Five to watch in Georgia

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 Peach State.

Clemson already has two commitments out of Georgia.

Five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt pulled the trigger on Signing Day, going public with his decision at the end of a North Gwinnett High School ceremony to recognize the school's 2014 signees.

The first Peach State prospect to pop for Clemson in 2015 was three-star wide receiver Shadell Bell, who committed to Dabo Swinney while in town for the Wake Forest game.

WR Preston Williams
The Lovejoy five-star wide receiver has been committed to Tennessee since September, but he's started to look around at his other options, and there certainly are plenty of them. Clemson hosted Williams for a visit earlier this month when he hit Tigertown for the Elite Junior Day. Ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the country, Williams has listed Florida and Georgia as the top two behind Tennessee. But it's worth keeping an eye on him, given the success Clemson has had with wide receivers over the last few years.

DT Trenton Thompson
Thompson was scheduled to visit Clemson for this month's Junior Day, but the trip never transpired because his ride fell through. Georgia is the team to beat for the Albany-Westover five-star, who's listed by as the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country. A number of other SEC programs are also in play, including Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. Florida State and Clemson are probably the only two schools from the ACC with any kind of a shot here.

RB Taj Griffin
Not only is Griffin one of the most explosive players in the state, he's one of the most exciting prospects in the entire country. The four-star running back is the No. 6 player at the position in the class of 2015. Clemson hosted him for the Georgia game last fall. Also in the mix for Griffin are Georgia, Oregon, Ohio State and Florida State. His teammate at McEachern in Powder Springs, four-star offensive tackle Chuma Edoga, is also taking a look at Clemson.

DE Austin Bryant
A former Thomas County Central teammate of 2014 Clemson running back signee Adam Choice, Bryant has offers from across the ACC and SEC. Clemson's hosted him for visits and they have an in with Choice -- they're close friends, but that doesn't necessarily make him a lean towards the Tigers. Georgia, the school he grew up rooting for, could be the team to beat.

CB Octavis Johnson
Clemson offered the Clinch County four-star cornerback when he visited for the Dabo Swinney Football Camp last June. The Tigers also offered his teammate, 2016 defensive Chauncey Manac. After that offer, which was his first, South Carolina and Florida State have offered. The Clinch County duo returned to Clemson in the fall for the Florida State game. Top Stories