Clemson garnered their 14th and 15th commitments of the cycle over the weekend with CB Juwuan Briscoe and TE Garrett Williams, filling the slots at CB and TE for the class.
Briscoe (6'0 185), from Waldorf MD, picked Clemson over Rutgers, NC St, WV and Maryland among others. Ohio State did try to convince him to delay his commitment so Meyer could send an assistant out to scout him, but he wanted to commit to Mike Reed now.
Briscoe has no rating by some services, but he looks like a middle-of-the-road guy, and probably on the lower end of that, as a player. I stress the word player because he's really an athlete who doesn't seem to have stuck in one spot long enough to have been coached up in technique. This one is a project. He's quite fast, 4.43 at last month's Nike Camp, and plays RB as well as CB for his HS. He does seem to change directions well and isn't stiff in the hips, but I'd have liked to see more of his play with the ball in the air.
I'm fine with taking a project athlete, but if you asked me whether I think Clemson could've gotten a better player, I'd say yes. I see him as sticking in the secondary, we don't need another Zac Brooks to bulk up before he can play RB.
Garrett Williams (6'4, 225), currently rated the #3 TE in the nation, committed this afternoon to the Tigers. Williams is from Orlando, and is the son of the FSU fullback who handed the ball off to LeRoy Butler in 1988. Brad Scott was the OC, and Jeff took this recruitment. He has offers from nearly everyone, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan State, and Stanford, who he indicated was our stiffest competition.
Williams has everything you'd want in a TE, but you could probably find someone who does something better without having the entire package. He has good speed, but its not elite. He's not going to stretch the field like Leggett can. He isn't stiff in the hips and it shows in his cuts, but he's not as fluid as Allen ended up. His hands are good. He gives effort as a blocker, but I don't see him starting out as a line TE, he'll be flexed out like a Leggett or Seckinger in the beginning. If he can put on about 20-30lbs, without losing any athleticism, maybe then he becomes a guy you'd play every snap and capable of doing everything we'd need at this spot. If he can do that he'll make it to the NFL without a problem, I just don't see him going as high as a Fleener or Allen.
We don't see Clemson taking any more at the 3-back spot at this point, and frankly we don't have room unless someone leaves.