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Clemson signed four-star DE Xavier Kelly.

Proof that Dabo's tentacles extend to at least the Midwest, Wichita, Kansas, native Kelly will add depth for the Tigers at a position of need. The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder has a thin outward build, but ESPN 300 notes that he offers a nice strength element which should only improve once he's working out at his collegiate facilities. Just don't expect him to immediately replace Shaq Lawson's production. Kelly's probably too raw to be considered more than a developmental project at this point.
Feb 5 - 10:30 PM

Clemson signed four-star WR Diondre Overton.

Overton took an official visit to NC State in early December, but he signed his letter of intent with the Tigers shortly after the New Year. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver's a North Carolina native and checks in at No. 135 on the ESPN 300. Scout.com analyst Michael Clark stresses that Overton remains a raw prospect, but if he can refine his game, "his upside is huge and he has the potential to develop into a big-time playmaker in college."
Source: scout.com
Feb 4 - 11:50 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell believes that four-star CB Trayvon Mullen's choice to sign a NLI with Clemson instead of LSU "hurts [the Tigers] a bit."

Wrote Farrell, "Many signs pointed to LSU, who prides itself as DBU, in this one but Clemson went into Florida again and took a kid out many expected to go elsewhere." The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder out of Coconut Creek fits conveniently enough with the Tigers, as CB Mackenzie Alexander's fled for the draft. Indeed, HC Dabo Swinney indicated that had there not been draft defections on the squad, he would not have looked to lock up a defensive back in this class.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 4 - 11:25 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson was the No. 2-graded QB versus Power-5 competition in 2015, according to Pro Football Focus' grades.

Included in that is the No. 1 QB grade as a runner. Watson threw for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and ran for 1,105 yards and 12 scores in 2015. "Watson got better and better as the season wore on, and he nearly won the Tigers a national championship with his phenomenal performance against Alabama in the title-game loss," wrote Jeff Dooley. "He earned his third-highest game grade of the season versus the Crimson Tide, and for the season overall his numbers were excellent." The site says Watson is the fourth-best returning player in college football. That standing is heavily based on last season's advanced metrics. We'd say he's the best and most valuable returning player. An anonymous NFL quarterbacks coach has already said that Watson could be the 2017 draft's No. 1 overall pick and Watson himself says he's already considering early entry into that class.
Feb 3 - 3:55 PM

Four-star CB Trayvon Mullen signed with Clemson.

Mullen had been thought of as either a future Seminole or a future LSU Tiger, making his final decision to sign with Clemson something of a surprise. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder checks in at No. 18 on the ESPN 300. He's their No. 2 corner prospect behind Florida State signee Levonta Taylor. Scout.com notes that Mullen's "explosive out of his breaks" thanks to his hip flexibility. He also has the size and length to hang with just about any receiver in a jump-ball situation, though he'll need to add some weight to that frame.
Feb 3 - 1:40 PM

Clemson redshirt freshman WR Hunter Renfrow broke his right pinkie while playing basketball with HC Dabo Swinney's sons.

That Swinney just casually hangs out with his players is spectacular in and of itself. Renfrow's broken pinkie, not so spectacular. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound redshirt freshman indicated through team spokesman Tim Bourret that the injury shouldn't hold him up from beginning spring practice on February 29. This past season, he caught 33 passes for 492 yards and five scores, including two against Alabama in the National Championship Game.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 1 - 10:25 PM

Four-star G Matt Bockhorst committed to Clemson for the 2017 season.

Bockhorst revealed his decision via Twitter, writing, "I am extremely proud to announce that I have officially committed to further my education and football career at Clemson University! #allin." The 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman had previously drawn interest from Michigan State, Penn State, Boston College and Duke (among others). In his junior season at St. Xavier High School (in Ohio), he earned first-team all-state honors. TigerNet interviewed the future Tiger earlier this week, with Bockhorst telling them his decision is "not necessarily about wins and losses but I'm looking for a program and a coach that cares about the right things and developing men."
Jan 30 - 3:57 PM

After Thursday's Senior Bowl practice, Clemson WR Charone Peake said, "We felt like we dominated the [National Championship Game against Alabama]."

"Those couple two or three [big Crimson Tide] plays took over and kinda overshadowed our play," Peake said. "The scoreboard didn't show it but I felt like we dominated the game." "Dominated" might be a little strong, but the Tigers did outgain Alabama 550 yards to 473 yards. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Peake actually played with some of his new Tide friends over the Senior Bowl practice week, saying, "It was weird today, Jake Coker was throwing me the ball while Cyrus Jones was guarding me. So that was kind of weird. We're all cool about it."
Source: al.com
Jan 29 - 1:23 PM

Clemson sophomore QB Deshaun Watson indicated that he's already considering early entry into the 2017 NFL Draft.

"If I have the opportunity to go to the NFL, I'm going to take it," Watson said. Watson will first be eligible to declare after the 2016 season. He's on track to graduate in December. An anonymous NFL quarterbacks coach has already said that Watson could be the 2017 draft's No. 1 overall pick. The preseason Heisman favorite threw for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and ran for 1,105 yards and 12 scores in 2015. "With at least another year to refine his skills, Watson could join [Marcus] Mariota as a Heisman Trophy winner and top draft pick down the road," Bucky Brooks wrote.
Jan 28 - 8:30 PM

The Senior Bowl added Clemson DT D.J. Reader to the roster earlier this week.

He immediately became the event's biggest player. Reader officially weighed in at at 6-foot-3, 340 pounds with 9-inch hands, 32 5/8 inch arms and a 78-inch wingspan. Last year, he finished with 13 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and a half of sack. He's not a stat accruer, but rather an immovable boulder who clogs lanes and shoves interior linemen backwards. "Reader absolutely understands his best approach: straight line power," Rotoworld's Josh Norris noted of his work on Wednesday. "Success followed."
Source: Rotoworld
Jan 28 - 3:05 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney and several recruits went sledding in the midst of Winter Storm Jonas.

Well that's one recruiting pitch that's likely been sitting in Dabo's pocket for a while. He just had to wait for a giant, crippling winter storm. Viral videos have already surfaced, as they are wont to do. If Swinney's looking to tout more than just his Bear Bryant National Coach of the Year award, he now has additional Awesome Points to his name.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 23 - 7:09 PM

Clemson S T.J. Green should have returned to campus, in the opinion of NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt.

Green came out of nowhere to play a pivotal role on Clemson's elite defense last year. But as Brandt notes, Green is a little, ahem, green. "Green was a two-star recruit coming out of high school who only had two offers from Power Five schools (Clemson and Auburn)," Brandt wrote. "He spent his freshman season as a little-used wide receiver before switching to safety as a sophomore and only playing as a reserve. He was the Tigers' second-leading tackler this past season, but more than almost any other underclassmen who left early, he needs more experience." Green logged 95 tackles, 5.5 TFL, one sack, three breakups and two forced fumbles in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 5:37 PM

Clemson RB Zac Brooks is eligible for the draft.

Back in November, Brooks, a junior, announced that he would be leaving the program after the season to focus on interior design. He said he was not declaring for the draft, but rather leaving the sport. Though that may still ultimately be his intention, Brooks notified the league office that he'd fulfilled his degree requirements. The NFL declared him eligible for selection in the 2016 Draft. Brooks missed the 2014 season due to a broken foot and was the backup to Wayne Gallman this past fall.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 3:24 PM

Clemson redshirt freshman CB Jefferie Gibson will transfer.

Gibson tweeted "Really enjoyed the time Clemson has given me" on Wednesday. School officials subsequently confirmed that the 6-foot-4, 200-pound redshirt freshman would be transferring. While he appeared in 12 games this past season, he recorded just eight tackles. Adding intrigue to the whole situation, Clemson Insider's reporting that the transfer has come about due to "bad advice" and that the decision took the team coaching staff by surprise.
Source: Tiger Net
Jan 21 - 6:25 PM

Five-star OLB Tre Lamar committed to Clemson in July.

Brent Venables and Tony Elliott secured Lamar's signature over the summer and the prospect has never wavered. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder, an extremely physical defender, is ranked by Rivals as the No. 16 overall prospect in the nation.
Jan 20 - 11:41 AM


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