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Looking Ahead: Tight End

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 tight end prospects.

Clemson has yet to offer a tight end in the class of 2019, but here are some of the names we’re tracking:

Ryland Goede, Acworth, Ga. (Kennesaw Mountain High):

Goede (6-7, 235) has visited Clemson several times, most recently making the trip to campus for a day of the Dabo Swinney Camp in mid-June. Prior to that, he attended the Tigers’ game against South Carolina last November.

Goede, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 4 tight end per 247Sports, has also visited Auburn and Georgia this summer. He has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Tennessee and UCLA among others.

Georgia is the early frontrunner for Geode, but a number of programs such as Auburn, Florida, Michigan and Ohio State are in the mix. Clemson’s staff has expressed to Goede the intent to eventually extend an offer, and the Tigers would be in the conversation should that come to fruition. Goede is looking to commit before next summer, possibly in the spring of 2018.

KeShawn Toney, Williston, S.C. (Williston Elko High):

Toney (6-2, 226) has showed well at the Swinney Camp each of the last two years. He competed at the full, three-day first session of the camp in early June.

The Tigers told Toney after this year’s camp they like his physicality at the line of scrimmage and ability to create separation with his route-running skills.

Toney also camped at Georgia Tech, N.C. State and South Carolina this summer and is drawing early interest from those programs as well.

Keon Zipperer, Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland High):

Another tight end who caught our eye at the Swinney Camp last month was Zipperer, who stands at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, has good hands and moves fluidly.

The country’s No. 5 tight end according to 247 carries offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.

Zipperer (pictured) visited Florida for its camp last week and claimed the Gators as his early leader afterward, adding that Clemson is second. Miami and North Carolina are other schools he is high on early in the process. He wants to commit during his senior year.

Among the other 2019 tight ends we’re watching are Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln’s Kamari Morales and Woodbury Forest (Va.)’s Kyle Bilodeau.

 

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