The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
Visitors today. A few notable visitors will travel to Clemson and take in the Tigers’ practice today.
Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon, who initially planned to attend Clemson’s spring game, is expected to be on campus today instead. The Clemson offer candidate last visited for the Pittsburgh game in November.
Dixon (5-10, 180) added offers from Notre Dame and Texas last week to an offer sheet that includes Alabama, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech.
Minneapolis (Minn.) Edina Senior 2019 offensive tackle Quinn Carroll, the son of former Minnesota and NFL tight end Jay Carroll, will continue a string of visits with a stop at Clemson. The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder visited Miami on Tuesday and Alabama yesterday, when he picked up an offer from the Tide. He is going to Georgia, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame in the coming days.
Quinn already owns over 20 offers highlighted by Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, USC and UCLA.
Also on campus will be Clayton (N.C.) 2019 defensive end Savion Jackson, who has collected offers from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Duke and North Carolina this week. South Carolina was first to offer on Feb. 21, followed by N.C. State on March 3. He attended the Gamecocks’ junior day on Feb. 25 and has also made trips to Duke and Wake Forest this month.
Top ’19 receiver puts Clemson in top list. Dunnellon (Fla.) 2019 wide receiver Maurice Goolsby doesn’t yet have an offer from Clemson but included the school in a top 10 he released on Twitter yesterday. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M are the others in the group.
Goolsby (6-5, 195) has offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA and USC among others. He is rated by 247Sports as the No. 6 wideout, No. 7 prospect in Florida and No. 28 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
Word on recent offers. Clemson extended a pair of offers this week to Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley 2019 quarterback Bo Nix and Phenix City (Ala.) Central 2018 five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross.
Nix was offered during his visit Monday. His prior visit to Clemson occurred for the Louisville game in October. Quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter and co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott paid him a visit in January, watching one of his basketball games.
Nix, the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrix Nix, holds other offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Tennessee.
Many believe Bo will end up at Auburn, and for good reason. But it appears no sure thing, and the ACC’s Tigers figure to be one of the SEC’s Tigers biggest challengers down the road.
“It’s an option obviously, but I’m definitely going to make my own decision in whatever I do,” Bo told TCI at The Opening Atlanta Regional on Sunday, when he took home quarterback MVP honors.
Ross, a consensus top-10 receiver and top-75 prospect nationally, received his offer from Clemson on Tuesday. His list of 20-plus offers features Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Southern Cal.
Odds favor Alabama or Auburn landing the Alabama standout. But he is keeping his options open and doesn’t plan to decide until signing day. He visited Florida State on Wednesday and is reportedly planning to visit Clemson in the near future. We’re working to confirm that.
More on five-star Carman. Fairfield (Ohio) five-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman, the nation’s top-ranked offensive tackle, of course made his highly anticipated first visit to Clemson on Monday with his head coach. They spent the day on campus before departing early Tuesday.
Carman toured the facilities, learned more about the academics, sat in on team and position meetings, saw the Tigers practice, watched a little film and hung out with some of the players that evening.
Carman, long considered a heavy Ohio State lean, caught many by surprise when he announced on social media shortly after the visit that Clemson is now his top school.
It’s another testament to Dabo Swinney’s belief that when he gets recruits on campus, Clemson typically has a good shot. And it was Swinney and the coaching staff that particularly made a profound impression on Carman, who appreciated the vibe and energy they emanated and the way they coached during the practice. He had a lengthy and gratifying conversation with Swinney during the visit.
Overall, Carman left Clemson feeling like he fit right in with the culture, coaches and players. He felt comfortable at Clemson, and that’s what he is looking for in a school.
While it will remain a staunch challenge for Clemson to ultimately beat out the Buckeyes, the Tigers solidified their standing with him and have staying power. Clemson is a lock to get an official visit from Carman next season. He plans to do his due diligence and take his officials before moving toward a decision.
We spoke with a person close to Carman and will have more from the conversation later today. In case you missed it, here is our interview with Carman on his experience.