Trent Howard, OL
Briarwood Christian High School
Head Coach: Matthew Forester
Overall: One of the most versatile offensive linemen in the Clemson freshman class who played all five positions on the line in high school … started at multiple offensive line positions in 2019 based on whom was the best defensive lineman his team would face … originally committed to Georgia Tech … was the sixth offensive line commitment in this class … his father, Johnny, was a teammate of Dabo Swinney at Alabama, including during its 1992 National Championship season.
In High School: Played the 2019 season for Matthew Forester at Briarwood Christian High School in Birmingham … played his first three years for Fred Yancey, the veteran coach who retired after 2018 season … helped Briarwood Christian to a 45-10 record over his four years … three-year starter … team posted an 11-4 record in 2019 … helped his squad to a 9-3 mark his junior year, a 13-1 record his sophomore year and a 12-2 mark in his freshman season … reached quarterfinals of the state tournament his freshman year and reached the finals in 2017 … also had experience as long snapper … attended Dabo Swinney Football Camp six years during his youth … was a PrepStar All-Regional selection.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on Dec. 6, 2019, 12 days prior to signing … recruited to Clemson by Robbie Caldwell and Todd Bates … his father, Johnny, played with Dabo Swinney at Alabama and was a member of the 1992 Alabama National Championship team … wore No. 75 in high school.
Mitchell Mayes, OL
Raleigh, North Carolina
Leesville Road High School
Head Coach: Ben Kolstad
Overview: Will play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, 2020 … participated in The Opening in Frisco, Texas in the summer of 2019 … one of six offensive linemen in this Clemson class, and is ranked as the second-best offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN.com … could contribute to 2020 Clemson offensive line that graduates four starters from its 2019 unit … rated as a five-star by many services.
Rankings: Ranked as the No. 14 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, which also called him the No. 2 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 2 player from the state of North Carolina … ranked as the 64th-best player overall by PrepStar, which ranked him as the fourth-best offensive tackle in the nation and second-best player in North Carolina … ranked as the fourth-best player in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer … ranked No. 136 by Rivals.com overall, which ranked him as the third-best offensive tackle in the nation and fifth-best player from North Carolina.
In High School: Played for Ben Kolstad at Leesville Road High in Raleigh, N.C. and at Sanderson High … four-year starter as a lineman … played defensive tackle as a freshman and offensive tackle his final three seasons … all-conference selection as a sophomore, junior and senior … selected to the North Carolina/South Carolina Shrine Bowl on Dec. 21, … two-time captain of his Leesville Road team … helped Leesville Road to the state championship game in 2019. .
Personal: Committed to Clemson on March 11, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Robbie Caldwell … expected to enroll at Clemson in January 2020.
RJ Mickens, S
Southlake Carroll High School
Head Coach: Riley Dodge
Overview: Will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio on Jan. 4, 2020 … listed among the top defensive backs in the nation by many services … all-around player who helped Southlake Carroll as a safety and receiver who is slated to play safety at Clemson … ranked as the second-best safety in the nation by PrepStar … for his career as four-year starter, recorded 211 tackles, eight interceptions and 40 passes defensed … offensively, added 61 receptions for 1,092 yards and 14 touchdowns … was also an outstanding punt returner with 29 career returns for 574 yards, a 19.8-yard average … son of former NFL player Ray Mickens, Sr.
Rankings: Ranked as No. 33 overall player in the nation, the second-best safety and fourth-best player in Texas by PrepStar … 247Sports ranked Mickens as the No. 96 overall player, the fifth-best safety and the 13th-best player in the state of Texas … ESPN.com listed Mickens as the No. 138 overall player, the 12th-best safety and the 22nd-best player in Texas … listed as the No. 194 overall player in the nation by Rivals.com … was a preseason second-team MaxPreps All-American for 2019.
In High School: Played for Riley Dodge at Carroll High School in Southlake, Texas … Helped Southlake Carroll to a 13-1 record in 2019 … The team was ranked in the top 15 in the nation by MaxPreps most of the year, including a No. 12 as of Dec. 14 … recorded 19 tackles, a tackle for loss and three passes broken up in limited action in 2019 … recorded seven punt returns for 121 yards, a 17.3-yard average … posted 57 tackles in 2018, adding two interceptions, five total pass breakups and a tackle for loss … contributed 14 punt returns for 294 yards, 21.0 yards per return … as a sophomore in 2017, posted a career-high 99 tackles, three tackles for loss, two interceptions and 15 passes defensed … averaged 20 yards per punt return on eight returns as a sophomore … had 13 passes defensed, three interceptions and 36 tackles as a freshman.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on April 6, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Mickey Conn … wore No. 10 at Southlake Carroll … son of former Texas A&M All-American defensive back Ray Mickens, Sr. … Ray Mickens, Sr. was a third-round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft by the New York Jets, for whom he played for eight seasons, and played one year in Cleveland for a total of 146 career NFL games … expected to enroll at Clemson in January 2020.
Myles Murphy, DE
Hillgrove High School
Head Coach: Phillip Ironside
Overview: One of the top defensive ends in the nation who is listed as one of the top 10 overall players in the nation by ESPN.com, 247Sports and Rivals.com … consensus five-star prospect by every service … will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, 2020.
Rankings: Listed as the No. 3 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, which also listed him as the No. 2 defensive end in the nation and No. 1 player in state of Georgia … listed as the No. 5 overall player in the nation, the top defensive end and the top player in Georgia by PrepStar … ranked as the No. 6 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, the second-best defensive end and No. 1 player in Georgia … Rivals.com ranked him as the ninth overall player in the nation, No. 2 defensive end and top player in Georgia … named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution preseason Super 11 team for 2019.
In High School: Played for Phillip Ironside at Hillgrove High School in Marietta, Ga. … as a senior in 2019, posted 53 tackles, including 19 tackles for loss, 10.5 of which were sacks … had a fumble recovery and a blocked kick … in 2018, had 55 total tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks … helped team to the quarterfinals of the state 7A playoffs and the team finished 12-1, the most wins in school history … committed to Clemson at the school’s spring game prior to his senior year.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on May 17, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Brandon Streeter and Lemanski Hall … his father, Willard Murphy, played at Chattanooga and his older brother, Maxwell, played at NAIA school Worcester Polytechnic in Massachusetts … plans to follow his brother as an engineering major and has expressed aspirations of becoming an architect … wore No. 98 in high school ... plans to enroll at Clemson in January 2020.
Walker Parks, OL
Frederick Douglass High School
Head Coach: Brian Landis
Overview: First Clemson signee from the state of Kentucky since Justin Miller in 2002 … participated in The Opening in Frisco, Texas in the summer of 2019 … one of six offensive linemen to sign in this class … unanimous top-100 player nationally.
Rankings: Rivals.com ranked Parks as the No. 59 best player in the nation, eighth-best at his position and the No. 2 player in Kentucky … listed as the 63rd-best overall player, eighth-best offensive tackle and best player in Kentucky by PrepStar … ranked as the No. 69 overall player by 247Sports, fifth-best at his position and second-best in the state of Kentucky … ranked as No. 89 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, the 13th-best offensive tackle and second-best player in Kentucky.
In High School: Played for Brian Landis at Frederick Douglass High in Lexington, Ky. … did not allow a sack in 15 games as a senior … highest-graded lineman on the team in five of the 15 games and had 75 knockdown blocks … graded over 90 percent from his coaches five times … 5A District Player of the Year … first-team all-state … two-year captain … helped offense record more than 3,500 yards rushing and 1,600 yards passing … on defense, added 32 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss with 6.5 sacks.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on Oct. 2, 2018 … recruited to Clemson by Robbie Caldwell … wore No. 64 in high school … plans to enroll at Clemson in June 2020.
Kobe Pryor, RB
Cedartown High School
Head Coach: Doyle Kelley
Overview: All-around athlete who played football, basketball and baseball over his career at Cedartown High School in Cedartown, Ga. … Averaged over 7.0 yards per attempt in his career as a running back.
In High School: Played running back and linebacker for Doyle Kelley at Cedartown High School in Cedartown, Ga. … had strong senior season with 1,471 yards rushing in 211 carries for a 7.0-yard average … added 25 receptions for 358 yards for 1,829 total yards from scrimmage … had 12 touchdowns rushing, two receiving and two on kickoff returns … also completed 3-of-4 passes for 100 yards and two scores … on defense, compiled 33 tackles, including 6.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks … added 10 quarterback pressures … named Region 5A Player of the Year … as a junior, had 721 yards rushing on 93 attempts for a 7.3-yard average … was also an outstanding linebacker who was voted Two-Way Player of the Year (Ironman Award) in Region 5A … all-state selection by Georgia Coaches Association … named to all-area team as well.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on May 18, 2019 … recruited to Clemson by Mike Reed and Tony Elliott … wore No. 2 in high school … plans to enroll at Clemson in June 2020.
Trenton Simpson, LB
Charlotte, North Carolina
Mallard Creek High School
Head Coach: Michael Palmieri
Overview: Five-star linebacker who committed to Clemson on Dec. 14, 2019 and signed with the Tigers four days later … will play in Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2, 2020 in Orlando … rated as the top player in the state of North Carolina according to many services … participated in The Opening in Frisco, Texas in the summer of 2019.
Rankings: Ranked as the No. 13 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, which also listed him as the second-best linebacker and top player in North Carolina … Rivals.com rated Simpson as the No. 26 overall player, the second-best linebacker and top player in North Carolina … ESPN.com ranked Simpson No. 107 overall, the 11th-best linebacker and fourth-best player in North Carolina … listed as the top player in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer … named first-team postseason All-American by Sports Illustrated.
In High School: Played for Michael Palmieri at Mallard Creek High School in Charlotte …helped his team to a 10-1 record and No. 3 ranking in the state of North Carolina according to MaxPreps … started his high school career as a running back, playing both running back and linebacker in 2019 … led the Mallard Creek defense with 20 sacks … had 44 carries for 371 yards and six touchdowns … for his career, recorded 97 carries for 799 yards and seven touchdowns with 8.2-yard average per carry.
Personal: Recruited to Clemson by Danny Pearman and Brent Venables … originally committed to Auburn … wore No. 22 in high school … expected to enroll at Clemson in January 2020.
Kevin Swint, LB
Carrollton High School
Head Coach: Sean Calhoun
Overview: One of the most productive defensive players in the state of Georgia over the last four years … four–year starter who recorded 41.5 career sacks among his 359.5 tackles … outstanding leader who was a three-time captain as voted by his teammates … two-time all-state selection … was a High School Butkus Award semifinalist along with Clemson signee and classmate Sergio Allen.
Rankings: Listed as the No. 137 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, the 13th-best linebacker and the 14th-best player in Georgia … ranked as the No. 171 overall player, seventh-best linebacker and 21st-best player in Georgia by PrepStar.
In High School: Played for Sean Calhoun at Carrollton High in Carrollton, Ga. … recorded 103 tackles, including 26.5 tackles for loss, including 12.5 sacks, in 2019 … had 12 quarterback pressures, six pass breakups, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and an interception … posted nearly identical stats in 2018 as a junior with 103 tackles, including 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks … added six pass breakups, two forced fumbles, 13 quarterback pressures and an interception … first-team all-state selection by GPB Sports and the Atlanta Touchdown Club … Region 7 5A Most Valuable Player … all-area, all-region and all-state honoree as a junior … as a sophomore in 2017, contributed 97 tackles, a career-high 31.5 tackles for loss, including 17 sacks, seven passes broken up and four forced fumbles … Area Defensive Player of the Year … first-team all-region … had 56.5 tackles as a freshman in 2016, including 16.5 tackles for loss, three of which were sacks … area Newcomer of the Year and a second-team all-region selection in 2016.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on Jan. 26, 2019 … outstanding student who had career GPA near 3.6 … recruited to Clemson by Todd Bates and Brent Venables … wore No. 14 in high school … expected to enroll at Clemson in January 2020.
Paul Tchio, OL
Milton High School
Head Coach: Adam Clack
Overview: Will play in U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas … participated in The Opening in Frisco, Texas in the summer of 2019 … one of six offensive line signees in the 2020 class.
Rankings: Listed as the No. 82 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, the fourth-best offensive guard and the 12th-best player in Georgia … ranked as the No. 143 overall player in the nation, the fifth-best offensive guard and the 15th-best player in Georgia by ESPN.com … ranked No. 150 overall, the seventh-best offensive guard and 18th-best player in Georgia by PrepStar … ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 140 overall, the fourth-best offensive guard and 17th-best player in Georgia … named to the Atlanta Journal Constitution 2019 Preseason Super 11 team … played some Wildcat quarterback for his high school despite weighing 300 pounds.
In High School: Played for Adam Clack at Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga. … played offensive line and defensive line as a senior … scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion last year … earned an Athlete of the Week selection by WSB-TV in Atlanta … finished with 113 pancake blocks as a junior when he helped Milton to a 13-2 record and the state championship for the first time in school history … as a junior, was a first-team all-state and all-region selection … North Georgia Lineman of the Year … a finalist for The Opening … Adidas All-American selection.
Personal: Committed to Clemson on Nov. 25, 2018 … recruited to Clemson by Mickey Conn and Robbie Caldwell … wore No. 57 in high school … last name pronounced TEE-oh … expected to enroll at Clemson in January 2020.