The winner of our 2016 recruiting class name award, early enrollee Tremayne Anchrum will provide some depth at OL for Clemson and have an opportunity to compete for snaps early. Anchrum, who is from Powder Springs, Georgia, and was originally going to commit to UGA before missing out because they were full at the position. He also had offers from Colorado and Nebraska with Colorado being the frontrunner before his first visit to Clemson.
Anchrum is likely going to play inside at the guard position but does have the arm length needed to play tackle. With our lack of depth at the tackle position, especially behind Mitch Hyatt on the left, don't be surprised to see him try to stick outside. The 3-star prospect is definitely going to need some work, but like Pollard he should a key piece for Clemson going forward. His primary recruiter was Brent Venables with Robbie Caldwell as his secondary.
Of all the prospects we have signed in this class, don't sleep on this guy. He was an original target on the offer board and stayed on the wishlist. Throughout his recruitment he just never really reciprocated any interest and wanted to be a Dawg as a kid growing up in Georgia. Richt's staff had secured a silent commitment from EJ Price and their staff wasn't going to sign another offensive lineman. Anchrum fell into our lap and we pounced. I think Georgia jerked him around a bit with some recruiting song and dance. No way in the world we were going to let Colorado or Nebraska beat us. Once we got him on campus and showed him how much we genuinely wanted him and the opportunity available he committed to Clemson.
Caldwell really values his versatility. With his long arms he can play Tackle and will start there until he needs to be moved inside. He lacks ideal height at 6'3 but the long arms make up for it. He also played at McEachern HS in Powder Springs, Georgia against good competition. He improved his technique and consistency his senior year. He still needs to add strength and become a better run blocker but all the tools are there. Sometimes he can lose his balance and over commit in pass protection, but those kinds of minor things are totally correctable. I'm impressed with how he can play in space, which is an important part of our offensive gameplan.