Reviewing the historic 2018 class: Offense

Reviewing the historic 2018 class: Offense


Reviewing the historic 2018 class: Offense

Clemson signed 15 prospects in its star-studded 2018 recruiting class on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period in college football.

The Tigers got signatures from three of the country’s top five prospects according to ESPN, and four of the nation’s top 10 prospects per 247Sports. Clemson inked four five-star recruits in quarterback Trevor Lawrence, offensive tackle Jackson Carman and defensive ends Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry.

Clemson’s 2018 class is currently ranked fifth nationally by ESPN. While the Tigers secured the majority of their class, they are looking to add several more pieces on national signing day in February.

In this article, The Clemson Insider reviews the offensive members of Clemson’s historic 2018 class:

Trevor Lawrence, 5-star QB, Cartersville, Ga. (Cartersville HS)

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 200

About Lawrence: Lawrence, a unanimous five-star player, was ranked as the No. 1 overall player in the nation by Rivals and 247. A two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Georgia and three-year starter at Cartersville High School, Lawrence finished 52-2 as a starter for his career, won two state championships and led the program to a 41-game winning streak at one point. Lawrence passed for 13,908 yards and 161 touchdowns during his four-year career against just 21 interceptions. He broke Georgia state records for passing yards and touchdown passes previously held by former Gainesville and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. As a senior in 2017, Lawrence earned national offensive player of the year honors by USA Today after completing 177-of-256 passes (.700 completion percentage) for 3,396 yards and 41 touchdowns with just one pick.

Lawrence competed in the Elite 11 finals and was named an Elite 11 quarterback. He committed to the Tigers on Dec. 16, 2016, and plans to enroll at Clemson on Jan. 8, just two days after playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

Jackson Carman, 5-star OL, Cincinnati, Ohio (Fairfield HS)

Ht/Wt: 6-6, 330

About Carman: Carman was considered one of the top 20 players in the nation by all of the major recruiting services. He was the No. 9 overall player, No. 1 offensive tackle and No. 1 player in Ohio in the 247 composite rankings. Carman is one of five finalists for USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Anthony Munoz National Lineman of the Year. The first-team USA Today All-American surprised many when he signed with Clemson over in-state Ohio State and Southern Cal on Wednesday.

Lyn-J Dixon, 4-star RB, Butler, Ga. (Taylor County HS)

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 178

About Dixon: Ranked as a top-10 running back in the country by ESPN, Rivals and 247, Dixon recorded over 5,000 yards in his high school career. In four years at Taylor County High School, he had 629 carries for 5,174 yards and 73 rushing touchdowns. A capable pass-catcher, as well, Dixon logged 76 receptions for 1,088 yards and nine scores. He finished his career with 7,201 all-purpose yards. Dixon was limited during his senior year due to injury and played in just six games, but still averaged 108 yards per game and 8.9 yards per rush. He chose and signed with Clemson over Oklahoma State on Wednesday.

Braden Galloway, 3-star TE, Anderson, S.C. (Seneca HS)

Ht/Wt: 6-5, 220

About Galloway: An all-around athlete who played tight end and quarterback for nearby Seneca High School, Galloway comes to Clemson from the same high school that produced former Clemson All-American and Pittsburgh Steelers great Bennie Cunningham. He was a two-sport athlete at Seneca and did not start playing football until 2016, his junior year. He finished that year with 50 catches for 834 yards and nine scores. Two games into his senior season, Galloway suffered a Jones fracture in his foot that forced him to miss six weeks. He returned at midseason and threw for 181 yards and two scores, but felt pain in the foot and did not play the rest of the season for precautionary reasons. On the hardwood, he was the Region I-AAA Player of the Year in 2016-17.

Galloway was ranked as a top-15 player in South Carolina by Rivals and 247. He committed to Clemson on April 8, just three days after receiving an offer from the defending national champions.

Derion Kendrick, 4-star WR, Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe HS)

Ht/Wt: 6-1, 200

About Kendrick: Kendrick was ranked as the No. 1 player in South Carolina, a top-10 receiver nationally and a top-50 national player by Rivals and 247. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina in 2017 after completing 184-of-255 passes for 2,683 yards and 30 touchdowns to just six interceptions as a senior. He also rushed 119 times for 1,194 yards and 20 scores. Kendrick played for a South Pointe program that won the state championship each of the last four years. In South Pointe’s state semifinal playoff game against Greer this year, Kendrick had seven touchdowns, including five rushing. Kendrick played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Game in January. He is one of six finalists for the U.S. Army Player of the Year Award.

Kendrick played wide receiver as a sophomore and quarterback the last two years, but will be a wide receiver for the Tigers. He was teammates at South Pointe with fellow 2018 Clemson commit BT Potter.

Jordan McFadden, 3-star OL, Spartanburg, S.C. (Dorman HS)

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 290

About McFadden: McFadden, who committed to Clemson earlier this month, played offensive tackle for Dorman High School. He was selected to the Shrine Bowl and named the Lineman of the Year for the state of South Carolina by The State newspaper. McFadden helped lead Dorman to the 5A state championship game as a senior this season before suffering a knee injury in the loss. McFadden underwent an MRI and told TCI that he strained his MCL and PCL. Some fragments are loose in his ACL, but he was told that his knee would not require surgery.

McFadden was ranked as a top-10 player in South Carolina by ESPN. He also played basketball at Dorman and helped that team to a 23-5 record in 2016-17.

BT Potter, PK, Rock Hill, S.C. (South Pointe HS)

Ht/Wt: 5-11, 170

About Potter: Potter was touted as the No. 1 overall kicker in the nation according to the Chris Sailer Kicking rankings. The four-year starter at South Pointe High School was selected to the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Game. He was a critical part of South Pointe’s state championship run in 2017, as he made 12-of-17 field goals, 77-of-81 extra points and had an incredible 117 touchbacks on 126 kickoffs. He also handled the punting duties and averaged 37.1 yards per punt. For his career, Potter scored 304 points, hit on 31-of-45 field goals and made 211 extra points. He kicked a 67-yard field goal in a showcase event.

–Staff reports contributed to this story


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