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Clemson in position to take advantage of Tennessee’s struggles
Offensive line and running back are positions of need in Clemson’s upcoming recruiting class. The Tigers haven’t received a commitment from either group, and while they’re certainly not panicking, it’d be great to get guys into the fold if they can.
Clemson already has demonstrated its ability to pull guys out of the state of Tennessee — Amari Rodgers and Tee Higgins are prime examples — and the Tigers’ status as national title contenders doesn’t hurt their case.
So it makes sense when guys committed to the Volunteers are either weighing their options or de-committing entirely, and Clemson may be poised to gain from both.
Cade Mays, a 5-star lineman currently pledged to Tennessee — where’s he’s been committed since July 13, 2015 — will take a visit to Death Valley on Oct. 28 for Clemson’s game against Georgia Tech.
As first outlined by TigerNet.com’s David Hood, Mays has been good friends with Clemson commit Mike Jones for a while, and Jones convinced him to come to Death Valley for a few visits: Mays will return for Clemson’s game against The Citadel on Nov. 18.
“That’s my boy. I’ve got a good feeling about that one,” Jones told TigerNet. “Our families have been friends for years and Tennessee isn’t doing so great, so who wants to get their head busted in for four years? … I feel like once you take a visit, we’ve got you.”
The appeal of a team that isn’t treading water with a coach on the hot seat definitely has an advantage.
“It’s hard not to be drawn to a national championship-caliber team,” Mays told TigerNet. “Coach (Dabo) Swinney has done great things since he’s been there, and my former teammate Amari Rodgers loves it there and has told me about the culture and how it’s awesome to grow as a player and as a person (at Clemson).”
The tumultuous situation in Knoxville, Tenn., is obviously weighing on the minds of guys who are pledged there. Just last week, running back Lyn-J Dixon reopened his recruitment after having been committed to the Volunteers since June 24.
Clemson has the second-most predictions for Dixon on the 247 Crystal Ball behind Tennessee following his de-commitment, and as I’ve detailed before, he aligns perfectly with what the Tigers need in this class, especially after Devon Lawrence trimmed his list of finalists from four to two and didn’t include the Tigers in that group.
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