Looking ahead to 2015: RB

Now that Signing Day has come and gone, the Clemson staff can focus a majority of its efforts on the recruiting trail on the 2015 class.

With six commitments already on the board -- not counting the Davis twins, who signed earlier this month -- they're already off to a good start.

Four-star safety Van Smith got the ball rolling before the Georgia game. Later on in the season, three-star offensive tackle Noah Green and three-star wide receiver Shadell Bell followed with their commitments. In December, three-star outside linebacker Tanner Muse pledged.

February proved to be a fruitful month, too. Two days before Signing Day, three-star quarterback Tucker Israel committed. On Signing Day, five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt pulled the trigger.


In his one and only season as the starting running back for Clemson, Roderick McDowell eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. Andre Ellington, who's now with the Arizona Cardinals did that in the two seasons prior to 2013.

Tyshon Dye was widely thought to be a leading candidate for the starting job, but an Achilles tear will keep him out of spring practice. Those types of injuries usually take at least months to recover from, so he may not even be available by the time Clemson travels to Athens for the season opener against Georgia.

In the meantime, the competition will include D.J. Howard, Zac Brooks, C.J. Davidson and Wayne Gallman. The group is scheduled to have three others join the mix later this summer. Adam Choice, Jae'lon Oglesby and C.J. Fuller all signed with Clemson earlier this month.

It would appear that Clemson will sign just one running back in 2015.

Here are the names to keep an eye on over the next several months.

Could Griffin be the top running back on Clemson's board in 2015?
Taj Griffin, McEachern High School - Powder Springs, Ga.
Among the most explosive players in the entire class of 2015, Griffin is a highly-coveted prospect that holds offers from just about every major program in the country. In the past, he's listed Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Florida State and Tennessee among his favorites. Alabama, Auburn and Ohio State have also offered the four-star, who's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 6 running back.

Mikell Lands-Davis, Alexander High School - Douglasville, Ga.
Clemson was the first offer for the three-star prospect. For a while, it was his only offer. Then, while on a visit to Georgia Tech earlier last weekend, Lands-Davis picked up an offer from Paul Johnson. Lands-Davis has also picked up offers from Cincinnati and Georgia State. He was in Clemson earlier this month for the Elite Junior Day.

Bryce Love, Wake Forest High School - Wake Forest, N.C.
A four-star, Love is one of the top prospects from the Carolinas in 2015. He owns offers from schools in each major conference, including Clemson. UNC hosted him last week for the basketball game against Duke. He hopes to visit Georgia, Ohio State, Stanford, and Tennessee later this spring. The No. 36 ranked running back in the country has no list of favorites.

Chris Warren, Rockwall High School - Rockwall, Texas
As Clemson continues to spot recruit the state of Texas, it remains to be seen if the Tigers are able to secure a commitment and hold on to it through Signing Day. As part of a four-school swing, Warren visited Clemson last summer after seeing Michigan, Ohio State and Alabama. The No. 11 running back in the class of 2015 will probably keep his talents in the Lone Star State when he picks a college.

Ty'Son Williams, Crestwood High School - Sumter, S.C.
Williams grew up in Georgia, so his ties to the Bulldogs run fairly deep. Though Georgia is probably the team to beat, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, and N.C. State are all firmly in the mix. Clemson hosted him for the Elite Junior Day.

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