RB Master Teague III of Murfreesboro, TN made a stop at Clemson Saturday for the junior day. He’s not been offered by the Tigers but is one of a small number of running backs the Tigers are considering. “I think I can say that I liked everything on my visit. I got the chance to talk with different coaches as we walked around the new facilities and they thanked me for coming. I got to talk with Coach Elliott during that time and my parents and I got to meet with him. He told me that he thought that I could (get an offer) in their office and he wanted to get to know me better and come see me at my school during my spring practice. They are only taking one running back in 2018. Coach Elliott said that he wanted to take a look at a few of the guys that he is interested in and offer two. They seem to look at a lot of things, including what you put on Twitter. Coach Dabo talked about 2018 being a small class. He told me that he thought that I could play in their offense.” Teague also is a major USC target with an offer from the Gamecocks. “I continue to communicate with South Carolina a few times a week. They tell me that I’m still their top guy for 2018. We are working on and will have a top list of schools in about two weeks.” Teague is going to Georgia March 17th, Auburn on the 25th, Ohio State March 31st and back to Georgia April 14th. He’s also looking at return trips to USC and possible Clemson along with Alabama, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
Gaffney WR Dennis Smith made another visit to Clemson Saturday and left with an offer from the Tigers. “It definitely meant a lot to me. I’ve been talking with Coach Scott for a while and building a great relationship. Knowing that I can get a great education and compete for a national championship right here in South Carolina definitely means a lot to me in that they are #1 and they see something in me. That’s something to definitely take in. They love my ability to play football but it’s what’s off the field that stands out to them the most, who I am as a person.” Smith said he watched the Tigers practiced and was impressed with how hard they work. Smith is going to North Carolina March 25th and is going to Virginia Tech April 1st. He was at USC’s junior day in late February. “They say I can help be one of the faces of the program and help turn it around and get back to where it needs to be. I can really be a key factor there and I’m one of their biggest targets.” The Tigers and Gamecocks figure to be major factors all the way for Smith. ” How I compare them, who I feel like can prepare me as a man, and I dream of going to the NFL, and who I can trust more to prepare me more for life and what I want for me. That’s how I compare with the coaches and all.” Smith said at this point of his offers Clemson, USC and Duke stand out the most to him with no order. Smith said he’s looking at a possible July 4th announcement. The date depends on when his brother can be on hand with him.
DB Jonathan Gipson of Hoschton, GA did not pick up an offer on his visit to Clemson Saturday but the Tigers are very interested, he said, and an offer could come down the road. Gipson said he was at Clemson for roughly six hours and got the complete look at the program. “I talked to all the defensive coaches. They like me. I don’t think a lot of them have looked at my film. Coach Reed, we got a chance to hook up. He didn’t offer me but he said he is definitely going to recruit me.” Gipson also attended USC’s junior day and has an offer from the Gamecocks, so now he can compare the programs. “They are both great programs able to get their athletes thru college with a degree. It looks better than South Carolina but coaches at South Carolina are more of a family, but I know them more than Clemson. I talk to Coach T-Rob almost every other day. He’s wanting me to commit. There are a lot of schools wanting me to commit so it’s hard to think about one school.” Gipson said he’s not sure about a top list but USC would definitely be in it. He said he needs to do more research on Clemson and is not sure if the Tigers would be in his top five or ten. He said a school he wants to visit soon in Auburn. Gipson also has offers from North Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana and Oregon State.
DL Darnell Jefferies of Covington, GA has been on a roll with major offers and added another from Clemson while at the junior day Saturday. “They said they like the way I was violent with my hands, have good footwork, and they like the way I flip my hips to get by opponents. They said they see me at defensive tackle and defensive end.” Jefferies also has a USC offer and visited there recently. He said he’s going back to USC March 17th. He’s also going to visit Texas A&M. Some of his other offers are Alabama, Auburn, Notre Dame, Miami, Tennessee, Wake Forest, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He does not have favorites. “At the moment, there’s nothing right now. I’m just enjoying the recruiting process.”
DL Ja’Mion Franklin (6-3 300) of Ridgely, MD made his first visit to Clemson Saturday for the junior day. “Man, I had a phenomenal time at Clemson, definitely was a wowing experience. There’s just something different about Clemson and I felt that all day. Great people there and a great atmosphere. They haven’t offered yet but have expressed great interest. I’m looking forward to building a closer relationships with the staff and we’ll see how it goes. They just told me they love how I play the game aggressively and explosively. From watching my film, I made a lot of plays in the backfield and it really got them fired up.” Franklin has offers from Boston College, Duke, Louisville, Georgia Tech and others. He also has visited Syracuse, Virginia, Temple and Maryland. He is going to Boston College and Notre Dame later this month.
DB Noah Boykin (6-2 165) is a highly recruited safety from Washington, DC and he was at Clemson Saturday and was officially offered by the Tigers in person. “Coach Reed pretty much had handed me the offer, I just wanted to come down to make it official and enjoy the facilities with my family. Coach Venables was very vocal in communication, firm on everything he stated. He wants me back there in a couple months to build a relationship with Dabo.” As for what the Clemson coaches said they like about his ability, Boykin said, “From my understanding, it just was my game as a whole.” His offers also include Boston College, Kentucky, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Maryland, NC State, Pitt, North Carolina, Virginia Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Vanderbilt and Syracuse. He also has visited Maryland, Temple and Virginia and plans to visit North Carolina and West Virginia in the future. He does not have favorites. “I’m taking everything slow but a top 10 should be coming mid-season.”
Some of the other prospects confirmed as Clemson junior day visitors:
DE Justin Mascoll of Snellville, GA
ATH Jalyn Phillips of Lawrenceville, GA
2019 LB Anthony Solomon of Ft. Lauderdale
2019 DE Christopher Hinton of Norcross, GA
2019 ATH Litchfield Ajavon of Alexandria, VA
2019 WR Demarcco Hellams of Hyattsville, MD
2019 QB Jalon Jones of Richmond
2019 OL Pierce Quick of Trussville, AL
2019 DL Jacob Lacey of Bowling Green, KY
2020 RB Blake Corum of Laurel, MD
2020 DE Coziah Izzard of Laurel, MD
Also visiting Clemson Saturday night was the large group of players from IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL that included DE Xavier Thomas, DL Stephon Wynn Jr. and DL Taron Vincent.
Byrnes WR Demarcus Gregory Saturday picked up offers from Tennessee and Auburn.
Clemson targets WR Jordyn Adams of Cary, NC and OL Richard Gouraige Jr. of Tampa visited North Carolina Saturday.
6-5 Austin Nelson of Hendersonville, NC has committed to Upstate according to PhenomHoops.com.