As the 2017 version of the Tigers make the turn for Spring Break, the staff and their recruiting continue to tick up as the May evaluation period is fast approaching.
With already six commits in the very tight and limited 2018 class, the staff is scrambling to get as many top-tier targets into campus for a visit prior to making their annual trek out to their respective recruiting territories and visiting local and regional high school campuses all over the map.
A lot went down in the past week, and we go over all of it inside this week’s Radar. A huge commitment went down on Friday night out of the blue, a new offer goes out to the nation's top DE and #2 overall prospect for the 2018 class and Clemson ascended to the top of a certain Sunshine State wide receiver's list of top teams. All of that and more indie this week’s Radar! So stay tuned right here to CUTigers.com and the Recruiting Radar for all your weekly news and intel!
****Mascoll Commits to CLEMSON
On Friday night, Clemson was surprised with a commitment from Georgia native and Scout top 300 member Justin Mascoll. He's a player that is no stranger to the Clemson campus, having attended multiple games going back to the 2016 season and prior. Justin has built a long-standing relationship with Defensive Coordiantor Brent Venables. Prior to his departure, Coach Marion Hobby led the way in Mascoll’s recruitment, and now with the newly hired Todd Bates on staff, Justin has already acclimated to the change and embraced it.
With Mascoll, the staff is getting a quick-twitch, really fast off the line, pass rusher. Able to get past offensive linemen with ease in high school, Justin will need to work on strength and his technique to hold off larger players he will face in the ACC, the #1 football conference of 2016.
Justin makes commit number six for the Tigers so far in this very selective and small 2018 class that is shaping up to be possibly the most talented class in Clemson history. We have reached out and can confirm that Mascoll’s commitment has not affected the recruitment of either Xavier Thomas or K.J. Henry, two high-profile defensive ends the Tigers have had high on their wish list for a very long time.
Mascoll chose he Tigers over FSU and in-state Georgia, which has been long rumored to be the favorite. Along with the aforementioned teams, a host of SEC and ACC offers have been laid on the table to boot, including Alabama, Miami, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, UNC and South Carolina, among others.
****Tigers Offer Nation's Top DE
Clemson reached into the Keystone State and offered the nation's #1 defensive end and #2 overall prospect in the 2018 Scout 300, current Penn State commit Micah Parsons.
Clemson had been reaching out to Parsons over the past few weeks to gain interest and set up a potential visit to Pickens County. Parsons actually confirmed and then backed out of a recent trip for the latest Junior Day held just 2 weeks ago.
This is a very intriguing development now that Clemson has accepted the commitment of DE Justin Mascoll and is vigorously recruiting two other Scout 300 defensive ends in K.J. Henry and Xavier Thomas--two priority targets in whom the staff has invested a lot of time and effort.
With Parsons committed to Penn State, it's all gong to rely on whether the staff can get the big man to take the trip down south and see what the Defending National Champions have to offer. It's a very interesting situation playing out here, as the staff now has these 3 offers on the table and only 2 spots left in the 2018 class for a defensive end. Stay tuned, as we continue to track this one moving forward right here on the Radar!
****2018 RB Releases Interesting List of Top Schools
Recent Clemson visitor Master Teague is a player the staff is seriously considering and evaluating for a 2018 RB offer and the Tennessee resident has released his top schools in a very intriguing way via twitter.
Teague listed his top schools that have offered and another list of 4 schools that have yet to relay an offer. In our opinion, all four schools on the latter list would ascend to the top of Teague’s favorites if an offer is dropped on the table.
****Big-Time DT Darnell Jefferies Talks Tigers
CUTigers.com took the time to reach out to 2018 defensive tackle prospect and Peach State product Darnell Jefferies after his recent visit to Clemson to take in the Tigers' hospitality along with his family. Jefferies, who was making his 3rd trip to Clemson in as many weeks, has really started to blow up on recruiting boards all over the ACC and SEC. Here is what the big guy from Georgia had to say after his visit:
CU: Tell us about the Clemson visit and your thoughts on what you saw from facilities and the campus to practice?
DJ: "It was a really good day. I'd say the dorms, golf course, ate at one of the restaurant on campus, etc. I just wanted to hang out and take in some campus life. Of course, I also saw the new facilities again and they are really nice. We actually got to see the headstones being unveiled and the first scrimmage game of the year. It was a really, really good day all around.”
CU: What coaches do you speak to most and what are you hearing from them?
DJ: “Coach Bates and Coach Venables the most, but I hear from a lot of the staff. They are doing a great job of checking in on me. I enjoy talking to them. They mostly talk about me and how I am doing and they let me know I are always welcome at Clemson.”
CU: What is it that intrigues you most about Clemson and what put them on your personal radar?
DJ: “The authentic feel of everything! I take everyone who recruits me seriously, then I also return the favor by seriously considering if this is somewhere I can see myself for 3 to 4 years. So once it was clear I was on the radar, then they were on mine.”
CU: When do you plan on returning to campus?
DJ: “They have made it clear I am always welcome... so it will be soon!”
CU: If you could say you modeled your game after anyone, College or NFL, who would you say you play like or influences your game?
DJ: “ People compare me to Clowney a lot...I certainly take that as a huge compliment. I take pieces from several players: Clowney, Watt, Chancellor and two Clemson greats, Beasley and Jarrett."
Recent 2018 Clemson DE commit and training partner Justin Mascoll with fellow Peach State recruit Darnell Jefferies
****4-Star 2018 WR names Tigers as Leader
4-Star WR Jacob Copeland with WR Coach Jeff Scott at Dabo Swinney's camp last summer
Clemson was surprised with some good news out of the Sunshine State this week, when the top wide receiver prospect in the state for 2018, Jacob Copeland, revealed his new leader. Copeland now has Clemson at the top of his very elite list of college choices, one that include in-state Florida and Miami--both along with FSU have their eyes on the fast and smooth WR from Escambia High School.
Stay tuned, as we track Jacob and his dream of playing at WRU and if the Tigers can maintain this advantage and into signing day for 2018. The staff has very few wide receiver offers on the table for this select class, and with in-state Dennis Smith recently receiving an offer along with now North Carolina resident Jordyn Adams, Clemson has high interest in all 3, so it will be very intriguing to see how this all plays out.
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