The 2018 recruiting cycle is officially over, and Clemson has its eyes set on a big 2019 class.
Given the smaller size of the last two classes and the recent transfers from the program, expect the 2019 Class to end up with at least 25 signees.
While the Tigers will most likely take their usual share of defensive ends and skill players, the offensive line will be a main focus.
Brunswick (Ga.) offensive tackle Warren McClendon Jr., is one of several highly ranked linemen Clemson will continue to pursue over the next year.
McClendon holds nearly two dozen offers and has recently had “a lot of schools” stay in frequent contact with him, especially Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and Clemson.
Tight ends coach Danny Pearman paid a visit to McClendon’s high school recently.
According to McClendon he hopes to visit Death Valley on March 3 and said he is excited to check out the new football facility.
He said he will also be taking visits to Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida and Tennessee this spring.
His size, 6-foot-5, 290-pounds, makes McClendon a major target, drawing interest from “a lot” of schools, especially Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee.
Georgia and South Carolina appear to be his favorites right now because he “visited both this year and had a good time there talking to the coaches.” His recruitment, however, is still wide open.
McClendon said Clemson has a shot at being one of his top schools when he narrows his schools down this summer.
The only real reason the Tigers aren’t a top choice right now is more from lack of familiarity, as he said that he “just needs to get up on a visit.”
He did say the relationships he has built with some of Clemson’s coaching staff will definitely play into his decision and could possibly give them an edge going into this summer.
We’ll get more on McClendon after he visit next month as we should be able to get a better gauge on where Clemson stands with him.