Looking Ahead: Cornerback

Looking Ahead: Cornerback

Recruiting

Looking Ahead: Cornerback

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 cornerback targets:

Tyus Fields, Cornelius, N.C. (Hough High):

Clemson was the first school to offer Fields (pictured), the brother of Tigers cornerback Mark Fields, in May 2016. He has visited Clemson numerous times, most recently to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June after attending the program’s junior day in March. He took in multiple games in Death Valley last fall.

Fields (5-10, 170) is ranked as the nation’s No. 6 cornerback per 247Sports and has other offers from LSU, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State and Tennessee. He named Clemson his leader following the early offer but has since shied away from citing favorites. He is taking his time with the recruiting process, letting it play out, and told TCI his brother won’t be a factor in his future decision.

As a sophomore in 2016, Fields recorded 61 tackles, three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. He also had 297 rushing yards and seven touchdowns offensively.

Cam’Ron Kelly, Chesapeake, Va. (Oscar Smith High):

Kelly, the nation’s No. 11 corner according to 247, has offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.

Kelly (6-2, 195) visited Clemson in early June and received the offer from Clemson later that month. He told us afterward he had a great visit and felt welcomed by the Tigers, adding that he hopes to get back on campus soon and continue building upon his relationship with the coaches and players. Clemson looks to have staying power in his recruitment, with Kelly saying the Tigers “will be one of my top contenders in the future.”

As a sophomore last season, Kelly tallied 35 tackles, eight interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, 13 pass breakups and a forced fumble. The outstanding athlete posted 48 catches for 753 yards and five touchdowns on offense, as well.

Jalen Alexander, Loganville, Ga. (Grayson High):

Alexander has visited Clemson on several occasions this year. He attended the Tigers’ junior day in March, visited in June with a few teammates that included five-star linebacker Owen Pappoe and returned less than a week later to compete at the Swinney Camp.

Alexander (6-0, 160) garnered his first offer from Auburn in February and has since added offers from schools such as Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wisconsin. He isn’t in a rush to render a decision, either.

Alexander has enjoyed his visits to Tiger Town and has a couple of ties to Clemson. His former head coach at Grayson is Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn, who has expressed substantial interest. He also trains with a group of Atlanta-area prospects under former Clemson corner Justin Miller.

Tiawan Mullen, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Coconut Creek High):

Mullen, the brother of Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen, has an offer sheet highlighted by Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State and Mississippi State. He is still in the early stages of his recruitment and figures to attract more attention moving forward.

Mullen (5-10, 160) intended to visit Clemson last month before a scheduling conflict with a team tournament arose.

Mullen finished his sophomore season with 45 tackles and six interceptions, including three he returned for touchdowns.

Some of the other cornerbacks we’re tracking in the 2019 class are Cornelius (N.C.) Hough’s Jalen Frazier, Roswell (Ga.)’s Tyron Hopper, Columbia (S.C.) Ben Lippen’s Akele Pauling and Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer’s Jalyn Phillips.

 

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