The next T.J. Green: how the recruiting services missed the boat on Juwuan Briscoe

The Clemson Sports Blog

Juwuan Briscoe (Photo courtesy NFTC)

Juwuan Briscoe (Photo courtesy NFTC)

Consider Juwuan Briscoe this recruiting cycle's T.J. Green.

Not because he's a late pick-up, but because he was found at all.

Briscoe, who committed to Clemson on Saturday after making his first visit to campus, is a high school junior from Waldorf, Maryland who has spent most of the spring as a literal nobody.

He gets 'unranked' status and 'no stars' from Rivals.

He gets a strong of 'not applicables' in the ratings section of 247Sports.

Go to the ESPN recruiting website and run a search for his name, and the response is '0 results for Juwuan Briscoe.'

As far as the major recruiting networks go, only Scout's ratings acknowledged his existence prior to Clemson commitment on Saturday.

Scout lists him a 'three-star' cornerback.

How come the anonymity?

"He plays at a school nobody knows about," Scout recruiting analyst Brian Dohn told CUTigers.com.

Playing for Thomas Stone High in suburban Maryland, Briscoe starred primarily as a running back, with a thousand-yard season as a junior. He also posted solid numbers as a defensive back, with a pair of interceptions and 36 tackles, for a team that went 6-4 and missed the Maryland 3-A playoffs.

His profile changed when he went to a Nike training camp for the Washington, D.C. area in late April and ran a laser-timed 4.43 40-yard dash.

That caught Clemson's attention, as well as that of West Virginia, Maryland, NC State and others.

The recruiting rankings will come along in time, of course.

His commitment to commitment turned Green from an unheralded 2-star to a four-star-with-bullet at the end of the 2013 recruiting cycle.

Here's to bet that before camp season rolls around in a couple of weeks, Clemson's newest cornerback prospect will be seeing stars all around.

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Comments » 6

TigerNE writes:

Is this statement suggesting his commitment to Clemson caused his ESPN rating to spike?

"His commitment to commitment turned Green from an unheralded 2-star to a four-star-with-bullet at the end of the 2013 recruiting cycle."

I'm only curious because often we complain about the reverse effect.

Xander5000 writes:

He could also be an emergency running back.

KerryCapps writes:

in response to TigerNE:

Is this statement suggesting his commitment to Clemson caused his ESPN rating to spike?

"His commitment to commitment turned Green from an unheralded 2-star to a four-star-with-bullet at the end of the 2013 recruiting cycle."

I'm only curious because often we complain about the reverse effect.

No question - I've seen this happen too often to count, and certainly not just with Clemson. A guy from a small school being courted by FCS programs and mid-majors is unranked or maybe a two-star, and then something happens and FSU or Alabama jumps on him, and he almost immediately gets a higher rating. That's what happened with TJ Green, more dramatically than most. I predict that Briscoe will debut as a three-star shortly on ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports. I've heard people complain about a prospect being downgraded after choosing Clemson over, say, Alabama, but I haven't noticed it very often - though I do recall one of the services dropped Mitch Hyatt from No. 1 to No. 2 on its offensive tackle list after he committed to Clemson.

TigerFan95 writes:

The fact is, all of these “star” rating services are pretty much useless. Few, if any of these so called “experts” have actually seen the players they rate play in person. Most seem to base their opinions solely on a few YouTube videos and on what particular colleges have offered the recruit. I would like to see the rating services provide some type of disclosure as to the type of data they use in determining their ratings and I would also like to see the colleges made obligated to sign an offered player once that player verbally accepts their offer.

Xander5000 writes:

They need to revise the whole system. I mean is a 4star that Rivals rate really better than a 4star that Scout rates? Is a 24/7 sport's 3star really better than an ESPN's 2star? I mean who his the head dog here between 24/7...Rivals... ESPN...and...Scouts when rating these football athletes? Who has the very best information about any given player?

clemvol writes:

Can anyone answer this: Just for the sake of argument we will use High School levels in South Carolina. Would a 3,4 or 5 star recruit in single A or AA be as good as 3,4 or 5 star recruit in 5-AAAAA? Also, forget about star ratings just find and get the players to beat south Carolina.

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