With the 2012 recruiting class growing quickly we thought it was time for another TCI Recruiting Insider. In this edition get the latest on how many the Tigers plan to sign for 2012, how many they would like to sign at each position, which prospects are close to decision and much more.
The Tigers would currently like to sign 17 or 18 in the 2012 class. There are always a few top prospects that are oversign candidates. This is the latest on how the numbers break down by position:
1 – RB, 1 – QB, 1 – WR, 1 – TE, 3 or 4 – OL
3 or 4 – DL, 1 – LB, 3 or 4 – DB
Clemson would also like to sign one kicker
Quarterback Chad Kelly arrived on campus Tuesday after taking a trip to Alabama. The Tide made a strong push during their visit.
Kelly will workout Wednesday morning at the Dabo Swinney camp. Quickly after returning home from Clemson the 4-star quarterback plans to announce his college destination. Late Sunday night Chad decided that it was time to end the recruiting process and let everyone know where he will sign next February.
The Tigers will searching for a 2012 quarterback could be over on Thursday.
Major Move with Leamon
Heading into the Dabo Swinney camp last week all signs pointed to Javarius Leamon landing with South Carolina. That all changed after spending three days in Clemson. Coach Caldwell made a big impression on Javarius during the camp. Jay Guillermo and Patrick Destefano spent three days making their best pitch for the Tigers. By the time Leamon left campus Clemson had made a major move. On Monday Leamon made a return visit to Clemson with his parents so they could meet with the coaches and learn more about Tigertown.
Last night Jay Guillermo told us that he thought Javarius might be back on campus Wednesday.
Clemson has made a major push with Leamon. Will it be enough for the Tigers to take all four of the top offensive linemen in the Palmetto state? It is too early to project Leamon to Clemson, but the Tigers are very much in the game.
Aiken Closing on Decision
The state’s top defensive lineman Martin Aiken attended the first session of the Dabo Swinney camp where the Tigers gained some ground. Georgia Tech and South Carolina both get June visits as well before Aiken makes his announcement on June 26. Keep an eye out to see if Aiken returns to Clemson before his announcement.
We believe the Tigers are the team to beat at this point.
2013 Push Underway
By the end of June the Tigers could have nine or ten verbal commits for the class of 2012. That will allow the staff to spend more time on the 2013 class. Expect that extra time to pay dividends and Clemson to have another very strong class in 2013.
Hopper and Dawson
Clemson verbal commitment Germone Hopper is on campus for the second session of the Dabo Swinney camp along with his teammate Nick Dawson. As we reported earlier in this article the Tigers only plan to sign one linebacker for 2012 and they would love to convince Dawson to join his teammate. The Tigers led at one point for Dawson and almost had a commitment during an earlier visit. Could another trip to Clemson be what is needed to put the Tigers back on top?
The staff will also try to cement their commitment from Hopper during the visit. Hopper is very aware that the Tigers have the No. 1 receiver class in 2011. Clemson is working hard to convince Hopper that he will have a place in the offense to be a major contributor.