The Clemson Insider takes a look ahead at Clemson’s top cornerback targets in the class of 2018.
After losing Mackensie Alexander to the NFL Draft at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Clemson signed a pair of cornerbacks in February in Trayvon Mullen and Brian Dawkins Jr.
Cordrea Tankersley is Clemson’s only senior corner.
Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake five-star corner A.J. Terrell and Roswell (Ga.) four-star corner LeAnthony Williams are committed to Clemson for the class of 2017.
Here are the biggest names at cornerback in the 2018 cycle we’re keeping tabs on:
Myles Sims – Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)
A teammate of Terrell, Sims first visited Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Georgia Tech last October. Sims received an offer from Clemson in May, and visited Clemson again in June. The 6-foot-3, 160-pound four-star also plans to visit Clemson during this season. Sims has a good relationship with the coaching staff, especially defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Mike Reed. His relationship with Terrell is a plus, too. Sims doesn’t have any leaders at this time, but Clemson appears to be in good shape.
Anthony Cook – Houston, Texas (Lamar)
Cook, a four-star, received an offer from Clemson in early May, and first visited Clemson in July. Cook told TCI after the visit that he can see himself building a strong relationship with Reed, and said Clemson is “at the top” of his list of 20-plus offers. Cook also said then that Alabama, Georgia, Texas and TCU are a few of the other schools standing out to him. The 6-foot-1, 192-pounder was an all-district performer as a sophomore in 2015, when he intercepted six passes and returned three for touchdowns.
Marquis Williams – Pompano Beach, Fla. (Coconut Creek)
Williams, a former teammate of Mullen, holds offers from Clemson, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Indiana, Louisville, Minnesota, N.C. State, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple, Toledo and Wisconsin. Clemson is one of the schools Williams is most interested in, but Minnesota is reportedly the favorite right now to land his services.
Stanley Garner – Pompano Beach, Fla. (Coconut Creek)
Clemson and South Carolina both offered Garner on June 15. Garner also has offers from Central Florida, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Miami, Indiana, Oregon State and Temple. Garner visited Miami in June and July. Miami, Clemson and South Carolina are all in good position, but expect more schools to enter the mix as Garner becomes a bigger name.
Christian Tutt – Thomson, Ga. (Thomson)
Tutt is another name to keep an eye on. In late August, the four-star included Clemson in his list of top 11 schools. Tutt told TCI shortly after that head coach Dabo Swinney and Reed helped Clemson make the cut for him. Tutt last visited Clemson for the game against Florida State last November, and called it a “great” experience. Tutt is looking at returning to Clemson for the Louisville game in October. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder plans to commit on May 30.