We thought it was time for another TCI Recruiting Insider. In this edition we will take a look at Clemson’s 2012 offensive class. We will breakdown the class by the numbers, by position and much more.
By The Numbers
In our last Recruiting Insider we reviewed the numbers for the 2012 class. Those numbers have not changed. Right now the Tigers plan to sign 17 or 18 for the 2012 class. As a reminder those numbers can always and usually do change based on attrition.
On offense the Tiger’s planned to take one quarterback, one running back, one receiver, one tight end and three or four offensive linemen.
Skill Positions Filled
Thanks to a surge of commitments the past month Clemson has already filled the skill position slots for 2012.
Several months ago Germone Hopper committed to the Tigers at receiver. After signing the nation’s top receiver class in 2011 the Tigers now have one of the top receivers for 2012 committed. Hopper spent several days at Clemson this month at the Dabo Swinney camp and showed why he is a 4-star receiver and will be a major weapon for the Clemson offense.
Coach Morris got the man he wanted at quarterback when Chad Kelly gave the Tigers a commitment earlier this month. Make no mistake Kelly is one of the top quarterbacks for 2012. Alabama head coach Nick Saban wanted him badly at Alabama as did Florida State. After committing to the Tigers Kelly quickly turned his attention to getting Zac Brooks on board. The night he went public with a commitment he was on Facebook asking Hopper for Brooks contact info.
After spending three days on campus during the Dabo Swinney camp Brooks knew he wanted to be a Tiger. Brooks, the top player from Arkansas, did not participate in the camp but built strong relationships with the Clemson staff and several of the other 2012 Tigers during the visit. Brooks could help the Tigers at running back or receiver, but the Tigers plan to use him at receiver.
The Clemson staff has done an outstanding job of filling the skill position needs so quickly for the 2012 class. The addition of Kelly, Hopper and Brooks to the incredible talent coming in for 2011 makes the future of the Tiger’s offense very bright.
Jay Jay McCullough was on hand to watch the Dabo Swinney camp earlier this month. The Tigers are recruiting Jay Jay for the h-back position. Expect McCullough to commit to the Tigers at some point. Unless things change dramatically it is only a matter of when, not if.
Along with the secondary and defensive tackle the offensive line is one of the biggest needs for the 2012 class. Clemson already has commitments from 4-stars Jay Guillermo and Patrick Destefano. Both attended the Dabo camp earlier this month, in fact Guillermo actually participated in both sessions.
Clemson made a major move with Javarius Leamon this month. Leamon attended the first session of the Dabo camp and looked very impressive. Guillermo and Destefano worked hard to convince Javarius that he should join them as Tigers. Following the camp Leamon returned to campus with his parents for a visit. The Tigers are now a major contender for Leamon. Several 2012 commitments believe Javarius will join them as Clemson commits at some point.
Oliver Jones also visited Clemson for the camp, but did not participate as he continues his rehab. Jones is not as highly rated as some of the other offensive linemen because he missed his junior season, but he could end up being the best of the bunch. Clemson has always been the team to beat with Oliver and that has not changed.
As you can tell the Tigers already have verbal commitment to complete most of their 2012 offensive class. The staff can now focus on keeping those commitments on board and looking for oversign prospects.
Clemson made it clear last year that they take commitments very seriously. If a prospect commits to the Tigers they expect them to be “All In” and not visit other schools. The Tiger’s backed off several top prospects last year because of this philosophy. That may pay dividends this year as the staff has some clear examples they can point to when discussing this with the recruits. Right now the verbal commitments look very secure as the class has really built momentum and the class is growing really close.
Another benefit from filling the 2012 class so quickly is the staff can spend more time building relationships with the 2013 prospects. Recruiting is all about relationships so this should pay major dividends.