The Clemson Insider continues its “Looking Ahead” series with a forward look at Clemson’s top cornerback targets in the 2017 class.
The Tigers took a big hit in the secondary after last season, of course, but not as much at cornerback as safety. After losing Mackensie Alexander to the NFL, Clemson signed a pair of cornerbacks in February: Coconut Creek (Fla.) four-star Trayvon Mullen and Fork Union (Va.) three-star Brian Dawkins Jr.
Clemson returns a handful of cornerbacks with playing experience in 2016: Cordrea Tankersley (1,045 career snaps), Adrian Baker (299 career snaps), Ryan Carter (236 career snaps), Mark Fields (78 career snaps) and Marcus Edmond (63 career snaps). Baker tore his ACL during the spring, but Dabo Swinney said then that he hopes Baker will be available sometime in September.
Tankersley is the only senior. Baker, Carter and Edmond are redshirt juniors, while Fields is a sophomore.
Clemson scored a commitment from four-star cornerback LeAnthony Williams in February. Look for Clemson to add one or two more cornerbacks for the current cycle.
Here are a few of the biggest names we’re keeping tabs on:
Jamyest Williams – Lawrenceville, Ga.
Williams and A.J. Terrell (see below) are at the top of Clemson’s board. The Grayson product attended the second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp in June and told TCI he’ll be back for the All In Cookout this month. Williams also visited Alabama and Georgia in June. He announced in early June that he will release his top schools at The Opening finals, which takes place this week in Beaverton, Ore. Expect Clemson to be one of those schools.
A.J. Terrell – Atlanta, Ga.
Terrell is another Georgia native and Clemson priority target. Clemson offered in January, and he enjoyed his first visit to the school in June. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are the other top contenders for the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder.
Tre Shaw – Ellenwood, Ga.
Clemson offered Shaw on May 17, and the Tigers are one of his favorites. Shaw announced on June 24 that Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina and South Carolina are his top four schools in no order. Shaw attended the second session of the Swinney Camp.
Gentry Bonds – Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Bonds is an under-the-radar name, but he’s one worth keeping an eye on. The fast-rising prospect received five Division 1 offers in May, including one from Clemson on May 18. Bonds made his first trip to Clemson for the second session of the Swinney Camp on June 15. He listed Clemson as one of his top five schools on June 24, along with Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Missouri and Nebraska. Bonds told TCI that his close relationship with defensive backs coach Mike Reed is one of the reasons he holds Clemson in high regard.