2017 Clemson target safety Devon Hunter continues to impress this spring. 247 called him the top defensive player that attended the Nike The Opening regional camp in Charlotte last month. Many people consider his recruitment to be a two-horse race, between his hometown school, Virginia Tech, and Clemson.
Hunter sees the merit in both choices; he told 247 that he clicked immediately with VT's staff and that he would "love to play" for his hometown team. That being said, he called the Tigers, "one of [his] favorite teams since [he] was little," and that he feels comfortable on Clemson's campus.
Whichever school Hunter chooses will be getting an impact player. ESPN insider's scouting report on him said, "Hunter has size, athleticism and can flat out run for a safety prospect. He blends great physical tools with excellent instincts around the ball. Should be an early producer give his well-rounded skill-set and football IQ."
According to ESPN, Hunter runs the fastest 40-yard dash of the safeties in his class at 4.43 seconds. Although no timetable has been given on a decision, Hunter did tell 247 that he does not plan on being a recruit who waits till signing day to commit.
This past Sunday, 247's number 10 athlete in the country, Malcolm Askew, tweeted out his top 10 list in order and the Tigers are sitting in second place. Clemson is behind Auburn, but ahead of Ole Miss, Florida, Alabama and Oregon, to name a few, on the Alabama four star's list.
"[These 10 schools] have recruited me and stayed in contact with me the most throughout this spring," Askew said, in his tweet releasing the list. "These schools have shown the most love and I can see myself playing at each one of them."
Askew, who currently stands at 5-feet-10.5-inches, said earlier in the year that he would prefer to play defensive back at the next level because, "defensive players usually last longer playing the game in comparison to offensive players," according to Bleacher Report. Additionally, Askew told Bleacher Report that the plans on committing early this fall, sometime between August and October. See the rest of his tweet here and his highlight tape below.
Everyone commits in their own way; some do it on TV, others do it with family, one guy jumped out of a plane. 2017 four-star defensive end Logan Rudolph decided to chop wood in very short shorts and then tell everyone he is committing to the Tigers. The video, which was originally uploaded to Twitter, has since been deleted, but the internet remembers everything. Here it is:
He is ranked as the number 20 weak side DE in the nation, and the number four player in the state of South Carolina. In addition to securing a local talent, Rudolph's commitment pushed Clemson into to top-5 for 247's recruiting class rankings for 2017. If you want to see him in pads on the field instead of nearly naked in the woods, look at his highlight tape below.
Clemson is returning to Texas on search for 2018 players, this time offering 3-star safety Atanza Vonger from South Grand Prairie High School, in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Tigers already offered Mustapha Muhammad, another 2018 player from Texas. Vonger is already a fairly good sized player, at 6-feet-1-inch tall and weighing186 lbs.
He was named the sophomore defensive player of the year for the Texas District 8-6A all district team this past season. Additionally, he has picked up a bunch of big name offers these past few weeks, including Texas A&M, Clemson, Alabama, Baylor and Georgia.
His tape shows a player who will likely shoot up above his current 3-star ranking. He demonstrates the ability to make impact plays in both run and pass defense and athleticism that projects to translate to the next level. Additionally, early on in the tape, you can see his football intelligence; he correctly reads and then blows up a screen and then a few plays later is able to go across the field after reading run and stop a play on the goal line. His full tape can be seen below.