Clemson has pulled a few of Tennessee’s top prospects out of the Volunteer State during Dabo Swinney’s tenure as head coach, including offensive lineman Jay Guillermo (2012) and wide receivers Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers (2017).
The Tigers have their eye on several prospects from Tennessee in the 2019 recruiting cycle. TCI takes a look at some of those prospects to watch as it relates to Clemson:
Trey Knox, 4-star WR, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Blackman):
Knox is ranked by Rivals as a top-10 receiver and top-50 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Clemson extended an offer to him last September when he visited for the Boston College game. The four-star also visited Clemson for its spring game last April.
In addition to Clemson, Knox lists offers from Ohio State, Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame and others. He told TCI recently that schools such as Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Florida have all been in contact with him of late. Knox enjoyed his experiences at Clemson last year, and the Tigers are squarely in the mix for his services. Tennessee, Ohio State and Florida are a few other major contenders.
Joseph Anderson, 4-star DE, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel):
Clemson offered Anderson last May and got him on campus twice last season for the Wake Forest and Florida State games. Anderson is ranked as a top-10 prospect in Tennessee according to all the major recruiting services. He holds over 20 offers in total, including ones from the likes of Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State. Notre Dame is viewed as the frontrunner for Anderson right now, with Clemson and South Carolina a couple others heavily involved.
Lance Wilhoite, 4-star WR, Nashville, Tenn. (Franklin Road Academy):
Wilhoite is ranked as the No. 5 receiver and No. 39 overall prospect in the 2019 class by ESPN. His offer list includes Clemson, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee among others. Clemson extended an offer to Wilhoite in December, and he told TCI recently that Clemson was in his top three along with Ohio State and Florida State. “I’m starting to get a list of things I would like to see in schools,” he said, “and Clemson is starting to check most of them off.” Wilhoite cited location, early playing time and recruiting success as some of the things that will factor into his future decision. He said he was planning to visit Clemson sometime this offseason.
Other prospects to watch:
Trevis Hopper, 3-star DT, Memphis, Tenn. (Central)
Adonis Otey, 4-star CB, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Blackman)
Jashon Watkins, 4-star ATH, Nashville, Tenn. (East Nashville Magnet)
Cameron Wynn, 3-star ATH, Chattanooga, Tenn. (Notre Dame)
Kane Patterson, 4-star LB, Nashville, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian Academy)
T.J. Sheffield, 4-star WR, Thompson’s Station, Tenn. (Independence)