At this point for the class of 2019, rankings do not really mean so much.
Sure, there a lot of top ranked players now that will only continue to get better and stay highly ranked, but there is a lot of wiggle room for recruits that have not completely developed.
Justin Fields, one of the top players for 2018, was not ranked nor had any offers at the end of his sophomore season. Last year’s 247 Sports No. 1 ranked player Jaelen Phillips was not even ranked in the top 350 players in the country a year before signing day.
Yes, those are definitely outliers and these are rare occurrences, but that’s not to say it can’t happen with Chris Shearin, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback out of King’s Fork (Va.) High School. He is one of those players who has plenty of time to develop during his recruitment.
He took part in Dabo Swinney’s football camp last month, but has not taken any visits since.
Shearin has a couple visits lined up throughout the rest of summer at “Maryland, UVA and a couple more schools.”
He also mentioned that a return trip to Clemson could be in the works this fall.
“I would love to!” he said. “It’s a great atmosphere and I absolutely will be back soon.”
According to Shearin, Virginia and Maryland are showing the most interest in him at this point, but other schools should follow suit soon.
“There are a lot that have not pulled the trigger who are waiting on my junior year, so I’m just waiting for that,” he said.
Shearin currently holds a lone offer from Virginia, but as his recruitment develops he expects the offers to start to roll in. He told The Clemson Insider that an offer from Clemson could be huge down the road, seeing as Clemson was one of his favorite schools growing up.
“An offer from the defending camps would be a huge honor and amazing feeling to receive,” he said. “Clemson has been a child hood favorite.”
He still has a while to go before he makes a list of his top schools, but Shearin said that by the end of his junior year it should be narrowed down. When he does make his decision, his two main criteria for choosing a school will be a “family atmosphere and great academics.”
Although he has not received an offer from them yet, Shearin said he can picture himself fitting right into the Clemson program.
“I feel like I would fit in great with the coaches and players,” he said.
If he does choose Clemson down the road, he said it will be getting a “hard working kid that would do everything they ask to win.”
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