Recruiting for the class of 2018 continues to heat up, but it’s never too early to take a peek at the crop of prospects for 2019.
Looking Ahead is a feature The Clemson Insider releases from time to time to take a look at where the Tigers stand with targets in the 2019 class.
In this article, we look at some of Clemson’s defensive tackle prospects:
Faatui Tuitele, Honolulu, Hawaii (St. Louis High):
Tuitele (pictured above) is ranked by the major recruiting services as a consensus top-10 defensive tackle and top-100 overall prospect in his class. The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder possesses offers from Clemson, Notre Dame, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Washington among many others.
Tuitele received an offer from Clemson during an overnight visit to the school in June. He made the visit with his family as part of a trip that included stops at Washington and BYU. The Tigers made a great initial impression on Tuitele, who gave the visit high praise afterward.
Tuitele is still in the process of checking out schools and has yet to narrow his recruitment. Expect Clemson to draw another visit from the Hawaiian standout in the future.
Jaquaze Sorrells, Largo, Fla. (Largo High):
Florida was first to offer Sorrells in June 2016, and he committed to the Gators on the spot. Since then, he has gained offers from Clemson, Alabama, Michigan, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech among others.
Clemson offered Sorrells in June before getting him on campus in July. He spoke highly of the visit, and told TCI this week he plans to return to Clemson for the Florida State game on Nov. 11.
Sorrells (6-3, 250) visited Florida State on Saturday and plans to see Alabama and Michigan in the coming weeks as well. Sorrells remains committed to Florida right now, but he is keeping his options open. Asked where the Tigers stand at this time, he told us they’re in a “good position.”
Ishamel Sopsher, Amite, La. (Amite High):
Sopsher (6-4, 305) is a five-star prospect and the No. 1 defensive tackle in the 2019 class according to the major recruiting services. Last month, he announced a top 12 of Clemson, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Mississippi State, Florida State, Tennessee and Penn State.
After collecting an offer from Clemson in April, Sopsher visited Clemson to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June before going to camps at Florida State and LSU. This season, he has been to LSU a couple of times as well as Ole Miss.
LSU is the favorite to ultimately land Sopsher, and pulling him out of Louisiana is a tall order for the other programs pursuing him. With that said, Clemson has proved that beating out LSU for an in-state prospect isn’t an undoable task (i.e. Travis Etienne). Sopsher doesn’t plan to make a decision any time soon.
Zovon Lindsay, Fayetteville, N.C. (Trinity Christian School):
Lindsay (6-5, 250) has been on Clemson’s campus several times, most recently for the Tigers’ season opener against Kent State on Sept. 2. He also visited Clemson for the Louisville and Syracuse games last fall and has worked out at the Swinney Camp each of the last two summers.
Lindsay holds offers from N.C. State and Wake Forest, while Clemson, North Carolina and Virginia Tech continue to express interest. He is high on Clemson and hoping to earn an offer from the Tigers moving forward.
Some of the other defensive tackles in the next cycle we’re tracking include Memphis (Tenn.) Central’s Trevis Hopper, Clayton (N.C.)’s Savion Jackson and Rahway (N.J.)’s Antonio Alfano.
Above photo: Faatui Tuitele during his visit to Clemson in June