Flurry of commitments pushes Clemson's 2014 recruiting class into top 5 nationally

Tigers' group of 10 prospects ranked No. 4 by Rivals, No. 9 by Scout, 247Sports, No. 10 by ESPN

Demarre Kitt (Knoxville News-Sentinel photo)

Demarre Kitt (Knoxville News-Sentinel photo)

Dabo Swinney has been dropping hints for months that Clemson's 2014 will be something special.

So far, so good for the Clemson coaching staff, whose extended raid into talent-rich Georgia had led the way for what is currently being rated as high as a top-five recruiting class.

The Tigers began a sustained push into the Peach State last year, but narrowly missed out on three players ranked as the state's best at their positions - defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Ole Miss), defensive tackle Montravius Adams (Auburn) and wide receiver Demarcus Robinson (Florida). The Tigers did come away, however, with two of the state's premier running backs in Tyshon Dye and Wayne Gallman, an early-targeted offensive lineman in Maverick Morris, a top-three wideout in Ky Priester, and a solid defensive back in Ryan Carter.

This year, Clemson has aimed for the top again, and the Tigers are well on their way to a banner year - both in the Peach State and overall.

So far, the Tigers have commitments from the state's top quarterback (Deshaun Watson), top outside linebacker (Korie Rogers), top wide receiver (Demarre Kitt), top tight end (Milan Richard) and No. 2 running back (Adam Choice). The Tigers are still heavily in the mix for the state's top inside linebacker (nationally top-ranked Raekown McMillan) and one of its best defensive backs (Wesley Green).

Out of South Carolina, Clemson has commitments (based on 247Sports' rankings) from the state's top running back (Jae'lon Oglesby), top tight end (Cannon Smith), and top cornerback (C.J. Fuller, though the Easley, S.C. star is being recruited by the Tigers as a running back), and the No. 2 offensive tackle (Taylor Hearn).

Out of North Carolina, Clemson has a commitment from the state's No. 1 outside linebacker (Chris Register) and is among the finalists for the No. 1 wide receiver (Trevion Thompson from Durham).

The recent additions of Rogers, Kitt and Register have pushed Clemson's recruiting class all the way to No. 4 in Rivals' team rankings, where the Tigers trail only Tennessee, Texas and Notre Dame.

Clemson's current group of 10 commitments is ranked ninth by Scout and 247Sports, and 10th by ESPN.

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iptaytiger writes:

Lets not count the chickens before they hatch. We don't need any Mama's getting involved again....

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to iptaytiger:

Lets not count the chickens before they hatch. We don't need any Mama's getting involved again....

You're spot on there! I also believe that hanging on to Chad Morris is going to play big in keeping this class in tact too as most of them are offensive players...we'll see!

SoCalTiger writes:

I see only three offensive linemen from the recruiting classes of 2013 and 2014. They have to keep Boyd vertical for the offense to be effective.

iptaytiger writes:

in response to brookesdad729:

You're spot on there! I also believe that hanging on to Chad Morris is going to play big in keeping this class in tact too as most of them are offensive players...we'll see!

Correct, Chad Morris will go visiting other colleges this fall just like last year looking for a HC position. You can't blame him, but Dabo is gonna have to raise his salary if he outdoes the '12 season stats to try to keep Morris happy in Clemson.

cutigerman28 writes:

in response to SoCalTiger:

I see only three offensive linemen from the recruiting classes of 2013 and 2014. They have to keep Boyd vertical for the offense to be effective.

Clemson had 18 lineman on scholarship before Eric McClain switched from TE to OT. They basically are considering McClain like a OL commit. That's why they have two TEs in the 2014 class. They only lose 2 OL next year(Brandon Thomas & Tyler Shatley). So they should be fine with numbers. The OL is currently as deep as it has been in years, so Boyd has nothing to worry about.

SoCalTiger writes:

in response to cutigerman28:

Clemson had 18 lineman on scholarship before Eric McClain switched from TE to OT. They basically are considering McClain like a OL commit. That's why they have two TEs in the 2014 class. They only lose 2 OL next year(Brandon Thomas & Tyler Shatley). So they should be fine with numbers. The OL is currently as deep as it has been in years, so Boyd has nothing to worry about.

I hope they are as talented as they are deep. The OL struggled mightily in the win against LSU and Boyd took a lot of hits. I don't think he will last if he takes a ton of hits next season.

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