This week’s Radar is going to begin with discussing a committed prospect’s recent extended weekend appearance to take in practice and see the Tigers and Clemson University up close and personal, as we review the visit of 2017 OL Matt Bockhorst out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, OH.
A couple of offers went out last week, as things are starting to heat back up in recruiting after Spring Breaks all over the country have subsided and kids are back in school and in spring practices of their own.
The Tigers' returned to the practice fields as well, and it yielded more than one surprise visitor last week. We expect that to continue and will report on the rumblings coming out of Tiger Town as the prospects make their trips.
**Spring Game Visitor List
We are compiling a huge list of 2017,18 and 19’s that are expected to make their way into Clemson over the next few days and attend Saturday’s annual Orange & White Game. A host of current 2017 and ’18 commits will be on hand, along with a who’s-who of regional and national talent expected to stop in and take in the Tigers' annual scrimmage.
We can confirm some big name targets like WR Tee Higgins (Oak Ridge, TN) and LB Drew Singleton (Paramus, NJ) will be in attendance along with commits Amari Rodgers, Chase Brice, Hunter Johnson along with some of the Tigers' 2016 signees that have yet to report to campus and many more. We are in the process of confirming visitors, as this is a fluid situation when it comes to transportation with a lot of these kids. But look for an updated list to be published here on CUTigers later in the week.
**Surprise Visit by 2017 and 2018 Peach State Offensive Line Talent
Last Monday, the Tigers were taking the practice fields of Jervey Meadows, and a couple of Peach State big men were on hand to take in the practice and specifically see how coach Robbie Caldwell and assistant Thomas Austin put the Clemson “Beard Gang” through their paces. The visitors were Pace Academy (Atlanta,GA) stars 2017 OL Andrew Thomas and 2018 OL Jamaree Salyer.
http://www.scout.com/college/clemson/story/1656197-4-star-ol-takes-in-pr... They both seemed to be having a good time from my perspective. Thomas has Clemson and UGA at the top of his offer list, and it's coming down to one of those typical battles between the Tigers and Dawgs for his services. The status of his teammate, who is really picking up steam due to a couple camp performances, is a little murkier because his recruitment has more than a year to go. But the Tigers and a host of others are all vying for the Atlanta Pace Academy mauler’s service when he signs in 2018.
**Is Clemson Becoming Elite?
The Clemson staff is already taking advantage of the 2015 season and the rewards of an ACC Championship and National Championship appearance. The Tigers are now considered one of the “must have” and “trendy” offers to have by elite prospects. As national analysts from all the networks check in and ask prospects who they want offers from, proclamations for Clemson are becoming the norm for recruits from coast to coast. It's safe to say the Tigers' brand is now a national one, and you can put them in “Elite Status" as of 2016. Stay tuned, as we continue to track these and other prospects from all over the recruiting map.
**Tigers Extended an Offer
**Bockhorst Back in Tiger Town
The 4-star 2017 OL commit was back in Clemson and took in practice. He was able to see the campus and get more in-depth with his Clemson recruitment over the weekend. Matt, a well-spoken young man, definitely pays attention to the details of the trip and lets us know with his remarks following his return back to Ohio. Below is a link to our story prior to his visit, followed by the remarks he gave CUTigers exclusively after the stop in Pickens County.
http://www.scout.com/college/clemson/story/1655109-bock-in-tiger-town "The visit was awesome. I always have a great time being around the coaches, support staff and players. Coach Caldwell is 100% my kind of coach. He pushes his players, probably to the point where it may get under their skin. But it is so obvious when you talk to him and watch him coach, you see how much he truly cares about his players. Since this was my first practice, I was really able to see the guys work. The High School coaches' clinic was going on so Coach Swinney definitely had the practice turned up a couple notches, which I liked to see. I think it is a good reminder to me that college football takes an extremely high work ethic and mental toughness, but I am ready for that challenge. All in all, I can't wait to be back, for camp that is, at which point I will personally be able to work with Coach Caldwell, and I greatly look forward to that opportunity."
**2017 Spotlight Player of the Week
Noah DeHond, on his visit to see the Tigers in Clemson as they played Wake Forest on Senior Day
Noah is a throwback to the 70’s and 80’s, and is a perfect representation of the big man’s geographic locale. The 2017 mauler out of New Jersey is tough, gritty and shows the maturity and needed demeanor for the offensive line position. If you take a look at his film, you see him finishing plays over and over, staying on his opponent to the whistle blows. He's athletic, very strong and agile for a kid who stands over 6’7".
Noah, who considers himself a self-professed "country boy” is going to fit in well with his new teammates in "The Union” or “Beard Gang," as they like to refer to themselves, living the “country life” in the lake and mountain surroundings of Pickens County.
The Tigers will be getting a high 4-star player who some say could contend for the vaunted 5-star status in 2017. The Clemson staff feels it hit a "grand slam,” not just a home run when it comes to Noah, and he is for sure “ALL IN,” joining his fellow 2017 commits Amari Rodgers, Chase Brice, Hunter Johnson and Matt Brockhorst in their own recruiting efforts with prospects they know or are familiar with. Stay tuned, as we follow Noah in his senior campaign and report on his progress as his Signing Day in 2017 nears.