Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes


Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

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

4-star OL gets coveted Clemson offer. On Saturday, Apopka (Fla.) 2018 four-star offensive lineman William Barnes received an official scholarship offer from Clemson. Afterward, he told TCI it’s an offer he had wanted “so badly” for three years. “It felt really great to get that offer,” he said.

Barnes (6-5, 312) competed during the final day of the first session of the Dabo Swinney Camp in early June and began communicating with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell around that time. He also competed at the Swinney Camp last summer.

On July 28, Barnes released a top seven comprised of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio State. He told us he and his family are in the process of deciding whether Clemson will be a late addition to the list after offering.

Barnes is planning to announce his college decision on signing day, so there’s a long way to go in his recruitment. He said he will likely visit Clemson during the season, so expect the Tigers to be in the mix.

Other new offers out. A few other prospects reported offers from Clemson in recent days.

Two of those are four-star teammates in the 2019 class from Trinity Catholic in Saint Louis, Mo. — linebacker Shammond Cooper and athlete Isaiah Williams.

Cooper (6-1, 190) also has offers from Auburn, Florida, LSU, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma among others.

Williams (5-10, 160) owns offers from a number of big-name programs, as well, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M and UCLA.

As a sophomore last season, Cooper recorded 141 tackles, including seven tackles for loss, along with four sacks and an interception. Williams, meanwhile, threw for more than 4,000 yards and 44 touchdowns while rushing for nearly 1,500 yards and 25 more scores. He also had a pair of interceptions on defense.

We caught up with Cooper, who said he and Williams were excited to get the offers from Clemson. “We both know that the university is historic,” Cooper said, “so we know how special it is to have an offer from them.”

Clemson rarely offers prospects in the class of 2020 this early, but on Saturday, Conway (S.C.) 2020 defensive end Terrell “Tonka” Hemmingway announced an offer from the Tigers.

Hemingway (6-2, 250) also has offers from Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. South Carolina offered the sophomore first in April.

Hemingway is a tri-sport standout who plays basketball and baseball, as well.

His brother Junior was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2012 NFL draft.

Top 2019 QB narrows the field. Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley quarterback Bo Nix (pictured) cut down his list of offers to eight last week, naming Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU and Ohio State his top schools.

Nix, the nation’s No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 class per 247Sports, is Clemson’s top target at the position in the next cycle. In fact, he is the lone 2019 quarterback with an offer from Clemson to date.

Nix (6-2, 190) picked up the offer during a visit to Clemson in March and returned to campus for a day of the Swinney Camp in June. He also visited for the Tigers’ win against Louisville last fall after competing at the Swinney Camp last summer.

Auburn is viewed as the heavy favorite to eventually land Nix, the son of former Auburn quarterback Patrick. But Bo has developed a strong relationship with Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter, and the ACC’s Tigers could present stiff competition to the SEC’s Tigers. “I like how they focus a lot of things on your family and everybody has a good relationship when you go to Clemson,” Bo said of Clemson in an interview with TCI after the Swinney Camp. “Coach Swinney does a good job of knowing everybody and having a good relationship with you and your family. He makes Clemson a fun place to be.”

Elite tight end sets Clemson official visit. Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point four-star tight end Mustapha Muhammad told us he will take an official visit to Clemson on Nov. 11, when the Tigers host Florida State.

Muhammad, who has more than 30 offers, named a top 10 of Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC in May.

Muhammad (6-4, 235) received an offer from Clemson in April 2016 and visited Clemson in January for its junior day.

The nation’s No. 3 tight end in the 2018 class according to ESPN is expected to announce his top five schools on Aug. 10, his birthday. He still plans to make his decision on signing day.

Other tidbits.

** Seven of Clemson’s commits in the class of 2018 signed their financial aid agreements with Clemson last week: Trevor Lawrence, Xavier Thomas, Mike Jones, Josh Belk, Darnell Jefferies, Derion Kendrick and Braden Galloway. All are expected to enroll early at Clemson in January.

Financial aid agreements are non-binding unlike national letter of intents, but a prospect signing an FAA is typically an indicator of his intent to ultimately sign his NLI.

** Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer cornerback Andrew Booth added an offer from Ohio State on Sunday.

Booth (6-0, 180) has now received offers from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia along with the Buckeyes since Clemson offered him on July 27.

** Orlando (Fla.) Montverde Academy 2018 point guard Michael Devoe named a top eight of Clemson, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Ohio State, Southern Cal and Wake Forest over the weekend.

Devoe (6-3, 170), who saw his stock rise on the AAU circuit this spring, is ranked by 247 as the No. 22 point guard and a top-100 prospect in his class.

— Above picture: Bo Nix of Pinson, Ala., during a workout at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June

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