The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
Future Tigers named POY Award finalists. On Tuesday, Clemson commitments Trevor Lawrence and Derion Kendrick were named among six finalists for the 2018 U.S. Army Player of the Year Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top senior player. The winner will be announced on Jan. 5 during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Awards Show.
In 12 games as a senior this season, Lawrence completed 69.1 percent of his passes (177-of-256) for 3,296 yards and 41 touchdowns with just one interception. The five-star had led Cartersville (Ga.) High to 41 consecutive victories and back-to-back state championships before the team fell to Blessed Trinity (Roswell, Ga.) in the second round of the Georgia 4A state playoffs earlier this month. Lawrence finished his career as the state of Georgia’s all-time leader in passing yards (13,908) and touchdown passes (161), ahead of former Gainesville and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Kendrick, meanwhile, has passed for 2,557 yards and 27 touchdowns while rushing for 1,075 yards and 19 more scores through 14 games this season. He has led South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.) to 25 straight wins and a 14-0 record this season heading into this Saturday’s South Carolina 4A state championship game against Hartsville. Kendrick scored a whopping seven touchdowns against Greer in the upper state title game last Friday.
The six player of the year finalists were picked by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee. The committee narrowed down the choices from a field of 16 semi-finalists that included Clemson five-star defensive end commit Xavier Thomas.
FSU commit slated for Clemson official visit. Rockledge (Fla.) four-star running back Jashaun Corbin told TCI he plans to make an official visit to Clemson on Dec. 15.
Corbin has been committed to Florida State since May but has been looking around amid the rumors of Jimbo Fisher’s departure. He is coming off of an official visit to Oregon last weekend, while he is also slated to take official visits to FSU and Southern Cal in January.
As TCI reported last week, Corbin is highly interested in Clemson and has been in contact with the staff. The Tigers are still looking for their lone running back take in the 2018 class and are staying patient in their pursuits while keeping their options open. Corbin, who doesn’t plan to sign until February, could be an option for the Tigers if they don’t land top running back target Lyn-J Dixon, who officially visited Clemson the weekend of The Citadel game. Dixon plans to sign in February, as well.
** Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian five-star safety Tyreke Johnson announced via Twitter on Thursday that he has eliminated UCLA from contention in his recruitment, citing the instability of the coaching staff and uncertainty surrounding the future of UCLA secondary coach Demetrice Martin.
Johnson narrowed the field to UCLA, Clemson and Ohio State before making official visits to all three schools in recent weeks. He plans to sign in December and enroll early at his school of choice.
** Alpharetta (Ga.) 2018 four-star defensive back Jaycee Horn de-committed from Tennessee on Sunday. Horn, who had been committed to the Volunteers since August, received an offer from Clemson in early October after attending the Tigers’ win over Auburn in September. Horn most recently visited South Carolina last weekend and has also been to Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss this season. Horn, who is not expected to sign early, told TCI recently that he wanted to check out Clemson again and bring his mom with him.
** A pair of 2019 prospects on Clemson’s radar de-committed from Florida this week. New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) four-star safety Jaleel McRae announced the decision on Sunday before Dunnellon (Fla.) four-star wide receiver Maurice Goolsby withdrew his pledge on Tuesday. McRae drew substantial individual attention during his multi-day visit to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June, while Goolsby competed at the Swinney Camp in 2016 and included Clemson in a listing of his top schools prior to his Florida pledge over the summer.