As 2015 recruiting cycle heads into camp season, Tigers' class ranked No. 4

Several prospects closing in on decisions; Swinney's camp will run June 9-15

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, center, gives a pre-session talk at one of his summer football camps in June. 
  
 Mark Crammer Independent Mail

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, center, gives a pre-session talk at one of his summer football camps in June. Mark Crammer Independent Mail

With the spring game in the recruiting cycle's rearview mirror, next up in terms of a major recruiting calendar event is Dabo Swinney's high school camps, which will run June 9-15 in two three-day sessions.

That doesn't mean there's no chance for more commitments between now and then, however.

Several of Clemson's top 2015 targets appear to be heading toward decisions by the first week of June, including Orlando, Fla. tight end Garrett Williams, junior college defensive tackle D.J. Jones of Piedmont, S.C. (out of East Mississippi Community College), and Waldorf, Md. cornerback Juwaun Briscoe.

Other high-level prospects who have recently announced that they've narrowed their field of choices include five-star defensive tackle Tim Settle of Manassas, Va. (Clemson, Tennessee, Alabama, FSU and Texas); five-star defensive tackle Trent Thompson of Albany, Ga. (Georgia, Auburn, Clemson and FSU); and four-star offensive tackle Austin Clark (Clemson, Ohio State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech.)

Clemson's class of 2015 commitments are currently ranked among the nation's best. The Tigers rank fourth on both the Rivals and 247Sports lists, behind Alabama, Penn State and Auburn. Clemson is ranked sixth by ESPN, behind Alabama, Auburn, Texas A&M, Penn State and LSU, and seventh by Scout behind Alabama, Penn State, Auburn, Texas A&M, LSU and UCLA.

Others who appear on at least one of the four top-10 lists include Florida State, Tennessee, Nebraska, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Texas, Arkansas and West Virginia.

The Clemson coaching staff has handed out numerous 2015 and 2015 offers over the past three weeks.

New targets for 2015 include linebacker Amonte Caban of Smiths Station, Ala., defensive back Jalen Thompson of Mobile, Ala., and defensive end Marques Ford of Gibsonton, Fla.

For 2016, offers have been extended to tight end J.C. Chalk of Argyle, Texas; linebacker Tre Threat of Spanish Fort, Ala.; cornerback John Broussard of Phenix City, Ala.; quarterback Dwayne Haskins of Potomac, Md.; WR-DB Saivion Smith of St. Petersburg, Fla.; linebacker Lydell Wilson of Montgomery, Ala.; wide receiver Clyde Leflore of New Orleans, La.; linebacker Jaquan Yulee of Suffolk, Va.; and linebacker P.J. Blue of Jemison, Ala.

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