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Transferring Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk said that his unofficial visit to South Carolina on Wednesday "went great."

"I had a good conversation with [C]oach Muschamp about how much I can help the team. The coaches are still the fans towards me. They still want me. Showed that feelings never changed," Belk said. Several times in the above quote, the 6-foot-3, 325-pounder alluded to the fact that he and South Carolina were involved in an advanced courtship over the winter before the four-star defensive tackle signed on with Clemson in February. Georgia is playing host to the defensive tackle on Thursday. Regardless of whether he opts for the Gamecocks or Bulldogs (or Chanticleers -- Coastal Carolina should be viewed as a dark horse contender, here), he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA regulations.
Source: 247Sports
May 24 - 4:42 PM

In their updated post-spring depth chart released on Wednesday, Clemson listed senior QB Kelly Bryant as the starter.

No "OR" about it with this one, as Bryant was definitively listed as starter with much-heralded true freshman Trevor Lawrence backing him up. We wouldn't read too much into this. Bryant took the opening snaps with the first-team in the spring and it would have required a monumental effort to leapfrog the incumbent starter in just a few weeks of practice time. The real test, here, will come in preseason camp. While Bryant is a serviceable starter who brings plus attributes to the table -- particularly as a runner -- Lawrence is considered a generational talent and has (by all accounts) acclimated well this offseason. Stay tuned for August.
Source: ESPN.com
May 24 - 11:39 AM

Transferring Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk is visiting South Carolina and Georgia this week.

Belk (6'3/325) will be checking out the Gamecocks on Wednesday and the Bulldogs on Thursday. South Carolina could have an inside track, here. The former four-star defensive tackle was seeing heavy interest from HC Will Muschamp and staff throughout the most recent recruiting cycle and said that he was very close to signing with the program before he ultimately sided with Clemson. Coastal Carolina is also a potential player, here, though they should be considered a longshot for Belk's services. Having enrolled early at Clemson, this move -- wherever it might take him in the FBS -- is going to cost him the 2018 season, as he'll be required to sit it out to satisfy transfer regulations.
Source: The State
May 23 - 11:49 AM

Clemson sophomore QB Hunter Johnson will transfer.

Johnson was considered one of the top prospects in the 2017 class at the quarterback position, but the arrival of five-star signal-caller Trevor Lawrence and the presence of incumbent starter Kelly Bryant made it difficult to project Johnson becoming a starter for the Tigers anytime soon. In limited playing time, he completed 77 percent of his passes for 234 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Expect plenty of schools to have interest in the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback, as he offers big-time upside at the position. Assuming Johnson transfers to an FBS school, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season -- assuming he doesn't receive clearance from the NCAA to play immediately.
Source: The State
May 21 - 11:10 AM

Clemson freshman DT Josh Belk will transfer.

Belk (6'3/325) signed on with the Tigers during the early December window. Coming out of high school, he was viewed by Rivals as the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect in the state of South Carolina for the 2018 cycle. He takes the (very) early exit having earlier participated in Clemson's spring practice. While Belk has yet to play a game at the college level, NCAA regulations are going to force him to sit out the upcoming season should he transfer within the FBS. He could apply for an immediate-eligibility waiver from the governing body once he arrives at his new program, but that's not something we would bank on to be successful. South Carolina -- who pushed hard for his pledge before Belk opted in with Clemson -- is probably the program to watch now that big defensive tackle is back on the free agent market.
May 16 - 4:55 PM

Clemson received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 DT Tayquon Johnson.

Johnson ranks as the 28th best defensive tackle on 247 Sports list, and the 10th best player in the state of Maryland in their composite ranks. The 6-foot-2, 295-pound defender picks the Tigers over offers from schools like Alabama, Georgia, Penn State and Maryland. Clemson will looks several quality defenders to the NFL next year -- particularly on the defensive line -- so pickup up talents like Johnson will be crucial to keeping their strong run going.
May 14 - 1:19 PM

CBS Sports draft writer Chris Trapasso projects the Giants to take Clemson redshirt junior DE Clelin Ferrell with the second pick in his 2019 mock draft.

Ferrell was a surprise returner for the Clemson defensive line, but if he does go second as Trapasso projects, it will be a wise decision. He'd be the second defensive end drafted in this scenario, as Ohio State's Nick Bosa goes first overall to the Browns in the mock. "Ferrell is a long, explosive defensive end who tallied 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss a season ago," writes Trapasso. "Many -- including myself -- thought he'd have been a first-or second-round pick in 2018. He'd fill a big need on the edge for New York."
Source: CBS Sports
May 14 - 11:47 AM

ESPN's Andrea Adelson tagged Clemson junior CB Trayvon Mullen as the team's standout spring performer.

"Mullen, a former ESPN 300 prospect, seemed to hit his stride and earned praise from the coaching staff," Adelson writes. She believes the 6-foot-2, 180-pounder's emergence is made doubly important, as Clemson's secondary represents one of the few areas on the team that drops off a bit early on the depth chart. He picked off two passes during the Tigers' spring game. More substantively, Mullen registered 40 tackles and a trio of interceptions during the most recent campaign.
Source: ESPN.com
May 10 - 3:20 PM

Clemson sophomore WR Tee Higgins caught four passes for 118 yards and two touchdowns in the team's spring game.

Higgins (6'3/175) had himself a 50-yard touchdown grab off the golden arm of five-star true frosh QB Trevor Lawrence in the exhibition contest. We like him for stellar numbers regardless of who is throwing him the ball during the upcoming campaign -- he's as talented a wideout as there is in the country -- but that goes doubly so if he gets to play ball with Lawrence, who has far, far more of an upside as a passer than incumbent starter Kelly Bryant. As a true freshman this past season, Higgins caught 17 passes for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He averaged a mouthwatering 20.3 yards per reception.
May 6 - 1:39 PM

Panthers signed Clemson OG Taylor Hearn.

Hearn (6’5/320) turned pro as a redshirt junior after logging 29 starts at left guard for the Tigers and earning third-team All-ACC honors in 2017. Hearn showed low-end athleticism at the Combine, however, testing as a mere third-percentile SPARQ athlete and managing 18 reps on the bench. Hearn won with sheer size and sporadic power at Clemson, but his sub-par movement skills and weight-room strength are big red flags. Hearn would do well to become a serviceable multi-year interior backup.
May 3 - 11:11 AM

Bills signed Clemson CB Ryan Carter.

Carter (5’9/184) made 29 starts in the Tigers’ secondary, logging 8.5 career tackles for loss with four interceptions and earning honorable mention All-ACC as a senior. In 2017, PFF College credited Carter with a stingy 42.1 passer rating when targeted. Not invited to the Combine, Carter tested as a meager eight-percentile SPARQ athlete with 4.52 speed. Ultimately, Carter was a good college player whose projection is limited to slot corner and special teams in the pros.
May 3 - 10:54 AM

NFL Spin Zone projects the Browns to take Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence with the second pick in their 2019 mock draft.

Lawrence would be the second player off the board in this scenario, and he'd also be the second defensive tackle to be drafted as they project Houston's Ed Oliver to go first to the Colts. Lawrence surprised many when he decided to return to school, but it could pay off in the long run. "Lawrence comes from a long line of defensive studs at Clemson and really broke out as a freshman with 62 tackles and 6.5 sacks in 2016," they write. "He was down in 2017, but a return to form in 2018 should get him atop many boards in the 2019 NFL Draft."
May 1 - 1:47 PM

SB Nation's Dan Kadar projects Dexter Lawrence to be selected by the Cleveland Browns No. 1 overall in his 2019 mock draft.

Kadar explains, "After trading Danny Shelton to the New England Patriots, the Browns could be in the market for a defensive tackle in 2019." He believes it would currently be a "coin-flip" between Lawrence and Houston DT Ed Oliver. Lawrence could fall down draft boards if he can't fully heal from foot and ankle injuries which limited him during the 2017 season and 2018 spring practices. Clemson HC Dabo Swinney said they are just playing it safe, but it's something to watch for this season.
Source: SB Nation
Apr 30 - 3:05 PM

Bills selected Clemson WR Ray-Ray McCloud with the No. 187 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Undersized (5'9/190), McCloud nevertheless made plays all over the field in 2017, flashing rushing and returning ability to go along with his receiving. He was a three-year contributor for Dabo Swinney's ACC powerhouse. Tough, fast and strong for his size, McCloud will try to carve out a Tavon Austin-type role in Buffalo. His 2018 will likely begin on the practice squad.
Apr 28 - 4:15 PM

Colts selected Clemson WR Deon Cain with the No. 185 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Cain (6’2/202) turned pro as a junior after tallying a career 130/2,040/20 receiving line, averaging 15.9 yards per catch and leaving school fourth in Clemson history in receiving TDs. Clemson’s quarterbacks posted an efficient 101.6 passer rating when targeting Cain in 2017. Cain blazed 4.43 at the Combine but struggled in the vertical (33 ½") and broad (9’7") jumps. On tape, Cain’s small hands (8 ¾") hindered him for too many drops, but he flashed a handful of No. 2/3-wideout traits with plus length (33") and speed.
Apr 28 - 4:06 PM


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