TE Jaleel Skinner (6-5 200) of Greer is regarded as one of the top tight end prospects nationally, and one of the state’s top recruits for the 2022 class. Monday, he announced a top ten that includes Clemson but does not include USC. The Tigers, with new tight ends coach Tony Elliott, have made a big push for Skinner.
The Gamecocks showed a lot of interest under the Muschamp coaching staff, but the interest dropped off after Shane Beamer took over. The Gamecocks are focusing a lot of their attention on another tight end, Oscar Delp of Georgia.
Skinner did not make it to Clemson for the spring game, but he watched it closely on TV to see how Elliott and the tight ends were working together.
“I watched the spring game and I loved it,” Skinner said last month. “Loved the tempo. Loved some of the new faces they’ve got there. Loved how they catch the ball and get up and down the field. I think they did a really good job of getting the ball to them (tight ends). The way coach Elliott called the plays was great.”
Skinner had been working with a list of 14 schools. Now he’s down to Clemson, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Florida State, Miami, LSU, Oregon, Arizona State and Oklahoma.
He plans to visit Clemson the weekend of June 11th for the Elite Retreat.
Clemson target DE Cyrus Moss of Las Vegas has set his official visit to Oregon for June 5th.
USC offered 2023 SF 6-7 Brandon Gardner of Gray Collegiate in Columbia. He also has offers from Clemson, Illinois, Winthrop, Upstate, Texas A&M, DePaul, Georgetown and Murray State.