****Coaches Hit the Road for May Evaluations
Coaches Jeff Scott, Dabo Swinney, Brandon Streeter and wives on their way to the NFL Draft in Philly after a week of in-school visits all over the map.
Spring practice is a wrap, and it’s that time of year again. The Orange & White Game is concluded, and the fans are shifting their focus to the #3 Clemson Baseball team. But it’s just the start to a super busy summer schedule for this staff of ace recruiters.
First off, here in late April the staff will hit the road and get an early start on the May evaluation period. This is a series of weeks from April to May that the staffs from schools all over the nation get out to the local, regional and national high school programs to check in on prospects and coaches, looking to find that hidden gem or transfer yet to be discovered.
It's also a time to solidify and shore up relationships, some that can go back years and decades, and those relationships with high school coaches turn out to be the deciding factors more often than not.
These trips are very important to the staffs to keep these relationships up, cultivate new ones and find new territory to branch into. And after the National Title and all that comes with it, a better year and opportunity could not have presented itself. This year, the staff is reaching into the deep south of Louisiana and Texas, expanding up the eastern seaboard and mid-west into Ohio and other states the staff would never dare venture in days past. These days it's status quo to see this staff in places like New Jersey, Kansas, Louisiana,Texas, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, and virtually all over the recruiting map.
The Tigers are using this National Title as a springboard to building potentially the best Clemson recruiting class of all time and may challenge for #1 in the nation if the recruiting pins fall in the right order for the Orange-clad Tigers from Clemson.
Stay tuned right here to the Recruiting Radar and CUTigers.com for all your recruiting news, 2018 and beyond!
****New Offer in Virginia
Virginia is a state that has produced a lot of talent for the Tigers, and as recently as the 2017 class, Clemson has signed 4-star DE Jordan Williams from the Virginia Beach and Tidewater area. Tajh Boyd, of course, was also from the area. This is a region that is well known for its FBS talent and is a pipeline to ACC and SEC schools all over the recruiting map.
Well the Tigers have dipped back into Virginia to offer 2019 safety Litchfield Ajavon out of Alexandria. Litchfield had the chance to visit Clemson this past weekend and is seeing his stock rise regionally, with offers from UGA, UNC, Michigan, Mich State, Syracuse and Notre Dame along with in-state schools UVA and Virginia Tech. He can now add the Defending National Champs to his growing list. This mid-Atlantic prospect will have a laundry list of schools from which to choose as he awaits his signing day in 2019.
Stay tuned here to CUTigers.com as we continue to follow this intriguing new offer as his recruitment heats up!
****Newest DL Offer to Take Visit Sooner Than Expected
The Tigers recently expanded their big board for 2018 at defensive tackle and included newly offered Tar Heel State product Alim McNeill, a player who is blowing up with an offer list that is expanding literally as I type this. It's a list that already includes powerhouses from the ACC, SEC and Power Five from all over the country. So far, the big man has offers from FSU, Florida, UNC, Michigan, Louisville, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and many more, including the National Champions.
Now on the heels of his recent offers from the Tigers, Alim has confirmed to us that he will visit Clemson this weekend to bring his mom and family to campus and experience the Tigers' version of southern hospitality.
Take a look at his HUDL highlights below, and see for yourself why the Tigers and a host of others seem to think McNeill is offer worthy.
****Tigers Offer Big-Time Texas WR
The Tigers are back in the Lone Star State again, this time offering top-tier WR prospect Brennan Eagles, who recently visited Clemson after a recent skills camp stop in Atlanta last week. Eagles left town very impressed with what he saw and was fortunate enough to have his mother in tow. The Clemson staff extended Eagles an offer to join their 2018 class shortly thereafter. Eagles, who has a who’s-who list of offers, is expected to be back on the Pickens County campus later this summer, possibly for Dabo's much-heralded All In Cookout in July. Stay tuned as we keep up with yet another intriguing 2018 WR offer out there. This offer and Justyn Ross out of Alabama may be a pick 'em here with just the one WR spot left on the 2018 big board.
****Clemson Recruiting of Kickers and Punters
B.K. Potter of South Pointe (Rock Hill, SC)
There is a lot of interest in who will replace veteran punter Andy Teasdall in the upcoming 2017 season. The staff is looking to add another place kicker, and with such a small class in 2018, the staff is looking to add a preferred walk-on here rather than spend a valuable scholarship on the position with spots at such a premium.
The staff is looking toward last year's walk-on in Will Spiers to lead the team in the punting department, and they have put a lot of time into recruiting in-state kicker B.T. Potter out of South Pointe High School in Rock Hill. Potter has made numerous trips to Clemson and has made it no secret that he grew up a Clemson fan and has an affinity for the opportunity to wear the Orange and White.
Stay tuned, as Potter has a huge leg and is really picking up steam in the region. An offer from that other in-state school may develop in time, as the Gamecocks have a few more scholarships to offer. If that does indeed transpire, this recruitment could take a quick turn in the other direction, but as of today it's Clemson that is the apple of Potter’s eye.
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