In addition to bulking up at the defensive end position and boosting their recruiting ranking into the nation's top 12-15, Clemson's coaches have now positioned themselves to be highly selective during the six-month run-up to National Signing Day, 2013.
Clemson's current list of 11 committed players includes three linebackers, three defensive ends, two defensive backs, one tight end, one offensive lineman and one running back.
At this point, Clemson's numerical 'wish list' likely includes two defensive tackles, at least one more offensive lineman, one or two more running backs, and two wide receivers. It's unlikely that the Tigers will take a quarterback in this cycle.
Numbers are fluid in what started out as a fairly 'tight' class. Recruiting coordinator Jeff Scott said back in February that he would start with a working number of 12-15, and then expand as circumstances dictate. At this point, it looks like a 2013 signing class of 18-20 will be possible, due to various kinds of attriition.
As mid-summer approaches, the Tigers continue to aim high.
Clemson ranks among the leaders for three players ranked No. 1 in the nation at their respective positions by Rivals: defensive tackle Montravius Adams of Vienna, Ga., who plans to visit Clemson as soon as this week; running back Derrick Green of Richmond, Va., who visited Clemson for the Orange-White Spring Game; and cornerback Kendall Fuller, the teammate of Clemson linebacker commitment Dorian O'Daniel, who recently announced that he has narrowed his choices to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Michigan.
Those are just three of the highly-rated prospects with whom Clemson is still active.
Including Adams, Fuller and Green, there are 15 uncommitted players on Scout's top-10 list at each position who are being recruited by Clemson's coaches.
That list is down from 17 following the recent commitment elsewhere of two Clemson targets - No. 5 middle linebacker Peter Kalambayi of Matthews, N.C. to Stanford, and No. 7 outside linebacker Larenz Bryant of Charlotte, N.C. to South Carolina.
Players of Scout's top-10 lists still in Clemson's recruiting mix include:
No. 1 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III of Tampa, Fla.
No. 3 safety Vonn Bell of Rossville, Ga.
No. 3 offensive guard Tyrone Crowder of Rockingham, N.C.
No. 4 tight end Josh McNeil of Durham, N.C.
No. 4 cornerback Mackenzie Alexander of Immokalee, Fla.
No. 6 outside linebacker Jayron Kearse of Fort Myers, Fla.
No. 7 defensive tackle Greg Gilmore of Hope Mills, N.C.
No. 7 defensive end Demarcus Walker of Jacksonville, Fla.
No. 7 safety Leon McQuay of Seffner, Fla.
No. 8 wide receiver Marquez North of Charlotte, N.C.
No. 9 wide receiver Laquon Treadwell of Crete, Ill.
Some others high on Clemson's list include:
No. 19 running back Tyshon Dye of Elberton, Ga.
No. 27 wide receiver Mike Williams of Holly Hill, S.C.
No. 37 running back T.J. Logan of Greensboro, N.C.
No. 41 defensive tackle Joe Fennell of Fort Myers, Fla.
No. 46 offensive guard Austin Droogsma of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
No. 60 wide receiver Ryan Jenkins of Marietta, Ga.
No. 61 defensive end Tyquan Lewis of Tarboro, N.C.
No. 66 running back Peyton Barber of Alpharetta, Ga.
No. 72 safety Juwaan Williams of Tucker, Ga.
No. 86 defensive end Jaylen Miller of Gaffney, S.C.
No. 117 wide receiver Kermit Whitfield of Orlando, Fla.
No. 128 wide receiver Richard Benjamin of Tampa, Fla.