The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
Prospects narrow the field. A trio of 2018 prospects relevant to Clemson released lists of their top schools Wednesday.
Bradenton (Fla.) Braden River three-star defensive end Taylor Upshaw (pictured) announced a top 10 of Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, N.C. State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.
Clemson offered Upshaw, the brother of Clemson walk-on linebacker Regan Upshaw and son of former NFL defensive end Regan Upshaw Sr., last week. The Tigers told him the offer would be for the 2018 class if space opens up late in the cycle, but guaranteed he would have a spot in their class of 2019 should he want it.
While Upshaw isn’t thrilled with the idea of grayshirting, he is high on Clemson. Upshaw told us last week he hopes to commit before his senior season, though the timeframe isn’t set in stone as he doesn’t want to rush his decision.
Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon named Clemson among his top 12 schools. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia Tech also made his list.
Clemson and Auburn are the only programs in the group that haven’t yet offered. Dixon, one of Clemson’s offer candidates at running back, most recently visited Clemson in March after visiting for the Pittsburgh game in 2016. Running backs coach Tony Elliott paid him a visit recently during the spring evaluation period.
Clemson also made the top 10 for Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point four-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad, along with Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC.
Muhammad, a top-five tight end and top-150 overall prospect nationally according to ESPN, Scout and 247Sports, received an offer from Clemson in April 2016 and attended the Tigers’ elite junior day in January.
Seneca (S.C.) tight end Braden Galloway committed to Clemson in April, and he could be the only tight end the Tigers take this cycle. But Muhammad told us he continues to hear regularly from Clemson, is still very interested and wants to visit again. “I receive a ton of mail and texts almost daily from coach Pearman and the staff,” he said. We’ll have more from our conversation with him later.
Muhammad said he plans to announce his five finalists on Aug. 10, his birthday, and decision on signing day.
New in-state offer out. On Tuesday, Clemson extended an offer to Columbia (S.C.) Ridge View three-star center Malcolm Wilson.
It marked the first high-major offer for Wilson, who has other offers from Hampton and S.C. State. The 6-foot-10, 205-pound 2019 prospect is a raw, projectable player with good instincts and shot-blocking ability.
** As expected after his de-commitment from Tennessee last week, Melbourne (Fla.) Holy Trinity 2018 running back Jashaun Corbin committed to Florida State on Monday. Corbin, who was previously an offer candidate, visited Clemson for the first time on April 11. Clemson reached out to him after he withdrew the Tennessee pledge.
** Summerville (S.C.) Cane Bay athlete R.J. Roderick’s roll of recent offers continued Wednesday with an offer from North Carolina. Duke, Georgia Tech, N.C. State and Wake Forest have also offered him this month following South Carolina’s offer in April. Various suitors view Roderick as a quarterback, running back, receiver or safety. Clemson is looking at him as a running back, and Elliott visited his school twice during the spring evaluation period. Roderick told us recently that he intends to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp next month.
** Clemson commitments Josh Belk, Mike Jones, Derion Kendrick, Trevor Lawrence, Justin Mascoll, Xavier Thomas and Jake Venables are among the players in the class of 2018 that have been nominated to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. One hundred players will be selected to compete in the prestigious all-star game, which will take place in January in San Antonio. Thus far, 38 players have committed to play in the game, including Kendrick, Lawrence, Mascoll and Thomas.
** The roster for the 2017 Elite 11 Finals was finalized this week. Cartersville (Ga.) five-star quarterback and Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence headlines a group that includes USC commit Matt Corral, Penn State commit Justin Fields, Ohio State commit Emory Jones and Washington commit Jacob Sirmon. The competition will take place from June 2-4 in Redondo Beach, Calif.