With the annual Dabo Swinney Camp coming up soon here at outset of June, I thought I would take a moment to discuss how these camps can affect a prospect's recruitment and the exposure that can be garnered in this environment.
At Dabo's camp held on campus at Clemson, it's a chance for high school kids both on the Clemson radar and off to showcase their skill sets directly in front of the Clemson staff as they administer the camp skill drills. This time in the trenches and under the watchful eyes of a college coaching staff is something you cannot duplicate in any other camp.
Clemson uses this chance to get under-the-radar up-and-comers on the campus and see if they are offer worthy. Clemson has used this strategy many times in the past to get the early jump on a player's pending preference order by being the first to offer. Usually, it's after a camp stop that alerted the staff to the player's skill set, abilities and, most of all, potential.
There are numerous skills camps of the national variety in Nike's The Opening and Under Armour's regional camps, like the one we at CUTigers.com visited last week in Charlotte, where players can gain status nationally in a hurry with a great showing in their individual scores for skills or in the one-on-ones that can get as competitive as you will see. Clemson commit Derion Kendrick made a statement of his own with his performance in Charlotte, as he was without a doubt the top WR prospect, if not the top player overall in attendance that day.
Clemson WR Commit Derion Kendrick
There are also the regional camps run by local and state-level talent development coaches like the upcoming SC Elite EPT Skills camp in Columbia on Sunday. CUTigers.com will be on hand there as well, with several Clemson commits and targets expected to attend. So stay tuned, as we cover these camps over the last few weeks of May and into June!
****Big-Time LB Names Top 10
Grayson, GA 2019 LB prospect Owen Pappoe, potentially the #1 LB in the nation for that cycle, has announced his top ten list and, as expected, Clemson has made the cut. However, I don’t expect the Tigers to last this one out. Sources put him into a uniform in the state of Florida, most likely FSU from what we have gathered. But anything can happen in the next two years. National Signing Day 2019 is a long way off, so stay tuned here to CUTigers.com as we continue to monitor Pappoe's recruitment and apprise you of the latest developments!
****Legacy RB Names Clemson in Top 5
As expected, Clemson has made the final five for 3-star 2018 RB Devon Lawrence, brother of star Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1778843-south-s-n...
Click on the link for Devon's highlights and more from Scout Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark!
****New WR Offer Talks Clemson
Clemson is once again in the Lone Star State extending offers--this time on the offensive side of the ball, as the Tigers offer WR Taye Barber, a player with a host of offers from all over and one to watch moving forward. We reached out to Taye to get his thoughts on the offer and whether he plans to visit Clemson in the near future.
CU: What can you say about the recent Clemson offer?
TB: "It’s a huge and exciting offer. I was so speechless!"
CU: What coaches are you communicating with at Clemson?
TB: "I talk to Coach Conn & Coach V from Clemson.”
CU: When do you plan on visiting Clemson?
TB: "I plan on making a visit with my mom sometime this summer.”
CU: What is it about Clemson that intrigues you the most ?
TB: "What intrigues me the most about Clemson is they're big on a family culture and their drive to win football games and championships. And building their football players up as men!”
****RB Target Set to Announce, Awaiting Clemson Offer
Clemson has yet to offer, but Master Teague has stated that if the Tigers were to offer, it would factor greatly in the Volunteer State product's decision. At present, he is trending heavy to the SEC Tigers that reside on the plains of Alabama. Stay tuned, though, as that offer from Clemson could drop at any time and things could get interesting in a hurry. As of today, we have him pegged to the SEC, as South Carolina also has some leverage after Auburn. There lots of depth issues on the Gamecocks' roster at the RB position to sell, and that has kept them in the mix.
****Clemson Offers Jumbo FL Athlete with Clemson Ties
Clemson reached into the Sunshine State and offered Taylor Upshaw, brother of current Clemson walk-on Regan Upshaw. They are both sons of former NFL defensive end Regan Upshaw, the #12 overall pick in the 1996 Draft out of Cal who spent a career in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Stay tuned, as Upshaw is a jumbo athlete that could transition to another position if he were to accept the Clemson offer. He also cites offers from Oklahoma, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Louisville, Oregon, Arizona, Cal, Pitt, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and many more.
****Tigers Offer South Florida DB
Clemson dipped into the Sunshine State again, deep into South Florida to offer DB prospect Kevin Austin out of North Broward Prep in Ft. Lauderdale. Austin is a Florida kid and, at present, it's an in-state race between FSU and Florida race. But this is Coach Venables's territory, and never count him out of a South Florida DB’s mind. Case in point, Mackenzie Alexander, Adrian Baker and Jayron Kearse, just to name a few. He went into South Florida after the aforementioned stars and beat out the local schools.