Who We Need the Most

Now that the bowl games are over and a national champion has been crowned, it's time to move on to basketball and other interests. Are you kidding me?! Now is when the fun really starts! Today we breakdown the top 5 targets for Clemson that have yet to verbally commit.

The Tigers already have some great commitments but now it's time to focus on the 5 most important targets remaining. If the Tigers sign these 5 prospects, this year's class will be great.

Everyone knows one of the major holes the Tigers look to fill with this years class is on the offensive line. The Tigers are already off to a great start with commitments from Marion Dukes, Clint LaTray, and Brandon Pilgrim. Signing my top 2 targets will give Clemson their best OL class ever.

#1 OL Eric Young
It seems like Eric Young has been the Tigers number one recruiting target ever since last February. Big E is a 6-4 270 pound force with outstanding 4.7 speed from Union High School.

The senior offensive lineman looked outstanding in the two Shrine Bowl practices I saw as well as the game itself. Eric would quickly nail down a starting spot at tackle on the Tigers line next season, if he were to sign with Clemson.

And don't necessarily believe everything you read about this 5-star recruit, as the Tigers are still very much in the mix for him. However, there's little doubt that the battle for his services will come down to South Carolina and Clemson.

#2 OL Woodly Telfort
Woody is a 6-8 310 pound monster from Dodge City Community College. The good news on the 4-star Telfort is that he is only a freshman at JC so he will have 4 years to play 3. Woody, who is originally from North Miami would provide another very talented lineman that will compete for a starting position as soon as he learns the offense. Telfort's 3-star teammate on the offensive line, Travis Triplett, will also be visiting the Tigers on January 10th.

No need to panic if the Tigers lose either of these 2 lineman prospects because the Tigers have several other outstanding lineman including Mario Henderson, Chris Capote, Travis Triplett and Kyndreas Guy looking hard at the Tigers.

We all know defense wins championships, so lets turn our attention to the top defensive targets still out there. Anyone that watched the Tigers this year knows that Clemson already has one of the best cornerbacks in the country in Justin Miller. My top defensive target will give the Tigers another one more great cover corner.

#3 CB Brian Staley
Brian is a 5-star cornerback from Georgia Military College. The 5-10 185 pound Staley is the currently listed as one of the top rated JUCO cornerbacks in the country. Brian is another burner with legitimate 4.37 speed, and he would undoubted become difference maker along side Justin Miller should he decide to sign with Clemson.

Don't think that Staley would have the job handed to him however as redshirt freshman Buddy Williams will give Staley some competition for the starting role next year.

Another concern on defense is at safety, however, one of the top pure safety prospects in the country has been a hard Clemson lean for quite some time.

#4 SS Maurice Nelson
Maurice is a 6-1 205 pound bruiser from Crestwood High School in Sumter. This 4-star safety runs a sub 4.5 and packs a punch that leaves a mark. He played both strong safety and linebacker this year for the Knights and is one of the strongest players in the state. With his speed and strength, look for Nelson to play rover, whip or maybe even strong safety in the Tigers' defense next season. Clemson is in great shape with this recruit, especially when you consider his older brother, Roosevelt, is already on the team.

Defensive line and linebacker are both areas where the Tigers need to improve in this year's recruiting class. With only 1 spot in my top 5 remaining, I'll have to go with a linebacker that is too good for the Tigers to pass up.

#5 LB Marcus Howard
Marcus is a 6-2, 205 pound linebacker from Hanahan High School. This 3-star prospect can flat out fly, as he runs a 4.4, benches 380 pounds and squats 560. It goes without saying that Marcus Howard has the skills to be a 4-year starter for the Tigers.

In my opinion Howard is the best linebacker in the state this year, and the Tigers need to get him to come join his older brother, J.J. Howard on the defense next season. With the recent success of Georgia, the Bulldogs are making a strong push, but I believe when decision time comes, Howard will be wearing orange. There are certainly other bigtime players that the Tigers would love to have but these 5 will definitely fill needs and provide upgrades over current talent.

The fun is just beginning folks. As a recruiting fan, the best thing to do is sit back, and enjoy the next 30 days. The Tigers are on their way to another great recruiting class but remember, the only day when commitments count is February 5th.

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