The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:
Swinney pays visits to 5-star Mays. Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays drew a pair of visits from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on Wednesday.
Swinney, accompanied by offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell, made an in-home visit with Mays and his family on Wednesday evening. Mays took to Twitter afterward calling it a “great” visit.
Earlier in the day, Swinney stopped by Knoxville Catholic High to check in on Mays. Tennessee sent several coaches to see Mays at Knoxville Catholic on Wednesday, as well, including head coach Jeremy Pruitt and athletic director Phillip Fulmer.
Mays (6-6, 315) is set to announce his college decision on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period. Two weeks ago, Mays named Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State his top three schools. He made consecutive official visits to Ohio State and Clemson in November and is slated to officially visit Georgia this weekend.
Mays had been committed to Tennessee since July 2015 before formally reopening his recruitment in early November. The son of former Volunteers offensive lineman Kevin Mays is ranked as a top-three offensive tackle nationally. The younger Mays is close friends with Clemson linebacker commitment Mike Jones, while Clemson freshman receiver Amari Rodgers was a teammate of Mays’ while at Knoxville Catholic.
Tigers in final 4 for top Texas safety. Cypress (Texas) Springs four-star safety Leon O’Neal named Clemson one of his final four schools via Twitter on Thursday morning, along with Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Clemson had an in-home visit with O’Neal on Wednesday night.
O’Neal (6-1, 190) de-committed from Texas A&M on Dec. 1 just hours after the school’s hire of Jimbo Fisher was announced. He named Clemson one of his top schools over the summer, as well, before pledging to the Aggies in June.
Clemson offered O’Neal in January and hosted him during the spring game in April. The Tigers figure to be trying to get him back on campus for an official visit next month. The top-10 safety and top-100 national prospect unofficially visited Texas A&M over the weekend. He is slated to return to College Station for an official visit this weekend.
5-star Carman gets visit from Meyer. Five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman drew a visit from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer at Fairfield (Ohio) High on Wednesday, per Fairfield coach Jason Krause.
Swinney visited Carman at Fairfield on Tuesday, per Krause. Caldwell also went to see Carman last Monday.
Carman (6-6, 330) made an official visit to Clemson last weekend. The consensus No. 1 tackle in the 2018 class took an official visit to Ohio State in late October and is expected to officially visit Southern Cal this weekend. He will sign during the early period.
** Florida State head coach Willie Taggart and other FSU staffers visited four-star running back Jashaun Corbin at Rockledge (Fla.) High on Tuesday. Corbin had been a FSU commit since May before de-committing earlier this month.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Tony Elliott stopped by his school last week. The Tigers could get an official visit from Corbin next month. He made an official visit to Oregon last month and plans to officially visit TCU this weekend after receiving an offer from the Horned Frogs last week. He has also received offers from Nebraska and Virginia Tech of late.
** 2019 four-star defensive end Curtis Fann said on social media Wednesday that he will visit South Carolina this weekend. The Twin City (Ga.) Emanuel County Institute prospect named Auburn, Clemson, Florida and South Carolina his four finalists on Sunday.
** South Carolina offered 2019 athlete Tyrique Stevenson this week. The four-star from Miami (Fla.) South Dade received an offer from Clemson last week before de-committing from Florida.