Clemson recruiting: Latest updates on the Tigers’ next class

Clemson’s season took a turn for the worse last week with a funky loss to Syracuse on Friday the 13th. But there was some good news the next week, at least on the recruiting front. The Tigers were named a finalist by a few highly touted guys, and some recent developments in another’s recruitment bear good tidings as well.

Here’s where the class stands currently:

Where Clemson’s class ranks

Clemson’s class ranks third in the ACC and 14th in the nation. Although the Tigers have 11 commitments, the class is headlined by two of the top recruits in the country — quarterback Trevor Lawrence and defensive end Xavier Thomas. The Tigers have three top-100 recruits, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

Latest news

Syracuse stunned the college football world — perhaps setting a precedent for what ended up being a wild weekend — and upset Clemson 27-24 on Friday. To make matters worse, quarterback Kelly Bryant went down with yet another injury and had to miss the second half. He should be back on the other side of Clemson’s off week and ready for the Georgia Tech game on Oct. 28.

Here are the recruiting headlines from this week:

Offers by the numbers

Reported offers: 106

5-star offers: 14

4-star offers: 66

In-state recruits offered: 11

Georgia recruits offered: 20

Florida recruits offered: 25

Commits: 11

  • 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville (Cartersville, Ga.)
  • 5-star SDE Xavier Thomas, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • 4-star WR Derion Kendrick, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)
  • 4-star CB Kyler McMichael, Greater Atlanta Christian School (Norcross, Ga.)
  • 4-star DT Josh Belk, Lewisville (Richburg, S.C.)
  • 4-star WDE Justin Mascoll, South Gwinnett (Snellville, Ga.)
  • 4-star OLB Mike Jones Jr., IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
  • 3-star DT Darnell Jefferies, Newton (Covington, Ga.)
  • 3-star OLB Jake Venables, Daniel (Central, S.C.)
  • 3-star TE Braden Galloway, Seneca (S.C.)
  • 3-star K BT Potter, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.)

5 top uncommitted targets

5-star WDE K.J. Henry, West Forsyth (Clemmons, N.C.)

Henry announced he’ll make his decision Dec. 20 before enrolling early. He’s already visited Georgia, and he’s slated to make a trip to Blacksburg, Va., this week to visit Virginia Tech. A Clemson visit is on the horizon.

  4-star WR Justyn Ross, Central (Phenix City, Ala.)

Ross’ last two visits were to Auburn — in back-to-back weeks, no less. His family, which lives less than an hour from Auburn, loves it there, so there’s a strong pull to stay home. Clemson likely remains the leader in the clubhouse, though.

4-star OL Richard Gouraige, Cambridge Christian (Tampa, Fla.)

Gouraige released his top 2 schools this week, and Clemson is there along with Florida. The home-state pull is obviously strong with the Gators — he has visited Florida twice in the last six months, but the appeal to come to Clemson is there.

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

After being committed to Tennessee since June 24, Dixon reopened his recruitment on Saturday, the same day he visited Alabama for the Tide’s win over Arkansas. The Tigers are yet to sign a running back in this class, and Dixon’s recent developments open the door for them to grab him.

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

The Virginia Tech commit watched those Hokies fall to Clemson, the school that is trying to flip him, in Blacksburg, Va., two weeks ago. Afterward, he said he was torn during the game and couldn’t decide who to actually root for without switching sides a handful of times.

Position breakdown

Where each of Clemson’s commits line up on the field, and how many I think they’re still looking to take at each position.

QB: (1/1) Lawrence

RB: (0/1)

WR: (1/2) Kendrick

TE: (1/1) Galloway

OL: (0/3)

DL: (4/5) Thomas, Mascoll, Belk, Jeffries

LB: (2/2) Jones Jr., Venables

DB: (1/2) McMichael

K: (1/1) Potter

Geographical breakdown

Where Clemson’s commits are from, by state:

South Carolina: 5 (Kendrick, Belk, Venables, Galloway, Potter)

Georgia: 4 (Lawrence, McMichael, Mascoll, Jeffries)

Florida: 2 (Thomas, Jones Jr.)

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