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Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

It was an eventful last week as it relates to Clemson recruiting. The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

5-stars Lawrence, Thomas shine in the spotlight. Clemson was well represented on Saturday night when five-star commitments Trevor Lawrence and Xavier Thomas had big-time individual performances on national TV.

Lawrence led Cartersville (Ga.) High to a 52-45 win versus Bartram Trail (St. Johns, Fla.) as he completed 18 of 22 passes for 403 yards and four touchdowns.

Thomas, meanwhile, posted five quarterback hurries, four tackles and two pass breakups from his defensive end position in IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)’s 27-14 win at Chandler (Ariz.).

Cartersville’s game was televised by ESPN2, while IMG Academy played on ESPNU. Both Lawrence and Thomas were named the Most Valuable Players of their respective games during the broadcasts.

TCI was on location at Cartersville to watch Lawrence as part of our Tour of Champions. You can check out all of our coverage of Lawrence here.

New offers go out. Four prospects reported offers from Clemson this week in Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2018 four-star cornerback Brendan Radley-Hiles, Saint Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy 2019 four-star cornerback Jaylin Simpson, Belleville (Mich.) 2019 four-star athlete Julian Barnett and Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage 2019 linebacker Drake Thomas.

Radley-Hiles, who committed to Nebraska back in April, told TCI he is planning to take an official visit to Clemson this fall. He also said that Thomas and Clemson linebacker commit Mike Jones, two of his teammates at IMG, have already started to do some recruiting on him for the Tigers.

After transferring from Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) to Calabasas (Calif.) for his junior year, Radley-Hiles transferred to IMG ahead of his senior season. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound California native is ranked as a top-10 cornerback nationally and top-50 overall prospect.

Simpson (5-11, 165) announced his offer from Clemson on Wednesday and told TCI it is an offer he’s been waiting for.

Simpson owns an impressive offer sheet that includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others. He told us that Clemson is now one of the schools standing out to him at this stage of his recruitment along with Florida State, Miami and Ohio State.

Simpson, who said he doesn’t currently have a timetable for his future decision, competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp in the summer of 2016 with teammate Jashawn Sheffield, one of Clemson’s receiver targets in the class of 2019.

Clemson dispensed its offer to Barnett on Friday.

A consensus top-115 prospect in the 2019 class by the major recruiting services, Barnett carries more than 20 offers in total, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oregon.

Barnett visited Clemson in July with a group of prospects from Michigan that included his teammate, five-star 2019 offensive tackle Devontae Dobbs, who holds an offer from the Tigers as well.

Last but not least, Thomas reported his offer from Clemson on social media Sunday night.

Thomas (6-1, 225) also has offers from Duke, Houston, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and West Virginia among others.

Thomas is a tackling machine and tallied 103 tackles, seven tackles for loss, a sack and two forced fumbles in 14 games as a sophomore last season.

He is ranked by ESPN as the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 283 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

Clemson commit to undergo foot surgery. Clemson tight end commit Braden Galloway of Seneca (S.C.) High suffered a Jones Fracture in his right foot during his team’s loss to Chapman on Friday night. The injury will require surgery and cause him to miss the next four to six weeks.

Galloway, who started the game at quarterback, injured the foot on a long running play in the first quarter. He tried to play through it but was forced to exit the game early in the second quarter and did not return.

Galloway (6-5, 235) threw a pretty 40-yard touchdown pass prior to sustaining the injury. In a Week 1 win over Berea, he caught a touchdown pass, passed for 102 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 107 yards and another score.

Other tidbits.

** Decatur (Ala.) Austin four-star running back Asa Martin committed to Auburn on Thursday over finalists Alabama, Clemson and Florida. Martin received an offer from Clemson on July 17 during a visit to the school, and running backs coach Tony Elliott recruited him hard down the stretch. The Tigers impressed him enough to be added as a finalist his recruitment, but his comfort level with Auburn was too much for the other contenders to overcome.

** Charleston (S.C.) First Baptist 2019 running back Michel Dukes told us this week that he is slated to visit Clemson for its primetime matchup against Auburn in Death Valley on Sept. 9. Dukes, who competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp each of the last three summers, has offers from North Carolina, South Carolina and Wake Forest. As a sophomore last season, he rushed for 2,262 yards and 38 touchdowns to lead First Baptist to the AA state championship.

** Amite (La.) 2019 five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher named Clemson among his top 12 schools on Friday. Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Penn State and Tennessee also made the list. Sopsher received an offer from Clemson in April and visited Clemson in June for the Swinney Camp.

** Clemson commit B.T. Potter was named a preseason All-American by Chris Sailer Kicking this week. Potter, the top-ranked kicker in the 2018 class according to Chris Sailer’s rankings, booted a pair of 45-yard field goals for South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) in its win over Nation Ford on Friday.

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