****Big-Time LB to Visit
This week, one of the most sought-after prospects on the east coast is planning to make his first trip back to Clemson since last summer. Teradja Mitchell is a player the Tigers' defense has targeted and had their eyes on since early in the recruiting process. The Maryland product was last on campus for his only visit late last summer on a whirlwind tour of schools with his coaches. He stopped in on Clemson but missed the chance that day to meet Coach Dabo Swinney.
Coach Brent Venables has personally sunk his teeth into the recruitment of this top-5 linebacker in the 2018 class. And if the past results are any barometer, you have to like the Tigers' odds when Coach V gets his eyes on a player he covets. He has really put a lot of effort into making sure Mitchell is aware he is a priority target for the Tigers in the 2018 class.
Mitchell will be bringing his family with him this weekend and receive the Orange Carpet treatment he missed out on last year. He'll also get to see the Football Ops Center that was completed since his last visit. Say tuned, as Mitchell just returned from Ohio State and has a laundry list of schools on his radar, including FSU. We will keep you updated on Mitchell’s recruitment moving forward, and we can add that Mitchell has hinted on a pre-summer commitment.
****Elite SC Training Academy Holds Its Annual Camp
It’s that time of year again. Skills camps and combines are popping up all over the map about every weekend. And the state of South Carolina has the luxury of having its own yearly series started by CFL and Arena League Alumnus, Coach Ramon Robinson, and his Elite Position Training Academy.
This year's event will be held at Ridgeview High School in Columbia, SC, and CUTigers.com will be there to cover the event and report on the prospects the Tigers have on site to compete that day. The event is headlined by a who’s-who of SC and NC prospects and attendees, including Clemson commits Josh Belk and Jake Venables, along with several Clemson prospects like Stephon Wynn and Zacch Pickens. QB Ben Batson will also be there. The son of Clemson Strength and Conditioning Coach Joey Batson is transferring from Daniel High School to Dorman for his senior year and is considered one of the most underrated quarterbacks in this draft class. Over the past four years, Robinson and his staff of coaches have put on the premier skills camp in the Carolinas, bar none. It's free to attend, and if you want to get your football fix this weekend I suggest you make the trip!
Clemson RB Tavien Feaster, Coach Ramon Robison and Clemson QB Kelly Bryant
If you have time, get out there and check out the event. And if you have a son who is interested in participating, use the info below to reach out to Coach Robinson, who is the same coach that tutors and trained Clemson QB Kelly Bryant along with a number of Clemson Palmetto State recruits who have trained with his Elite Academy. Also, former Clemson Defensive Tackle Rashaad Jackson is one of the Elite coaches, and there is big Clemson connection to Coach Robinson’s alumni and future stars. Coach Robinson has been responsible for personally coaching and developing over two dozen QB’s in the past three years from unknown high schools players to offer recipients, including many starting quarterbacks at colleges all over the country.
FBS Offered Players set to Attend:
Steven Gilmore Jr
Elite Position Training, a 501C-3 company, presents the 2017 Football Skills Showcase for the best high school QB, WR, RB, OL, DL, LB, and DB talent in South Carolina. Elite Position Training, founded by Ramon Robinson, and assisted in coaching by Vice President Bobby McGowens, Director of Player Personnel ChaChi Sullivan, and Director of Scouting Rashaad Jackson, train and create opportunities for this talent to be showcased nationally, assisting student athletes in obtaining college athletic scholarships.
May 21st marks the 3rd year for the EPT Skills Showcase featuring the Best of the Best in SC football with 150 athletes personally invited to showcase themselves in front of the top recruiting groups in the nation. Our showcase began in 2015, held at Spartanburg High with 120 athletes. Of those 120 athletes, 22 have since gone on to play college football. The following athletes are from the 2015 showcase: QB Yafari Werts (Georgia Southern), DB Nick McCloud (NC State), DB Troy Pride (Notre Dame), DB Mike Murphy (Western Carolina), LB Lane Jones (SC State), WR Bailey Rogers (Furman), QB David Isreal (West Virginia), QB Cole Douglas (Dartmouth), DB KJ Chamberlain (App State), WR Braxton Westfield (James Madison), WR Jayson Hopper (Clemson) , QB Collin Sneed (Palmetto Prep), DB Jeremiah Bogan (Elon), DB Khris Pam (Presbyterian), WR Dorian Lindsey (Wofford) , WR Malik Grate (Wake Forest), QB Austin Scott (Eastern Kentucky), QB Donnie Baker (North Greenville) , RB Slade Carroll (Charleston Southern), DB Jasper Fuller (Citadel), DB Cameron Wrice (North Greenville), and DB David Johnson (Tusculum). In 2016, we held the showcase at Newberry College with 160 athletes athletes attending and 32 of these athletes are going to play football in college. The following athletes attended the showcase in Newberry: OL Noah Hannon (App State), DB Tank Robinson (East Carolina), QB Jay Urich (South Carolina), WR OrTre Smith (South Carolina) , DL Chrishawn Wilson (UNC Charlotte), DB Kerroyn Richardson (Georgia State), OL Cameron Williams (Newberry), DB Akyah Miranda (Army), QB Jalen Fowler (NC A&T), DL Miles Turmon (NC Central), WR Malik Williams (App State), QB Jackson Williamson (Miami of Ohio), LB Shai Thomas (Gardner Webb), DB Diniche Ashe (Independence CC), OL Andrew Stoney (Limestone), DB Sean Thomas Faulkner (Citadel), RB Will Drawdy (Wake Forest), QB Patrick McClure (Jacksonville), QB/ATH Kameron Burton (Coastal Carolina), WR Cam Burnette (Furman) , DB Nick Truesdale (Newberry), OL Jackson Ward (Limestone), LB Chris Evans (Coastal Carolina), WR Jordan McDaniel (Palmetto Prep), WR Keith Pearson (Presbyterian), QB Dre Harris (Newberry), DL Houston Brantley (Wingate), and DL Matthew Morrison (St. Augustine), OL JT Melton (Charleston Southern), DB Lummie Young (Duke), WR Kale Rhame (Charleston Southern), and WR Jyston Kendrick (Georgia Military). The exposure of the showcase allows players to get recognized by local and national recruiting services such as Rivals, 247Sports, Scout, XOS, QBHitList, Under the Radar, CUTigers.com, TheBigSpur, GamecockCentral.com, High School Blitz, SEC Country, and Sports Talk. Jason Pughe with XOS and Under Armour Game/Camp Selection Committee will be in attendance to scout for potential invites for the upcoming Under Armour Baltimore Camp on June 4th.
We are now holding our 3rd Annual Showcase in Columbia, SC at Ridgeview High School, a central location for all attendees in the state of South Carolina. Registration will begin at 8:30am, followed by a slideshow with the history of the Showcase, an Academic Q&A session with an NCAA counselor, and Chalk Talk in the classroom for all athletic participants. This showcase will focus on positional instruction by coaches, 1 on 1 drills, and 7 on 7 sessions. Coaches will be former collegiate and professional football players that will take your talent to the next level. There will be Top 10 Finishers at each position and the Top 5 will be recognized throughout the camp. There will be plenty of opportunities to gain exposure, as various sports writers from locations throughout the country, as well as, local will be in attendance.
Invite only registration for the showcase will be done online through www.elitepositiontraining.com. Invitations have been sent and due to the number accepted in each slot, athletes at each position have until the end of April to secure your spot. If not registered by May 1, your slot will be given to the next player on the waiting list. The registration fee is $115 and can be completed online through the link above. Final registration will end May 14th.
We encourage all invites to have a healthy breakfast before arriving at the showcase. Snacks and fluids will be provided throughout the day. QBs will be required to bring their own footballs. All invites will need to bring their cleats. We will be provided dri-fit jersey top, shorts, and socks supplied by Adidas.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you in May!
Elite Position Training
For questions contact Ramon Robinson at (864) 437-3391
****The Clemson vs OSU Battle for “Mount” Carman
The Tigers are trying to put together a class for the ages this recruiting season, and a huge piece to that class, if they can land him, is mammoth offensive tackle Jack Carman from Ohio. Carman left Clemson a few weeks ago enamored with the Tigers--so much so that he named Clemson his new leader over longtime in-state favorite and recruiting powerhouse Ohio State, shocking analysts all around the recruiting world and really causing some issues in Ohio.
This week Carman returned to Columbus and visited the Buckeyes and Coach Urban Meyer. He has since reported that the two Fiesta Bowl foes are now “even." Reading the recruiting tea leaves, if this holds for the summer it's a good sign for the Tigers to hold serve here and not lose that advantage and appeal it gained during his recent visit.
With the All In Cookout set for July, you can expect the Tigers to get the big man out of Ohio back in the upstate of South Carolina and in the rolling hills of Pickens County to see another side of how Clemson operates and the family atmosphere Coach Swinney touts and wears on his sleeve.
This one will go down to the very end, with both schools showing Jackson why he is their priority. But a recent statement that he would like to play out of state and his affinity for the Clemson brand after the last trip should give the Tigers the confidence they need to continue to recruit Jackson with the fervor and passion they do when they feel an advantage. It gives them an entirely different approach and the role in which they feel more comfortable.
****Tigers and WRU Making Strides with Alabama WR
Justyn Ross (Photo by Jason Caldwell)
Clemson just received a visit from high 4-star WR Justyn Ross, the #1 player in the state of Alabama. Ross has an offer list anyone in the country would covet, with in-state powers Alabama, Auburn and the rest of the Power Five all lined up, including the Defending National Champions. Ross has quite the decision to start thinking about over the next few months. His recent trip to Clemson has opened his eyes to what the back-to-back ACC Champs have to offer, and the player that was thought to be a two-team, in-state battle has let it be known that Clemson has arrived and now challenged these two perennial SEC powerhouses for the uber athletic and rangy WR from the Yellow Hammer State. Stay tuned, as we continue to track this recruitment, another one we feel is worth keeping track of. Ross is mentioned as having a Sammy Watkins type of skill set. He's a rare athlete if that is the case, and Clemson can point to Watkins leaving Florida and the pull of the 3 big schools in that state to sign with Clemson back in 2011.
****Clemson Offers One of 2019’s Best
Clemson strolls into Louisiana and offers Amrite native Ishmael Sopsher, arguably the #1 DT in the 2019 class. Stay tuned, as we are tracking this offer. The Clemson staff feel they can get the 6'4, 294-pounder on campus in the near future. Again, a big-time offer in a hostile recruiting territory. LSU never loses on many in-state kids, and the Tigers of Clemson are now invading the Bayou on a regular basis after snagging big-time RB Travis Etienne out of nearby Jennings.
****New Big-Time Offer
Sopsher isn't the only Louisiana prospect in the Clemson staff's sites. The Tigers also went into the bayou country in the back yard of perennial recruiting power LSU and offered current Bayou Bengal commit Kelvin Joseph.
Kelvin had this to say to us about the Clemson offer:
"The offer was a true blessing because not everyone gets offered by the top school like that. Yes, I will plan a visit to Clemson. It interests me a lot because it has been to back-to-back championships."
This once again shows the power of the Paw and how being nationally relevant and prominent with back-to-back championship appearances and a national title can get you the street cred to step in and offer committed players in the heart of another school's recruiting territory. Stay tuned, as we monitor this recruitment here at CUTigers.com! A visit may be forthcoming soon, and we are tracking this one for sure as it has serious legs.
****New DT Offer
Tigers reach into the Tar Heel State and offer up-and-coming DT Alim McNeill out of Sanderson High in Raleigh. Coach Robbie Caldwell is the recruiter of record here, as he is charged with Central and Eastern NC as one of his recruiting territories. McNeill reminds me of another diamond in the rough--an under-the-radar DT Caldwell signed 3 years ago in Jarbril Robinson. Stay tuned, as this one is just starting to take shape, and the young DT out of NC is starting to really pick up steam with staffs all over the southeast.
We spoke with McNeill about the offer and what it means to him.
CU: Tell us the offer from the National Champs means?
AM: "This offer means a lot to me.”
CU: What was your take from the visit and what you saw?
AM: "This is a great program all around, and I'm looking forward to learning more about it.”
CU: When are you planning to return to campus for another visit?
AM: "I will be visiting April 29th."
****4-Star WR Names Top 5
Longtime Clemson WR offer Jordyn Adams, son of UNC DL Coach Deke Adams, released a top five this week, and, as expected, the Tigers of Clemson made the list. "I love what they've done over the past few years and what they're building for the future," said Adams about Clemson. The Tigers' staff has cooled on Adams a bit--having a lot to do with his father now on the UNC staff and Clemson’s recent offers to a few other elite and more highly regarded prospects out of the region. But this is recruiting, and with that offer still on the table and summer coming on, you never know in recruiting. Right now, however, I have UNC leading for the hybrid type wide receiver.