Looking ahead: 2018 safety

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The Clemson Insider takes a look ahead at Clemson’s top safety targets in the 2018 class.

After the departures of Jayron Kearse and T.J. Green at the conclusion of the 2015 season, Clemson signed a trio of safeties in February in Isaiah Simmons, K’Von Wallace and Nolan Turner.

Jadar Johnson is the only senior safety on Clemson’s roster.

Clemson does not currently have any committed safeties in the 2017 class.

Here are the biggest names at safety in the 2018 cycle we’re keeping tabs on:

Myles Sims – Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake)

A teammate of 2017 cornerback commit A.J. 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. Sims could be taken as either a safety or corner.

Atanza Vongor – Grand Prairie, Texas (South Grand Prairie)

Clemson offered Vongor in early May. Alabama, Baylor, Duke, Georgia, Michigan, TCU, Texas and Texas A&M are among the four-star’s other most notable offers. A long and physical player, the 6-foot-1, 192-pounder fits the mold of safety that Clemson seeks. Over the summer, Vongor visited in-state Texas, Texas A&M and TCU. Vongor told The Clemson Insider he plans to visit Clemson down the road, and said he likes Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed based on the conversations they’ve had. Right now, Texas, Texas A&M and TCU are the leaders for Vongor, though it is still early and that is subject to change as he takes more visits.

Brendon Harris – Chattanooga, Tenn. (Baylor School)

Clemson was first to offer Harris in June after he impressed at the Dabo Swinney Football Camp. Since then, LSU, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Tennessee have followed suit with offers for the four-star. Harris visited Vanderbilt and Tennessee over the summer. Having extended Harris his initial offer, Clemson certainly appears to be in good position here.

Xavier Williams – Hollywood, Fla. (Chaminade-Madonna)

Williams attended the Dabo Swinney Camp in June, and left with an offer. The 6-foot, 180-pounder holds 30-plus other offers. Williams most recently visited Florida and Miami in July. Williams grew up a Miami fan. Williams is reportedly very interested in Clemson, along with a number of other schools. Williams’ recruitment is wide open at this time.

Israel Mukuamu – Moncks Corner, S.C. (Berkeley)

Mukuamu doesn’t yet have an offer from Clemson, but he is another name to keep an eye on. South Carolina was first to offer in July, and Coastal Carolina followed. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound three-star visited Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Troy on Sept. 10. He also visited Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.

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