Looking ahead to 2015: CB

The Clemson kicked off the spring evaluation period on Monday to find some of the top prospects in the next few recruiting cycles.

Cornerback remains a priority for the Tigers' 2015 class. But Clemson is off to a solid start in that department. Earlier this month, before the spring game, three-star Kaleb Chalmers pulled the trigger and committed to Clemson. The Greenwood High School also held offers from South Carolina, Tennessee, UNC and Stanford, among others.


Gone from last season's Orange Bowl winning squad are Darius Robinson and Bashaud Breeland. Robinson graduated and Breeland declared for the NFL Draft with one season of eligibility left at Clemson.

Their fellow class of 2010 signees, Garry Peters and Martin Jenkins, are the lone returning seniors. The rest of the players at the position are young and very inexperienced.

Sophomore Cordrea Tankersley played a handful of snaps last season, but reportedly had a strong spring.

After taking a redshirt to heal a groin injury, Mackensie Alexander is 100 percent and has the folks around the West End Zone in Clemson buzzing.

Also in the mix are Adrian Baker, Ryan Carter and Marcus Edmond, all of whom redshirted last year, too.

Here are a few names we'll be watching over the next several months.

J.K. Britt, Newnan High School - Newnan, Ga.
Britt visited Clemson in March for Junior Day. After the trip, he told CUTigers that there's a spot for Clemson in his top three. The other two spot were to be determined.

In addition to Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Tennessee and Virginia Tech have offered.

Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed serves as Britt's recruiter of record.

"We talk on Twitter a lot. We have a good relationship. He asks me how I'm doing, how school's going, it's not all just football with him," Britt said, during the March interview.

Javaris Davis, Edward H. White High School - Jacksonville, Fla.
Davis picked up his Clemson offer earlier this spring and made his way to the campus earlier this month for the spring game. During the trip, he spoke 1-on-1 with Dabo Swinney.

"They want to have me. I'm a top prospect for them, and went over the depth chart with me," Davis said of his sit-down with Swinney.

Boise State, Michigan State, Nebraska, UNC, Syracuse, UCF and Wisconsin are among the other offers for the three-star prospect.

Octavis Johnson, Clinch County High School - Homerville, Ga.
Clemson offered Johnson after a strong camp showing last summer. He returned to Tigertown in the fall for the Florida State game. South Carolina is the leader for Johnson, who is a four-star prospect, according to Scout.com.

Cameron Ordway, Giles County High School - Pulaski, Tenn.
Clemson offered the four-star prospect early last week when offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell got into touch with Ordway's head coach. It was the first line of communication Clemson had with the No. 22 cornerback in the country.

With a strong list of offers, Ordway has plenty of top-tier options, but he's in no hurry to make a decision. That, he told CUTigers, won't come until his official visits are taken. Clemson could host him for an unofficial visit this summer.

Antonio Parks, East Saint John High School - Reserve, La.
Word circulated around the Internet that Parks had committed to Clemson shortly after he was offered earlier this month. That day, CUTigers confirmed that he had an offer and that he was not considered as a commitment to the Tigers' 2015 haul.

Parks visited Clemson as a sophomore and was planning on returning for the spring game two weekends ago. But, he trip to Tigertown was postponed because of a conflict in scheduling at a 7-on-7 tournament in Atlanta.

Now, Clemson is listed as a co-leader with Arizona State. A trip to Clemson is set for June 5. His teammate, four-star Xavier Lewis, is also a Clemson cornerback target.

Darius Slayton, Greater Atlanta Christian School - Norcross, Ga.
Slayton picked up the offer from Clemson in March. Reed, along with running backs coach Tony Elliott, let him know that Clemson was jumping into the mix with an offer.

Slayton has not visited Clemson, nor has he set any plans to get there. Just how much of a player Clemson is remains to be seen. Some of that could depend on which position Slayton decides he wants to play in college.

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