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 wide receiver targets:
Brannon Spector, Calhoun, Ga. (Calhoun High):
Spector, a Clemson legacy, earned a big offer from the Tigers after competing at the full first session of the Dabo Swinney Camp in early June.
Spector (6-1, 188) holds other offers from Mercer and Middle Tennessee State. The son of former Clemson wide receiver Robbie Spector and brother of freshman Tigers linebacker Baylon Spector told us recently he plans to render a commitment after his junior season.
The Tigers are in good shape with Brannon (pictured), who says his father isn’t putting any pressure on him to choose Clemson. “He just tells me to make the best choice possible,” Brannon told us recently. “He knows that is where he went and he knows that’s probably where I want to go, but he says it’s your choice. He’s not pushing me anywhere.”
Jashawn Sheffield, Saint Simons Island, Ga. (Frederica Academy):
Sheffield received an offer from Clemson in March 2016 and visited that month before returning for the Swinney Camp the following June. Clemson receivers coach Jeff Scott paid him a visit in May during the spring evaluation period and also visited him last December, a month before assistant Danny Pearman did the same.
Sheffield (6-2, 175) possesses offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee among others. Florida State is the clear frontrunner in his recruitment right now, while Clemson, Georgia and Ohio State remain the other primary teams involved.
Sheffield most recently visited Miami on Friday after making his third trip to Florida State this offseason on Wednesday.
DeMarcco Hellams, Hyattsville, Md. (DeMatha Catholic):
Clemson offered Hellams in February and attracted him to campus a month later for the March junior day.
Hellams (6-1, 195) also has offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin and others.
There is a ways to go in his recruitment, but Hellams recently cited Clemson, Maryland, Michigan and Penn State as the schools recruiting him the hardest early on.
Some of the other prospects we’re tracking at wide receiver in the next cycle are Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman’s Trey Knox, Roebuck (S.C.) Dorman’s Jacoby Pinckney, Richmond (Texas) Travis’ Arjei Henderson, Rock Hill (S.C.) Northwestern’s Jamario Holley, Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise’s Isaiah Hazel and Charlotte (N.C.) Myers Park’s Elijah Bowick.
Henderson got an offer from Clemson in late June before naming Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oregon his finalists this month.
Knox visited Clemson for the spring game in April, while Hazel visited Clemson in late April and Bowick competed at the first session of the Swinney Camp in early June. Pinckney received a visit from Scott in April during the spring evaluation period.
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