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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:

Clemson offers local OL. Clemson has signed several prospects from Dorman High School in Roebuck, S.C., during Dabo Swinney’s tenure, including a couple of offensive linemen (Patrick DeStefano, 2012; Brandon Thomas, 2009).

On Tuesday, the Tigers made a move for another Dorman O-lineman. Class of 2018 tackle Jordan McFadden, a Virginia Tech commitment, was informed of an offer from Clemson by area recruiter Jeff Scott.

“They are having a couple of OL go to the draft, and they are taking more OL in my class,” McFadden said of what he heard from Scott.

McFadden (6-5, 280) committed to Virginia Tech over finalists Duke, Rutgers and Michigan State on July 4. He told us he was “excited” to receive the Clemson offer but remains completely solid in his pledge to the Hokies right now.

McFadden competed at the Swinney Camp last summer and attended multiple games at Clemson last season. Clemson is an offer he coveted, so his recruitment certainly bears close monitoring.

Auburn commit adds Clemson offer. McFadden wasn’t the only prospect committed elsewhere to pick up an offer from Clemson on Tuesday.

One week after committing to Auburn, Jensen Beach (Fla.) 2018 four-star safety Jamien Sherwood added Clemson to an offer list that includes Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, Penn State and Tennessee among others.

Expect Clemson to attract Sherwood (6-2, 195) for a game visit this fall.

Dead period upon us. The dead period in college football recruiting commenced Tuesday with the arrival of August and will conclude at the end of the month. During the dead period, coaches are not allowed to have face-to-face contact with prospects or their parents, nor can they watch prospects compete at their high schools.

So, summer visits have come to an end. While the attention of Clemson’s staff will shift primarily to football with fall camp beginning on Thursday, the Tigers figure to start sending out invitations to prospects for their home opener against Kent State on Sept. 2. The anticipated home matchup with Auburn on Sept. 9, though, stands as the first big visit date of Clemson’s season when the Tigers will try to get some of their top targets on campus.

Other tidbits.

** Last week, one of Clemson’s top targets in the 2019 class quietly made his way to campus. Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna defensive end Zacch Pickens returned to Clemson for his first visit since March, when he took in a spring practice. Pickens (6-3, 245) toured the new facility again and was able to spend more time with Brent Venables and Todd Bates. We were told the visit went very well. Clemson and Florida State are viewed as the early fronturnners for Pickens, who also went to Georgia last week.

** With the calendar turning to August yesterday, programs were able to extend official offers to prospects in the 2018 class. One notable official offer that Clemson sent out went to Washington (D.C.) Woodson four-star running back Mychale Salahuddin.

Salahuddin (5-11, 195) committed to Southern Cal in late June on the heels of a visit there. He had previously expressed substantial interest in Clemson and visited in mid-June to compete at the Swinney Camp. He is one of four running backs that have received offers from Clemson since Zamir White committed to Georgia in late June (Lyn-J Dixon, Asa Martin, Master Teague).

** Clemson five-star commitments Trevor Lawrence and Xavier Thomas were named preseason first-team All-Americans by MaxPreps on Tuesday.

 

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