Clemson has a chance to ink a few more players during Wednesday’s National Signing Day, including top-100 prospects such as 5-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, 4-star linebacker Dax Hollifield and 4-star cornerback Mario Goodrich.
But regardless of what happens today, no matter how the Tigers fare with their remaining targets, Clemson’s 2018 recruiting class is already historic — from both a talent and geographical standpoint.
Clemson signed 15 players on Dec. 20, the first day of college football’s inaugural early signing period. According to 247Sports, the average rating per recruit in Clemson’s 2018 class is a stellar 93.07. Entering the day, that mark is Clemson’s highest ever since 247 began rating prospects in 2000, besting last year’s mark of 92.10.
Clemson owns signatures from the nation’s No. 1 and No. 3 prospects according to the 247Sports Composite rankings in quarterback Trevor Lawrence and defensive end Xavier Thomas, respectively.
Dating to the beginning of the 247Sports database in 2000, only one other program has signed two of the country’s top three prospects in the same recruiting cycle. Southern Cal also accomplished the feat in 2005 when it signed wide receiver Patrick Turner and quarterback Mark Sanchez, though neither was ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class like Lawrence.
Moreover, Clemson has already locked up three of the nation’s top six prospects according to ESPN in Lawrence (No. 2), Thomas (No. 4) and defensive end K.J. Henry (No. 6). Only one other program has signed three of the country’s top six prospects since ESPN began ranking players in 2006 (Southern Cal, 2007).
Not only is Clemson’s 2018 class historically impressive by those measures, but it is equally outstanding from a geographical perspective.
Five of Clemson’s signees are ranked as the No. 1 prospect in their respective states. It is the first time in Clemson history that it has signed the top-ranked player in five different states.
Those players are Lawrence (Georgia), Thomas (Florida), Henry (North Carolina), offensive lineman Jackson Carman (Ohio) and wide receiver Derion Kendrick (South Carolina).
All five of those prospects are rated as five-stars by 247. Entering signing day, only Georgia has more 5-star signees per 247 (six).
So, you get the picture — Clemson’s 2018 signing class is special on a number of levels. Any additions today could simply be viewed as icing on the cake.
Regardless of what this National Signing Day has in store for Clemson, there is certainly plenty of cause for celebration of the Tigers’ class already.