Looking ahead to 2015: TE

With six commitments already on the 2015 board, the Clemson staff is already off to a good start for the upcoming recruiting cycle.

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.


Tight ends coach Danny Pearman is going through spring practice with several veteran tight ends: Sam Cooper, Stanton Seckinger, Jay Jay McCullough and Jordan Leggett. Freshmen Milan Richard and Cannon Smith will join the group in the summer.

Since Cooper is the only senior, it would appear that Clemson is in position to sign one tight end in 2015.

Here are a pair of names to keep an eye on over the next few months.

Jackson Harris, Columbia Central High School - Columbia, Tenn.
Ranked by Scout.com as the No. 11 tight end in the class of 2015, Harris has an impressive list of offers, which includes Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and South Carolina.

The four-star prospect is being recruited to Clemson by offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell. Harris' first and only trip to Tigertown was last fall for the Boston College game.

Harris has yet to narrow down his list of choices, but that is expected to happen sometime this spring. A final decision isn't expected until the fall.

Garrett Williams, The First Academy - Orlando, Fla.
For a while, Williams listed a top three of Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee. The Vols have been eliminated from consideration. Auburn and Stanford have since been added. UNC is running fifth right now.

Clemson hosted Williams in February for the Elite Junior Day.

"It was a great experience. I've taken a number of trips up to Clemson and I would have to say that was my favorite," he said, after the trip.

A four-star prospect, according to Scout.com, Williams is the No. 10 ranked tight end in the country. He plans to make a decision sometime later this summer. During an interview with Southeast Field Reporter Amy Campbell, Williams listed several factors that will be considered until then.

"The main things are if I'll fit in there, if the system fits the tight end well, if I can get plugged into a church there and just what kind of guys they recruit."

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