Looking Ahead: Running Back

Looking Ahead: Running Back


Looking Ahead: Running Back


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.

Clemson has offered three 2019 running backs thus far. In this article, we look at them plus some other names to know:

Noah Cain, Bradenton, Fla. (IMG Academy):

Clemson’s most recent offer to a running back went to Cain, a five-star and the top-ranked player at his position in the next cycle. Cain (pictured) added the offer during his first game-day visit to Clemson for the Georgia Tech game two weekends ago. Afterward, he told TCI that the Tigers will be a contender if he and the coaching staff continue to build upon their relationship.

Oklahoma, Texas, Ohio State and LSU are among the schools recruiting Cain the hardest. This season, he has visited Alabama, Florida, Ohio State and Oklahoma along with Clemson. He also made a trip to Dallas for the Red River Rivalry game between Texas and Oklahoma. Cain doesn’t plan to make a decision until December 2018.

Cain grew up in Texas and played at Denton-Guyer before transferring to IMG.

Quavaris Crouch, Charlotte, N.C. (Harding):

Crouch picked up an offer from Clemson during the Tigers’ junior day in March. He has been to Clemson multiple times, including for the Louisville and South Carolina games in 2016. Clemson offered him as an athlete, as the Tigers can see him potentially growing into the linebacker position.

Crouch’s offer sheet includes Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, N.C. State, Ohio State and others. He doesn’t say much in regards to favorites but is looking to narrow the field after this season.

Crouch is ranked as a consensus top-five running back and top-100 prospect in his class.

Devyn Ford, Stafford, Va. (North Stafford):

Clemson offered Ford in the spring of 2016 and has gotten him on campus a few times since, including for the Louisville game last season and the junior day in March. He carries close to 30 offers, highlighted by the likes of Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

Ford told us recently that he plans to narrow his list at the end of this season. So far this season, he has been to North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Ohio State and Penn State. He is ranked as a consensus top-15 running back and top-150 overall prospect in his class.

Some of the other 2019 running back prospects we’re tracking are Charleston (S.C.) First Baptist’s Michel Dukes, Rome (Ga.)’s Jamious Griffin, Irmo (S.C.)’s Kendrell Flowers and Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes’ Travis Tisdale.

Above photo: Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy running back Noah Cain



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