****This Week’s Synopsis
Here it is mid-March, and the Tigers are about 25% done with Spring practice and just let the team off for Spring Break to return to the practice fields at Jervey Meadows in the near future. In the meantime, the staff will be back on the road this week, visiting high schools all over the southeast, in-state and out of the region, as the recruiting footprint of the Clemson staff has grown to represent 90% United States map.
The Tigers have set yet another “Junior Days” up for the upcoming Orange and White Game, and we are collecting a large list of attendees and visitors--both current Tigers commits and prospects on the Radar--and we are told a surprise or two. So stay tuned to the Radar, as we will update a list of these prospective visitors on a daily basis. Expect a virtual who’s-who of prospects to be on hand.
As usual, things are very fluid with recruiting, and we work hard to stay on top of the latest info and supply it to our subscribers. So stay tuned right here to the CUTigers Radar Screen for all the latest in Clemson recruiting!
****Clemson Invading Tennessee
Tennessee natives Trey Smith, Amari Rodgers, Cordarrian Richardson and Tee Higgins
With the recent commitment of Memphis, TN high 4-star RB Cordarrian Richardson and Knoxville, TN wide receiver Amari Rodgers both now firmly on the 2017 commit list, Clemson is trending highly among other Volunteer State prospects--most notably, high 4-star WR Tee Higgins and big-time offensive lineman Trey Smith. Both have spent a lot of time over the past year on Clemson’s campus, and both hold the Tigers in high regard as far as their recruitment is considered.
Look for the Tigers to push the relationships with the two committed players and these two uncommitted prospects, as Amari and Cordarrian are already in full “recruiting mode” when it comes to the aforementioned players. The relationship between Rodgers and Higgins is well-documented, as these two also play on a 7-on-7 squad together in the spring and summer (see pic below). And Rodgers has made it a point, along with other 2017 Clemson commits, to recruit these two to the very end.
With Clemson making in-roads in Tennessee, things have become really tough on UT Head Coach Butch Jones. He has made it his goal to shut the borders down in Tennessee with some of his high-wire recruiting antics ( e.g., having police escorts to and from recruits' homes) and his particular statement about building the Vols from the ground up, using the local talent as his foundation. With all the turmoil going on in Knoxville and the sexual assault issues that have risen up, it's ugly head within the football team, look for this to affect them locally and regionally in recruiting, as this negative image is a very hard one to spin.
Stay tuned, as we continue to follow these remaining Volunteer State targets on the Radar Screen.
Amari Rodgers and Tee Higgins, pictured far right with their spring/summer 7-on-7 team
****Feedback from 2018 Virginia RB Ricky Slade on his recent visit to Clemson
Our colleague Michael Clark has shared his Ricky Slade interview with us here (see below). Stay tuned, as Slade and NC RB Zamir White are at the top of the Clemson RB Board for 2018. And Clemson is trending at or near the top for both of these 2018 running backs. The staff has managed to land their "#1 draft pick" at RB for the past two classes in Tavien Feaster and Cordarrian Richardson, and it looks like this trend could continue!
****Who’s Left on the Board?
The Tigers are already holding a total of 9 commitments in the 2017 class, and the numbers and offers are starting to tighten up . Here is a list of the top 15 remaining players we here at CUTigers are tracking moving forward with the class of 2017:
****Spotlight Prospect of the Week
This week’s Spotlight is on 2017 Clemson commit Amari Rodgers out of Knoxville, TN. The former USC (Southern Cal) commit and son of former UT star and USC Co-Offensive Coordinator Tee Martin. Rodgers de-comitted from USC and was almost instantly infatuated with Clemson after the Tigers dispensed the offer. Soon after, Rodgers took a visit to Tiger Town and quickly committed via periscope/twitter. Since his commitment, the slot WR has been doing yeoman’s work on the recruiting trail himself, working on other prospects in his home state of Tennessee and others that are on the Clemson recruiting radar.
Rodgers himself brings to the table very fast and shifty slot WR skills in the mold of Artavis Scott and Ray Ray McCloud. He's a player the staff thinks they can plug in and play almost instantly upon his arrival to campus.
****This Week’s Tweets