Even with Clemson on the verge of possibly getting ex-Tennessee commit Lyn-J Dixon, the Tigers will still take at least one running back in 2019.
They have plenty of great options to choose from and are still not done handing out all of their offers.
Sitting with two commits right now, Clemson will focus on finishing strong with its 2018 class before making a big push in 2019.
Cass Tech (Mich.) running back Jaren Mangham is one of those recruits that the Tigers could start focusing on come post-February.
The four-star running back recently took visits to N.C. State, Wake Forest, Penn State and Michigan. He said the Wolfpack have stood out the most to him.
“The campus and the game day atmosphere and all the love the coaches were showing…definitely was feeling the love,” he said.
Mangham told The Clemson Insider he has recently been in communication with Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon and N.C. State on a frequent basis about academics, enrolling early and where he would play.
He also spoke with Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates last week but only about some little stuff.
Mangham told TCI how much he loves Clemson and wants an offer, but if the Tigers don’t act in the next couple of months, that could leave the running back with a tough decision to make.
“They take their time with everything they do,” he said. “My father always tells me ‘love who loves you.’ Sometimes what you want might not be what’s best for you. It would mean a lot to me to get an offer though.”
If Mangham does not see an offer soon, he is not sure if he will make a return to Death Valley seeing as he has already been down three times, and believes that he has shown his serious interest in the program.
Mangham has over two dozen offers, and Ohio State, Alabama, Georgia and Southern California are just some of the schools showing interest in him right now, so Clemson has some major competition if they end up throwing an offer his way.
Mangham plans to come out with his list of top 12 schools in January and will make a final decision in the spring, so if Clemson is going to act, they will have to act soon.