Top recruits predict national title game


TAMPA, Fla. — A few days before Clemson and Alabama kick off the national championship game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., The Clemson Insider reached out to a number of Clemson commits and targets for their predictions on the game:

Commits –

Matt Bockhorst, OL, Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier):

“31-21 Tigers”

Chase Brice, QB, Loganville, Ga. (Grayson):

“Clemson wins 24-17”

Tee Higgins, WR, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (Oak Ridge):

“35-34 Clemson”

Amari Rodgers, WR, Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville Catholic):

“We win 28-17. Our D-line will be the key to this win.”

Baylon Spector, LB, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun):

“35-21 Clemson”

A.J. Terrell, CB, Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake):

“This game is gonna be good but Clemson has the edge. 40-28”

Jake Venables, LB, Central, S.C. (Daniel):

“38-17 Clemson”

Blake Vinson, OL, Citra, Fla. (North Marion):

“Clemson wins 42-35. Turnovers will play a big part in this game.”

Jordan Williams, DE, Virginia Beach, Va. (Cox):

“28-35 Clemson”


Targets –

Derrik Allen, CB, Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter):

“Clemson wins 34-31”

Aeneas Hawkins, DT, Cincinnati, Ohio (Moeller):

“Clemson by a touchdown. 35-28”

James Mitchell, TE, Big Stone Gap, Va. (Union):

“I think it’s going to be identical to last year’s game, but coming down to the final possession or two with Clemson coming out on top this year.”

Mustapha Muhammad, TE, Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point):

“Clemson by 10”

Owen Pappoe, LB, Loganville, Ga. (Grayson):

“Alabama in OT”

K’Vaughan Pope, ATH, Dinwiddie, Va. (Dinwiddie County):

“42 Clemson, 32 Alabama”

Jashawn Sheffield, WR, Saint Simmons Island, Ga. (Frederica Academy):

“I think Clemson gets it done this time. They know what it takes to win it all. 30-24”

Charles Thomas, LB, Fairburn, Ga. (IMG Academy):

“Clemson 20, Alabama 17”

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