Looking ahead to 2015: CB

After signing four cornerbacks in the 2013 haul, there's a chance Clemson won't sign any in February. In 2015, they'll sign multiple cornerbacks.

Six 2015 prospects are already on board as commitments to the Tigers' 2015 class. Four-star outside linebacker Tanner Muse is the top-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.


Darius Robinson is the lone senior cornerback on the team right now, but he may not be the only departure after the Orange Bowl. Bashaud Breeland is flirting with the idea of foregoing his senior season at Clemson.

If Breeland does return for next season, he'll be one of three seniors in 2014. Fellow class of 2010 signees Martin Jenkins and Garry Peters are approaching their final seasons of eligibility. After that group, there are a lot of young, inexperienced cornerbacks on the roster. And, right now, they're all freshmen.

Cordrea Tankersley didn't redshirt this year, but he's only played a handful of snaps on defense. Most of his work came on special teams.

His fellow class of 2013 signees, Mackensie Alexander, Adrian Baker and Marcus Edmond all took a redshirt. So did Ryan Carter, who is listed on the schools' website as a cornerback.

While there are no cornerbacks committed to Clemson in 2014, the Tigers' coaches have explored a few possibilities.

Five-star Marlon Humphrey visited Clemson for the Florida State game, but it appears that ship has sailed. Four-star J.C. Jackson, a former high school teammate of Mackensie Alexander, visited Clemson for The Citadel game. Four-star D.J. Smith is listed as a safety, but could play some nickel if he picks Clemson. But it looks like he is SEC bound, possibly to South Carolina.

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

Chalmers is the top-rated cornerback in South Carolina for 2015.
J.K. Britt, Newnan High School - Newnan, Ga.
Clemson hosted Britt for a visit in August and he was returned to Tigertown for a game day visit in October.

If he decides that running back is the position he wants to play at the next level, Britt could go to Marshall. Along with Clemson, his other cornerback offers include Virginia Tech and Duke.

Kaleb Chalmers, Greenwood High School - Greenwood
The top instate cornerback in the class, Chalmers has made multiple visits to Clemson since picking up his offer from the Tigers in April. Chalmers also holds offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, UNC, South Carolina, Stanford and Tennessee.

Clemson appears to be in strong position for the three-star prospect.

Tyrek Cole, Miramar High School - Miramar, Fla.
A four-star, Cole has offers from the big three in Florida. Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Texas A&M, Tennessee and West Virginia have, too.

In September, the No. 14 cornerback in the country listed a top seven of Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

Mark Fields, Hough High School - Cornelius, N.C.
The No. 17 cornerback in the country, Fields has visited Clemson several times, including a summer camp stop, which saw him pick up an offer. Clemson also hosted the four-star for the Georgia and Florida State games.

In a recent interview with Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons, Fields listed Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee as his favorites.

Terry Godwin, Callaway High School - Hogansville, Ga.
The lone five-star on the list, Godwin visited Clemson for the Florida State game. It was his first trip to Tigertown. The No. 3 cornerback in the country has no list of favorites, but he does have a ton of offers from the ACC, SEC and beyond.

Octavis Johnson, Clinch County High School - Homerville, Ga.
Clemson offered Johnson after a strong showing during the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He was back in town this season for the Florida State game. The four-star prospect also has offers from Florida State and South Carolina.

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