Elite prospects headline Junior Day event

This weekend's Junior Day in Tigertown will offer plenty of firepower on both sides of the ball.

With the recruiting process beginning (and ending) earlier than ever before, some serious momentum can be established over the course of the next 48 hours.

For starters, all three of Clemson's 2016 commitments - QB Zerrick Cooper, TE J.C. Chalk and OL Sean Pollard will be on campus. All three remain firm in their pledges, of course, and will be actively recruiting for the Clemson coaching staff.

Among the headliners in terms of uncommitted prospects is the nation's No. 5 ranked defensive end/linebacker Rahshaun Smith. He will be in town along with his teammate, five-star cornerback Savion Smith.

Savion Smith visited Clemson in early December as well and came away extremely impressed.

"I had a great time there," he said. "I really liked how they were big on academics, how the coaches treated me and how the atmosphere was up there. I didn't really get to see the school again, but I liked it a lot last time I saw it."

Rahshaun Smith has also been a frequent visitor to Clemson and the Tigers are currently in his lead group.

The nation's No. 6 defensive tackle, Dexter Lawrence, out of Wake Forest (NC) will also be on hand. Lawrence recently visited North Carolina for its Junior Day, meeting new defensive coordinator Gene Chizik along the way.

Four-star linebacker, Tre Lamar, will also be making another trip to Tigertown from Roswell, Ga. This will actually be the fourth time he's visited Clemson and the Tigers appear to be in very good shape here.

"I've developed a pretty good relationship with Coach Venables," Lamar tells CUTigers this week. I like that the defense is set up for the linebackers to make tackles."

Also, 6-6 WR Diondre Overton (Page HS - Greensboro, NC), OT Jay Jay McCargo (Bishop O'Connell - Arlington, Va), 3-star DT David Marshall (Upson-Lee - Thompson, GA) and 4-star DE Javon Kinlaw (Goose Creek) are just a few more names to watch this weekend.

Last but not least, Georgia native and three-star LB Jamie Skalski is also on campus this weekend and has favored the Tigers for quite some time as well.

It's not out of the question to expect a commitment or two from this event. Clemson has been very active already with these prospects and is significantly ahead of the curve in establishing relationships with these future stars.

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