Tackles wanted

Dabo Swinney made it rather apparent shortly after he put the finishing touches on the 2014 signing class.

Clemson was going to take a whole lot of tackles in 2015, both offensive and defensive.

To this point, much of the attention had been devoted to the offensive tackle trio of Mitch Hyatt, Jake Fruhmorgen, Noah Green and the prospect to be named later.

But the counterparts on the other side of the ball are building momentum. Three-star Gage Cervenka got the ball rolling last month with his commitment. The baton was passed to four-star Sterling Johnson on Tuesday night.

With those two names now on the board, the Clemson coaches are afforded the luxury of going the distance with the highly-rated guys left on the board. Expect them to add anywhere from one to three more defensive tackles in this class.


Jabril Robinson was the only defensive tackle signed by Clemson in February. With no seniors on the 2013 team, it wasn't a position of need during that recruiting cycle.

After two straight years of no senior defensive tackles, there will be a trio of seniors in 2014: Grady Jarrett, Josh Watson and DeShawn Williams will be joined by two juniors: Roderick Byers [redshirt] and D.J. Reader, two redshirt sophomores: Kevin Dodd and Carlos Watkins and redshirt freshman Scott Pagano.

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

Albert Huggins - Orangeburg Wilkinson High School, Orangeburg
Huggins insists that he's still wide-open since he's only visited three schools: Clemson, South Carolina and North Carolina. This summer, he hopes to take visits to a number of schools, including Georgia, Florida, Auburn and Florida State. Huggins will graduate in December, but he has no absolute timeline for a decision.

D.J. Jones - East Mississippi Community College
A member of the Wren High Scholl class of 2012, Jones will have three years to complete his final two seasons of eligibility at the college level. Searching for a spot with a favorable defensive tackle depth chart, Jones has visited Tennessee and South Carolina since returning home on break last week. Before heading back to Mississippi later this month, Clemson will host him for visit on Saturday.

Tim Settle - Stonewall Jackson High School, Manassas, Virginia
Last week, Settle released a list of 15 schools that are still under consideration. The first three were Tennessee, Alabama and Clemson. The five-star prospect plans to cut his list down to five or seven by the time August rolls around and all three are expected to make the cut. Settle visited Clemson earlier this spring for Junior Day.

Trenton Thompson - Westover High School, Albany, Georgia
Georgia, the team he grew up pulling for, is considered by many to be the team to beat. Along with Clemson, Florida State and Auburn are also in the mix. Thompson planned to visit Clemson earlier this spring, but that visit never transpired. Thompson has not visited Clemson.

Shy Tuttle - North Davidson High School, Lexington, North Carolina
Duke, UNC and N.C. State hosted Tuttle for visits this spring. In March, he told Scout.com regional recruiting analyst Michael Clark that a top-five will be released sometime this summer. Settle said Clemson, UNC and N.C. State would all make the cut.

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