****Summer is Heating Up
Well summer is here, graduations are taking place all over and the Clemson football players are about ready to start their voluntary summer workouts. The staff is getting ready for an influx of middle school to high school campers to the tune of anywhere from 1,500- 2,000 kids in the span of 2 weeks. You can also expect to see a lot of prospects that the Tigers covet to attend and compete in this year's installment of the Dabo Swinney Camp.
We will have a list of expected 2018, 2019 and 2020 recruits that are expected to trip into Pickens County and attend. Until then, stay tuned right here to the Recruiting Radar and CUTigers.com for the latest in Clemson recruiting!
****EPT Memorial Day Workout with Clemson QB Kelly Bryant and 2018 TE Commit
Clemson Starting QB and EPT Alum Kelly Bryant
CUTigers.com was the only media outlet invited to the EPT "Memorial Day Grind,” an event EPT Founder Ramon Robinson and his staff of ace coaches put together to showcase their recent college QB and WR signees and pair them with some of their best up-and-comers. This was truly a special day, as QB’s and EPT alums attending now have college scholarships at the FBS level and even the Power Five.
Players representing Clemson, South Carolina, West Virginia, Georgia Southern, UAB, App State, Coastal Carolina and many more were there to compete and drill against each other on this day.
EPT alum and designated post-spring Clemson starting QB Kelly Bryant showed up to work out and train for the upcoming season and had Clemson sophomore WR Diondre Overton in tow with him as he arrived. Bryant was crisp and sharp and showed the zip on the ball he had prior to his injury on the 1st play of the Orange and White Game in April. Kelly showed us in person why he is the penciled in as the starter for the upcoming season in Clemson.
Overton was there to shag balls as the go-to WR in the QB drills, and the first thing you see when looking at Diondre is the noticeable weight gain and muscle he has added to his 6’5 frame. I spoke with him and asked him about this change and how it was going to affect his game moving forward. He told us it should make a big difference in competing for those 50-50 balls. “I plan on winning a lot of those this year.“ The Tigers had arguably the best WR in the nation last season in Mike Williams, who was as physical as it gets and made a living on making catches in traffic. Overton hopes to take over that role in the Tigers' offense in 2017, and working with Kelly Bryant all summer will help him realize that goal.
This was truly a confirmation that EPT, which has been training players in the Palmetto State since 2011, is making a huge difference. In years past, this state was lucky to produce one Division I QB per year. EPT has been helping to change that with its strategy of exposing and developing these prospects at a higher level than ever before, while also emphasizing the importance of academics.
EPT has increasingly opened the state up to more FBS recruiters making the rounds on the sidelines of the Palmetto State. I can personally attest to that, as I have been there myself and seen these coaches come to look at EPT alums as they play throughout the state.
While I was there, I also had the opportunity to see 2018 Clemson TE commit and local product Braden Galloway from Seneca, a player that is intriguing a lot of Clemson fans and recruiting analysts. He has only one season of football underneath him, coming from a basketball background, so he's a player with undeveloped football skills and a ton of athleticism for an player of his size. Galloway is a true 6’4 and has the frame to pack on the pounds to play the position inside when needed, but he has the speed and abilities to be a matchup nightmare in the mold of past Clemson TE’s like Dwayne Allen, Brandon Ford and Jordan Legget, who was recently drafted and will follow his predecessors to the NFL.
Clemson had another prospect participating in 2018 preferred walk-on QB Bubba Williamson, who spurned a few offers to walk on and compete at Clemson, his dream school. It's the second time in as many weeks I have seen Williamson on the practice fields, and he’s got a rocket arm with great mechanics. He’s about 6'1 and 185 pounds at this point and could come in and find a spot on the special teams to start his career. Going into 2018, Clemson will have a luxury of QB’s to choose from, and Williamson, who has offers from several schools, will be just one of those many options.
2018 Clemson TE Commit Braden Galloway
2018 Clemson Preferred Walk-On QB Bubba Williamson
****EPT "Memorial Day Grind” Video Clips
EPT WR Coach Bobby McGowens instructing his crew of college and high school level WR’s:
****New 2019 DE Offer in Florida
Clemson and Brent Venables reached into South Florida to offer Broward County 2019 DE prospect Braylen Ingraham, a player that is busy collecting offers from all over the Power Five map. In addition to the Defending National Champs, he holds offers from in-state powerhouses FSU and Florida to go along with Alabama, LSU, UGA, Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon and many more.
It's very early in his recruitment, but FSU and in-state rival Florida seem to have the main attention of the Dillard High School star for now. Outside of the Sunshine State, it's Ohio State and now Clemson that have garnered his view, as he is expected to trip to both in the coming weeks. We had the chance to speak with Braylen, and here is what he had to tell us about the Clemson offer.
CU: Tell us about the Clemson offer and what it means to you
BI: "I was really excited to get the offer from Clemson.”
CU: Are you aware of the Clemson brand and their appeal to the NFL?
BI: ”Yes, I'm aware of the Clemson WRU brand. They had many great players such as Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins, Mike Williams and many more.”
CU: What is it about Clemson that intrigues you the most?
BI: "The education program and their style of play.“
CU: Are you planning to visit Clemson anytime soon?
BI: “Yes, I'm planning to go up to Clemson sometime in June.”
CU: If you had to compare yourself to a college or NFL player, who would it be?
BI: "I would compare myself to Jadeveon Clowney."
****Dabo Swinney Camp Next Week
Clemson WR Tee Higgins with Dabo Swinney at last year's camp
Summer is here, and with the start of June, you know it's summer camp season. Dabo Swinney’s camp is always a show-stopper with the amount of FBS talent that makes its way to the northwestern corner of SC each and every year. This year's camp will be a little different than the past, however, as the new NCAA rules preclude high school coaches from participating--to the angst of Dabo, Nick Saban and many other highly regarded college coaches.
Clemson and Dabo have used high school coaches from all over the state and within the Clemson recruiting footprint for years at these camps. The new change now has the staff bringing in FCS staffs to help administer the camp. Although it's an inconvenience to the Clemson coaching staff and the high school coaches that have benefited form these camps for years, the FCS presence is allowing a lot of perceived “fringe prospects" to now get in the eyes of these other coaching staffs. This should add to the intrigue of who shows up and at what level they will compete. So an unexpected twist could actually benefit the staff as well. But the relationships built with the high school staffs will be a missed dynamic in our opinion, as for years that paid dividends repeatedly in Clemson's recruiting efforts.
We will have a complete list of expected attendees for you, and a ton of big-time recruits are expected--both to compete and just to visit the facilities and see the coaches work on the practice fields of Jervey Meadows.
So stay tuned right here, as CUTigers will be on hand at both high school mid-week sessions to report on the recruits and commits in attendance!
Clemson LB Mike Jones, Jr. at last summer's Dabo Swinney Camp
High School Camp Session 1: June 6-8, 2017 (Rising 8th-12th graders for Fall of 2017)
High School Camp Session 2: June 13-15, 2017 (Rising 8th-12th graders for Fall of 2017)