Previewing The Opening in Charlotte

Previewing The Opening in Charlotte


Previewing The Opening in Charlotte


The Opening will make its annual stop in the Queen City on Sunday at Mallard Creek High School.

TheClemsonInsider will be on hand to see several of the top 2017 and 2018 targets on Clemson’s recruiting board.

A trio of Clemson’s 2017 commitments are on the camp’s initial list: Baylon Spector, Blake Vinson and LeAnthony Williams Jr.

Among the 2017 prospects released by the folks with The Opening are five-star wide receiver Tee Higgins (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) and five-star athlete Devon Hunter (Chesapeake, Va.).

Several four-star targets from the defensive side of the ball are scheduled to be there: outside linebacker Justin Foster (Shelby, N.C.), defensive end Malik Herring (Forsyth, Ga.), safety Tank Robinson (Lake Marion), athlete Hamsah Nasirildeen (Concord, N.C.), cornerback A.J. Terrell (Atlanta) and defensive back Deangelo Gibbs (Loganville, Ga.).

Three-star cornerback Chris Ingram, who’s from Charlotte, released a top five earlier this week that included Clemson, UNC, NC State, Tennessee and Wake Forest. He’ll be among the top 2017 defenders, as will three-star defensive end Brad Johnson (Pendleton), three-star defensive tackle Tyrone Truesdell (Augusta, Ga.) and three-star outside linebacker James Houston IV (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).

With Clemson’s 2017 offensive class close to capacity, the only other non-committed prospect besides Higgins will be Wando wide receiver OrTre Smith, who’s rated as a four-star.

At first glance, the lone 2018 prospect from the offensive side of the ball with a Clemson offer is Wake Forest, N.C. running back Devon Lawrence.

There are plenty on the defensive side, including defensive end K.J. Henry (Clemmons, N.C.), defensive end Xavier Thomas (Wilson), defensive lineman Stephon Wynn Jr. (T.L. Hanna), defensive tackle Josh Belk (Lewisville), linebacker Jake Venables (Daniel), linebacker Dax Hollifield (Shelby, N.C.), linebacker Khalid Jones (Byrnes), linebacker Teradja Mitchell (Virginia Beach) and athlete Derion Kendrick (South Pointe).

There will be a few prospects from the 2019 class, including Bo Nix, a quarterback from Scottsboro, Ala. Brunswick, Ga. offensive lineman Warren McClendon is also on the list. Both visited Clemson earlier this spring, to watch practice



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