Tide, Tigers dominating SEC, ACC opponents in recruiting 2015's elite

Clemson has 10 commitments from ESPN's top 300, including six top-125 picks

Football Recruiting - Jake Fruhmorgen

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Football Recruiting - Jake Fruhmorgen

Given their 1-2 ranking on various recruiting class lists, it should come as no surprise that Alabama and Clemson are in a class of their own compared to their SEC and ACC rivals.

The recently update ESPN national Top 300 gives a good indication of the lead the Crimson Tide and Tigers enjoy over the rest of the field, particularly in attracting elite players from the top 125 of ESPN's list.

Alabama stands alone at the top, with 16 of its 18 commitments coming from the ESPN top 300, and a dozen from the top 125.

Clemson has 10 top-300 players among its 18 commitments, with six from the top 125.

The Tigers nearly lap the rest of the ACC field.

Miami has five top-300 players, including one from the top 75, while FSU has four from the top 300 and two from the top 25. North Carolina has two top-300 picks, and Georgia Tech has one.

The talent haul is deeper and wider in the SEC. Behind Alabama, Texas A&M leads the way with nine top-300 players, three of whom are ranked in the top 125. Both Auburn and Florida have seven from the top 300 and two from the top 125.

LSU, Georgia and South Carolina each have five from the top 300. The Tigers have three top-125 picks, while the Bulldogs and Gamecocks have one each.

Tennessee has four from the top 300 and two from the top 125, and Arkansas has one top-125 player among their three top-300 picks.

Other SEC teams with top 300 players include Missouri (2), Mississippi State (2), Mississippi (1), Kentucky (1) and Vanderbilt (1).

Clemson's ESPN Top 300 Commitments

No. 7, Mitch Hyatt, OT, Suwanee, Georgia

No. 25, Deon Cain, WR, Tampa, Florida

No. 86, Jake Fruhmorgan, OT, Tampa, Florida

No. 105, Clelin Ferrell, DE, Richmond, Virginia

No. 106, Sterling Johnson, DE, Clayton, North Carolina

No. 113, Garrett Williams, TE, Orlando, Florida

No. 199, Noah Green, OT, Boiling Springs, South Carolina

No. 261, Shadell Bell, WR, Decatur, Georgia

No. 277, Juwaun Birisco, DB, Waldorf, Maryland

No. 281, Gage Cervenka, DL, Greenwood, South Carolina

ACC-bound Top 300 Commitments

No. 26, Derwin James, DB, Haines City, Florida, FSU

No. 60, Tyrek Cole, DB, Miramar, Florida, FSU

No. 79, Dexter Williams, RB, Winter Garden, Florida, Miami

No. 185, Bowman Archibald, TE, Dade City, Florida, Miami

No. 206, Dwayne Lawson, QB-DE, Tampa, Florida, Miami

No. 250, Charles Perry, LB, Royal Palm Beach, Florida, Miami

No.253, Tommy Hatton, OL, Montvale, New Jersey, UNC

No. 256: Michael Barnett, DE, Ridgefield, South Carolina, FSU

No. 268, Carl Tucker, TE, Cornelius, North Carolina, UNC

No. 280, Jordan Cronkite, DB, Miami, Florida, Miami

No. 288, Wyatt Knopfke, OL, Sarasota, Florida, BC

No. 291, De'Andre Johnson, QB-DB, Jacksonville, Florida, FSU

No. 296, Jaylend Ratliffe, Ath, Laurinburg, North Carolina, GT

Clemson Uncommitted Top 300 Targets

No. 5, Bryan Corwart, DE, Seffner, Florida

No. 8, Cece Jefferson, DE, Glen St. Mary, Florida

No. 9, Tim Settle, DT, Manassas, Virginia

No. 11, George Campbell, WR, Tarpon Springs, Florida

No. 43, Matthew Burrell, OT, Woodbridge, Virginia

No. 124, Austin Bryant, DE, Thomasville, Georgia

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CstandsforCowtown writes:

Signing day is a long way away.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to CstandsforCowtown:

Signing day is a long way away.

Signing day is a long way off but, the recruits I have heard comment makes me truly believe they actually want to be at Clemson. That makes a world of difference and sticking with their commitment will be relatively easy for 95% of them.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

To Brandon Rink: Do you think the publiciy we got prior go the Georgia game last year actually had tangible results as far as recruiting goes? That seems like sort of a stupid question but, I have thought about that quite a bit after the comments made the week after the game saying recruits are calling from all over wanting to talk about coming to visit Clemson. Common sense says it had to help but do you think the publicity ABC Sports gave us was the driving factor that has put us in the great position we are in right now regarding having the number 2 recruiting class in the nation? In other words, would we be a top rated class without the publicity we got that night in late August of 2013 due to what ABC Sports did for us publicity wise?

TigerFan95 writes:

in response to CstandsforCowtown:

Signing day is a long way away.

Yep, there's still plenty of time to add a few more studs to this class.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Yep, there's still plenty of time to add a few more studs to this class.

I just saw a list that had a bunch of espn's top 300 on it and it showed how high they were rated. Alabama was going after a bunch of them and so were we. The difference being, there are about 10 we are still going after that are very highly ranked..like 5,9,11 and so forth. Tim Settle is rated as number 5 by espn and I think he will come to Clemson. There was anoter guy in the top ten that we are going after hard and I think he will come to Clemson. If we get 2 more 5 star players ranked in the top 10 we may overcome Alabama for the number one class if it is possible. It may not be possible to knocked them from number one no matter who we get from here on out.

TigerNE writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

To Brandon Rink: Do you think the publiciy we got prior go the Georgia game last year actually had tangible results as far as recruiting goes? That seems like sort of a stupid question but, I have thought about that quite a bit after the comments made the week after the game saying recruits are calling from all over wanting to talk about coming to visit Clemson. Common sense says it had to help but do you think the publicity ABC Sports gave us was the driving factor that has put us in the great position we are in right now regarding having the number 2 recruiting class in the nation? In other words, would we be a top rated class without the publicity we got that night in late August of 2013 due to what ABC Sports did for us publicity wise?

Just my opinion: I think the Peach(CFA then) and Orange Bowls gave us better national attention and probably had as much or more impact on a lot of recruits. Certainly the press around them was equal.

After all, to a HS player who watches closely UGA went on to have a bad season. But LSU and OSU were media darlings when we beat them.

BrandonRink writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

To Brandon Rink: Do you think the publiciy we got prior go the Georgia game last year actually had tangible results as far as recruiting goes? That seems like sort of a stupid question but, I have thought about that quite a bit after the comments made the week after the game saying recruits are calling from all over wanting to talk about coming to visit Clemson. Common sense says it had to help but do you think the publicity ABC Sports gave us was the driving factor that has put us in the great position we are in right now regarding having the number 2 recruiting class in the nation? In other words, would we be a top rated class without the publicity we got that night in late August of 2013 due to what ABC Sports did for us publicity wise?

Certainly didn't hurt. Primetime wins like that, showing off the gameday tradition, and also in the last two bowl games over big-name programs, can be big in catching the eye of the big-name prospects. Add in a coaching staff that's been fully intact the last couple seasons and it's a winning combo on the recruiting trail.

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

Everyone that responded to my question was right. But, I think the pre-game exposure prior to playing the number 5 team in the nation did more for recruiting than beating LSU and Ohio State combined. It was stuff nobody (not many) had ever seen and I have been going to games at Clemson for 55 years. Winning bowl games against big-time competition certainly went a long way to help our recruiting but showing our pre-game stuff, I personally think our pre-game publicity did a little more for recruiting. Maybe I'm wrong but, I just don't think so. It all was good for recruiting, that's for sure. Thanks for everyone's response to my question.

CstandsforCowtown writes:

in response to TigerFan95:

Yep, there's still plenty of time to add a few more studs to this class.

True, but there's always a chance you can lose guys too. Way too early to be bragging about a recruiting class in the middle of summer.

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