Clemson's Upstate recruiting pipeline just getting stronger

The Clemson Sports Blog

Wren's Kelly Bryant warms up before playing D.W. Daniel.

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Wren's Kelly Bryant warms up before playing D.W. Daniel.

For a program that has shown it can go far and wide - from Immokalee, Fla., to Honolulu, Hawaii, to The Bronx - for football talent, Dabo Swinney's coaching staff has found the recruiting ground most fertile in its own back yard.

The recent additions of 2015 commitments Kelly Bryant, a quarterback from Wren High in Piedmont/Easley, Gage Cervenka, a linebacker from Emerald High in Greenwood, Kaleb Chalmers, a defensive back from Greenwood High continue what has become an Upstate pipeline of highly-rated players into the Clemson program. Also on the Tigers' 2015 list is Noah Green, an offensive lineman from Boiling Springs.

Since he took over as Clemson's head coach midway through the 2008 season, Dabo Swinney has nabbed 30 scholarship players from the South Carolina Upstate.

Nearby Daniel High has been a particularly rich recruiting ground, with DeAndre Hopkins, DeShawn Williams, D.J. Greenlee, Jae'lon Oglesby, Judah Davis, and J.D. Davis.

The Anderson, Spartanburg, Greenville-Easley areas have also been productive.

Following is a list of Clemson's Upstate signees/commitments under Dabo Swinney:


Kelly Bryant, QB, Wren

Gage Cervenka, DT, Emerald

Kaleb Chalmers, DB, Greenwood

Noah Green, OL, Boiling Springs


Jae'lon Oglesby, RB, Daniel

J.D. Davis, LB, Daniel

Judah Davis, LB, Daniel

C.J. Fuller, RB, Easley

Kendall Joseph, LB, Belton


Shaq Lawson, DE, Daniel

DJ Greenlee, TE, Daniel

Ben Boulware, LB, Hanna


Patrick DeStefano, OL, Dorman

Kevin Dodd, DL, Riverside

Oliver Jones, OL, Ninety Six

Jay Jay McCullough, TE, Fort Mill


DeShawn Williams, DT, Daniel

Shaq Anthony, OL, Wren

Rod Byers, DE, Rock Hill

Adam Humphries, WR, Dorman

Charone Peake, WR, Dorman

Ryan Norton, OL, Mauldin

Tony McNeal, QB, Chester


DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Daniel

Jake Nicolopulos, LB, Hanna

Martavis Bryant, WR, Hanna

Joe Craig, WR, Gaffney

Kalon Davis, OL, Chester


J.K. Jay, OL, Christ Church

Brandon Thomas, OL, Spartanburg

Chandler Catanzaro, Christ Church (original walk-on)

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