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Recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

Top targets draw visits. A couple of Clemson’s top 2018 targets were paid visits by members of the coaching staff this week, the third week of the spring evaluation period and the Tigers’ second out on the road.

On Tuesday, wide receivers coach Jeff Scott stopped by Central High in Phenix City, Ala., to see five-star receiver Justyn Ross.

Ross is one of the names atop Clemson’s board at receiver, and he has risen there rather quickly. The consensus top-55 prospect nationally received an offer from the Tigers in late March, visited two weeks later and listed Clemson among his top 11 schools via social media last Friday.

Ross didn’t name his top schools in order, but if he had, it’s reasonable to believe Clemson would have been in the top three. In-state Alabama and Auburn, which have pursued Ross as a priority for a lengthy period of time, remain the programs to beat. But Clemson has trended favorably since entering the picture, with Ross even calling his Clemson visit “one of the best” he has been on. If you’re the Tigers, you have to be happy with where things stand.

Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates made a trip Thursday to check in on four-star offensive guard Trey Hill at Houston County High in Warner Robins, Ga.

Hill, the nation’s No. 2 guard, and fellow Georgia product, Atlanta-Pace Academy five-star Jamaree Salyer, remain squarely in Clemson’s sights at the guard position heading into the summer.

Hill has visited Clemson twice this year, most recently for the spring game in April after attending the Tigers’ junior day in January. He has spoken highly of Clemson but is still considering a large group of suitors and doesn’t appear anywhere close to making a decision.

Other notable visitees. Several other notable prospects attracted visits from various Clemson coaches this week.

On Tuesday, Scott and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter dropped by Walton High in Marietta, Ga., to check out 2019 four-star wide receiver Dominick Blaylock. Clemson offered Blaylock, the son of former NBA star Mookie Blaylock, back in September 2015. He attended the South Carolina game last season and returned for a visit in early April.

Streeter then went to Pinson Valley High in Pinson, Ala., on Wednesday to visit 2019 four-star quarterback Bo Nix, the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick Nix. Bo earned Clemson’s only 2019 quarterback offer to this point during a visit to the school on March 27. He also visited for the Louisville game in October.

Bates, meanwhile, traveled to South Warren High in Bowling Green, Ky., on Wednesday for 2019 four-star defensive tackle Jacob Lacey. Lacey attended Clemson’s junior in March and plans to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp this summer in hopes of increasing his chances of earning a Clemson offer.

Last but not least, on Thursday, defensive backs coach Mike Reed saw 2019 four-star offensive guard Keiondre Jones and others at Callaway High in Hogansville, Ga. Jones, a top target of the Tigers in the next cycle, returned to Clemson for last month’s spring game following his first gameday visit for the N.C. State contest in the fall.

Hogansville is also the home of wide receiver Michael Robertson and athlete Cartavious Bigsby, a pair of Power Five prospects in the class of 2020.

Teague set for visit from Elliott. With Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County five-star running back Zamir White a heavy Georgia lean, Clemson is in the process of evaluating potential offer candidates at the position in the 2018 class.

One legitimate candidate is Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star Master Teague, who told TCI that he is expecting a visit from running backs coach Tony Elliott next Thursday.

In March, Teague announced his top 12 schools, divided into two parts. Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt made the list of schools recruiting him with an offer. Clemson, along with Alabama, LSU and Ohio State, made the list of schools recruiting him without an offer.

Teague visited Clemson for the first time last July and came back for the junior day in March.

He told us “it is looking like” he will make a decision at the beginning of the summer. Clemson would likely jump to the top of his list and give him a lot to think about if it offers before then.

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