Clemson will host its second Junior Day of the year on Saturday, and like the first, the visitor list is loaded.
Whereas the Junior Day held in January was full of 2018 prospects Clemson has made a priority in the current recruiting cycle, this one is heavy with elite rising juniors in the 2019 class and even some 2020 recruits that the Tigers are looking at. Having already gotten many of its top 2018 targets on campus a couple of months ago, the second event allows Clemson to tend to prospects in future classes.
With that said, though, a number of relevant 2018 prospects will be on campus.
One of the headliners is Houston (Texas) Lamar five-star cornerback Anthony Cook (pictured), who was offered by Clemson last May and visited for the first time in July. The consensus top-30 overall prospect and top-10 corner is high on Clemson’s board as the Tigers have their sights set on the nation’s best. He is keeping his options open, but Clemson, Ohio State, Texas and LSU are some of the schools he has expressed high interest in.
After being offered by Clemson in February and naming Clemson one of his top seven schools later in the month, Hillsborough (N.C.) Orange four-star linebacker Payton Wilson will make his third trip to campus. He attended Clemson’s spring game last April and returned for the South Carolina game in November. The fast-riser received a slew of prominent offers in February before naming Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State, Penn State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech his top schools.
One of the running backs on Clemson’s short list at the position will be on campus again. Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star Master Teague, who has been told that he is one of the four running backs Clemson is looking at in the 2018 cycle, also made a short visit to Clemson last July. The top-10 running back and top-200 overall prospect by 247Sports doesn’t currently have an offer from Clemson but holds close to 20 others. He plans to release a list of his top schools in the next couple of weeks.
Other notable 2018 prospects slated to attend are Charlotte (N.C.) Harding offensive guard Jovaughn Gwyn, Covington (Ga.) Newton four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies and Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe kicker B.T. Potter.
Gwyn was offered by South Carolina during his Junior Day visit to the school last weekend and lists others from Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest. Jefferies has picked up offers from Georgia, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama following visits to those schools over the past couple of months. He owns other offers from Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
A number of prospects will be on campus as part of groups.
Clemson is one of the stops for powerhouse IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) during its yearly tour of several colleges throughout the Southeast, though they won’t technically be a part of the Junior Day festivities. Five-star defensive end Xavier Thomas, Clemson four-star linebacker commit Mike Jones, five-star defensive tackle Taron Vincent and four-star defensive end Stephon Wynn will be among those IMG brings.
A group of rising juniors from the greater Atlanta area nicknamed the “True 19” will be on hand, too, including Loganville-Grayson products Owen Pappoe, Wayna Morris and Kenyatta Watson, and LaGrange-Troup’s King Mwikuta. That quartet combines for over 60 scholarship offers already, led by Pappoe’s 30-plus.
Now, to other top-shelf prospects in the 2019 class:
Stafford (Va.) North Stafford running back Devyn Ford, the country’s No. 2 running back according to 247, will make his third Clemson visit. Clemson and Ohio State are two schools he is high on early.
Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway offensive lineman Keiondre Jones, the No. 1 offensive guard per 247, will also make his third visit. He will be accompanied by 2020 teammates Cartavious Bigsby and Michael Robertson, the latter of whom holds a Clemson offer. Clemson and Georgia are two of Jones’ early favorites.
Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey, a top-five player at his position, will be back after attending the Louisville game last season. Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Anthony Solomon, who has more than 20 offers, will check out Clemson for the first time.
Saturday will mark the first visit for Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville offensive tackle Pierce Quick, as well. Quick got his first offer from Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates last June when Bates was at Jacksonville State. Quick attended Alabama’s Junior Day last weekend and received a dream offer from the Tide.
Cornelius (N.C.) Hough teammates Tyus Fields and Noal Groulx will be on hand. Fields, a cornerback and the brother of Clemson corner Mark Fields, received his first offer from Clemson last May.
Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian offensive tackle Chris Hinton, the son of former NFL offensive lineman Chris Hinton, received an offer from Clemson in January and will be present. Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams was offered by Clemson in February and will see one of his dream schools.
Here is a complete list of the expected visitors The Clemson Insider has confirmed:
Anthony Cook, 2018 5-star CB, Houston (Texas) Lamar
Jovaughn Gwyn, 2018 OG, Charlotte (N.C.) Harding
Darnell Jefferies, 2018 4-star DT, Covington (Ga.) Newton
B.T. Potter, 2018 K, Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe
Master Teague, 2018 4-star RB, Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman
Payton Wilson, 2018 4-star LB, Hillsborough (N.C.) Orange
Tyus Fields, 2019 CB, Cornelius (N.C.) Hough
Devyn Ford, 2019 RB, Stafford (Va.) North Stafford
Nolan Groulx, 2019 WR, Cornelius (N.C.) Hough
DeMarcco Hellams, 2019 WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic
Chris Hinton, 2019 OT, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian
Keiondre Jones, 2019 OT, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway
Jacob Lacey, 2019 DT, Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren
Wayna Morris, 2019 OT, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
King Mwikuta, 2019 LB, LaGrange (Ga.) Troup
Owen Pappoe, 2019 LB, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Pierce Quick, 2019 OT, Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville
Anthony Solomon, 2019 LB, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Kenyatta Watson, 2019 S, Loganville (Ga.) Grayson
Cartavious Bigsby 2020 ATH, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway
Blake Corum, 2020 RB, Laurel (Md.) St. Vincent Pallotti
Myles Hinton , 2020 OT, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian
Coziah Izzard, 2020 DE/LB, Laurel (Md.) St. Vincent Pallotti
Michael Robertson, 2020 WR, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway
IMG Academy Tour Group – Mike Jones, Xavier Thomas, Taron Vincent, Stephon Wynn