Clemson’s marquee summer recruiting event is here, and a number of the nation’s elite talents are expected to be in Tiger Town for it.
Dabo Swinney and the Tigers will host most of their commitments in the class of 2018, a select group of priority uncommitted 2018 targets and their families for the sixth annual All In Cookout, which takes place on Friday evening.
The All In Cookout is a social centered around the culture of Clemson’s program. You hear recruits talk often about the family environment at Clemson, and the cookout is intended to reinforce that. Games and activities such as dancing, trivia, a food-eating contest and lip-syncing battle have become a regular part of the event. It is a time for the coaching staff and recruits to kick back and get to know each other more.
Over the years, the cookout has played a major role in helping the Tigers secure commitments. At the inaugural cookout in 2012, Clemson landed three on-the-spot commitments from running back Tyshon Dye, wide receiver Demarcus Robinson and tight end Cannon Smith. Defensive lineman Jabril Robinson pulled the trigger on his pledge to Clemson at the cookout in 2013, as did Tre Lamar in 2015.
A list of other players have given their commitments in the days or weeks following the cookout, including wide receiver Mike Williams (2013), defensive tackle Scott Pagano (2013), defensive end Austin Bryant (2015), wide receiver Ray-Ray McCloud (2015) and defensive tackle Nyles Pinckney (2016). Last year, Clemson scored commitments from former five-star cornerback A.J. Terrell and former four-star defensive end Jordan Williams in August after they attended the cookout.
Headlining the expected guest list this year are two of the country’s top offensive guards, Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy five-star Jamaree Salyer (pictured) and Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County four-star Trey Hill.
This will be Salyer’s second visit to Clemson in as many months, as the nation’s No. 1 guard per Rivals, Scout and 247Sports showed at a day of the Dabo Swinney Camp in June. Salyer (6-3, 340) also visited Clemson to watch a spring practice in March after attending the Tigers’ elite junior day in January. Clemson and Georgia remain the frontrunners in his recruitment.
Hill (6-4, 345) is the nation’s No. 1 guard per ESPN and No. 2 guard per Rivals and Scout. He previously visited Clemson for the spring game in April and was on hand for the January junior day, as well.
A pair of coveted defensive back prospects are slated to be at the cookout in Houston (Texas) Lamar five-star cornerback Anthony Cook (6-0, 168) and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage four-star Tyson Campbell (6-3, 181).
Cook, a consensus top-five cornerback recruit, was last on campus for Clemson’s junior day in March. Campbell, a top-three cornerback nationally by ESPN and 247, most recently visited Clemson for the January junior day.
Campbell decided to attend the cookout instead of going to Alabama for its social, which is also set for this evening. Cook chose the cookout over Ohio State’s “Friday Night Lights” camp competition this evening.
Cartersville (Ga.) five-star quarterback and Clemson commit Trevor Lawrence will be back on campus after taking in the Tigers’ spring game in April. Clemson commits Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones of Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy are unable to be at the cookout because of a mandatory team camp.
Of note, Fairfield (Ohio) five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman appears likely to stay in state for Ohio State’s Friday Night Lights, but hadn’t yet confirmed his plans with either Clemson or Ohio State as of yesterday. Phenix City (Ala.) Central five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross has a 7-on-7 competition in Alabama on Saturday and is expected to go to Alabama’s social this evening. Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth five-star defensive end K.J. Henry won’t be at the cookout because of a conflict with his team’s 7-on-7 competition.
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