Clemson, Georgia and USC land in ESPN early top-15

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looks for an open receiver in the first quarter.

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looks for an open receiver in the first quarter.

You’re not tired of early 2013 football lookaheads yet are you? (Didn’t think so).

ESPN released their early top-25 Monday, with Clemson checking in at No. 11, Georgia No. 6, South Carolina No. 10 and Florida State No. 16.

Mark Schlabach talking Tigers: “With quarterback Tajh Boyd and receiver Sammy Watkins coming back to run offensive coordinator Chad Morris' spread offense, the Tigers are the team to beat in the ACC in 2013. But unless their defense improves dramatically, they might not be much of a factor in the BCS title race.”

On the season-opener Bulldogs: “UGA scored a school-record 529 points while going 12-2 in 2012, and receiver Tavarres King will be the only departed starter on offense. But depth on the offensive line will be a concern, especially after the Bulldogs missed out on Laremy Tunsil, the No. 1 offensive tackle prospect in the country.”

Combined with Sports Illustrated’s early ranking and Phil Steele’s AP projection, we do have a consensus ’13 top-five, in Alabama (unanimous No. 1), Stanford, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Oregon.

Tigers have two Rivals’ top-100 commits, No. 5 by 247Sports' team rankings

Clemson quarterback commit Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga.) was bumped up from four to five stars and rated No. 11, and running back commit Dalvin Cook (Miami Central, Fla.) was rated No. 22 in Rivals’ new 2014 top-100 player rankings.

In the last class, the Tigers signed one Rivals top-100 player (DB Mackensie Alexander, No. 42). The last top-25 player(s) Clemson hauled in were Tony Steward (No. 13), Sammy Watkins (No. 15) and Mike Bellamy (No. 25) in 2011.

Believe it or not, there are already team recruiting rankings for the ’14 cycle, with Texas and its eight commits (seven 4-star) out in front by 247Sports.

Clemson checks in at No. 5 (five commits) and FSU No. 3 (six commits).

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TrevorT writes:

A question for the staff...
When should we expect Clemson's 2013 schedule to be made public? I cant remember when I first saw it last year.

BrandonRink writes:

There are reports it might be by the end of this week. Syracuse is one of a few teams that still has to fill a non-conference slot for next year.

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