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Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

5-star to announce top 5. Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth five-star defensive end K.J. Henry will announce his top five schools on Monday, his mother said via social media on Saturday.

Henry, a priority Clemson target, released a top 10 of Clemson, Alabama, Charlotte, Georgia, Louisville, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina and Virginia Tech in early April.

Clemson and Alabama are safe bets to make the cut, while Virginia Tech appears to be as well. Georgia, Ohio State and South Carolina are the other main schools in his recruitment right now.

Henry (6-6, 230) most recently visited Ohio State on July 20 after going to Alabama and Georgia in early June. He most recently visited Clemson in March and also visited for the Tigers’ game against Louisville last season.

Henry’s top five will get official visits from him in the fall before he makes his decision either late into his senior season or after it. The top-15 overall prospect nationally per ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports plans to enroll early at the school of his choice in January.

Tigers offer top Georgia DBs. A pair of talented defensive backs from the Peach State picked up offers from Clemson on Thursday in Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer’s Andrew Booth and Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett’s D.J. Turner, both of whom are prospects in the class of 2019.

Booth (6-0, 180) owns other offers from Alabama, Auburn, Duke, Georgia, Indiana, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and Wisconsin.

Turner (5-11, 170) lists offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford and Tennessee among others.

Booth was one of the most impressive performers at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June.

Turner competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp in the summers of 2016 and 2015. He has also attended several games at Clemson, including the Louisville game in 2016 and the Boston College and Wake Forest contests in 2015.

Booth recorded seven interceptions as a sophomore last season, while Turner posted five interceptions and 12 pass breakups.

Alabama, Auburn and Georgia followed Clemson with offers to Booth this weekend. Alabama likewise offered Turner on Friday.

Clemson hosts three visitors. Clemson played host to three prospects late this week.

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 2019 offensive lineman Vincent Murphy visited on Thursday. Murphy (6-4, 260) has offers from Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, UCLA, Virginia Tech and others. He also went to Georgia and Georgia Tech this week.

Largo (Fla.) 2019 defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells, who has been committed to Florida since June 2016, visited Clemson on Friday. Sorrells (6-3, 250) picked up an offer from Clemson in June to go with offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.

Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie School 2020 linebacker Korey Smith (6-1, 230) also visited on Friday. He is drawing early interest from power conference programs such as Penn State, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

In case you missed it, Sorrells and Smith spoke with us about their visits.

Clemson D-tackle target commits elsewhere. Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren 2019 defensive tackle Jacob Lacey announced his commitment to Notre Dame on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Lacey announced a top six of Clemson, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee.

Lacey (6-2, 300) received an offer from Clemson in early June while on campus for the Dabo Swinney Camp. He also visited Clemson for its junior day in March and the Louisville game last season.

Notre Dame was viewed as the frontrunner in his recruitment followed by Clemson. Lacey has visited Notre Dame a handful of times since being offered by the Irish in June 2016.

Other tidbits.

** Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star running back Lyn-J Dixon visited Tennessee on Saturday to watch its first preseason practice. Dixon, a Tennessee commit, received an offer from Clemson in early July and attended Clemson’s sixth annual All In Cookout last weekend.

** Clemson kicker commit B.T. Potter of Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe High) committed this week to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will take place on Jan. 6 in San Antonio, Texas. As a junior last season, Potter booted 95 of his 105 kickoffs for touchbacks. He also converted 12 of 19 field-goal attempts with a long of 49 yards.

 

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