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Looking Ahead: Safety

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 safety targets:

Litchfield Ajavon, Alexandria, Va. (Episcopal High):

After attending Clemson’s junior day in March, Ajavon (pictured) received an offer from Clemson on April 24, the Tigers’ first day out on the recruiting trail during this year’s spring evaluation period.

Georgia, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are among his other offers.

Ajavon (6-0, 185) most recently visited Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame last month, calling them “outstanding schools” via social media afterward.

He logged 72 tackles as a sophomore in 2016.

Jalen Catalon, Mansfield, Texas (Mansfield Legacy High):

Catalon, who is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 7 safety and a top-150 overall prospect, collected an offer from Clemson in March. Ohio State and Stanford offered him in June, joining schools such as TCU, Oklahoma, Missouri and SMU on his offer sheet.

Catalon (5-10, 180) made a visit to Clemson last month and has cited Clemson as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest. He isn’t in a hurry to make a decision, but Clemson, Oklahoma and TCU are a few he is high on early in the process.

As a sophomore, Catalon logged 196 tackles, including seven for loss, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and nine interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

Jammie Robinson, Cordele, Ga. (Crisp County High):

Robinson’s recruitment took off this spring, when he hauled in offers from Clemson, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Tennessee and a number of others.

Robinson was offered by Clemson in late June and intended to visit this month, but wasn’t able to make it because of activities with his high school team.

Robinson, who most recently visited Florida State and South Carolina, said on social media recently that he is looking to commit early. He told us recently that South Carolina has recruited him the hardest thus far.

Robinson (5-11, 185) plays all over the field and is viewed as a defensive or offensive prospect by his various suitors. Clemson is recruiting him as a defensive back.

Some of the other safety prospects we’re watching are Lanett (Ala.) Lanett Senior’s Trikweze Bridges, Milton (Ga.)’s Joseph Charleston and Powder Spring (Ga.) Hillgrove’s Jaylen McCollough.

Bridges visited Clemson in April and returned to compete at the second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. McCollough competed at the camp’s first session, and Charleston visited during the second camp session but did not work out.

 

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