change that sooner than later. As for which of the two instate schools might have the edge, Huggins has done a good job of keeping his cards close to his chest.


Clemson is working to get in on Thompson, who's a five-star prospect.
Tim Settle, Stonewall Jackson High School - Manassas, Va.
The No. 1 defensive tackle in the country, Settle has options galore, as you might imagine with the top-rated defensive tackle. Just about everyone has offered.

While he's yet to make his way down to Tigertown for a visit, Settle has indicated to both CUTigers and Scout.com Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark that he would like to visit Clemson.

Until that happens, Clemson will be on the outside looking in for this five-star prospect.

Shy Tuttle, North Davidson High School - Lexington, N.C.
His uncle, Perry Tuttle, is a Clemson football icon. The Tigers' coaches certainly hope that Shy follows in those footsteps.

The four-star prospect certainly has plenty of options. Including Clemson, he's been offered by Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, South Carolina and all of the instate programs in North Carolina.

Tuttle, the No. 5 defensive tackle, has visited Clemson multiple times over the last year or so, including a trip down for the Georgia game.

Trenton Thompson, Westover High School - Albany, Ga.
Clemson is working to get the five-star defensive tackle on campus for the first-time. Until then, the Tigers' coaches are going to be fighting an uphill battle.

During an interview with Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons, Thompson recently listed Georgia as his favorite. Auburn, Florida and FSU were listed behind the instate program.

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