Tigers back in the hunt for DEs after cutting recruiting ties wth Elijah Daniel

Clemson now has two committed defensive ends for class of 2013 in Shaq Lawson, Dane Rogers; Martin Aiken redshirting

D.W. Daniel Shaq Lawson, left, and D.W. Daniel defender D.J. Greenlee sack Seneca Trae Earle in the first quarter.

D.W. Daniel Shaq Lawson, left, and D.W. Daniel defender D.J. Greenlee sack Seneca Trae Earle in the first quarter.

Clemson is still in the hunt for Robert Nkemdiche.

The hunt is apparently over for Elijah Daniel.

Clemson's 2013 recruiting commitment list took another hit this week when the Tiger coaching staff informed Daniel, a four-star prospect from Avon, Indiana, that he is no longer being recruited by Clemson.

Daniel, a surprise commitment when he announced his decision last summer after a session of Dabo Swinney's high school camp, has visited several other schools this fall, including Marshall and Mississippi State, and has maintained recruiting contact with Florida. End of the story, from Clemson's end.

So the Tigers, who once had four defensive end commitments for its 2013 recruiting class, now have two - Daniel High's Shaq Lawson, who signed with Clemson last February and is attending Hargrave Military with plans to enroll in January, and Dane Rogers of Shelby, N.C.

Clemson's current list of 16 committed players is ranked No. 18 nationally by both Rivals and Scout.

Clemson remains active in recruiting Nkemdiche, who de-committed earlier this month after informing the Tiger coaching staff of his plans to take several official visits between now and signing day.

The coaching staff may expand its recruiting search for 2013 defensive ends, given the status of Nkemdiche and Daniel - though numerous players targeted by Clemson earlier in the recruiting cycle have, since summer, announced decisions for other schools. They include Lewis Neal, Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore (all LSU), Carl Lawson (Auburn), Isaac Rochell (Notre Dame), Devin Washington (South Carolina), Corey Vereen (Tennessee), DeMarcus Walker (Alabama), and Tyquan Lewis (Ohio State).

Defensive ends still on Clemson's 2013 recruiting board include Rakim Peters of Winder, Ga., Arshad Jackson of Lovejoy, Ga., and Kendall Beckwith of Clinton, La.

The coaching staff has already extended offers to several defensive ends for the 2014 recruiting cycle, including Da'Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, Va., Solomon Thomas of Coppell, Texas, Jayln Holmes of Norfolk, Va., Andrew Brown of Chesapeake, Va., Kentavious Street of Greenville, N.C., Andrew Williams of McDonough, Ga., and Lorenzo Featherston of Greensboro, N.C.

Clemson has just one senior defensive end on its roster - Malliciah Goodman. The Tigers will return a trio of juniors (current sophomores) next season in Corey Crawford, Tavaris Barnes and Vic Beasley, and will have one sophomore in Kevin Dodd, a redshirt freshman in Martin Aiken, and two first-year freshmen in Lawson and Rogers.

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TUN writes:

This early commitment stuff is such a temptation for these players. Some of these guys love all of this attention but all of this hype just makes their decision all the more difficult. If a guy is not upfront and honest about where he is in this process and what he is doing and saying to others, it is best to cut him loose. For most if not all of these guys this is the biggest decision they will make in their lives up to this point. Everyone needs to let them work through this process in their own way and within the time frame that they are comfortable with.

bigh1t writes:

ACC is a non-draw for players when the SEC comes calling. Notice how many recruits left for SEC schools. We need to up our game overall or stop chasing the top recruits.

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