Weekly Clemson Recruiting Update

In our weekly Recruiting Radar, CUTigers Recruiting Analyst Gary McDaniel updates you on the latest news and intel on the Clemson recruiting front!

Photo by Gary McDaniel

In this week’s Radar, we have our weekly Friday Night Lights coverage, Louisville game visitor list, coaches on the road and some good intel to share.  As we get close to the halfway point of the season and the weather starts to change, we will see the upcoming home game visitor lists fill up quickly, as players are making it a priority to sit down and set up some game day visits.  This week’s upcoming top-5 matchup with Louisville is going to be a who’s-who of Clemson commits and prospects in the upcoming 2017, 2018 and 2019 classes.  

Several highly valued targets expected to attend and no less than 3 of the top 10 overall recruits for 2018 nationally will all be on hand CUTigers will be on the scene to get the low-down and all the recruiting info and intel we can glean out of the day. Stay tuned, as we will reach out to the visiting recruits for reaction to this ACC showdown and post a photo gallery of all the visiting recruits. We will also once again stream live video from pre-game warmups in Death Valley on Saturday! In fact, we will be streaming live video from Bowman Field throughout College GameDay as well, in case you are unable to attend, and we'll again have a live video feed of the Tiger Walk at approximately 6:00, so if you're not on campus or just don't want to leave your tailgate, tune in to CUTigers.com!

We drove up north to the other side of the Carolina border on Friday to Shelby, NC to watch big-time 4-star linebacker prospect Justin Foster, as his Crest Chargers took on Rutherfordton-Spindale Central. See below for the “FNL” report with video, interview and much more!

As the Clemson team comes off a great Thursday night win at Bobby Dodd Stadium and historic Grant Field, the staff was able to get out and really traverse the region on Friday night to see current Clemson commits and future prospects. We have gathered a list of coaches and their destinations here as of late on their own Friday Night Lights games.  Below is a list of confirmed visits we are aware that have taken place over the past 2 weeks of football. 

****Coaches Hit the Highway

Coaches on the road:

Brent Venables:  2017 LB Drew Singleton, 2017 DT Corey Bolds and 2017 DB Markquese Bell

Brent Venables & Marion Hobby:  2018 DE Xavier Thomas

Dan Brooks :  2017 LB Justin Foster 

Jeff Scott:  2017 WR commit Tee Higgins 

Brandon Streeter:  2017 QB commit Hunter Johnson and 2018 QB Casey Thompson

Tony Elliot:  2018 RB Zamir White 

Robbie Caldwell:  2018 OL Jack Carman and 2017 OL commit Matt Bockhorst


****Friday Night Lights

CUTigers drove north up I-85 and over the border to the Tar Heel State to watch one of the Tigers' biggest targets left on the recruiting big board for the 2017 class.  Justin Foster is a big, fast player with a super high football IQ and a player that has attracted offers from all over the Power Five over the past 3 seasons on the gridiron for the Chargers of Crest High School in Shelby, NC.

At present, Justin told us it is down to a final three of Clemson, UGA and Tennessee, with the nearby Tigers seeming to have held an edge here for quite some time.  Mainly due to the comfort factor that comes with having a big sister already graduate from Clemson and his ability to be able to make it down for games in a non-recruiting atmosphere, allowing Justin to take in Clemson from another perspective that a lot of recruits do not get. And who better to help you acclimate and give you the low-down than a sibling.  

As of today, it's still status quo from the Foster camp in regards to a leader, citing all three schools as even and hinting at a possible commitment in the near future.  Stay tuned, as CUTigers will update you on all of the latest news when it comes to Justin and his recruitment. 

Now, when it comes to Friday Night Lights in Shelby and Crest High School, you could not find a better setting for the hometown Chargers to step into. The confines of Sid-Bryson Stadium were packed with fans from all around Shelby to support the local boys in their game with Rutherfordton-Spindale Central, a team that showed a lot of speed in their backfield, and a team coming in with the upset in mind.  On this night, it was a defensive struggle throughout the first half with both teams scoring and holding each other at bay.  But it did not take long before the hometown team took charge this night, wearing down the smaller school with its roster and depth. Foster's Crest team ultimately took home a 23-14 win.  

The Chargers are once again trying to reach the playoffs and get back to the North Carolina State Championship to defend its 2015 title.  So far this year, they've only suffered a single loss in the first game of the season versus South Pointe (Rock Hill. SC) and have since won four straight. So enjoy the photos below, and if you are ever in the Shelby area on a fall Friday Evening, get on over to Crest High School on a game night and see how they do Friday Night Lights!  

CUTigers would like to thank Crest High School Head Coach Will Clark and Principal Holly Robinson for their hospitality and access to the game. 

Photo by Gary McDaniel

Justin Foster Crest High School (Shelby, NC) 


Foster took the time to get on camera and talk to CUTigers right after the Chargers' big win against Rutherfordton-Spindale Central. 




****2017 Commits Friday Night Lights 



Brice went 8-of-14 through the air for 180 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-0 win.



Rodgers caught eight passes for 251 yards and four touchdowns as Knoxville Catholic (TN)  beat Belfry 45-20. Rodgers had TD’s of 82 and 52 yards. 






Higgins returned two punts for touchdowns of 66 and 53 yards and caught a 4-yard touchdown.




Johnson completed 14-of-34 passes for 196 yards and three touchdowns and also rushed for another 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in a 29-28 overtime win over Westfield. 







****Louisville Visitors 

With this week’s big-time top-5 matchup, the Clemson staff will be looking to bring in a top list of regional and national recruits in to see the Tigers and the Cardinals to see the highly anticipated Watson and Jackson duel next Saturday. This visitor list will be an expanding one and will grow exponentially by week’s end, so stay tuned here to CUTigers.com and the Recruiting Radar Screen forum for all the updates!  At present, we can confirm the following prospects are all scheduled to attend this Saturday’s showdown. 

Trevor Lawrence 2018 QB

Dakereon Joyner 2018 ATH

Derion Kendrick 2018 ATH

Xavier Thomas DE 2018

Xavier McKinney 2017 DB

Nana Asiedu OT 2018 

Derrick Allen 2018 Safety

James Mitchell 2018 TE

Quavian White 2018 ATH

Devyn Ford  2019 RB

Owen Pappoe 2019 LB


****Who’s Left on the Board for 2017











****CJ Avery Vist


Top defensive back prospect C.J. Avery has set his Clemson game day Official Visit, and he is all set to be in Tiger Town November 4th through the end of the weekend of the Syracuse game.  Avery is one of the last few DB targets on the 2017 radar, with just one spot left on the recruiting big board for the 2017 class. It's first come, first serve to the next DB prospect that commits to the 2017 Clemson class.  


****This Week’s Tweets:













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