Clemson had a busy week on the recruiting front, with several 2017 and 2018 offers going out, including one to an in-state prospect that is blowing up very quickly. Added to that, the Clemson staff continued its push for safeties with a couple more offers this week. A surprise offer went out to a 2018 wide receiver prospect out of PA.
Clemson also went out and relayed an offer to a 2017 LB prospect out of the state of Alabama who was recently on campus for the Tigers' annual Orange and White Game. Some very intriguing developments are unfolding, as we have seen both the safety and linebacker board expand here in recent weeks. Stay tuned, as we are hearing about another possible 2017 LB offer that may go out in the near future.
See all this week’s news here on the Recruiting Radar, and keep it here over the next few weeks because we have the May evaluation period coming up, and all the coaches will be hitting the road to visit campuses to check in on targets and blips all over the radar. It is during this time that the 2018, 2019 and even 2020 classes can start to take shape, as the coaches visit these schools to see prospects in person at spring practices and also get complete evaluations from local high school staffs all over the southeastern footprint.
****Clemson Offers Elite Pennsylvania 2018 WR
The Tigers reached into the Keystone State and put the offer out to Jahan Dotson, a prospect with over 16 offers and rising. In fact, Ohio Sate followed Clemson with an offer of their own. See the article below for Jahan’s thoughts on the offer and things moving forward with regard to his recruitment. Keep your eyes on Dotson as we continue to monitor the 2018 class.
****Clemson Offers Alabama Linebacker
The Tigers sent an offer out to Alabama native and big-time linebacker prospect K.J. Britt. Britt was recently on campus, receiving the Orange Carpet treatment and hanging out with fellow 2017 prospect and Georgia native Malik Herring. They were both in Tiger Town to take in the annual Orange and White Game. Word has it that the offer was actually placed on the table during his visit. Stay tuned here, as Clemson has real momentum with Britt following his recent visit.
****Tigers Offer Virginia Jumbo Athlete
Clemson reached out to 2017 Jumbo Athlete Brandon Gaddy. Brandon is a huge player, 6'5" and 290 pounds, who plays all over the field for his high school team. He has lined up at tight end, defensive end, defensive tackle, running back and even takes snaps at quarterback for his local Tidewater area high school. The Tigers are also involved with Gaddy’s very talented brother Breyon Gaddy and have offers now extended to both brothers from Virginia.
****Tigers Offer Under the Radar Safety Michael Carter II
Clemson dropped into Georgia and offered 2017 safety Michael Carter II from Paulding County. A player with a host of mid major offers, Carter sees his first Power Five offer come from the Clemson Tigers. Michael was pleasantly surprised, and he shared his thoughts on the Clemson offer with us as well as his plans to get on campus to learn more about Clemson.
"Getting the Clemson offer came as a surprise. I had not been in too much contact with Clemson before Thursday, but I was excited to hear they wanted to offer, and I was almost speechless. So I'm very excited to learn more about the program. I plan to visit sometime in the near future. I do not have a date set yet. Coach Mike Sneed is the coach recruiting me, and he told me he loved my film and what I was doing on and off the field. What I like about Clemson right now is they are a very competitive and good team. Clemson in general is a really nice place in itself. That's pretty much all I can say since I haven't visited Clemson yet."
****Clemson Offers Local 2018 OT Kavesz Sherard
****New 4-Star Safety Offer Goes Out in Alabama
The Tigers went back into the Magnolia State of Alabama to send an offer to 4-star 2017 safety C.J. Avery. He has a laundry list of offers from the SEC, ACC and even the Big Ten. Clemson added him to their busy board of safety prospects for the 2017 class. Look for the Tigers to try and get the Alabama native on campus soon to let him take in all things Clemson and see for himself if the Tigers could be an option. Stay tuned here on the Recruiting Radar Screen forum, as we follow Avery's recruitment.
****4-Star 2017 In-State LB Prospect to Keep a Serious Eye On
Keep your eyes on 2017 LB/DE prospect Brad Johnson, a local product from the shadow of Death Valley in nearby Pendleton, SC. Johnson has yet to receive a Clemson offer but is trending toward the SEC and the in-state South Carolina Gamecocks. He has seen his recruitment start to pick back up and has been hearing from the Clemson staff about coming back to the Dabo Swinney camp and working out as an linebacker.
Last summer, the Tigers evaluated Brad at camp when he came in and worked out as a defensive end (the position he plays in high school), but the Tigers want to see him work out in person and evaluate him as a linebacker. Johnson would have liked to see a Clemson offer come first, but the Tigers have always held to their stance of having kids they are trying to get a true read on come to participate in camp and interact with the staff. When that has happened in the past, usually the offer is relayed on the visit, so we will be watching this recruitment to see how it unfolds.
****Player Spotlight of the Week
Clemson has the unique luxury of possessing commitments from not one but two of the best 2017 quarterbacks in the nation in Indiana standout Hunter Johnson and Grayson High School’s Chase Brice. Both are top-tier prospects at the most important position on the football field. The Loganville, GA native Brice brings a superb combination of athletic ability and a cannon arm to go along with great mechanics and a superb understanding of how to read defenses. He has utilized this skill set in running the high-powered, multifaceted offense that Grayson has employed during his career there.
Chase is an Elite 11 qualifier and is all set to head out west to join the rest of the nation's Elite QB’s. He will compete in skills drills to see who the best gunslinger in the nation is. Chase brings with him to Clemson a superb work ethic and comes from a real grounded family. Chase is also the nephew of current Clemson assistant Mickey Conn, who was Chase’s high school coach at Grayson until recently. The school has fed Clemson with a few of their alumni in recent years, such as Wayne Gallman, Ryan Cater and Nick Shuessler.
Stay tuned, as we continue to spotlight the 2017 commits here each week inside the Radar.
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