This weekend we get four more official visitors. We expect Clemson will be in a good position to land all four of these recruits after their visits. Clemson did have some other big names poised to take official visits this week but it seems that did not materialize. We won't release any names because there is still a slight possibility that some could visit at a later date. The guys on campus, however, are all solid if not elite recruits.
Big 'Rone' Tyrone Crowder (4* OG) is an important part of this recruiting class on the offensive side of the ball. In a down recruiting year for offensive lineman Crowder is a very good guard prospect and one of only two offensive lineman we will potentially sign this year. Crowder was supposed to visit last week but his mom had the flu so nothing to worry about there. Stephone Anthony is his player host (they are related). Don't worry that Crowder went home a bit earlier on Saturday--that was planned and expected.
Tyrone will go to signing day and put the hats on the table but this one is all Clemson. Remember that he grew up in Greer before moving to North Carolina. He could still make a visit to Georgia in the coming weeks but nothing has been planned so far and right now I don't see it happening.
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Ky Priester (3* WR, 6'2, 185) was committed to NC State but with their coaching shake-up and coach Reed coming to Clemson he is more than open. He is planning a visit to Ohio State next week that the coaching staff will try to shut down while he is on campus. He wanted to commit to Clemson earlier in the summer but he didn't workout because of a minor injury and the offer was not extended. He has a committable now. Neither Mile Williams or Priester are on the same level as Robinson but Priester is well coached and more polished a prospect right now. Williams might have the higher ceiling and is a bit faster, but Priester has quickness, crisper route running and wiggle than Williams has right now (Williams had a great senior year however). Priester will be a solid and versatile addition to the WR corp.
With the small group visiting Sammy Watkins is taking the lead with Tajh to show Priester, Clark, and Woulard around. Ebo is officially Priester's host I believe (which shows a lot of trust in him and is the first time I have heard of a recruit who has just enrolled serving as a host, kudos to Ebo). Sounds like all three are bonding and that bodes well for landing all three. As you have read here at STS, from the minute Clemson offered officially we have been projecting that Priester will end up in orange. It may not be this weekend but soon. (Take that Urban--stalker)
James Clark (3* WR, 5'10, 175) chose to take an official to Clemson after Jeff Scott and Chad Morris had an in-home visit with him. Let me take a moment to applaud Coach Scott. I feel increasingly that Coach Scott is getting into a groove with these in-home visits. He is becoming a force on the recruiting trail. This is important because FSU recently hired Billy Napier as their TE coach and recruiting coordinator. Billy knows very well how Dabo and company like to work (he helped change our recruiting culture along with Dabo under Bowden) and he will be a force to be reckoned with increasingly on the trail. Not like FSU really needed any more help.
Clark is an underrated speedster who would maintain the level of speed we will need for the offense once Sammy and Bryant leave. Our biggest competition is coming from Ohio State and, you guessed it, Florida. How could they be adding another WR you may ask? I do not know but I am sure that Clemson will be telling Clark that UF just landed Robinson and along with Fulwood and Bailey (and a couple others) that open depth chart doesn't seem as appealing. We have been over too many times how Florida doesn't pass it enough for multiple receivers to breakout but whatever.
Clark is from Florida and that will always be working in their favor. The Gators also do a good job of acting like they have football history before Spurrier (which they don't) but that UF, SEC brand is certainly strong right now. The visit is very important for landing Clark because we are a little late getting in with him but he likes Morris and the offense. No one better to have as your player host then Florida native Sammy Watkins persuading you as well.
Elite 11 MVP Asiantii Woulard (4* QB, 6'4, 205) is the last visitor. His host is none other than Tajh Boyd (great leadership to have your two star players taking an active role in recruiting). Clemson is moving on Woulard because of the transfer of Morgan Roberts and the possibility that Tony McNeal will hang it up and end his career after dealing with repeated injuries. This also means that we are not banking on getting DeShaun Watson next year. He will take his visits, he was most recently at the Georgia/LSU basketball game and Georgia has finally offered, but will likely remain committed if Morris stays. If Morris leaves I think he would follow Morris. That is why Clemson needs depth at one of the most important positions on the field. Woulard is raw and suffered a knee injury at the end of his senior season.
He has already taken visits to USF (where he was committed until Skip was fired), NC State, and Kentucky. He will visit UCLA next week. This is probably down to Kentucky, Clemson and UCLA. I think we are in the lead position and will push for a commitment before the weekend is over. Woulard would ideally redshirt next year and develop more as a QB under the tutelage of the Chad. He has only been playing the position for two years, he was a WR before making the switch, and needs to develop his reads, overall understanding of the position, and work a bit on a more consistent release point. Raw but extremely athletically gifted. He runs a legit 4.5 and is great in the open field.
Montravious Adams is visiting Alabama this weekend.
Posted this in the comments for last week's post--I feel even better about our chances of landing Adrian Baker. I feel very strongly now that we have reason to be optimistic. This will be a national signing day announcement between Oklahoma and Clemson.
Carl Lawson is visiting Tennessee with Ryan Jenkins, soft FSU commit Davin Bellamy, and his teammate soft Ole Miss commit Peyton Barber. Watch out for Barber in this equation. He recently received an offer from Texas this past week and was going to visit Austin but chose to stick with Tennessee. He will visit Ole Miss next week. There had been rumblings that Lawson might cancel his visit to Tennessee because of a Tigernet story but that obviously did not happen. We have received some positive news in Clemson's favor but we will have to see how the rest of the visits play out. Sounds like Lawson might decide on national signing day on ESPNU.
Anytime you hear the words commitment and Mackensie Alexander in the same sentence, pump the brakes. The Mississippi State Scout.com site got taken for a ride by a fake twitter account. Check the dates gentleman, check the dates. Alexander did visit Miss St, however, and will take two more visits before spinning the roulette wheel on signing day. Should be fun. See you in the comments.