With pickups from Giella, Johnson, numbers adding up for Tiger recruiting class

Clemson's 2015 class - ranked as high as No. 4 nationally - now includes 15 commitments

Zach Giella (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

Zach Giella (Photo courtesy of Roy Philpott, CUTigers.com)

The numbers are starting to add up for Clemson's 2015 recruiting class.

With camp season - which typically brings a rush of commitments - still to come, the Tigers have filled 15 slots of what is projected to be a 25-man recruiting class.

Quantity has been accompanied by quality.

In the aftermath of decisions this week by a pair of four-star prospects - Clayton, N.C. defensive tackle Sterling Johnson and Martinez, Ga. offensive tackle Zach Giella - Clemson's class is ranked No. 4 nationally by Rivals, No. 5 by ESPN and No. 6 by Scout.

Although they still have offers out at all three positions, the Tigers are at, or nearing, their target numbers at linebacker (4), the offensive line (4) and quarterback (2).

They also have commitments from two defensive linemen (with 4-5 the target number), two defensive backs - one corner and one safety, and one wide receiver.

Already sitting with perhaps the highest-rated offensive line recruiting class in program history, the Tigers nabbed another gem on Wednesday when the 6-7, 310-pound Giella committed to Clemson over offers from LSU, Duke, Mississippi and Kentucky, among others.

“It was a hard decision to make, but it was time to pull the trigger,” Giella told the Augusta Chronicle Wednesday night. “My family is going to be able to come see me play every week and that’s a great feeling."

Giella, a standout performer at Augusta Christian School, said Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris "recruited me nonstop and came and visited me twice...It makes me feel like they genuinely want me there as a player and that’s a great feeling to have."

Giella joins an offensive line group that includes top-rated tackle Mitch Hyatt (6-6, 275) of Suwanee, Ga., Jake Fruhmorgen (6-5, 290) of Tampa, Fla., and Noah Green (6-5, 275) of Boiling Springs, S.C.

Players committed to Clemson's 2015 class also include defensive linemen Johnson and Gage Cervenka of Greenwood, S.C.; linebackers Chad Smith of Sterling, Va., Tanner Muse of Belmont, N.C., and twin brothers J.D. and Judah Davis of Central, S.C.; defensive backs Van Smith of Charlotte, N.C. and Kaleb Chalmers of Greenwood, S.C.; quarterbacks Kelly Bryant of Piedmont, S.C. and Tucker Israel of Orlando, Fla.; and wide receiver Shadell Bell of Decatur, Ga.

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Comments » 4

TigerNE writes:

We are improving both size and caliber of O linemen in this draft.

smitty4523 writes:

About time!! I think subpar O-line play has killed us the last few years. Glad to see the coaching staff finally addressing this.

33dtb writes:

in response to smitty4523:

About time!! I think subpar O-line play has killed us the last few years. Glad to see the coaching staff finally addressing this.

Longer than a few years.......

Really looking forward to having a semblance of "Power Line '89"

TigerMarine writes:

Here on orangeandwhite we've been dreaming and demanding an O-line recruiting class like this for years. Big big things appear to be on our horizon tigers but let's remember who we are and who "WE SURE AIN'T"!!!

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