It’s been an eventful week on the Clemson recruiting front. The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
The biggest news of the week came Tuesday evening when Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton four-star safety Joseph Charleston (pictured) announced his commitment to Clemson. After visiting Clemson three times this season for the Kent State, Auburn and Boston College games, Charleston — a top-10 safety and top-200 overall prospect in the 2019 class by ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports — chose the Tigers over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Tennessee among others.
Charleston (6-2, 190) is the first commitment in Clemson’s 2019 class, so the Tigers are off to a great start in the next cycle. He has all the tools you want in a safety with his size, range, physicality and ball skills.
In case you missed it, we spoke with Charleston about his decision to become a Tiger.
Here are other news and notes from the last week in recruiting:
** Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth five-star defensive end K.J. Henry announced that he will commit on Dec. 20 during a 5 p.m. school ceremony.
Henry (6-6, 230) has a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. Each school will get an official visit before he signs in December and enrolls early in his school of choice. Henry made his first official visit to Georgia on Sept. 23 when the Bulldogs hosted Mississippi State.
Henry is expected to take his official to Clemson for the Georgia Tech game on Oct. 28. He most recently visited Clemson when the Tigers played Auburn on Sept. 9.
** Loganville (Ga.) Grayson 2019 five-star linebacker Owen Pappoe said he will release his top three schools “soon.”
In May, Pappoe (6-0, 207) announced a top 10 of Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee. Clemson and Georgia appear likely to make his final three. Auburn, Florida State and Nebraska are in the mix for the final spot.
Pappoe most recently visited Clemson in June and could return for the Florida State game on Nov. 11.
** Clayton (N.C.) 2019 four-star defensive end Savion Jackson named Clemson one of his top 10 schools on Tuesday. Alabama, Tennessee, Louisville, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and N.C. State also made the list, in no order.
Clemson has not yet offered, though is showing interest. Jackson (6-3, 245) visited Clemson for the first time in March to watch a spring practice before returning to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He is ranked as a top-five defensive end and top-50 overall prospect in the 2019 class by ESPN, Scout and 247Sports.
** Clemson offered Saint Louis (Mo.) Webster Groves 2018 point guard Courtney Ramey on Wednesday.
Ramey (6-3, 170) recently de-committed from Louisville in the wake of the FBI probe. His offer sheet includes Arkansas, Creighton, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Marquette, Missouri, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Texas, Texas A&M and USC among others.
** Seneca (S.C.) tight end and Clemson commitment Braden Galloway, who suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot in August, has been cleared by doctors to play again.
Galloway injured the foot on a running play during Seneca’s game against Chapman on Aug. 26. He underwent X-rays the next morning that revealed the fracture and was expected to miss four to six weeks.
** The rosters for the 81st annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas were announced this week, and two Clemson commits have been selected to participate in Rock Hill (S.C.) South Pointe quarterback Derion Kendrick and Central (S.C.) Daniel linebacker Jake Venables. Kendrick, of course, plays quarterback for South Pointe but is committed to the Tigers as a wide receiver.
The full rosters for the game can be found here.
** Clemson kicker commit B.T. Potter of South Pointe made a visit to Clemson on Wednesday with teammate and fellow kicker Diego Rodriguez.