The small size of Clemson’s 14-member 2017 signing class, and the fact that many of the class’s members committed relatively early, allowed the Tigers to spend more time recruiting 2018, 2019 and 2020 prospects than they might have been able to otherwise.
And with recruiting nowadays, it’s never too early for coaching staffs to get a jumpstart on laying the groundwork for future classes.
“Just because it is 14 allows us to have more time to go look at some ‘18s and ‘19s and believe it or not ‘20s,” Clemson recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter said on signing day. “It’s crazy that I’m standing here saying that, but that’s how recruiting has become, just earlier and earlier.”
With all that said, here are some of the prospects on offense in the 2019 cycle worth knowing in regards to Clemson:
Devyn Ford, Stafford (Va.) North Stafford, RB
A teammate of 2018 Clemson offensive tackle target Nana Asiedu, Ford already owns offers from around two dozen schools, including ones from Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech. After visiting Clemson last July and attending Clemson’s win over Louisville in October, the nation’s No. 2 running back and No. 12 overall prospect in the 2019 class per 247Sports is set to make his third visit to Clemson for its Junior Day on March 4. Ford told us this month that Clemson and Ohio State are two of the schools he is hearing the most from early on. He also went to Columbus for Ohio State’s Junior Day on Jan. 28. As it stands now, he is planning to narrow his recruitment early next year and make a decision sometime before or during his senior year.
Dominick Blaylock, Marietta (Ga.) Walton, WR
Blaylock, the son of former NBA point guard Mookie Blaylock, holds offers from about two dozen schools as well such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee. The No. 3 wideout and No. 11 overall prospect in the class by 247 visited Clemson for the South Carolina game in November. Georgia may have the early advantage, but he has named Trevor Lawrence as a player he would like to team up with. The 6-foot, 175-pounder caught 100 passes for 1,699 yards and 16 touchdowns during his first two high school seasons.
Jashawn Sheffield, Saint Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy, WR
Another receiver Clemson has expressed a lot of interest in is Sheffield, who lists offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, North Carolina, Tennessee and others among his approximately 20. Sheffield visited Clemson last March before returning for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He hopes to get back on campus sometime this spring. He told us recently that Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State are his top three schools in no order. The top-ranked receiver and top-10 overall prospect in the class according to 247 is rated as an athlete by some recruiting services, but Clemson is recruiting him as a receiver. He totaled 1,102 yards receiving and rushing combined with 13 touchdowns as a sophomore last season.
Keiondre Jones, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway, OG
Jones, the nation’s No. 1 offensive guard by 247, will visit Clemson again for the school’s Junior Day next month after attending the N.C. State game in October and first visiting last summer. Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Miami, Ohio State and Tennessee are some of the close to 20 schools that have offered him so far. A handful of the schools showing the most interest right now are Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Ohio State and Clemson. He told us recently that Clemson is “really close to the top” of his list in the early going. Like with Blaylock and Sheffield, Georgia could be the Tigers’ stiffest competition.
Other names to know include Dunnellon (Fla.) wide receiver Maurice Goolsby, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian defensive end Chris Hinton, Homerville (Ga.) Clinch County athlete Trezman Marshall and Brunswick (Ga.) offensive tackle Warren McClendon. Hinton, Marshall and McClendon all announced offers from Clemson last month. Goolsby has held Florida as his leader for a while, but currently has Clemson in his top group.