Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes


Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

It’s been another eventful week on the Clemson recruiting front. The Clemson Insider gets you caught up with our latest recruiting roundup:


Clemson lands big commit. Brad Brownell and the Tigers continued their momentum on the recruiting trail Wednesday when Hoover (Ala.) 2018 four-star center Trey Jemison committed to Clemson. Jemison’s pledge comes just a month after four-star forward Hunter Tyson’s commitment to Clemson on Sept. 25.

Clemson courted Jemison (6-11, 240) for two years, and the Tigers’ diligence paid off as they beat out Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, Harvard and others for his services. Jemison made official visits to Harvard and Georgia Tech in recent weeks before Clemson sealed the deal while hosting him on an official last weekend.

Jemison’s relationship with assistant Dick Bender was a big factor in his decision, as were academics (he has a 3.6 GPA) and the coaching staff’s ability to develop next-level talent. Jemison told TCI shortly after he committed that “it all added up” for him with Clemson.

Jemison prides himself on defense and will give the Tigers a strong presence in the paint with his high-energy style of play and aptitude for rebounding and blocking shots. He has a 7-foot, 2-inch wingspan and earned all-state honors in the 6A classification as a junior last season. The top-200 national prospect per 247Sports joins Tyson and Greensboro (N.C.) Day guard John Newman in Clemson’s 2018 class.

Clemson offers 4-star linebackers. Clemson extended offers to a pair of four-star linebackers in the 2019 class this week. Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity’s Steele Chambers (pictured) announced his offer on Monday before Deerfield Beach (Fla.)’s Ge’mon Eaford reported his on Tuesday.

Clemson evaluated Chambers (6-2, 215) on both offense and defense. He is being recruited by various schools as a running back, linebacker or safety; Clemson offered him as a linebacker. As a sophomore last season, Chambers tallied 74 tackles and six interceptions. He also ran for 1,486 and 21 touchdowns.

Chambers carries offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee and Wisconsin among others. Clemson is in a strong position, as Chambers told us that the Tigers were in his top three before an offer was “ever in sight.”

Clemson made a big impression on Chambers when he visited for the Auburn game in September, and he hopes to catch another game in Death Valley this season. He has also visited South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Stanford this season and will be in Columbus this weekend for Ohio State’s game against Penn State.

Eaford, meanwhile, added Clemson to a list of more than 40 offers. He is high on in-state Florida, Florida State and Miami and has been to each school this season. LSU, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma are among others involved. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder is ranked as the No. 5 outside linebacker and No. 25 overall prospect in his class according to ESPN.

McGowens gets hometown offer. Former Wren (Piedmont, S.C.) guard Trey McGowens received an offer from Clemson on Wednesday.

McGowens (6-3, 175) transferred to Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy over the offseason. He recently reclassified to the 2019 class.

Kansas State also offered McGowens this week. In August, he released a top seven of UNC Charlotte, USF, Florida Gulf Coast, VCU, Georgia Southern, Boise State and Ole Miss but said at the time he was still open to other interest.

Clemson commit likely done for season. Clemson commit Braden Galloway of Seneca (S.C.) told TCI he will likely sit out the rest of his senior season for precautionary reasons.

Galloway returned earlier this month from a Jones fracture in his foot that he suffered in August before aggravating the foot in Seneca’s game against Walhalla on Oct. 13. Galloway left the door open for a potential return in the event that Seneca makes a deep run in the playoffs. But as of right now, he isn’t planning to come back so that he can allow the bone in his foot to fully heal.

The injury isn’t considered serious, but Galloway is an early enrollee and wants to make sure he is fully healthy when he arrives to Clemson in January.

In-state standout set to visit. Greer (S.C.) 2019 four-star defensive lineman Quack Cohen will among Clemson’s visitors this weekend for the Georgia Tech game.

The local standout has long been on Clemson’s radar and has participated in the Dabo Swinney Camp multiple times. He played linebacker before making a switch to defensive tackle this season.

Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables saw Cohen compete last month when Greer played at Daniel.

Cohen (6-2, 235) visited Duke and Appalachian State earlier this month and made a visit to Tennessee last season. He is also drawing interest from Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Texas.

As a sophomore last year, Cohen registered 53 tackles, six sacks and four fumble recoveries. He was named a first-team freshman All-American by MaxPreps in 2015 after helping lead Greer to an 11-0 record.

Cohen, the No. 4 prospect in South Carolina per 247Sports, is a cousin of former Clemson and current Tennessee Titans defensive end Kevin Dodd. In case you missed it, we caught up with Cohen about their relationship, the upcoming visit and more.

Cohen will join a list of visitors in Death Valley this weekend that includes Clemmons (N.C.) West Forsyth five-star defensive end K.J. Henry, Knoxville (Tenn.) Catholic five-star offensive tackle Cade Mays, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy 2019 five-star running back Noah Cain and Belleview (Fla.) 2019 four-star offensive tackle Michael Tarquin.



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