Five to watch in South Carolina

When it comes time to hit the recruiting trail, the Clemson coaching staff always takes a hard look around four states: The Carolinas, Georgia and Florida.

Now that the 2014 signing class is in the books, we'll take a state-by-state look at five players to keep an eye on in the 2015 haul. Up first in our series is the Palmetto State.

Clemson lists commitments from one instate prospect in 2015: Three-star offensive tackle Noah Green, who pulled the trigger in September, spurning offers from South Carolina, UNC, Vanderbilt and East Carolina.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Boiling Springs junior isn't the only instate prospect that's scheduled to join Clemson in 2015. Brothers Judah Davis and J.D. Davis [Daniel] signed with Clemson earlier this month, but they'll greyshirt and enroll next January. Fellow linebacker Jalen Williams [Blythewood] is also a greyshirt candidate.

DT Albert Huggins
Dabo Swinney wants tackles for both sides of the ball in 2015. For the defensive side of things, there may not be a better place to start than with Huggins [Orangeburg-Wilkinson]. The top-ranked prospect in the state, Huggins is widely considered to be a Clemson lean. Scout.com rates him as a four-star prospect and ranks him No. 7 in the country among defensive tackles. Clemson, of course, will have to fend off South Carolina. Georgia is also a factor. Due to circumstances at home, Huggins hasn't been much of a traveler lately. His only fall visit was to Clemson for the Florida State game. His most recent college visit was to UNC in January.

OLB Johnathan Sutton
Just over five months ago, Sutton suffered a torn ACL, so that put a damper on his ability to hit the road during the fall for games. But he did manage to make it up to Clemson for Georgia [before the injury] and the Florida State game [after the injury]. Since then, it's been relatively quiet on the recruiting front for Sutton, who holds offers from Clemson, South Carolina, Florida State and Virginia Tech, among others. The Swansea junior is a four-star prospect, according to Scout.com and the No. 15 ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2015.

OT Zack Bailey
Though Clemson already has a pair of offensive tackles committed in Green and Mitch Hyatt, the staff is looking to add one more to the 2015 haul. Bailey [Summerville] could be that guy if he's not projected as a guard by the Tiger coaches. It's rare for the state to produce offer-worthy offensive linemen, let alone one that's as good as Bailey. A four-star, Scout.com lists him as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the class of 2015. In the fall, Clemson hosted him for the Georgia and Florida State games. He went to South Carolina for the Florida and Clemson games. Bailey returned to Clemson earlier this month for Junior Day.


Clemson is one of the state's most intriguing 2015 prospects.
QB Kelly Bryant
Dabo Swinney told reporters on Signing Day that he planned to sign two quarterbacks in 2015. This was just two days after he accepted a commitment from three-star Tucker Israel. Bryant remains as one of several offered quarterbacks on the 2015 board. Unlike the others, he's the only one from the state. And he goes to school in Clemson's backyard -- Wren. The three-star sign caller is a number of other offers, including N.C. State and Ole Miss. With a spring commitment in mind, the Wolfpack could be in serious contention for Bryant's pledge if he decides to not pick Clemson.

DE Rasool Clemons
There may not be a more intriguing prospect in the state than Clemons [South Aiken]. Listed at 6-foot-6, 200 pounds, the three-star defensive end runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds, bench presses 215 pounds, squats 375 and has a 44-inch vertical. He lists offers from Clemson, Tennessee, Florida State, Virginia and LSU. Clemson and LSU could be the top two contenders for could for Clemons, who made the visit to Tigertown for the Georgia game.

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