Tigers shooting for stars

Though Clemson’s six-member 2018 recruiting class is only about halfway complete, the Tigers have begun to lay the groundwork for their 2019 class and continue to devote some of their attention in recruiting to future prospects.

Clemson’s focus is on constructing its next signing class, of course, but the Tigers have offered around two dozen recruits in the 2019 cycle. And as you would expect for a program that has firmly established itself among the nation’s elite and recruited at an elite level in recent years, Clemson continues to aim for the best recruits.

That is reflected in the list of 100 prospects in the 2019 class that Rivals.com assigned star ratings to this week.

Of the 20 or so players that Clemson has offered in the 2019 class thus far, 12 were included in Rivals’ select group of top 100 prospects. One of Clemson’s offers received one of only five five-star ratings that were handed out, while the others all received four-star marks.

Here is the list:

Chris Hinton, DE, Atlanta (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian *****

Dominick Blaylock, WR, Marietta (Ga.) Walton ****

Quavaris Crouch, ATH, Charlotte (N.C.) Harding University ****

Devyn Ford, RB, Stafford (Va.) North Stafford ****

DeMarcco Hellams, WR, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic ****

Trevis Hopper, DT, Memphis (Tenn.) Central ****

Keiondre Jones, OT, Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway ****

Shane Lee, LB, Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College High ****

Warren McClendon, OT, Brunswick (Ga.) Brunswick ****

Bo Nix, QB, Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley ****

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

Jashawn Sheffield, ATH, Saint Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy ****

The interest between Clemson and many of the aforementioned prospects is mutual.

Five of them visited Clemson for its junior day on March 4: Crouch, Ford, Hellams, Hinton and Lee.

Hinton told TCI after the trip that it made him feel like part of the Clemson family. Hellams has called Clemson a dream school. Ford has cited Clemson as an early favorite. Lee enjoyed his experience, while Crouch made another visit to Clemson this week with teammates.

Another on the list, Nix, the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix, visited Clemson on Monday and picked up an offer from the Tigers, who figure to be one of the SEC’s Tigers biggest challengers in his recruitment.

Jones has visited Clemson a few times, considers it a top school of his and is slated to be back for the spring game on April 8. Pappoe, who has also visited Clemson on several occasions, lists Clemson in his top group right now as well.

Sheffield has visited Clemson a couple of times and has named Clemson one of a few schools standing out to him the most early on.

McClendon and Blaylock, meanwhile, visited Clemson last March and for the South Carolina game in November, respectively.

So, Clemson is targeting the best and shooting for stars to fill its 2019 recruiting class. The Tigers have positioned themselves well in the early going to do just that.

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