Lannden Zanders, from Crest High School in Shelby NC, is a three star safety prospect with a rating of 0.8648 in the 247 Composite. He is listed as the 61st best safety prospect in the country and the 34th best prospect in the state of NC. Zannders will not be the only Crest High alum on the roster in 2019, current DE Justin Foster was a product of the school as well. Former Tiger DE Dane Rogers, part of the 2013 recruiting class, also came from Crest.
The 6’ 1” 189 lb Zannders visited the weekend of the Spring Game back in April and committed while on the visit. His only other Power 5 offers came from Tennessee, Ga Tech, Maryland, and Vandy.
As you might have garnered by his offer list, Zannders is going to need some developing. That is not to say he does not have any upside however. The potential is there. You can see the talent. He is an early enrollee so he will be able to get a head start on learning the system and adding some bulk, but I do not see how he avoids a redshirt.
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This is the take I am most conflicted about this recruiting class. There were plenty of possible Safety targets, but Clemson decided to go with Lannden. He profiles more as a Nickel than a true Safety right now. Needs to continue to add some more muscle mass.
He comes from a good program in Crest HS in NC. On the positive side he does have good ball skills, and despite being out of position often in high school, he shows good recovery speed. Does he just need to refine his technique and handle the added bulk? Those will be key questions at a position of need. As a mid year enrollee he can make up ground with the additional practice time and time with the strength and nutrition staff.
It is noteworthy that NC State attempted to get back in the picture late.