Clemson welcomes 15 new Tigers to campus

Head Coach Dabo Swinney welcomed 15 new Tigers to the football program this week. All 15 have begun classes and are eligible for the 2015 season.

Shadell Bell • WR • 6-3 • 190 • Decatur, Ga. • Columbia HS
Played in the Semper Fidelis All-Star game in Fullerton, Calif. just before coming to Clemson…Rivals.com called him the best player of the first practice at the national all-star game… ranked No. 187 in the nation overall by Rivals.com in December…rated as No. 45 receiver in the nation by ESPN.com and the 42nd best player in Georgia…Rivals.com ranks him as No. 46 receiver and No. 42 player in Georgia…helped Columbia High School to 7-4 season as a senior….was named team’s top defensive player as an outside linebacker with 32 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, two interceptions and a fumble recovery… as a junior had 37 receptions for 463 yards and seven touchdowns… committed to Clemson on November 23, 2013..recruited by Marion Hobby…signed financial aid agreement on August 1, 2014 and enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

Kelly Bryant • QB • 6-4 • 205 • Piedmont, S.C. • Wren HS
A finalist for Mr. Football in the state of South Carolina…Greenville County Player of the Year…named to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team…South Carolina Football Coaches Player of the Year…all-state, all-region 1-3A…had terrific senior year when he led Wren High School to the Regional 1-3A Championship…team won 11 games…completed 231-368 passes for 3,579 yards and 41 touchdowns….also had 128 rushes for 720 yards and 14 scores…even caught a touchdown pass for 74 yards… ranked as No. 8 dual threat quarterback in nation by Rivals and No. 11 by ESPN…No. 4 player in state of South Carolina by Rivals.com entering his senior year..…No. 3 player in South Carolina by 247 Sports…recruited by Chad Morris, now the head coach at SMU… as a junior at Wren High School threw for 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns against just nine interceptions…rushed for 1,200 yards and 19 scores as well as a junior, giving him 47 total touchdowns in 2013…cousin of former Tiger and current Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant… committed to Clemson on April 17, 2014…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014…enrolled at Clemson on January 7, 2015.

Kaleb Chalmers • DB • 6-0 • 177 • Greenwood, S.C. • Greenwood HS
Member of the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team….helped Greenwood High to the state playoffs and a 9-6 record in 2014…ranked as the No. 166 player in the nation by 247 Sports entering his senior year….ranked as No. 11 player in South Carolina by 247 Sports…No. 27 cornerback in the nation by ESPN.com…had 80 tackles, four interceptions and 12 passes broken up as a junior at Greenwood High…had 45 tackles and four sacks as a sophomore….recruited by Mike Reed…comes to Clemson from same school that produced former Clemson unanimous All-American Gaines Adams...committed to Clemson on April 12, 2014…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014…enrolled at Clemson on January 7, 2015.

J.D. Davis • LB • 6-2 • 220 • Clemson, S.C. • Daniel HS
Part of first twin brother combination to come to Clemson since Peter and Andy Ford signed in February of 1993…his brother is Clemson linebacker signee Judah Davis…son of former Clemson All-American, 1981 National Championship team captain and College Football Hall of Famer Jeff Davis…starting linebacker on Daniel High Team that had a 14-1 record and went to the state championship game in 2013… had outstanding senior year with 87 total tackles and a 33-yard interception return for a touchdown…had eight tackles for loss, three of which were sacks…one of the reasons Daniel held 10 teams to 10 points or less and posted five shutouts….recruited by Chad Morris…wore No. 33 and played his high school football for Randy Robinson… signed with Clemson in February of 2014, he was a gray shirt during 2014 season….enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015

Judah Davis • LB • 6-2 • 220 • Clemson, S.C. • Daniel HS
Part of first twin brother combination to come to Clemson since Peter and Andy Ford signed in February of 1993…his brother J.D. Davis is a member of 2014 signee class…son of former Clemson All-American, 1981 National Championship team captain and College Football Hall of Famer Jeff Davis…starting linebacker on Daniel High Team that had a 14-1 record and went to the state championship game in 2013… had outstanding senior year with 86 total tackles and a blocked punt that had a big impact in a key Daniel victory…had 16 tackles for loss, seven of which were sacks…had nine quarterback hurries, second on the team…one of the reasons Daniel held 10 teams to 10 points or less and posted five shutouts….recruited by Chad Morris…wore No. 36 and played his high school football for Randy Robinson….signed with Clemson in February of 2014, he was a gray shirt during 2014 season….enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015

Jake Fruhmorgen • OL • 6-5 • 282 • Tampa, Fla. • Plant HS
Played in the Army All-American game…played tackle in high school, but played center and guard in Army All-American game…among the top 100 players in the nation by 247 Sports (73), Rivals.com (89) and ESPN.com (93)…No. 7 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN, No. 8 by Rivals.com and #15 by 247 Sports…No.18 overall player in Florida by ESPN and Rivals.com…narrowed his decision to Clemson and Florida…recruited by Tony Elliott…helped Plant to an 11-2-1 season in 2013...his father, John, played football at Alabama and for the Miami Dolphins in the NFL…committed to Clemson on April 10, 2014…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014…enrolled at Clemson on Jan.7, 2015

Zach Giella • OL • 6-5 • 275 • Augusta, Ga. • Christian HS
Played in the Semper Fidelis All-Star Game in Fullerton, Calif…ranked as No. 31 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com entering the season, giving Clemson four of the top 31 in the nation in this recruiting class…No.44 overall player in state of Georgia by Rivals.com…recruited by Chad Morris…all-around athlete who played football, baseball, basketball and track in high school…committed to Clemson on May 14, 2014…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014…enrolled on Jan. 7, 2015.

Noah Green • OL • 6-5 • 275 • Boiling Springs, S.C. • Boiling Springs HS
One of the top players in South Carolina who played in the Shrine Bowl and the Semper Fidelis All-Star game in Fullerton, Calif….ranked as one of the top 200 prospects in the nation by ESPN…third best player in state of South Carolina by ESPN…ESPN also lists Green as 13th best player in the state of South Carolina…participated in The Opening in Oregon in July…No. 7 player in South Carolina by 247 Sports, and No.8 player in the state by Rivals.com… 4-Star prospect by ESPN…recruited by Jeff Scott…committed to Clemson on September 28, 2013…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014….enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

Albert Huggins • DL • 6-3 • 280 • Orangeburg, S.C. • Orangeburg-Wilkinson HS
Ranked as No. 1 player in South Carolina by many services…first time Clemson has signed the consensus top player in South Carolina since 2008 when Da’Quan Bowers became a Clemson Tiger…Huggins is ranked as the No. 60 overall player in the nation by 247 Sports…he is ranked No. 76 by Rivals.com, No. 104 by Scout.com and No. 168 by ESPN.com…Rivals.com and 247 Sports list him as top player in South Carolina, while ESPN.com lists him second…from a position standpoint, he is listed as the sixth best defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals and is 12th by 247.com….played in the US Army All-American game in San Antonio…his decision came down to Clemson and Georgia…played his high school football for Tommy Brown at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School, the same school that sent Woody Dantzler to Clemson…at Orangeburg-Wilkinson had outstanding career that included 208 tackles, 35 tackles for loss and 28 sacks…as a senior had 73 tackles, including 10 sacks and three forced fumbles…had 65 tackles, 13 tackles for loss and 11 sacks as a junior and 70 tackles with 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a sophomore…recruited to Clemson by Marion Hobby…committed on December 12, 2014 and enrolled on Jan. 7, 2015.

Mitch Hyatt • OL • 6-6 • 270 • Suwanee, Ga. • North Gwinnett HS
Played in Army All-American game…first-team MaxPrep All-American and USA Today…also made first-team by MaxPrep as a junior…unanimous 5-Star prospect and highest ranked Clemson player in the class…actually named a five-star before his junior year…nephew of former Clemson All-ACC defensive tackle Dan Benish, a starter on Clemson’s 1981 National Championship team….a consensus top 25 player in the nation at the conclusion of the 2014 season, he is ranked No. 8 nationally by Scout.com, No. 13 by 247 Sports, No. 16 by ESPN.com and No. 16 by Rivals.com…listed as No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247 Sports and Scout.com…ranked as second best player in the state of Georgia by ESPN.com and third best in the Peach State by Rivals...helped his North Gwinnett team to a 13-2 record and state championship game appearance as a junior…participated in The Opening in Oregon in summer of 2014…recruited by Tony Elliott…committed to Clemson on February 5, 2014…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014… enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

Tucker Israel • QB • 5-11 • 189 • Orlando, Fla. • Lake Nona HS
Second-team MaxPrep All-American at conclusion of the 2014 season…established six state of Florida passing records for single game, season and career basis…broke Tim Tebow’s record for touchdown passes in a season with 56, 10 more than Tebow had…also set record for touchdown passes in a career with 162…set game, season and career passing yards record and career completions with 1,008…only player in history of Florida High School football to throw for over 600 yards in consecutive games…No. 12 dual threat quarterback in the nation by ESPN.com…as a senior completed 317-470 passes for 4,446 yards and 56 touchdowns…threw just 11 interceptions in 470 attempts as a senior…for career completed 1,008-1,524 for 15,034 yards, a .661 percentage…averaged incredible 5.1 touchdown passes and 349 yards per game over 43-game career…also had 222 rushes for 1314 yards and 18 scores for his career…finished with 16,348 yards of total offense…in 2013 threw for 3,979 and 40 touchdowns against just 10 interceptions…as a sophomore in 2012 passed for 3,685 and 36 scores with just eight interceptions…also rushed for 200 yards… recruited by Chad Morris, now the head coach at SMU….committed to Clemson on February 4, 2014…signed scholarship papers with Clemson on August 1, 2014….enrolled at Clemson on January 7, 2015.

Sterling Johnson • DE • 6-5 • 275 • Clayton, N.C. • Cleveland HS
Ranked as No. 109 best overall player in the nation by ESPN.com at the end of the 2014 season…also listed as fourth best player in the state of South Carolina and the 14th best defensive end in the nation by ESPN…played in the Under Armour All-American game in Florida just before coming to Clemson…helped his Cleveland High School team to a 10-3 record in 2014…came on the national radar as a junior when he had 78 tackles, but incredible 44 were tackles for loss…also had 7.5 sacks and blocked a pair of punts in a state playoff game…committed to Clemson on the same day (May 14, 2014) as classmate Zach Giella…enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

Chad Smith • LB • 6-3 • 214 • Sterling, Va. • Dominion HS
Played in the Army All-American game in San Antonio…ranked as No. 56 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com…also ranked No. 179 overall player by 247 Sports and a top 300 player by ESPN.com….second best player in the state of Virginia by Rivals, 247 Sports rates him the ninth best and ESPN.com the 10th best…among linebackers, Rivals sees him as sixth best in the country, while 247 Sports has him 14th and ESPN.com 19th… participated in The Opening where he was the third ranked all-around athlete after competition with the other 161 players in attendance.…played his high school football for Paul Troth…played linebacker, tight end, receiver and safety over his high school career…as a senior had 90 tackles, 15 for loss…on offense had 19 rushes for 118 yards and 24 receptions for 444 yards and seven touchdowns…the all-around player also kicked two field goals…as a junior in 2013 had 72 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, including six sacks…contributed five interceptions as well and added 113 carries for 757 yards and 12 rushing touchdowns on offense…two-time all-state, all-region and all-conference choice…had three blocked field goals as a junior…recruited by Brent Venables…committed to Clemson on April 10, 2014…signed financial aid agreement with Clemson on August 1, 2014… enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

Van Smith • RB • 6-2 • 170 • Charlotte, N.C. • Hough HS
Committed to Clemson on August 31, 2013, the day of Clemson’s victory over Georgia to open 2013 season…first member of the 2015 class to commit to the Tigers program…listed as the ninth best player in North Carolina by MaxPreps…helped Hough High School to a 10-4 record in 2014 through his all-around play…scored 15 touchdowns, 13 rushing off 66 carries for 444 yards…had 6.7 average on the ground…had two kickoff returns for touchdowns, including a 95-yarder…averaged 36.3 yards per kickoff return on 10 returns…on defense had six interceptions for 45 return yards…had 74 tackles on defense as well….played his final year of high school for former Clemson assistant coach Miles Aldridge….played at West Mecklenburg High his first three years, he helped that team to a 9-3 season in 2013… All-Mecklenburg County as a junior when he played on both sides of the ball…as a junior had 160 rushes for 1114 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions… recruited by Danny Pearman…signed scholarship papers with Clemson on August 1, 2014… enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

Jalen Williams • LB • 6-0 • 215 • Blythewood, S.C. • Blythewood HS
Rated as the No. 29 player in South Carolina by ESPN.com coming out of high school…signed with Clemson in February of 2014 and was a gray shirt for the 2014 season ... No. 34 player in South Carolina by 247Sports.com ... MVP of the victorious North team in the 2013 North-South All-Star game; he had six tackles and a recovered fumble ... had 186 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, one interception, six caused fumbles and six recovered fumbles in his career at Blythewood ... had 101 tackles, nine tackles for loss, one interception, six recovered fumbles and four caused fumbles as a senior in 2013 ... had 115 tackles, nine tackles for loss and three sacks as a junior in 2012 ... had 21 tackles and one sack as a sophomore ... played basketball as well ... coached by Dan Morgan at Blythewood High School ... recruited by Brent Venables…. enrolled at Clemson on Jan. 7, 2015.

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