The nation’s No. 1 team has landed the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle prospect.
Fairfield (Ohio) five-star offensive lineman Jackson Carman committed to Clemson on Wednesday morning and signed with Dabo Swinney’s program during a school ceremony.
Carman — the top-ranked tackle and a consensus top-15 overall prospect in the 2018 class — chose the Tigers over finalists Ohio State and Southern Cal. The Buckeyes were perceived as the heavy favorite to land Carman for most of his recruitment, but Clemson was Carman’s favorite in the end.
Carman hadn’t been to Clemson since March before making his official visit earlier this month. He and his mother left campus highly impressed, and the Tigers made up substantial ground on Ohio State during the visit. Swinney paid Carman a visit at his school last week, and Clemson was able to seal the deal this week.
Ohio State got Carman’s first official visit in October. Southern Cal hosted him for an official visit last weekend.
Clemson offered Carman in May 2016. In addition to his three finalists, Carman held offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State and others.
Carman is ranked as high as the No. 9 prospect nationally per 247Sports. He is a U.S. Army All-American.
This is another huge addition for Swinney and the Tigers as they look to stay on top in college football. Carman joins fellow five-stars Trevor Lawrence and Xavier Thomas as top-10 prospects in Clemson’s 2018 class.
Along with Carman, Clemson signed its other 12 commitments in the class of 2018 on Wednesday morning.