Clemson headed north to Maryland this year as 4 star offensive lineman Ryan Linthicum has signed his letter of intent for Clemson University. The Damascus, Maryland product is 6’4” and weighs 275 lbs. Linthicum is a 4 star prospect with a .91 rating from 247 Sports, good enough to make him the 4th best prospect in the country at his position.
The Tigers beat out Maryland and Florida State for Linthicum, and they did so because of the work by primary recruiter Robbie Caldwell and his backup Todd Bates.
QT’s take from his commitment:
Linthicum shows quick feet and the ability to bend and stay low, which are essential for a center. He has experience snapping the ball and won’t need to acclimate to the position. I think he could be in line for early playing time if he can reshape his body while in high school a bit and stay around 290 or at least below 300 pounds. He has an interior lineman frame and decent size, but most importantly plays with a mean streak through the whistle. Could play early in career at Center for Clemson, most likely in his first two years.
In the Damascus offense he shows that he has the agility to get to the second level and plows the overmatched competition repeatedly. He will have to adjust to the level of play in college, but still plays good teams in MD and practices against Bresee. I’ve said all along this was Clemson’s recruitment to lose and after another weekend at Clemson, Ryan decided to shut it down (it also helped that Michigan looks really shaky). Clemson will continue to pursue Marcus Tate and Jager Burton, which leaves one spot for a higher profile Offensive Tackle.