****K.J. Henry in Clemson for Official Visit
On Saturday the Tigers return to the confines of Death Valley to take on the Yellow Jackets of Georgia Tech in a game that for Clemson is a “must win” if its hopes of a 3rd straight ACC Title and College Football Playoff appearance are to come to fruition in 2017.
With the prime-time ABC slot and all the hoopla surrounding an ACC rival, the staff is expecting a great list of potential Tigers to attend, and the recruiting visitor list is filling up quickly with commits and targets alike, all anxious to see the Tigers take on the Yellow Jackets Saturday under the lights at 8:00.
So far, the headliner is undoubtedly Charlotte area prospect K.J. Henry, who is ranked as high as 5 stars on some services. He has a short list of finalists, including the Tigers, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia Tech and Georgia. Henry has already completed two of his allotted five official visits to Georgia and Virginia Tech. His visit this weekend with the Defending National Champs will be his third.
Henry has made it known earlier in the year that his decision day is going to be December 20, and he is all set for early enrollment at his school of choice, so he has less than 2 months to make the biggest decision of his young life. This marks Henry’s first visit since the Auburn game earlier in the year, and it coincides with the busy schedule of his father, who is RB Coach at University of Charlotte and has a bye this week. So K.J. will have both parents present with him on his visit to Tiger Town.
Henry has been no stranger to Clemson since being seen by the staff competing at the Dabo Swinney Camp three years ago. At the time, he was an unknown prospect, but Clemson identified him quickly, giving Henry his very first offer, and the staff has stayed the course with him throughout his recruitment. Stay tuned here at CUTigers.com for the returns on the visit and where we see the Tigers and Henry moving forward!
****GT Game Visitor List
Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones, Jr. at the Auburn game.
A very solid list of prospects is expected to meander into Tiger Town this weekend for the 8:00 main event, with a national television audience tuning in. We are expecting about 75 of the top recruits and prospects from all over the local and regional footprint from 2019 to 2021, with a few 2018 recruits showing up as well and some of the Tigers’ top commits for the 2018 class.
We have confirmed the attendance of Clemson commits Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones, Jr. along with fellow IMG teammate and 2019 running back stud Noah Cain, who has a who’s-who list of offers and is at the top of Tony Elliot’s wish list for the 2019 class. He cites offers from FSU, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan and Texas, to name a few. Cain is a big-time player, and Clemson is really pushing hard at present to show the running back he is a top priority for the 2019 class. Also in tow from Bradenton, FL will be the IMG punter, Aidan Swanson.
An intriguing visitor is Cade Mays. He’s been a Tennessee commit since May, but with the upheaval that has been the Vols’ season so far this year, it has the big man from Knoxville exploring options outside of Knoxville. Cade is a UT legacy, though—his dad was an OL for the Vols. He has already confirmed his official visit is lined up for Clemson later in November for the game with in-state military college, The Citadel.
Mays is a former teammate of Clemson commit Mike Jones, Jr. and is expected to be escorted throughout the day by Jones personally.
Another huge offensive line prospect is expected to make the trip up from the Sunshine State of Florida, and that is Michael Tarquin. At 6’5 and 290 pounds, he’s a huge lineman with offers currently from Auburn, Florida, FSU, LSU, Michigan and the list goes on. The Tigers have had a long interest in Tarquin, and coach Robbie Caldwell is personally recruiting this monster from the Sunshine State. This one is going to be a good recruitment to watch, so stay tuned right here at CUTigers.com!
On any other day, Xavier Thomas would headline any visitors list. The 2018 Clemson DE commit will be on campus yet again with IMG teammate Mike Jones, Jr., serving as lead recruiters for the day. Jones is set to shadow Mays and family, and expect Thomas and Henry to hang together and compare notes, as these two have formed quite the friendship and have whispered about playing together one day.
KJ Henry and Xavier
Thomas at Auburn game
Looking into the 2020 class, you can expect to see QB Michael Wright of Woodward Academy in Georgia, who is citing offers from Illinois, Cincinnati and Jackson State.
Also expected to make the trek north on I-85 is fellow Peach State native Tee Denson, a 2020 defensive back with interest from the Defending National Champs. He is a very young player that is a part of the Cam Newton 7-on-7 stable. His recruitment is just starting to heat up, and Clemson was the first to show interest. The staff has reached out and invited him for this weekend, so keep your eyes on this one.
DT Quack Cohen from Greer, SC is a local 2019 prospect from the Ramon Robinson EPT stable (like fellow protégé Kelly Bryant) and is personally coached by former Clemson defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson. He will be on hand and is starting to really get a buzz about his play so far this season at nearby Greer High School. His head coach is Clemson alum Will Young.
We expect a few late additions, so look to the Recruiting Radar Forum for our update from the Death Valley tomorrow. Also, as a new feature we will get the recruiting photo gallery up tomorrow! Keep your eyes peeled and stay tuned right here to CUTigers.com for all your Clemson recruiting news!
Clemson reached into the Sunshine State of Florida and offered 2019 DE Gemon J. Wilson out of Deerfield Beach, a player that is blowing up with offers from all over the Power Five at present. Now the defending National Champs have thrown their hat in with the likes of Florida, FSU. Michigan, Oklahoma and many more. So stay tuned, as we monitor his recruitiment!
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****New Basketball Commitment
The Tigers and Brad Brownell received a commitment from 3-star Trey Jamison, a 2018 center/power forward out of Homewood, Alabama.
****This Week’s Tweets
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When you come to play Clemson in night game in the rain. Take note GT! pic.twitter.com/XINgakwKt2— ClemsonEditz (@ClemsonEditz_) October 26, 2017
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7. Washington State
8. Mississippi State
9. Penn State
Night Game in Death Valley >>>>> pic.twitter.com/vz3Sy2d0Kl— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) October 25, 2017
Will you be in Death Valley on Saturday night? https://twitter.com/hashtag/ALLIN?src=hash&ref_src=twsrcOctober 25, 2017
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