Recruiting news and notes: Top talent expected in town this weekend

Recruiting news and notes: Top talent expected in town this weekend


Recruiting news and notes: Top talent expected in town this weekend

The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

Top talent expected in town. A pair of top prospects are slated to visit Clemson this weekend in Virginia Beach (Va.) Bishop Sullivan Catholic five-star linebacker Teradja Mitchell and Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor four-star wide receiver Brennan Eagles.

Mitchell (6-3, 230) is scheduled to be on campus Saturday for what will be an important visit. It marks his first to Clemson since a brief stop last July, and his second-to-last before he renders a decision in the not-too-distant future.

Mitchell, the nation’s No. 2 inside linebacker and No. 21 overall prospect according to 247Sports, has narrowed his list of over 30 offers down to Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State. He has expressed his intent to commit before the summer.

Mitchell visited Alabama in February and went to Ohio State two weekends ago. He told us that an upcoming trip to Florida State (the perceived frontrunner) will be his last one before he makes his choice.

So, tomorrow will be Clemson’s last chance to make a strong impression on Mitchell. The odds don’t appear to be in Clemson’s favor, for reasons including the length of time between Clemson visits and Florida State getting the final visit. But because of this visit, and his longstanding relationship with defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the Tigers have a fighting chance. They’ll have an opportunity to roll out the red carpet and give him a lot to think about as he prepares to pick a school. In case you missed it, we spoke with Mitchell earlier this week.

Eagles, meanwhile, is tentatively scheduled to see Clemson for the first time on Sunday.

The Tigers are eyeing a select group of elite receivers in the 2018 class as they look to take one more this cycle. Eagles, who is ranked as a top-10 receiver and top-55 overall prospect by ESPN, Rivals and 247, fits the bill.

Eagles (6-4, 205) has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC among others. He told us this week that Clemson’s history of producing NFL receivers intrigues him.

New offers out. Clemson dispensed three offers this week to Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson 2018 four-star defensive tackle Alim McNeill on Monday, Baton Rouge (La.) Scotlandville 2018 four-star corner Kelvin Joseph — an LSU commit since February 2016 — on Tuesday and Amite (La.) 2019 five-star defensive tackle Ishmael Sopsher — the top-ranked defensive tackle in his class per 247 — on Tuesday as well.

McNeill (6-2, 265), the nation’s No. 14 defensive tackle per 247, has over 30 offers including ones from Duke, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He made his first visit to Clemson for the Pittsburgh game last fall.

He told us he plans to return on April 29, and said he was “stoked” upon receiving the offer. “It was great,” he said. “Everything is great there.”

We’ll have more from our conversation with him later today.

Clemson makes cut for quartet of prospects. Another week brought more prospects naming Clemson one of their top schools on social media.

On Tuesday, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise 2018 five-star cornerback Anthony Lytton included Clemson in his top five along with Alabama, Florida State, Maryland and Penn State.

Florida State is considered the favorite for Lytton (5-11, 170), the nation’s No. 4 corner and No. 21 overall prospect by 247. But Clemson is one of the schools that will get a further look. He confirmed to TCI this week that he is scheduled to visit Clemson this Wednesday.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the coaches and campus and the facilities,” he said.

Later on Tuesday, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons 2018 three-star corner Marquis Williams listed Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Missisippi State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest and Wisconsin as his top 10 schools.

Williams (5-9, 160) is ranked as the No. 26 cornerback nationally by Rivals.

Two of Clemson’s top targets then publicized their top schools on Wednesday and Thursday.

First was Cary (N.C.) Green Hope four-star wide receiver Jordyn Adams, who announced a top five of Alabama, Clemson, LSU, North Carolina and Ohio State. Adams, a top-200 overall prospect by Rivals and 247, told us last month that he plans to announce his decision at The Nike Opening Finals this summer should he get invited.

Last but not least, Houston (Texas) Lamar five-star cornerback Anthony Cook trimmed his list of 30-plus offers down to 10. Baylor, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas and USC made the cut for Cook, a consensus top-five corner and top-40 overall prospect nationally.

Targets on the road. Alabama, Georgia and LSU are set to host several of Clemson’s 2018 targets for their spring games this weekend.

Four-star offensive guard Trey Hill, four-star defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies, four-star cornerback Kyler McMichael, five-star offensive guard Jamaree Salyer and five-star running back Zamir White are expected to be at Georgia.

Five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross is expected to be among Alabama’s spring game attendees, while Cook is expected to travel to LSU.



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