Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes


Clemson recruiting roundup: Latest news and notes

The Clemson Insider rounds up the latest recruiting news and notes surrounding the Tigers:

Conn goes in-home with 4-star target. Clemson safeties coach Mickey Conn made an in-home visit with Cypress (Texas) Springs four-star safety Leon O’Neal on Thursday.

O’Neal (6-1, 190) has a top four of Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma and Texas A&M. Coaches from Oklahoma and Texas A&M visited O’Neal last Friday, and Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker went in-home with him Monday.

The former Aggies commit has taken official visits to Texas A&M and Oklahoma. As we reported on Thursday, O’Neal is set to be in Clemson for his official visit this weekend.

Snellville (Ga.) Brookwood four-star safety Matthew Hill, an Auburn commitment, is expected to officially visit Clemson this weekend as well.

4-star DB sets Clemson official visit. Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer four-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer confirmed to TCI on Thursday that he will take an official visit to Clemson next weekend.

Palmer (6-0, 178) made an official visit to Vanderbilt in December, and Nebraska hosted him for an official visit last weekend. He is scheduled to officially visit NC State this weekend.

Palmer was committed to Duke until he reopened his recruitment in late November. His stock has taken off ahead of National Signing Day, with offers coming in this month from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas among others. Clemson offered a week ago.

Tigers offer Texas high school teammates. On Thursday, Clemson extended offers to a pair of prospects from Southlake (Texas) Carroll High: 2019 athlete T.J. McDaniel and 2020 cornerback R.J. Mickens.

Clemson is the first Power Five offer for McDaniel, the brother of former Notre Dame running back Cam McDaniel. T.J. (6-0, 183) has a Division II offer from Azusa Pacific, while Houston, Notre Dame and Michigan State are showing interest.

Mickens (5-10, 175) is already a national recruit with offers from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA and others. His father, Ray Mickens, was a standout defensive back at Texas A&M who went on to play in the NFL with the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots.

TCI spoke with McDaniel, who said both he and Mickens are planning to visit Clemson in the near future after picking up the offers.

Elliott checks in on former Florida commit. Clemson assistant Tony Elliott stopped by Largo (Fla.) High on Thursday.

Four-star defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells attends Largo. The class of 2019 prospect was committed to Florida until he reopened his recruitment in late December. Elliott is his area recruiter.

Sorrells (6-3, 255) received an offer from the Tigers in June and visited Clemson a month later. He returned to take in the Florida State game this past season.

Clemson targets visiting elsewhere. Several Clemson targets are slated to officially visit other schools this weekend. Here is the rundown:

  • Phenix City (Ala.) Central five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross is expected to visit Alabama.
  • Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage five-star cornerback Patrick Surtain is expected to visit Alabama.
  • Lawrenceville (Ga.) Archer four-star cornerback Taiyon Palmer is expected to visit NC State.
  • Lee’s Summit (Mo.) West four-star cornerback Mario Goodrich is expected to visit Georgia.
  • Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star cornerback Olaijah Griffin is expected to visit Oregon.



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