Recruiting Notes: Four Tiger targets commit elsewhere; quarterbacks visit campus

Fruhmorgen decision expected soon; 2015 commitment Noah Green becomes first OL invited to The Opening

Noah Green (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Noah Green (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott,

Most of the recent Clemson-related recruiting news has been about the ones that got away.

No fewer than four Tiger football recruiting targets have announced for other schools during the past month, including Stephen Griffin of Charlotte, N.C. - the son of former Clemson running back Steve Griffin.

Griffin, a defensive back from South Mecklenburg High, announced for Tennessee. He spent part of his childhood in the Knoxville area.

Clemson's pursuit of another Charlotte defensive back, Mark Fields, came to an end with his commitment to South Carolina. The Amos Hough High standout is ranked as the nation's No. 9 cornerback by Rivals.

Offensive lineman Mason Veal, also of Charlotte, pulled a bit of a surprise when he committed to North Carolina over Clemson and South Carolina. Veal's dad played for the Gamecocks, and Clemson was among the first schools to offer more than a year ago.

A recent Clemson offer - defensive tackle Justin Young of Grayson High in Loganville, Ga. - opted for Georgia over the Tigers.

The next player on Clemson's wish list who's likely to announce a decision is Tampa, Fla. offensive lineman Jake Fruhmorgen, who is deciding between Clemson and Florida. He has made his final visits to both school this spring, and is expected to make an announcement during the next two weeks.

Another highly-regarded offensive lineman, Summerville, S.C.'s Zack Bailey, has narrowed his choices to Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia and Auburn.

The Tigers currently have two offensive linemen committed for their 2015 class: Mitch Hyatt of Suwanee, Ga., who is the nation's top-rated tackle, and Noah Green of Boiling Springs, S.C., who recently became the first offensive lineman in the nation to receive an invitation to The Opening, following a standout performance at a Nike Combine in Charlotte.

Clemson has targeted signing at least four offensive linemen in next year's class.

The Tigers have 2015 offers out to George Brown of Cincinnati, Ohio, Richie Petitbon of Washington, D.C., Venzell Boulware of Fairburn, Ga., Chuma Egoda of Powder Springs, Ga., Martez Ivey of Apopka, Fla., Matthew Burrell of Woodbridge, Va., Austin Clark of Lexington, Va., Bailey Sharp of Marietta, Ga., Tyrell Reed of Orlando, Fla., Drew Richmond of Memphis, Tenn., and Keaton Sutherland of Flower Mound, Texas.

Several prospects have made recent visits to Clemson, some in conjunction with spring practice. They include 2015 quarterback commitment Tucker Israel of Orlando, Fla., and 2015 quarterback target Torrance Gibson of Heritage High in Plantation, Fla.

Since committing to Clemson over Florida in February, Israel has picked up offers from numerous schools, including Louisville, Kentucky, Mississippi and LSU.

Gibson, who is ranked as the nation's No. 1 dual-threat quarterback by 247Sports, has a national recruiting list that includes Clemson and Ohio State, who he watched played in the Orange Bowl.

Also making a recent visit to campus was 2016 quarterback target Rex Culpepper, who is a teammate of Fruhmorgen's at Plant High in Tampa.

Clemson recently extended an offer to a 2017 quarterback - Jason Shelly of Frisco, Texas.

The next major date on Clemson's recruiting calendar is the Tigers' Orange-White spring game on April 12, which will be attended by current commitments, as well as numerous 2015 and 2016 targets.

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Bigboots writes:

I saw Noah Green play a game this year.
My report: good frame; got to the linebackers pretty well; at least a little mean streak. I think he can compete. Looks to have potential.

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