Clemson already has two nationally elite offensive linemen committed for the 2022 class. Wednesday night the Tigers were included in the top six of another, 5-star OT Gunner Givens (6-6 275) of Daleville, VA. The other five teams on his short list are Alabama, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State and Ohio State.
Among his other offers were USC, Georgia Tech, Appalachian State, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, Southern Cal, Auburn, NC State, Texas A&M, Texas, Kentucky, Oregon and Florida State.
Givens got the chance to visit Clemson in early March for a spring practice before the Covid-19 recruiting dead period was invoked. The Tigers, Penn State and Virginia Tech have been sitting in the strongest positions with him since the first part of the year.
Givens is close friends with another Virginia five-star offensive lineman in the 2022 class, Zach Rice of Lynchburg. Rice visited Clemson with Givens in March. Clemson has not yet offered Rice. Givens is ranked the #1 offensive tackle nationally in the 2022 class in the 247Sports Composite, and Rice is ranked #2.