Welcome to the true off season folks. With baseball, football, and basketball all out of season, Clemson fans are left with little to cheer for. The track and field teams are competing currently in Eugene, Oregon at the 2022 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships (the women's heats start tonight), with more to come on Friday. Aside from that, there’s not much to watch during these dog days.
Luckily for us football enthusiasts, a big recruiting event this past weekend has already led to some early fireworks for the 2023 class, so let’s take a look!
The official visit list for this weekend is LOADED. Excited about it! #We2Deep23— Christopher Vizzina (@vizzina2) May 31, 2022
With over 30 visitors on campus for an unprecedented official summer recruiting visit, there was plenty to be excited about heading into the weekend. Class captain and highly-rated QB Christopher Vizzinia was in attendance, along with a plethora of talented individuals including 5-star DL Peter Woods, 4-star DB Damari Brown, and many other studs.
The recruits seem to have largely had a great time on campus, despite having to face the absolute terror that is Dabo hitting a fade away:
Don’t let Brad see that or we may be searching for a new head coach this summer.
The first domino to fall was none other than a familiar name in Avieon Terrell. After watching his older brother AJ complete a standout career at Clemson that resulted in him being drafted 16th overall in the 2020 NFL Draft, Avieon decided to follow in his footsteps and continue the Terrell CB legacy at Clemson.
The younger Terrell is a four-star prospect who hails from Westlake High School in Atlanta, GA and is rated as a top-300 player. He joins Branden Strozier as the second defensive back for this class and will be a fun connection immediately thanks to his older brother’s history with Clemson.
One day later came perhaps the most exciting commitment of this group in OL Ian Reed out of Austin, TX. Listed at 6’5” and 290 pounds, Reed is a beefy addition to this year’s OL group. He was heavily pursued by a number of schools including Texas, Alabama, and UGA, but chose the Tigers in the end.
This is a huge get for new OL coach Thomas Austin and hopefully serves as a sign of what is to come.
Just a few hours after Reed’s announcement, TE Olsen Patt Henry joined the ranks with his own commitment on Tuesday.
Henry had over 1,000 yards receiving and 17 scores for his high school in Naples, FL in his junior season, and will try to build on those numbers with a strong senior campaign this fall. Clemson will likely look to add one more TE to this group but Henry is a strong pickup for the 2023 class.
The fourth commitment came on Wednesday in 4-star athlete Kylen Webb.
Webb has played both safety and running back for his school in Riverview, FL, but Clemson has recruited him to play the former. Webb was pumped about his visit: “It was a once in a life time opportunity. To be apart of that weekend and with all of those other players, it was a blessing. We all really enjoyed. When I got back off the plane back home in Tampa, I couldn’t stop thinking about it.”
Webb brings the total commitments for Clemson’s 2023 class up to eight, good for 12th overall in the composite team rankings currently. There’s no doubt plenty more are on the way, so make sure to stick around STS for the party when they arrive!