Over 400 high school players hit the practice fields at Clemson Saturday for the Dabo Swinney football camp. A number of Clemson verbal commitments, some prospects being recruited by the Tigers, and some sure to get more interest after camp all worked in the hot conditions.
The top prospect on campus was linebacker Tony Steward from St. Augustine, Florida. Steward is considered the top linebacker in the nation by many and a consensus top 10 player nationally regardless of position. The prize recruit did not workout Wednesday afternoon, but spent plenty of time with the Clemson staff during the sessions. Steward put on an impressive performance Tuesday at the camp.
The Tigers have always done well recruiting the Jacksonville, FL area and getting Steward on campus for a few days will certainly put the Tigers in the mix, but they will have to fight off all of the top programs in the country to land Steward.
Steward wasn’t the only top prospect from the Jacksonville area. Wednesday over ten prospects from First Coast arrived for the camp. One of the top prospects from First Coast was 2012 receiver Chris Black. Chris showed good speed and nice hands during the camp.
TCI got to see Clemson verbal commitment Eric MacLain in person for the first time Wednesday. MacLain looked good during the receiver drills. The top tight end showed good hands and looked good catching the ball. The camp did not provide an opportunity to see what kind of blocker MacLain will be.
Tiger commitment Shaq Anthony worked out Wednesday. Anthony has really filled out his upper body and is looking more like a top tackle prospect every day. Anthony is very agile for a lineman his size. Coach Brad Scott and coach Pearman both worked with Pearman during the camp.
Dorman receiver and Clemson verbal Adam Humphries also worked out on Wednesday. Humphries showed great hands, went up for the ball well and showed better speed than I had previously seen watching him at Dorman.
Quarterback Austin Brown from Flowery Branch showed a good arm during the day. Certainly doesn’t have a Kyle Parker arm, but could make most of the throws. Accuracy was pretty good, but not excellent.
Defensive lineman Derrick Mitchell looks the part. He played well during the drills and seemed to take the coaching from coach Rumph well.
One defensive tackle that was not at camp, but could be a future Tigers is Phillip Dukes. Talking with several sources Wednesday, it sounds like the Tigers remain in good shape with Dukes. Dukes, Williams and Maybank would give the Tigers a great defensive tackle class.
Clemson verbal commitment DeShaun Williams was on hand to watch the camp and support a number of his Daniel High teammates. Williams has been hard at work in the weight room and the returns are good. It was apparent that Williams has added significant upper body strength.
William’s teammate Shaq Lawson is going to be a very good defensive end. Lawson looked very good during the drills and has great agility. The Tigers are obviously in good shape early with Lawson.