The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
Clemson in final two for OL target. Tampa (Fla.) Cambridge Christian four-star offensive tackle Richard Gouraige (pictured) named Clemson and Florida the two finalists in his recruitment on Monday via social media.
Gouraige (6-5, 270) was considered a heavy Florida lean until recently. He has visited Gainesville numerous times, most recently for the Gators’ game against LSU on Oct. 7., while he hasn’t been to Clemson since the Tigers held their junior day in January. However, Florida’s 3-3 start to the season has altered the complexion of his recruitment.
Besides Clemson and Florida, Gouraige’s offer sheet includes the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Southern Cal and Texas.
Gouraige, a consensus top-15 tackle and top-130 overall prospect in the 2018 class, is not expected to make his decision in the near future.
Clemson continues to stay patient as it looks for its first commitment from an O-lineman this cycle.
5-star OL to visit. As TCI reported last night, Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays is planning to visit Clemson on Oct. 28 when the Tigers play host to Georgia Tech.
Mays (6-5, 300) has been committed to Tennessee since July 2015. He received an offer from Clemson in December 2014 and has visited Clemson a couple of times in the past.
Mays is a longtime friend of Clemson commit and fellow Tennessee native Mike Jones, who will also be in Death Valley next weekend with Clemson commit Xavier Thomas.
Mays, a consensus top-five tackle and top-50 overall prospect in the 2018 class, hails from the same school as Clemson receiver Amari Rodgers.
Mays’ father is former Tennessee and All-SEC offensive lineman Kevin Mays. His brother, 2020 offensive guard Cooper Mays, visited Clemson for the Auburn game on Sept. 9.
Florida commitment to visit. Largo (Fla.) 2019 four-star defensive lineman and Florida commitment Jaquaze Sorrells is scheduled to visit Clemson on Nov. 11 when the Tigers play Florida State.
Sorrells (6-3, 250) picked up an offer from Clemson in June after defensive coordinator Brent Venables checked him out in May during the spring evaluation period. He then made his first visit to Clemson in July.
Florida was first to offer in June 2016, and he pledged to the Gators on the spot. He has kept an open mind in his recruitment since then as he has received offers from Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.
Sorrells told us this week that he is hearing the most from Clemson, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Oregon and South Florida.
Sorrells is also slated to visit Florida State on Oct. 21, Alabama on Nov. 4 and Michigan on Nov. 25.
He is ranked by ESPN as the No. 4 defensive end and No. 20 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
TE target set to announce. Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point four-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad announced via social media on Sunday that he will announce his commitment decision during a school ceremony on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Muhammad (6-4, 235) told us earlier this month that Clemson was in his top four along with Michigan, Texas and UCLA, and that he planned to make an official visit to Clemson for the Florida State game. He originally planned to announce his decision on signing day in February before moving up his timeline.
Clemson tight ends coach Danny Pearman and area recruiter Mike Reed have continued to court Muhammad since Seneca (S.C.) tight end Braden Galloway committed to the Tigers in April. However, Michigan has long made Muhammad its top priority, and it’s widely believed that the Wolverines will be the choice.
Muhammad hasn’t visited Clemson since the January junior day.
Clemson commits receive All-American jerseys. Clemson defensive end commit Justin Mascoll and defensive back commit Kyler McMichael were both recently honored with their U.S. Army All-American Game jerseys during ceremonies at their respective schools.
Mascoll of Snellville (Ga.) South Gwinnett received his jersey on Friday before McMichael of Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian received his on Tuesday.
The Army All-American Game will take place on Jan. 6 in San Antonio.