Signing Day Targets: Defensive End

If you are a true football fan, you know how important it is to have a strong defensive line. Today, we turn the focus to the defensive end position, as we look at all of the prospects currently looking in the Tigers' direction.

DE Eric Young (6'3, 260, 4.8) Union HS
Eric Young is likely one of the top three prospects in the state of South Carolina, and a whole range of schools have moved in with a scholarship offer. Clemson, South Carolina, Virginia, and Florida have all offered the two-way standout, and coach Stockstill is the Tiger coach hot on the recruiting trail with this standout athlete.

The Tigers like him best at defensive end, simply because he is so quick off the ball. Some reports have seen Young get right below 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also has excellent upper body strength, as he's already able to bench almost 300 lbs.

This will likely be another instate recruiting war between South Carolina and the Tigers, but with all the attention this young athlete is starting to receive, both schools will have to fight off the likes of Tennessee, Florida, and other schools on a national level.

Young has already planned on camping at Clemson and South Carolina this summer.

DE Chris Boyd (6'2, 260, 4.7) DeSoto, Texas
Chris Boyd of DeSoto, Texas is another great defensive end from one of the top football programs in the great state of Texas. He could be moved to defensive tackle, but he has great quickness and speed to be a dominant defensive end.

Last season, Boyd registered 45 tackles, 12 for loss, and two sacks. He also projects as a full qualifier.

A whole range of schools are in the mix early on, including Clemson, Stanford, Texas, Washington, Michigan, and Southern Cal. Several reports have Stanford being his early leader.

Bryan Wilson (6-2,220,4.62) Potomac, Maryland
As one of the top pass-rushers in the state of Maryland, Wilson registered 14 quarterback sacks as a junior. Following the season, he was a first team All-Conference pick and an Honorable Mention all-state pick.

Wilson indicated on a questionnaire that his early favorites are Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Maryland, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

DE Julian Riley (6-3,237,4.8) St. Petersburg, Florida
Julian Riley returns as one of the top defensive end prospects in the state of Florida, registering 44 tackles, 18 for loss, 13 sacks, and 12 pressures as a junior.

On a questionnaire, Riley said his early favorites are those two plus Miami, Florida State, Florida, and Clemson. He has already received scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, and Iowa. This kid will likely start bringing in many more offers soon, and it might be tough to get him out of Florida.

The defensive line will be somewhat of a priority next season, and it seems likely that the Tigers will sign up to three prospects, pending on the talent level available of course.

Eric Young certainly represents the cream of the crop in South Carolina, and he'll continue to be the focal point of the Tigers' recruiting efforts in-state.

It wouldn't suprise me at all to see Clemson go out of state to fill the needs at defensive end this year.

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