Clemson’s depth in the defensive backfield was tested this past season, and it doesn’t appear to be adding strength in numbers this year.
While the Tigers will most likely finish with two or three defensive backs in their 2018 class, they will lose several after this coming season either due to graduation or exiting early for the NFL draft.
2019 should be a big class for Clemson, likely exceeding over 20 recruits and probably ending up around 25. Defensive back will definitely be a pressing need that Brent Venables will target, so let’s take a at a possible cornerback prospect in next year’s class.
Jordan Clark, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound product out of University Lab (La.) High School, looks and plays a lot like former Tiger defensive back Ryan Carter.
He has eight offers as of now, but he is a player whose stock will rise as the ’19 recruiting process starts to unfold. He said he has recently been in contact with Princeton, Stanford, Arkansas State, Texas A&M, Louisiana Tech, Arizona State and Clemson.
Last week, Venables visited his school.
Clark said as of right now, he plans on taking four visits this spring and will most likely be camping around this summer.
“I’ll be visiting Stanford, Mississippi State, Pitt, and Arizona State,” he said. “I’m going to be camping a lot this summer so at the beginning of next season I’ll narrow down my schools and all that… I’ll be at Clemson for a camp this summer for sure.”
When he camps at Clemson Clark is looking forward to showing the coaching staff his skill set.
“Really I just wanna go out there compete and show the coaches what I can do…maybe tour the facilities a bit,” he said.
Being that his recruitment is still developing, Clark does not currently hold an offer from the Tigers, but Venables loves having players like him that possess the size and athleticism with the ability to play several positions.
“It would mean a lot to have an opportunity to be a part of a program as successful as Clemson’s,” he said. “I really like the culture that they have and how important football is to them out there so my interest level is pretty high.”
Clemson will definitely have a good chance with Clark if they present him with an offer.
“It’s important to me to feel wanted wherever I go,” he said. “I want to be important wherever I end up not just an afterthought.”
Clemson also checks off on just about everything on Clark’s list of what he wants in a school, which could end up leaning in its favor in the future.
“Somewhere where the coaches are good men, and a school with a nice a campus,” he said. “Somewhere where I would enjoy being for the next few years. And somewhere where I could play early and make an impact.”
Right now, Stanford “is making a huge push” for Clark, and appears to be at the top of his list.
Keep an eye out on Clark, he could be a recruit that flies under the radar with plenty of potential.