With the spring evaluation period drawing to a close and summer approaching, The Clemson Insider provides an update on Clemson’s recruiting board for the 2018 class and where the Tigers stand with their top targets at each position.
In the first part of this series, we take a look at offensive guard:
Clemson will lose rising senior offensive guards Tyrone Crowder and Maverick Morris following the 2017 season. Taylor Hearn will be a redshirt senior during the 2018 season, while John Simpson will be a junior. Clemson signed one offensive guard in the 2017 class, Matt Bockhorst.
Clemson currently doesn’t have a commitment from an offensive guard in the 2018 class. We expect the Tigers to sign at least one guard in 2018, though taking two isn’t out of the question.
Clemson remains firmly in the mix for the nation’s top two offensive guards in the 2018 class — a pair of mammoth prospects from the Peach State — Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy five-star Jamaree Salyer and Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County four-star Trey Hill.
Salyer (6-4, 342) owns offers from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia Tech among others.
Salyer most recently visited Clemson to watch a spring practice on March 10, when Cartersville (Ga.) five-star quarterback commitment Trevor Lawrence was also on campus. Prior to that, Salyer attended Clemson’s elite junior day in January. His latest visit to date occurred to Georgia in April for its spring game.
Clemson, Georgia and Stanford are thought to make up Salyer’s top group. We’d be surprised if it doesn’t ultimately boil down to the Tigers and Bulldogs for Salyer, who plans to take official visits before making a decision.
Hill (6-4, 345), meanwhile, has offers from the likes of Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and USC.
Hill visited Clemson for the Orange & White spring game last month after attending Clemson’s January junior day. He went to Georgia’s spring game last month, as well.
Hill doesn’t appear likely to render a decision until after his senior season. Auburn, Clemson, Georgia and perhaps Florida State are considered the strongest contenders right now.
Another name to know is Charlotte (N.C.) Harding’s Jovaughn Gwyn, who lists offers from Colorado State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
Gwyn (6-3, 290) visited Clemson for its junior day in March and returned later in the month to see a spring practice.