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Recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

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

Elliott evaluates RBs. Clemson running backs coach Tony Elliott checked in on a few 2018 running backs at their respective schools this week. The Tigers are in the process of evaluating a handful of potential options at running back beyond Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County five-star Zamir White, who holds their lone credible offer at the position to date.

Yesterday, Elliott traveled to Blackman High in Murfreesboro, Tenn., to see four-star Master Teague. Teague, who attended Clemson’s junior day in March, told us that Elliott came away from his practice impressed by the way he looked and moved.

Auburn, Georgia and South Carolina are considered the frontrunners for Teague right now, though Clemson and Ohio State are factors and would instantly emerge as contenders should they opt to offer.

Teague said he will discuss his college choices with his family next week before releasing a short list of top schools. He could make a decision as early as next month, but said it isn’t too late for Clemson to jump into the mix. “They are definitely showing interest in me, and it is definitely not too late for them,” he said. Clemson stands to have high appeal if it pulls the trigger.

Sanford (N.C.) Lee County three-star Jahmir Smith drew a stop from Elliott on Tuesday. Smith’s recruitment has taken off this spring as he’s racked up offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee among others.

Smith was invited to Clemson’s spring game last month, and after meeting Elliott then, says he feels a connection to him in regards to their comparable backgrounds. Smith, who owns offers from eight Ivy League schools, is a 4.4 GPA student.

Smith doesn’t have a concrete timetable for a cut-down in his recruitment or commitment, but said he could narrow things down this month and possibly make a decision in June. He told us last weekend that an offer from the Tigers would be “big.” “When I went to go visit them, it was just a nice atmosphere,” he said. “All the people, all the coaches were real nice, and it seemed like a great place.”

Elliott stayed in state for his first visit to a running back this week, checking out Summerville (S.C.) Cane Bay’s R.J. Roderick on Monday. Roderick saw his stock tick up last month following an offer from South Carolina. N.C. State offered on the first day of this month before Wake Forest followed this week. Virginia gave him his first Power Five offer in February. South Carolina is the present favorite for Roderick, who has visited the school multiple times.

New offers out. Clemson doled out offers this week to a couple of elite 2019 defensive linemen from Tennessee.

Nashville-Davidson Academy defensive end Ani Izuchukwu announced his offer on Clemson on Monday before Murfreesboro-Siegel end Joseph Anderson reported his on Tuesday.

Izuchukwu, a native of Nigeria, has other offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Anderson has other offers from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Both are ranked among 247Sports’ top five prospects in Tennessee and top-150 overall prospects in the 2019 class.

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