Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

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Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

Clemson coaches go in home. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive line coach Todd Bates had in-home visits with a priority target and a commitment Wednesday.

Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth five-star defensive end K.J. Henry drew one of the stops. On Thursday, he tweeted out a picture from the visit of him with the coaches:

Henry also said on social media that he was paid a visit Tuesday by South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp and outside linebackers coach Mike Peterson:

Henry has a top five of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech. He has made official visits to each school with the exception of Alabama. He had planned to go there this weekend, but it now looks like that visit likely will not happen.

Henry will be in Spartanburg, S.C., on Monday as practices for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas kick off. He will announce his decision and sign on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period.

Jefferies, meanwhile, welcomed Swinney, Venables and Bates for an in-home visit Wednesday as well. The four-star defensive tackle from Covington (Ga.) Newton has been committed to Clemson since June. Some pictures from his visit with the coaches surfaced on social media Thursday:

Swinney and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott also paid a visit to Clemson kicker commit BT Potter at Finley Road Elementary School on Thursday. Potter’s mom is a teacher there.

Clemson coach checks up on 4-star RB. Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott stopped by the school of Rockledge (Fla.) four-star running back Jashaun Corbin on Wednesday, Corbin told TCI. He said their meeting “went well” and he has been communicating with Elliott “every other day or couple days” recently.

Corbin is one of a couple candidates to fill Clemson’s lone spot at running back in the 2018 class. The Tigers are waiting to see what happens with Butler (Ga.) Taylor County four-star Lyn-J Dixon, who officially visited Clemson the weekend of The Citadel game and plans to take official visits to Louisville and Oklahoma State the next two weekends.

Corbin had been committed to Florida State since May before de-committing on Sunday. He made an official visit to Oregon in late November and is planning to officially visit Clemson. He recently picked up offers from Nebraska, TCU and Virginia Tech.

New offers out. Clemson has dispensed a slew of offers this week. The two most recent went out to a pair of 2019 prospects — Wellington (Fla.) Palm Beach Central five-star defensive back Akeem Dent and Miami (Fla.) South Dade four-star wide receiver Frank Ladson — on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.

Dent committed to Florida State in July after de-committing from Miami in March. The 6-foot, 170-pounder lists 21 offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan and Ohio State. He is ranked as a top-five cornerback and top-75 overall prospect in his class according to the major recruiting services.

Ladson, meanwhile, de-committed from Florida on Tuesday. He had been a Gators pledge since March.

In addition to Clemson and Florida, Ladson cites offers from Auburn, Georgia, Iowa, Miami, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pittsburgh and others. He is teammates with 2019 four-star athlete Tyrique Stevenson, who received an offer from Clemson on Monday before de-committing from Florida on Tuesday as well.

In case you missed it TCI spoke with Ladson about the “big time” Clemson offer.

Other notes.

** Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian five-star safety Tyreke Johnson committed to Ohio State on Tuesday as expected. He had a top three of Ohio State, Clemson and UCLA and made official visits to each school in recent weeks.

** Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy defensive end Xavier Thomas was honored and presented with his U.S. Army All-American game jersey at a ceremony at his school Wednesday. The five-star Clemson commit will compete with the East team against the West at the Army-All-American Bowl, which will take place on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

** Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic five-star offensive lineman Cade Mays had an in-home visit with Georgia offensive line coach Sam Pittman on Tuesday. Georgia is one of his top three schools along with Clemson and Ohio State. He has taken official visits to Ohio State and Clemson and will make his final official to Georgia on Dec. 15.

** Speaking of Mays, Clemson five-star commits Thomas and Trevor Lawrence took an opportunity to recruit Mays via Twitter on Wednesday:

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