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Friday recruiting notes

The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

New offers. Clemson extended three offers this week, to Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin 2018 four-star defensive tackle Coynis Miller and Arp (Texas) 2018 four-star safety DeMarvion Overshown on Monday and Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic 2019 wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams on Tuesday.

Hellams has other early offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo and Virginia Tech. Maryland was first to offer the 6-foot-1, 175-pounder last June when he was in eighth grade.

Clemson’s offer to Miller marks his eighth, as the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder holds other offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Michigan and Mississippi. Miller doesn’t plan to make a decision until at least the fall after he takes his official visits, so his recruitment is open. It will be tough for any program to pull him away from in-state Alabama and Auburn, though Clemson’s profile and prowess right now can’t be discounted. It was on full display last month when Louisiana native Travis Etienne improbably picked Clemson over LSU. Expect Clemson to at least get an unofficial visit from Miller, who is rated as the No. 128 prospect in his class and the No. 13 defensive tackle.

Last but not least, Overshown announced his offer from Clemson on Monday night. The No. 9 safety and No. 110 overall prospect has seen his recruitment surge over the past week — since last Wednesday, he has collected offers from UCLA, Oklahoma, Baylor, Alabama, LSU, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Florida State, Missouri, Ohio State and the one from Clemson. Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas were the first five schools to pull the trigger. We caught up with the 6-foot-4, 270-pounder, who wants to check out Clemson.

Notable visitors. Not only will Clemson host the nation’s No. 2 running back in the 2019 class on March 4, but the nation’s No. 4 defensive tackle in the 2019 class according to 247Sports will also be on campus that day. The Clemson Insider spoke with Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren four-star defensive tackle Jacob Lacey, who said he will visit Clemson again next month after first visiting for the Louisville game in October. The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder lists offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Tennessee.

While Clemson hasn’t yet offered, new defensive line coach Todd Bates is certainly interested. “He said that I was a very special player and he thinks that I would fit perfectly in his defensive line,” Lacey said. We’ll have more from our conversation with him later.

Laurel (Md.) St. Vincent Pallotti 2020 weak-side defensive end Coziah Izzard will be at Clemson on March 4, as well. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder already owns offers from Buffalo, East Carolina, Maryland, Michigan State and Wake Forest.

Other tidbits.

** Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter 2018 five-star defensive back Derrik Allen committed to Notre Dame on Monday. He named Clemson one of his top 10 schools in December and visited Clemson on Jan. 28 for Junior Day before giving the trip high marks. Allen told Rivals that his relationship with new Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko was a major factor in his decision. Allen is a big acquisition for the Irish, but it’s not a huge blow for the Tigers. Clemson is in contention for a number of other elite defensive backs in this cycle.

** Clemson offensive tackle target Nana Asiedu of Stafford (Va.) North Stafford received offers from Florida State and Miami this week. Defensive line target Stephon Wynn of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy added offers from Ohio State and Oregon on Thursday. All-purpose back Lyn-J Dixon of Butler (Ga.) Taylor County, on Clemson’s radar at running back, picked up offers from LSU, Minnesota and Ole Miss this week.

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