Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney held the first of two high school football camps this week. A number of Clemson’s top recruiting targets were on hand for the first session. TheClemsonInsider.com was
4-star Tallahassee, Florida defensive back Travis Blanks was one of the headliners for the first session. Blanks has been very high on the Tigers and the three-day visit to Tigertown should help cement the Tigers as one of the leaders. Travis showed during the camp why the Tigers and many other top programs are in hot pursuit. The Tigers will be a major factor in Travis’ recruitment until the end.
While some of the top prospects took some of the sessions off Travis hit the field and competed hard in every drill. Coach Cheese has clearly built a strong relationship with Travis. The prize recruit got plenty of attention from Coach Cheese and the staff during the camp. One of the most impressive things was Travis showed appeared to be very coachable. A lot of times you see the top prospects go through the motions and not pay a lot of attention to what the coaches are teaching during the camp. Blanks was always attentive and even was seen on numerous occasions showing other campers how to do the drills correctly.
Bamberg defensive end Martin Aiken was another top prospect attending the sessions. Aiken worked out Wednesday morning, but took the afternoon session off. During the first session of the day Aiken showed explosiveness during many of the defensive line drills. Coach Swinney spent a lot of one-on-one time with Martin during the Wednesday afternoon session. Aiken is a major priority for the coaching staff. Martin also spent a good bit of time with Ronald Geohaghan who also sat out the Wednesday afternoon session.
4-star defensive back Ronald Geohaghan showed Wednesday morning why he is also a top target from the Tigers and others. Clemson has been a strong contender for Geohaghan with Carolina making a push over the past month. The camp visit could put the Tigers back as the team to beat. Geohaghan spent a lot of time Wednesday afternoon with two other top prospects Oliver Jones and Jay Jay McCullough.
Keep an eye on Fort Mill running back Jay Jay McCullough. McCullough was on hand for the camp sessions Wednesday but did not participate. Several sources have told TheClemsonInsider.com that McCullough could be very close to a commitment to the Tigers. Jay Jay is being recruited by the Clemson staff to play the h-back position.
2013 quarterback Riley Ferguson was the top quarterback at camp on Wednesday. Ferguson led Bulter High in Charlotte to the state championship last season. Ferguson and teammate Peter Kalambayi got the red carpet treatment at camp. Both will be top targets for the Clemson staff over the next year.
Kalambayi and 2014 Bamberg prospect Kevin Crosby stood out during the linebacker drills. The Tigers are in good shape early with Crosby who should be one of the top prospects in the South in 2014.
Clemson had two of the top 2013 receivers in camp for the first session. Jacksonville’s Ahmad Fulwood was the most impressive receiver in the Wednesday sessions. The 6-4 receiver showed good speed and outstanding hands during the seven on seven drills. On a number of occasions Fulwood went up and caught the ball over some of the top defensive backs in attendance. Santee’s Mike Williams was also impressive during the first session. Expect both to be major targets for the Clemson staff for 2013.
Gaffney’s 2013 defensive lineman Jaylen Miller was impressive during the workouts on Wednesday. Miller was first noticed by TheClemsonInsider when scouting Joe Craig at Gaffney. Miller will be one of the top defensive linemen in the South in 2013.