Looking ahead to 2015: DE

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

Six 2015 prospects are already on board as commitments to the Tigers' 2015 class. Four-star outside linebacker Tanner Muse is the highest rated prospect in the group. Safety Van Smith is also a four-star. Brothers, J.D. Davis and Judah Davis, are down as three-star 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.


Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford are eligible to turn pro after the bowl game. So is Tavaris Barnes. With Beasley's success as a pass rusher in each of the last two seasons, he could go ahead and make the jump in 2014.

Behind those two are a bunch of underclassmen, several of whom are freshmen right now: Shaq Lawson, Ebenezer Ogundeko and Dane Rogers, plus Martin Aiken, who's a redshirt freshman.

Defensive end is a position of need in both the 2014 and 2015 classes.

In 2014, it appears that two is the target number. And, for now, there are three prospects on the board: Andrew Williams, Lorenzo Featherston and Notre Dame commitment Richard Yeargin III.

Here are some class of 2015 names to keep an eye on over the next several months.

Mekhi Brown, Carver High School - Columbus, Ga.
An Alabama commitment, Brown has made two visits to Clemson since he committed to the Crimson Tide. The four-star prospect appears to be strong with his pledge despite his visits to Clemson and other schools during the summer camp circuit.

Scout.com ranks Brown as the No. 8 defensive end in the class of 2015.

Austin Bryant, Thomas County Central High School - Thomasville, Ga.
Bryant was a high school teammate of 2014 Clemson running back commitment Adam Choice. They're close friends, so one would have to assume that's working in the Tigers' favor.

A four-star prospect, Bryant is ranked as the No. 33 defensive end in the country. During an October interview with CUTigers, he listed Clemson and Florida State as his favorites.

Rasool Clemons, South Aiken High School - Aiken
Clemons has some growing to do before he can make an impact as a defensive end at the college level. At 6-7, 200 pounds, Clemson needs some more bulk, a lot more bulk. But his length and pass rushing ability has drawn the interest of several schools.

Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia are listed as offers for the three-star prospect.

LaSamuel Davis, Bamberg-Eharhardt High School - Bamberg
Another three-star instate guy, Davis has picked up offers from Arizona State, Tennessee and UCLA. Like Clemons, Davis, who's 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, has some growing to do.

Jalen Dalton, West Forsyth High School - Clemmons, N.C.
Dalton is one of the most highly sought after defensive ends in the country. A four-star, he's the No. 23 ranked player at the position. Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are among his offers.

Clemson hosted Dalton for a visit over the summer during the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. And the Tigers are among his favorites.

"Definitely North Carolina, Clemson, N.C. State and Florida State," Dalton said, during an interview with Scout.com Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark. "I don't really have an order right now, though. Those schools have just been showing me the most interest."

Darian Roseboro, Lincolnton High School - Lincolnton, N.C.
The No. 17 defensive end in the country, Roseboro has taken multiple visits to Clemson over the last year or two. His most recent trip to Tigertown was for the Georgia game.

Several schools have offered, including Clemson, Auburn, Michigan, UNC, N.C. State, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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