It was an eventful week on the Clemson recruiting front. The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
5-star LB planning visit. Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic five-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell said this week he will visit Clemson again soon.
Mitchell, the No. 12 prospect in ESPN’s Junior 300, visited for the first time last July.
He will be back at Florida State soon, as well. He went to Georgia, Alabama and Auburn in February before traveling to Ohio State last week.
Mitchell also said this week he plans to commit sometime before the summer.
Clemson hosts notable visitors. Clemson got a visit from Phenix City (Ala.) Central five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross on Tuesday, exactly two weeks after the Tigers offered him on March 28.
He spent time with Clemson’s staff and got to better know wide receivers coach Jeff Scott during the visit. Along with the new facility, Clemson’s history of producing NFL receivers stood out to him the most.
Ross made other recent trips to Auburn last weekend and Florida State in March. He plans to begin narrowing his list of schools next month.
Ross, who is rated as a top-10 receiver and top-85 overall prospect nationally by all of the major recruiting services, left Clemson impressed. So impressed, in fact, he took to Twitter shortly after the visit to say it was “one of the best” he’s been on.
It was a strong statement, one that surely got the attention of other suitors such as Alabama and Auburn.
Clemson also hosted Melbourne (Fla.) Trinity Christian four-star running back Jashaun Corbin on Tuesday. It marked his first visit to Clemson, which he has called a “dream school” of his.
Corbin is among a handful of running backs that will be looked at by running backs coach Tony Elliott during the spring evaluation period for a potential offer.
The stop at Clemson was part of a string of visits for him this week, which included South Carolina and Tennessee.
Trio of top lists released. Last Sunday, Hillsborough (N.C.) Orange four-star linebacker Payton Wilson announced a top four of Clemson, North Carolina, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
Clemson offered Wilson on Feb. 11 and he attended the Tigers’ junior day on March 4.
Wilson, the nation’s No. 3 outside linebacker and No. 85 overall prospect according to the 247Sports Composite, is scheduled to make his decision on May 1.
Houston (Texas) Heights four-star cornerback Jalen Green included Clemson in a list of his top 13 schools on Monday.
Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Oregon, LSU, Tulsa, TCU, Alabama, Penn State, Ole Miss, Arkansas and USC also made the cut for Green, who has close to 40 offers.
He is rated by the 247 Composite as the No. 7 corner, No. 7 prospect in Texas and No. 45 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
On Tuesday, Dinwiddie (Va.) Dinwiddie County four-star athlete K’Vaughan Pope released a top 10 with Clemson at No. 1.
North Carolina, Ohio State, Georgia, Florida, Louisville, Auburn, LSU, South Carolina and West Virginia follow Clemson in that order.
Rivals ranks him as the No. 3 prospect in Virginia, No. 6 athlete and No. 105 overall prospect in 2018.
Top targets at Ohio State. Ohio State drew a little over 80,000 people for its spring game on Saturday, and it attracted a number of Clemson’s top targets as well.
Cary (N.C.) Green Hope four-star wide receiver Jordyn Adams, Fairfield (Ohio) five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, Houston (Texas) Lamar five-star cornerback Anthony Cook, Harrisburg (Pa.) five-star Penn State defensive end commit Micah Parsons and Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County five-star running back Zamir White all visited Ohio State this weekend.
White also attended Clemson’s spring game last weekend, while Cook visited Clemson for the junior day on March 4 and Carman visited on March 27. Adams last visited Clemson for the Tigers’ junior day in January. Parsons has said he intends to visit.
Clemson cornerback targets Patrick Surtain Jr. and Tyson Campbell of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage visited Ohio State last Thursday and Friday before departing. Both visited Clemson for the January junior day.
Clemson, OSU tied at top for Carman. Hopefully you saw our report yesterday on Carman, who updated his recruitment after the Buckeyes’ game and said that Clemson and Ohio State are now tied as his top schools.
Carman, of course, publicly announced Clemson his outright leader via social media last month following his first-ever visit to Tiger Town before taking the stance he did Saturday.
Carman arrived in Columbus on Friday night, and as you would expect, the Buckeyes rolled out the red carpet for the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle Saturday.
So, it’s reasonable to think Ohio State made up ground with Carman after making the latest impression. It’s also conceivable he was simply being diplomatic, potentially to avoid stirring up media attention similar to that he received after declaring Clemson No. 1.
Regardless, if you’re a Clemson fan, it’s hard to be upset about being tied with Ohio State for the state’s best prospect after his latest of several visits there relative to just one Clemson trip.
Carman’s plan right now is to take all of his official visits this season before moving toward a decision. There’s a long way to go in Carman’s recruitment, and it’s going to be an exciting battle to the finish.