Clemson ‘keeping options open’ ahead of NSD

Clemson ‘keeping options open’ ahead of NSD

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Clemson ‘keeping options open’ ahead of NSD

After signing 15 players on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period for college football recruits, Clemson has filled the majority of spots in its 2018 recruiting class. However, with another signing day forthcoming in about a month, the Tigers aren’t quite finished yet.

As always, the traditional National Signing Day is set for the first Wednesday in February. That date this year falls on Feb. 7, and Clemson is expected to ink a small group of additional assets.

“I think that there’s some obvious needs in our secondary in particular, offensively at receiver and the offensive line,” Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables told TCI recently.

The NCAA’s dead period ends Thursday, meaning college coaches will hit the road thereafter to visit recruits as teams try to round out their signing classes. Official visits will resume, as well, and Clemson is working to get a select number of targets on campus.

The Tigers have already gotten an official visit from five-star Justyn Ross, who they hope will fill the lone vacancy at wide receiver. Clemson intends to bring a couple more defensive backs on board, as well, while picking up another high-end offensive lineman and another linebacker remains a possibility.

“You’re always going to be ready for what if,” Venables said. “We’re losing four backers a year from now, and you hate to take four guys in one class. So if you can spread that out to second draft day… If you don’t get your top targets, you don’t want to settle for somebody that’s not going to make you better or try to overrecruit, even if it’s at a position of need. To try to get the best player available, it’s going to make your team better.”

Space in Clemson’s 2018 class is at a premium, but Venables said the Tigers are keeping their options open heading into National Signing Day.

“We’re always keeping options open, as well,” he said. “But the numbers are very thin, and they are what they are. So, we’ll see how this all plays out over the next few weeks.”

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