Looking Ahead: Defensive Tackle

Looking Ahead: Defensive Tackle


Looking Ahead: Defensive Tackle

Clemson football recruiting for the class of 2018 continues to heat up, but it’s never too early to take a peek ahead at the crop of prospects for 2019.

In this part of our “Looking Ahead” feature, The Clemson Insider looks at where the Tigers stand right now with their current defensive tackle targets:

Jacob Lacey, Bowling Green, Ky. (South Warren High):

Clemson gave Lacey (pictured) an offer he coveted during his visit to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee are some of the other schools on his list of offers.

Lacey (6-2, 300) also visited Clemson for its junior day in March and the Louisville game last fall. Since the Swinney Camp, he has traveled to Louisville, Notre Dame, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.

Lacey told TCI recently he is contemplating making a commitment decision before his junior season. Clemson and Notre Dame are seen as the fronrunners with Michigan trailing them. Stanford would be a factor should it pull the trigger on an offer.

Ishmael Sopsher, Amite, La. (Amite High):

Sopsher is a five-star prospect and the nation’s No. 1 defensive tackle for 2019 according to 247Sports. His offer sheet features Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee along with Clemson, which offered in April.

Sopsher (6-4, 305) visited Clemson for the Swinney Camp last month before competing in camps at Florida State and LSU. LSU and Alabama figure to be in Sopsher’s recruitment for the long haul. The Tigers have their work cut out for them with Louisiana’s top recruit but can’t be discounted — the power of the Paw was on display when Clemson beat out LSU for Jennings (La.) running back Travis Etienne late in the 2017 cycle.

Faatui Tuitele, Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis High):

Tuitele (6-3, 285) tripped to the contiguous United States for visits to Washington, Clemson, Utah, BYU and UCLA in June.

Clemson offered him following his visit on June 18, joining the aforementioned schools and others such as Cal, Hawaii, Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, Southern Cal and UCLA on his offer list.

Tuitele, the nation’s No. 2 defensive tackle per 247, isn’t naming any leaders right now and doesn’t appear to be close to a decision.

Jaquaze Sorrells, Largo, Fla. (Largo High):

Florida was first to offer Sorrells on June 10, 2016, and he committed to the Gators the same day. Since then, he has added offers from Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.

Sorrells (6-3, 250) was thrilled to receive the offer from Clemson and told us shortly after that his recruitment remains open. He said via social media last week that he will visit Clemson on July 28.

Among the other defensive tackle prospects we’re watching in the 2019 class are Memphis (Tenn.) Central’s Trevis Hopper, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic’s Antonio Alfano, Clayton (N.C.)’s Savion Jackson and Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian’s Zovon Lindsay.


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