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Looking Ahead: Offensive Line

Clemson football recruiting for the class of 2018 continues to heat up, but it’s never too early to take a peek ahead at the crop of prospects for 2019.

In this part of our “Looking Ahead” feature, The Clemson Insider looks at where the Tigers stand right now with their current top offensive line targets:

Keiondre Jones, OG, Hogansville, Ga. (Callaway):

Jones (pictured), one of the nation’s top 2019 offensive guards, has been high on Clemson ever since the Tigers offered last September. He visited Clemson for the N.C. State game last season and returned for the spring game in April with his mother. He most recently went to LSU a couple of weeks ago after camping at Georgia last month.

Clemson, Alabama and Georgia are believed to be the current frontrunners in his recruitment. Jones said via social media recently that he will release his top schools soon, and Clemson is a lock to make that list. Interestingly, Jones arrived at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in June in Clemson gear.

Harry Miller, OT, Buford, Ga. (Buford):

A fast-rising prospect, Miller has collected offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Virginia Tech and others since April. Clemson threw its hat in the ring with an offer in June.

Miller has visited Clemson numerous times, including for its junior day in 2016, a couple of games last fall and the spring game this year. He plans to return on July 18. Clemson looks to be one of the strongest contenders in his recruitment moving forward.

Michael Tarquin, OT, Belleview, Fla. (Belleview):

Clemson has tracked Tarquin for well over a year now and pulled the trigger on an offer in May. Tarquin visited Clemson in June and called his experience “outstanding.” He also attended Clemson’s spring game in 2016 before competing at the Dabo Swinney Camp last summer.

Tarquin told us he has kept in touch with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell since the visit last month, and that Clemson is one of the schools standing out to him along with Miami and Michigan. Tarquin also visited Auburn, Michigan, Ohio State and Florida State in June.

Clay Webb, OG, Oxford, Ala. (Oxford):

Webb was one of the most dominant performers among the offensive linemen at the second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp last month, and he summarily received an offer from Clemson.

Webb also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Georgia among others. Alabama is the heavy favorite to ultimately land him, though he is going through the recruiting process and giving other schools a look.

Among the other offensive linemen we’re tracking are Brunswick (Ga.) tackle Warren McClendon, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell tackle Jackson Lampley, Daleville (Va.) Lord Botetourt guard Jesse Hanson, Buford (Ga.) guard Riley Simonds and Moncks Corner (S.C.) Berkeley offensive tackle Kamren McCray.

 

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