A pair of reserve defensive players are reportedly leaving the Clemson football team. Wednesday news broke that defensive back Cortez Davis was transferring. Thursday reports came out indicating sophomore linebacker Lateek Townsend was also exiting the program.
Davis and Townsend are another reminder of why one shouldn’t put too much stock in recruiting rankings until players get on campus and start contributing. Davis played in all 13 games for the Tigers last season. He finished with 18 tackles. Several recruiting rankings listed him as one of the top defensive backs in the country. He was recruited by former defensive backs coach Charlie Harbison.
Townsend, who was a highly touted All-American out of Marlboro County High School, finished last season with just 10 tackles in his reserve role. He missed a portion of his freshman season because of an NCAA issue and was never able to settle into the regular rotation on defense under new defensive coordinator Brent Venables.