Looking ahead to 2015: safety

At least six prospects are currently on board with Clemson's 2015 class. And there will be plenty more additions before the first Wednesday in February of 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 the 2015 haul.


Clemson will return all three starting safeties in 2015: senior Robert Smith, junior Travis Blanks and sophomore Jayron Kearse. Not counting Korrin Wiggins, who played only nickel back this season, fellow sophomore Jadar Johnson is the only other safety with significant experience.

Ronald Geohaghan will be a redshirt sophomore in 2014. Ryan Carter will be a redshirt freshman. Jefferie Gibson is the lone defensive back on board with the 2014 signing class, and that may not change over the next month or so.

With Van Smith and Muse already on the board as safeties, Clemson could potentially take two, one or no more safeties in 2015. That number could be contingent upon transfers or early departures from the program.

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

McFadden could visit Clemson this spring with his teammate, quarterback Torrance Gibson.
Denzel Johnson, A.C. Flora High School - Columbia
Mike Reed extended an offer to Johnson when he visited Clemson for the Wake Forest game this season. And, for now, it's his only offer.

The three-star safety prospect has drawn interest from several regional schools, specifically those in the SEC, including South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. Though Clemson has offered Johnson as a safety, he's indicated that wide receive might be a position of preference at the next level.

Tavarus McFadden, American Heritage School - Plantation, Fla.
Brent Venables offered the four-star prospect back during the spring evaluation period. Venables stopped by Heritage High School during the recent evaluation period, and McFadden lists Clemson among the schools that he would like to visit in 2014.

Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee are among the schools with offers out to McFadden. Scout.com lists him as the No. 8 safety in the class of 2015.

Khane Pass, Carver High School - Columbus, Ga.
Pass, who camped at Clemson over the summer, has picked up offers from UNC and Mississippi State. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect is a three-star and the No. 28 safety prospect in the country, according to Scout.com.

Carl Tucker, Hough High School - Cornelius, N.C.
Clemson offered Tucker during the spring evaluation period. He's reciprocated the interest by visiting for camp and twice during the season -- for the Georgia and Florida State games.

Tennessee, Penn State, UNC and East Carolina have also offered the No. 26 safety in the class of 2015.

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