The May evaluation period is halfway done, and the flurry of offers that went out in the past two weeks was a who’s-who of 2018 and some 2019 talent all across the recruiting map. In case you missed any of these, hit the link below to the Recruiting Radar forum and get ready to spend some time checking out all the info and intel we were able to glean from a busy couple of weeks.
In the meantime, we have this week also shared some of the highlights of last week’s action here on the Radar. Stay tuned to CUTigers.com for your recruiting info, and always drop by the Radar Screen for your daily news on the recruiting front!
****Tigers Offer the "Spyder-Man”
The Clemson staff dropped in on Westlake High inside of Metro Atlanta, just south of I-85 and less than 2 hours from the Clemson campus, to see and offer DB Myles Sims. Click on the link above for our story on Sims and his thoughts on the offer. Sims is surely one to keep your eyes on moving forward, as he is expected to make a visit to campus in the near future.
****Clemson Back in Jersey
The Tigers sent their staff back into New Jersey and this time offered big-time defensive end prospect Dorian Hardy. Hardy, a top-5 overall prospect in the state of New Jersey, has an impressive list of offers that includes Alabama, Miami, Florida, LSU, Michigan, VT, UNC and many more.
Now Clemson has tossed its hat in the ring for the services of one of Jersey's best overall, regardless of position. Stay tuned here to CUTigers.com and the Recruiting Radar, as we continue to track the northeastern standout!
****Tigers Offering Big-Time OT’s in the Southeast and News on OT Visitor
We have some news on the offensive line front to report this week. Two offers went out to a couple big-time regional and in some views national-level tackles from here in the southeast. The staff reached into Alabama and offered one of my personal favorite prospects in this 2018 class: Marcus Jenkins. "Tank" Jenkins is a man-child out of the Yellow Hammer State and one for whose commitment the Tigers are going to be swimming with the sharks of the SEC and ACC.
Keep your eyes here moving forward. Since Dabo Swinney arrived on the staff prior to taking on the head coaching position, he has personally overseen the recruiting of his home state of Alabama and has brought his fair share of talent from the state to Pickens County.
The other offer that went out was to James Ohonba.
Since we're on the subject of OT's, here is a story Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons shared with us on Jamaree Salyer, a high value offensive tackle prospect out of Pace Academy in Atlanta. Just click on the box to the left to view Chad's update on Salyer, and click below to view his Scout profile!
****Elite 11 QB’s Lined up at Clemson
This week Hunter Johnson was invited to the Elite Eleven quarterback competition in California later this summer. Johnson now joins his fellow 2017 Clemson QB commit Chase Brice of Grayson High in Georgia as an invitee to the prestigious event which only invites the top quarterbacks in each region of the country to compete to become one of the “Elite 11.” Clemson QB’s Kyle Parker, Chad Kelly and current Davey O’Brien Award winner Deshaun Watson are all Elite 11 alumni.
As we reported earlier this spring, rather than being antagonistic or resentful toward one another, as you might expect from two roosters in the same hen house, Johnson and Brice have developed a strong bond and friendship already. Stay tuned, as we follow the progress of both these star QB's throughout the summer!
****2017 Spotlight Player of the Week
In Cordarrian Richardson, you see a combination of power and speed that Clemson fans have not seen in my opinion since way back in the 90’s when Raymond Priester ran between the hashmarks on the turf of Death Valley. He's a perfect complement to the speedy skilled players in place around him and another piece to the RB corps that is as varied in talent as any position group on the Clemson roster.
Richardson is advanced in his athleticism and is filling out in stature, over the 220 pound mark already. And if you have seen his film, you know Richardson does not shy away from contact. If you wanted to compare him to a current college football running back, I would say he’s a stronger version of UNC’s talented running back, Elijah Hood.
Richardson is how you draw running backs up if you want to beat up defenses, wear them down, and take it to them in the fourth quarter. He is a true power back who can run through tackles. Very good leg strength. Balance is a strength. Can make the long run, but not elite top-end speed. Power, between the tackles, durability, and moving the chains is what Richardson is all about. Surprising burst as well.