Recruiting Notebook: Tiger coaches extending offers far and wide for 2014

Clemson 2014 commitments Cannon Smith, Deshaun Watson get new high-profile offers

Cannon Smith (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Cannon Smith (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Clemson's numbers are tight for the 2014 recruiting cycle; but even with five players already committed, the Tigers' coaches are casting their nets far and wide, extending offers from coast to coast.

Among those players recently offered by Clemson are Kendall Baker, a 6-6, 265-pound defensive end from Atlanta, Ga.; Keyon Brown, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end from Wauchula, Fla.; Marcus Allen, a four-star safety from Upper Marlboro, Md.; Thomas Holley, a 6-5, 290-pound defensive lineman from Brooklyn, N.Y.; Dwight Williams, a four-star linebacker from Gardena, Calif.; Saeed Blacknail, a four-star wide receiver from Manalapan, N.J.; and Justin Falcineilli, a 6-5, 300-pound offensive lineman from Middletown, Md.

Holley is in the top-ranked player in the New York City area and is ranked No. 3 in the state of New York. He also has offers from Notre Dame and Ole Miss. Clemson has signed N.Y.'s top-ranked player each of the past two years in quarterback Chad Kelly and defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko.

More Offers For Clemson Commitments: Two players committed to Clemson's 2014 class recently received new high-profile offers - Gainesville, Ga. quarterback Deshaun Watson from Oregon, and Columbia, S.C. tight end Cannon Smith from Alabama.

Tiger Targets Going Elsewhere: Two 2014 Clemson targets recently announced their commitments to other schools - defensive back Dylan Sumner-Gardner of Mesquite, Texas to Texas A&M and offensive lineman Mason Cole of Tarpon Springs, Fla. to Michigan.

Odds & Ends: 2014 Florida wide receiver Jacob McCrary tweeted more than a week ago that he had chosen Clemson over Florida State, but there has been no indication yet that Clemson has accepted his commitment...In-state defensive tackle Naquez Pringle of Carver's Bay told recruiting analyst Phil Kornblut on Sunday that he has made his choice between South Carolina and Clemson and will announce sometime this week...Clemson recently offered 2015 linebacker prospect Cecil Cherry of Frostproof, Fla. Before moving to Florida, he was a teammate of current Clemson freshman Jadar Johnson at Orangburg-Wilkinson (S.C.) High...Miami got an immediate recruiting boost from hiring James Coley as its new offensive coordinator, as running back Joseph Yearby, a teammate of Clemson commitment Dalvin Cook at Miami Central High, flipped from Florida State to the Hurricanes.

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