June is here, and with it comes the Dabo Swinney Camp series for 2016. It's a beneficial tool for the Clemson staff to get one-on-one time with prospects in person and evaluate players they have their sights on for the upcoming recruiting classes.
Stay tuned, as CUTigers will have coverage of the camps and the list of high profile players due to make the trek into the upstate of South Carolina to participate or just visit and use this as a great chance to check in on all things Clemson.
****Big-Time Player Names Clemson as His Leader
One of the nation’s most coveted athletes, Jacoby Stevens, has named a list of his top schools for 2017 and has named Clemson currently number one for his signature and services in 2017. With a very long way to go until we reach National Signing Day in February, a lot can go on here, and we think this list can and will change over that period.
Stevens, a Tennessee resident, is yet another Volunteer State target on the Clemson staff’s radar. He joins highly coveted WR Tee Higgins and the state’s top OL, Trey Smith, along with current Clemson commits Cordarrian Richardson and Amari Rodgers on the Tigers' board, as the Clemson staff has spent almost as much time in Tennessee as any other in the region during the current Clemson recruiting cycle.
Now the Tigers are honing in on the uber-talented athlete, and Coach Brent Venables has taken the lead here in Stevens' recruitment. Stay tuned here to CUTigers and the Radar Screen, as developments continue to trickle out of Tennessee. You know it's going to be a fun ride seeing how Stevens and the rest of these kids all play out heading down the stretch to the start of football season and into NSD 2017!
****Clemson First to Offer Fields
Clemson steps up into the Charlotte, NC area and Hough High School to offer 2019 lock-down corner prospect Tyus Fields. He is the brother of current Clemson DB Mark Fields and a player who is no less talented. Mark was one of the top DB’s to come out in 2015 class when he signed with Clemson. Look for Tyus’s offer list to expand as he visits camps and gets ready for the 2016 season.
CUTigers had the chance to speak with Tyus and got his thoughts on the Clemson offer.
CUTigers: Can you describe your thoughts on the Clemson offer?
Fields: “It was very exciting to receive the offer. Just going to continue to grind.”
CUTigers: When do you plan on visiting Clemson next or In the near future?
Fields: “I plan on going down to Clemson for the one-day camp in the summer.”
CUTigers: What coaches are recruiting you, and what have you been hearing from them?
Fields: “Danny Pearman and Mike Reed are recruiting me, but since it's so early I’m just going to continue to work.”
CUTigers: What do you like, and what stands out about Clemson?
Fields: “I like the atmosphere of Clemson and all the positive energy surrounding the school.”
CUTigers: What player in CFB or the NFL would you say you model yourself after?
Fields: “A player I model myself after is Tyrann Mathieu because of his physicality and love for the game.”
****Clemson Offers 2019 Georgia LB
****Dabo Swinney’s Camp Begins
The first session of Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney’s annual football skills camp has begun, with a record 1,032 kids registered and now over 250 current and former players volunteering.
That's up almost 300% from a little over 400 campers last year. The list of current and former Clemson players along with high school coaches from all over the state and region will be assisting in mentoring and giving the campers expert coaching and guidance.
Look for the list of visitors to expand over the next few weeks, as more than one van or bus full of high school players are due to drop in for the camp at several points during the next few days and weeks here in June.
Stay tuned, as several of Clemson’s committed and prospective recruits are due to be in Tiger Town this month. You can likely expect a commitment or two over the next few weeks, and CUTigers and the Recruiting Radar will be right there to bring you all the breaking news!
****Elite 11 Finals
This week in California, a group of the nation’s top prep quarterback prospects are participating in the annual “Elite 11." Clemson has the luxury of being the only school in college football with two current Elite 11 QB’s committed to its 2017 class! Both Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice received invites this spring to the QB competition after stellar seasons last year and even more impressive camp stops this spring.
The two future Tigers both placed inside the top 10 overall after day one. Johnson separated himself from the others, as he showed “elite” arm strength, finishing in 2nd place overall and setting himself up nicely for the rest of the weekend’s events. Chase Brice, the Tigers' other committed signal caller also had a good day and finished up 9th place out of the 24 QB’s there on site.
Another Clemson QB was in attendance, as current starting QB and Elite 11 alumnus Deshaun Watson has been on site in California to help mentor the up-and-coming Elite 11 attendees.
****Higgins Names a Leader
Clemson's top WR target, Tee Higgins, has tweeted out a top 5, naming a leader in the process. Higgins now states that in-state Tennessee is his leader and has listed Clemson as 2nd on his list--just before his upcoming 3-day stay and appearance at the Dabo Swinney camp.
Look, however, for Higgins to possibly come out with another list after this visit. Fellow Tennessee resident Amari Rodgers will be here on campus with Higgins along with big-time QB's Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice, all of whom have been in Higgins's ear about joining them on the 2017 Clemson commit list. Stay tuned, as this one is going to really start to heat up in the days leading up to and following the Dabo Swinney Camp series!
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