Aiming high: No. 1 QB Deshaun Watson, No. 4 RB Dalvin Cook on Rivals Top 100

With 2014 recruiting numbers tight, Clemson has targeted a fourth of the players on Rivals' initial list

QB Deshaun Watson (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

QB Deshaun Watson (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

With numbers extremely tight and four players already committed, the Clemson coaching staff will be highly selective as it continues working its way through the 2014 recruiting cycle.

"This is going to be a really small class - we're probably only going to sign 12 or 14 guys, and that's on the high end," said Dabo Swinney recently.

The 'high end' is exactly where Clemson is doing its recruiting, as reflected by Rivals' initial national top 100, which was released on Monday.

Two of Clemson's committed players - Gainesville, Ga. quarterback Deshaun Watson and Miami, Fla. running back Dalvin Cook - are ranked among the nation's top 25 for 2014.

Watson, who already owns the Georgia state high school passing record with a season still to play, is ranked as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation and the No. 11 player overall. The five-star Watson picked up additional offers on Monday from Ole Miss and Miami. He plans a visit to Clemson this weekend for the Tigers' basketball game against No. 3 Miami.

Cook is ranked No. 22 overall and fourth among running backs. He's listed as a four-star recruit, though not in Rivals top 100.

Two other Clemson commitments - offensive lineman Taylor Hearn and tight end Cannon Smith - are not yet ranked by Rivals.

The top-100 list includes at least 25 players being recruited by Clemson's coaches, including 2014's No. 1 prospect - defensive end Da'Shawn Hand of Woodbridge, Va.

Clemson is involved heavily in the northern and coastal Virginia area this cycle with offers out to No. 4 Quin Blanding, a defensive back from Virginia Beach, No. 6 Andrew Brown, a defensive tackle from Chesapeake, No. 27 Jalen Tabor, a defensive back from Washington, D.C., No. 31 Damian Prince, an offensive lineman from Forestville, Md., and No. 89 Steven Moss, an offensive lineman from Fredericksburg, Va.

In-state, Clemson has offers out to No. 34 Donnell Stanley, an offensive lineman from Latta, No. 91 Christian Miller, a linebacker from Columbia, and No. 96 Shaq Davidson, a wide receiver from Gaffney.

From Georgia, Clemson has targeted No. 9 Lorenzo Carter, a defensive end from Norcross, No. 16 Raek'won McMillan, a linebacker from Hinesville, No. 51 Korie Rogers, a linebacker from Buford, No. 67 Demarre Kitt, a wide receiver from Tyrone, No. 85 Andrew Williams, a defensive end from McDonough, and No. 98 Stanley Williams, a running back from Bethlehem.

Top-100 Clemson targets from North Carolina include No. 12 Elijah Hood, an athlete from Charlotte, No. 14 Kentavious Street, a defensive end from Greenville, and No. 86 Bentley Spain, an offensive lineman from Charlotte.

Florida players on the list include No. 29 Ermon Lane, a wide receiver from Homestead, No. 58 Dylan Bates, a linebacker from Ponte Vedra Beach, No. 69 Khairi Clark, a defensive tackle from Hollywood, and No. 93 Artavis Scott, a wide receiver from Tarpon Springs.

Others on the list include defensive end Solomon Thomas from Coppell, Tex, former Tiger commitment Dylan Sumner-Gardner, a defensive back from Mesquite, Tex., defensive back Edward Paris from Mansfield, Tex., and defensive back Todd Kelly Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn.

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TUN writes:

I have heard a number of Deshaun Watson interviews and listening to him I don't think he should be considered a Clemson commit. I hope our staff continues to view him as a player that needs to be recruited all the way until signing day. If we have learned anything from this most recent recruiting cycle it is this: Whatever you do, keep persuading these guys that CU is the place to be---that there is no better place. Dabo is a great representative for our University and its football program. He knows what a special place Clemson is and he is great at selling it to these young men. We need Watson and I hope we will continue to make him the priority of the 2014 class.

FutureClemsonFootballPlayer writes:

in response to TUN:

I have heard a number of Deshaun Watson interviews and listening to him I don't think he should be considered a Clemson commit. I hope our staff continues to view him as a player that needs to be recruited all the way until signing day. If we have learned anything from this most recent recruiting cycle it is this: Whatever you do, keep persuading these guys that CU is the place to be---that there is no better place. Dabo is a great representative for our University and its football program. He knows what a special place Clemson is and he is great at selling it to these young men. We need Watson and I hope we will continue to make him the priority of the 2014 class.

According to his mama, which apparently is a major part of the recruiting now-a-days, she is a Clemson mama through and through, I think "her recruitment" is done (lol) that will eventually lead to his signature on signing day

iptaytiger writes:

Why bother writing stories on '14 commits? Its like trying to predict the weather 2 weeks early. They're calling for snow the week after next!!!

cuGIZ82 writes:

If these young men are smart they will continue to listen to their Mother's advice...rather their Mama wants them to come to CU or go elsewhere.

cuGIZ82 writes:

Great salesmen (recruiters) sell the benefits of their organization until the sale is complete...I don't think CU will look at any recruit as a sure thing.

Bigboots writes:

If we can sign all our targets, we should be pretty good.

awalwema writes:

You forgot Jae'lon Oglesby, Clemson commit 4-star running back (rivals)

KIMOSAMI writes:

Another couple OL's would be nice.

TUN writes:

in response to FutureClemsonFootballPlayer:

According to his mama, which apparently is a major part of the recruiting now-a-days, she is a Clemson mama through and through, I think "her recruitment" is done (lol) that will eventually lead to his signature on signing day

Wow, that is great news. Thanks for passing that along. Let's hope our staff keeps recruiting the whole family and his coach because Watson is just what we are going to need when Tajh is gone.

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