DT Brandon Thompson
The nation's fourth-ranked defensive tackle had Clemson as his leader as he left camp last June. As other teams including Georgia Tech, LSU and Florida State made a strong push for the top defender but Thompson backed off a public leader as he worked his way through the recruiting process.
His Clemson official visit to Clemson has finally arrived as Thompson and his family will be in Tigertown over the weekend. The Tigers may have the final piece of the "Fab Four" as early as Sunday.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 85%
S Spencer Adams
One of the biggest needs in this recruiting class is at safety. The top safety on the board is Butler High's Spencer Adams. The nation's 12th-ranked safety is also one of the nation's top hurdlers. Track will play a major factor in Adams' decision. Clemson assistant track coach Charles Foster visited with Adams earlier this week.
Coach Billy Napier has built a strong relationship with Adams who will also be in Clemson this weekend for an official visit. The staff could push for a verbal commitment before he leaves Sunday. If it doesn't happen this weekend, it could come before the first of the year.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 80%
OL Dalton Freeman
Pelion standout Dalton Freeman has roamed the sidelines before Clemson games for the past three seasons where he could be found watching coach Brad Scott coach the Tigers' offensive line. The Tigers have been the team to beat all year long for Freeman. Florida State made a strong push, but his college destination has never been in doubt.
The Shrine Bowl standout is scheduled to take his official visit to Clemson on January 11. A commitment to the Tigers could come at any time.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 95%
RB Jamie Harper
The top running back on the board for the Tigers is Trinity Christian Academy's Jamie Harper. The nation's seventh-ranked RB has the power to run over defenders along with the speed to outrun anybody on the field.
Harper is scheduled to take his official visit to Clemson on January 11. Teammate Daniel Andrews will make his official visit that same weekend, along with good friend and former teammate Kyle Parker.
The Florida standout may wait until close to signing day to announce his commitment however the Tigers remain in good shape here. If today was signing day Harper would be signing with the Tigers but the Florida Gators must continue to be watched closely.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 70%
OL R.J. Mattes
Coach Billy Napier could win the recruiting battle for the second year in a row for North Carolina's top offensive lineman. Shrine Bowl standout R.J. Mattes camped at Clemson this summer and attended two big games in Death Valley this fall. Standing in the center of Death Valley made quite an impression on Mattes.
Virginia and North Carolina have already received official visits from the nation's 24th-ranked offensive tackle. Mattes is scheduled to take his official visit to Clemson on January 11. The Tigers are the team to beat for Mattes although he claims no leader.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 75%
OL Kenneth Page
For the past few years, the Clemson staff has done a great job of identifying the top talent in South Carolina early. The Tigers were on Page early and he spent a good bit of time the past few years in Death Valley. Coach Scott has worked hard over the past two years to keep Clemson at the top of this A.C. Flora standout's list.
Page has already taken official visits to Notre Dame and South Carolina. He is currently scheduled to take an official visit to Clemson on January 11. Two of the prospects that Page talks with frequently are Dalton Freeman and Daquan Bowers.
South Carolina is making a hard push here, but the Tigers continue to be in strong position.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 55%
LB Jerrell Harris
The nation's second-ranked WLB camped at Clemson last summer along with his future 5-star teammate Dre Kirkpatrick. Harris is the premier linebacker the Tigers have lacked for a long time. Coach Dabo Swinney visited with Harris on Thursday night and has kept the Tigers in the mix all season.
Last weekend Harris took his first official visit when he visited the left coast to see Southern California. A visit to Alabama is scheduled for this weekend. The Tigers are scheduled to get a visit in January as well as Auburn.
CUTigers.com reported last summer that Clemson was the team to beat if Harris leaves Alabama. That continues to be the case today. Auburn is the strongest competition for this star defender. A late commitment from Harris could push the Tigers to a top 10 recruiting class.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 35%
OT Antoine McClain
The nation's eighth-ranked offensive tackle has the Tigers among his top five as he prepares for his official visits. The Tigers are battling Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee for this Alabama standout.
Coach Swinney has done a great job keeping the Tigers in the mix even though McClain has never been to Clemson. The Tigers will get an official visit, but the date is not set at this time. The Tigers will need to blow away McClain during the official visit to allow the Tigers to overtake the four SEC powers.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 20%
WR A.J. Alexander
Clemson already has commitments from two top receivers, but the Tigers will gladly oversign for A.J. Alexander and his legit 4.3 speed. Alexander has an aunt that lives in South Carolina, but has never been to Clemson.
The Pennslyvania standout was scheduled to take an official visit to Clemson for the Boston College, but was unable to make the trip. Coach Powell is working with Alexander to reschedule the visit. Pittsburgh, Tennessee and North Carolina will provide the main competition here.
The Tigers will have a chance here, if and only if Alexander makes an official visit to Clemson.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 20%
RB/LB Chris Jordan
The Tigers have been one of the leaders, along with Alabama since last summer for Jordan even though he did not make it to Clemson until his official visit for the Boston College game. Alabama was the team to beat going into the official visit, but thanks to a great visit and some hard work by coach Napier over the past few weeks the Tigers are now in great shape. Jordan's mom was ready to commit to Clemson during the official visit.
The Tide gets their chance to impress Jordan this weekend when he takes an official visit to Alabama.
The Brentwood Academy two-way standout could play running back or linebacker at the next level, but strongly prefers to play running back. The Tigers are recruiting Jordan as a running back as are the Tide.
Chances of Wearing Orange: 40%
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