Buckle up, y’all. It’s time to project a recruiting class.
This is the third edition of my mock class for who Clemson will take on offense. Not much has changed since the last one, but there are a few new faces in here.
The next one will run after the early signing period in December is over, so this list is going to change between now and then.
Things to remember
- The amount of players per position isn’t an exact number. I don’t have access to how many guys the Clemson coaches want to take. This is an estimate.
- Clemson has 11 commitments as of now. I expect them to pick up a few more, namely at offensive line and running back.
- Asterisks next to the name indicate a commitment.
- 5-star QB Trevor Lawrence*, Cartersville (Ga.): The next in line for stardom at quarterback for Clemson is officially done with his high school career. Cartersville was eliminated from the playoffs earlier than they would’ve liked, which means the next time Lawrence puts on a uniform for a meaningful game it will be before he runs down the hill at Death Valley.
- 4-star WR Derion Kendrick*, South Pointe (Rock Hill, S.C.): Kendrick is one of the most talented players in the country, even though his 4-star rating would indicate he’s a tier below the top. That’s not true. He’s a legitimate threat to score from anywhere on the field, and he’s 1 of 6 finalists for the U.S. Army National Player of the Year.
- 5-star WR Justyn Ross, Central (Phenix City, Ala.): Auburn’s ascension this year has made things difficult for Ross, whose high school was less than an hour from there. Their passing game has improved dramatically, but the prospect of playing with Trevor Lawrence for a perennial title contender has a lot of pull.
- 3-star TE Braden Galloway*, Seneca (S.C.): Galloway’s senior season hasn’t gone the way he wanted. He suffered a Jones fracture in his foot in the opening game of the season and missed most of the season, but he came back only to reinjure it and be shut down for the rest of the year. He’s a great athlete, and there’s loads of potential for him at Clemson.
- 3-star OL Jordan McFadden, Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.): The battle for McFadden looks like it’s about to be over. He’s deliberated between staying with his commitment to Virginia Tech or flipping to Clemson, the in-state team he grew up a fan of, and that should resolve itself soon.
- 5-star OL Cade Mays, Knoxville Catholic (Tenn.) : Another former Tennessee commit the Tigers would like to get, Clemson’s biggest competition is the Volunteers and Georgia. The Bulldogs get his last official visit in December, right before the early signing period commences.
- 3-star OL Jovaughn Gwyn, Harding University (Charlotte, N.C.): This is one that could materialize if some of Clemson’s higher-end targets fall through, namely Jamaree Salyer and Richard Gouraige — which they appear likely to do.