Looking Ahead is a feature The Clemson Insider releases from time to time to take a look at where the Tigers stand with targets in the 2019 class.
In this article, we look at some of Clemson’s wide receiver prospects:
Brannon Spector, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun High) — Clemson commit:
Spector became the second commitment in Clemson’s 2019 class when he pledged to Dabo Swinney before the Tigers’ game against Georgia Tech on Oct. 28. Spector received his offer from Clemson after impressing during the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. He could play receiver, safety or even linebacker for Clemson in the future depending on how he develops physically. His brother is Clemson redshirt freshman linebacker Baylon Spector, while his father is former Clemson receiver Robbie Spector and his sister is a cheerleader for the Tigers. In case you missed it, TCI paid Spector a visit last Friday as part of our Tour of Champions.
Trey Knox, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Blackman High):
Knox (pictured) is touted as one of the top prospects in Tennessee and one of the best receivers in his class. His offer list includes Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and others.
Clemson made a move for Knox in September, offering him during his visit for the Boston College game and immediately vaulting into his top group. Clemson and Ohio State are the perceived early frontrunners in his recruitment, followed by Florida and perhaps Tennessee.
Knox also visited Clemson for the spring game in April. This season, along with Clemson, he has been to Florida and Ohio State.
Knox is teammates with former Clemson running back target Master Teague. In 12 games as a junior this season, Knox recorded 52 receptions for 667 yards and five touchdowns.
Ramel Keyton, Marietta, Ga. (Marietta High):
Clemson has emerged as one of the strongest contenders for Keyton since giving him an offer in August. He visited Clemson for the Auburn and Boston College games in September, and is set to return this Saturday for The Citadel game. Keyton described his interest in Clemson to TCI recently, calling the Tigers “one big family.”
In addition to Clemson, Keyton cites offers from Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Miami and Tennessee among others. He named Georgia, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee and Ohio State as the schools recruiting him the hardest right now.
Keyton said he is looking to start focusing on certain schools after his junior season, and Clemson will certainly be one of them. In 11 contests as a junior this season, Keyton has logged 41 catches for 897 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Jashawn Sheffield, Saint Simons Island, Ga. (Frederica Academy):
Sheffield has been on Clemson’s radar for quite some time. He received an offer from Clemson in March 2016 following his freshman season. The consensus top-30 prospect in his class regardless of position possesses around a dozen offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma.
Sheffield is teammates with 2019 four-star defensive back Jaylin Simpson, who picked up an offer from Clemson in August. Clemson area recruiter Jeff Scott paid them a visit in October when he attended one of their games.
Clemson has consistently been in the conversation for Sheffield with schools such as Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State.
Among other receivers in the class of 2019 we’re keeping an eye on are Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove’s Jadon Haselwood, a Georgia commit; Dunnellon (Fla.)’s Maurice Goolsby, a Florida commit; Loganville (Ga.) Grayson’s Kenyon Jackson; Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman’s Jacoby Pinckney; Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern’s Jamario Holley; Cornelius (N.C.) Hough’s Nolan Groulx; and Mountain Brook (Ala.)’s Hamp Greene.
Above photo: Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star Trey Knox during his visit to Clemson for the Boston College game on Sept. 23.