Here we are, fresh off the Clemson Tigers' appearance in the National Championship Game, and even after the loss to the Crimson Tide, the Tigers are now trending higher than ever with area, regional and national prospects.
****Clemson’s 2015 Season results are affecting recruiting.
The 2015 season and its results will bear some fruit on the recruiting tree moving forward, and we have already seen this in this recruiting season, with official visits from very high-profile national prospects coming up this weekend and in the next three weekends leading up to National Signing Day.
****Board expanding with recent departures to the NFL.
Also, stay tuned as the Tigers' recruiting board for 2016 is expanding with the recent declarations of several Tigers for the upcoming NFL Draft. Prior to this week’s events, the staff was set to take on 20 total, with a possibility of an oversign prospect to two. But now, with the departure of these Clemson stars to the next level, these numbers will be adjusted. They could just stand pat and use these toward the ’17 and ’18 classes, as its really late in the process to expect big moves this late with kids they have not offered or just decide to put the press on due to the situation. Lots of these kids, their families and high school coaches are aware and take note on these situations. So don’t expect the staff to hit the ground tomorrow and start tossing out offers to kids they have not spent time recruiting.
****Coaches set to hit he road on Thursday as Dead Period ends.
Thursday, January 14th, marks the end of the “Dead Period,” and we can confirm that the staff is hitting the ground running to take as m much advantage of all the positive press and publicity surrounding the program at present. This will pay off big time on kids the staff is on in the '17, '18 and ’19 classes. I will get a list of which staff members visited where later this week and keep you guys updated. This week will also be a week where the staff visits a lot of the already committed prospects to firm things up and check in on them.
Look for offers to go out to kids previously not offered (especially out of the region) in the ’18 and ’19 classes this week, as the staff is really going to use this time to expand the recruiting footprint and build new relationships with programs located outside the southeast.
*****Early enrollees on campus already.
We waited until they were all on campus and firmly implanted in their new day-to-day lives, but we can confirm the early enrollees are on campus and already taking classes, participating in weight training and conditioning along with team meetings. The early enrollees on campus are Dexter Lawrence, Rahshaun Smith, Nyles Pinckney, Sean Pollard, Tre Lamar and Tremayne Anchrum Jr.. The Tigers have managed to get many of their top-tier prospects on campus early over the past 4 seasons, and it's paid off huge dividends, as you can see in the likes of a Mitch Hyatt and Christian Wilkins.
*****JUNIOR DAYS coming up at end of the month.
January 30th is set for Clemson’s annual “Junior Days,” which are unofficial visit for invited junior prospects. This event, now in its 3rd year, has also resulted in a surprise commitment or two in the past. This year’s roster is loaded with 2017 prospects, and we expect status quo on the commitment front that week. At the forefront of the list of potential commitments is Matt Bockhorst, out of St Xavier in Cincinnati, OH. He's a kid that had the Tigers in his top 3 but never had the Tigers as his top program. However, he is now trending Orange and is a solid target on the Radar. His bother plays ball at nearby Furman University, and he visited campus for the Georgia Tech game. Clearly, Clemson’s OL success in 2015 (all 5 made All-ACC) and the Tigers' National Championship appearance have pushed the Tigers out front for the Ohio big man.
We will release a roster of all the invited attendees at a later date. but we can confirm that Jamyest Williams is on the list. He is a very high-profile target that has Clemson listed as his co-leader with UGA and Ohio State close behind.
****1/15 Official Visitors
This upcoming weekend marks week one of official visits, and Clemson has a pair of uncommitted prospects coming in. DT Michail Carter and DB Trayvon Mullen are all set to make their official visits this weekend. We can tell you Carter is a man child that is being sought really hard by the staff. Numbers here won’t matter, as he is an oversign-worthy prospect, and we can tell you that the Rashan Gary recruitment would not affect Carter either, as the staff is planning on taking BOTH if the possibility is there. We can tell you that Clemson has a shot here with both these kids.
Also on hand will be the Cocunut Creek HS star out of Florida, 2017 DB prospect Trayvon Mullen, a lock-down cover corner. Mullen is fresh off an appearance at the Army All-American Game. With Clemson’s need in the defensive backfield, look for the staff to put the full court press here on Mullen. Stay tuned, as we continue to monitor this recruitment. As it stands today, it would be 35% FSU, 33% LSU and 32% Clemson. Mullen’s prior relationships at both FSU and LSU may be too much to overcome here, but the depth chart that just opened up at Clemson will also be used a lot this weekend in trying to sway the South Florida star.
4-star DT Michail Carter
4-star Trayvon Mullen
Of the Tigers' already committed 2016 prospects, we can confirm LB James Skalski, TE J.C. Chalk, WR Tavares Chase, WR Cornell Powell, RB Tavien Feaster, DE Xavier Kelly and OL Chandler Reeves all will be in on their official visits as well. They will be here to take in the Football Banquet and Awards Dinner and able to see the current team rewarded for their season’s body of work, with all the Clemson awards to be given out at the banquet.
**** New punter accepts walk-on offer and is Clemson special teams legacy.
Clemson continues to look far and wide to secure special teams players outside of the allotted spaces on the offer list. They have been very good over the years of identifying and offering these prospects as preferred walk-ons. and you can see this from the current special teams roster, which is loaded with such players. The Tigers' have found another such prospect in legacy Will Spiers (son of former Clemson and MLB star Bill Spiers), a 6’4 215 lb QB/Punter from Calhoun Academy in St. Matthews SC. Spiers was offered and accepted the walk-on spot, so consider him a commit--just not one of the scholarship players counting towards the mandated 85 limit.