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LSU and Clemson have scheduled a home-and-home series for the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

The equivalent of the "Spider-Man staring at Spider-Man" meme, this series will pit the Tigers against the Tigers, with both games to be played in a Death Valley. It'll be Clemson playing host first, with that contest slated for Aug. 30, 2025. LSU will return the hosting favor on Sept. 5, 2026. These will be the first-ever regular season matchups between the two squads. While they have played thrice previously (LSU holds a 2-1 all-time lead), those three prior contests occurred in bowl action.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 15 - 4:22 PM

HC Dabo Swinney said Clemson senior QB Kelly Bryant's game is "as at a whole other level from where he was at any point last year."

Bryant has been facing major competition from No. 1 overall freshman Trevor Lawrence this summer, and Swinney believes the competition is making Bryant a better quarterback. Swinney loved that Bryant choose to stay at Clemson to compete rather than transfer somewhere he'd be guaranteed to start. Swinney also mentioned that the quarterback decision would be made ideally seven to ten days out from the first game, but it is undetermined if it will be Bryant or Lawrence at this juncture. It is very likely that both Bryant and Lawrence get playing time against Furman on September 1st.
Source: The State
Aug 13 - 1:47 PM

Clemson HC Dabo Swinney has been impressed with freshman WR Justyn Ross.

Swinney picked out Ross (6'4/195) specifically and said "His first catch was a one-handed go-up and just pluck it out of the air. Then he came right back up and one-upped himself with another one. He was spectacular today finishing plays." Ross is a former five-star recruit who chose Clemson over both Alabama and Auburn during his recruiting process and is looking like the real deal. With Tee Higgins likely to be the team's No. 1 receiver, Ross is competing with sophomore Amari Rodgers and junior Dionde Overton for playing time.
Aug 12 - 3:20 PM

The Draft Network's Joe Marino believes Dexter Lawrence "headlines" the overrated prospects in 2019.

Lawrence is routinely projected to go within the top-5 pick in early mock drafts but Marino isn't buying it and said "Lawrence doesn’t have the mobility or pass rushing upside of such a high selection. And for a man of his size, there are too many occasions where he is worked out of his gap in the run game." Despite Marino's pessimism on Lawrence, he is still very likely to be selected in the top half of the first round.
Aug 12 - 2:28 PM

Clemson sophomore WR Tee Higgins referred to freshman WR Justyn Ross as a "freak."

"I thought he would need a lot more improvement than he does. Oh man, he's quick off the ball. You don't see that from incoming freshmen," Higgins said, noting that he, himself, did not have that kind of quickness in his bag of tricks when he signed with the Tigers as part of the 2017 class. The sophomore wideout continued this nice little scouting breakdown of the 6-foot-4, 195-pound Ross -- whom he loves as a jump-ball threat -- by observing that the five-star true frosh does need to continue to work on his stance and breaks. Clemson has athletic talent all over the board. Our only real question on this offense comes at quarterback.
Source: 247Sports
Aug 7 - 2:33 PM

Clemson is in discussions with LSU and Georgia in regards to scheduling future contests.

Juicy matchups, these. And we may get home-and-home series out of both, as Clemson is loath to schedule neutral site contests which would deprive them of a home game. While LSU and Clemson have met just three times in the past, the Tigers are far more familiar with the Bulldogs. The latter series has been all Georgia to date, with the program in Athens holding a 42-18-4 edge all-time. It's certainly in play that we could see Georgia and Clemson tango as early this winter, depending on how their Playoff fortunes unfold. If LSU makes the Playoff, you can feel free to color us surprised.
Aug 4 - 2:15 PM

Clemson and Nike agreed to a 10 year, $58 million apparel contract.

The new agreement is double the value of the last deal between Clemson and Nike. As if the Tigers needed it, HC Dabo Swinney believes the deal will help with upcoming recruits, saying, "Nike is the clear leader among our student-athletes and recruits and we’re excited to continue to provide our players with the best equipment and technology in the market. We have a tremendous partnership and it’s a difference-maker for our program."
Aug 3 - 4:15 PM

Former Jacksonville QB Patrick McClure transferred to Clemson as a preferred walk-on.

McClure (6'2/185) signed on with FCS Jacksonville as a two-star recruit in the 2017 class, but he left the team in the summer in order to focus on academics. He did not play football for the past campaign. At Clemson, he will serve as a depth piece, one which was needed after signal-callers Tucker Israel, Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson transferred out earlier this offseason. McClure won't be seeing the field for the Tigers in any kind of impactful role this year, barring catastrophe befalling the quarterback position.
Jul 31 - 4:56 PM

ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Clemson five-star 2019 verbal DB commit Andrew Booth to former Ohio State DB Malik Hooker.

"Like the former Buckeye, Booth possesses good size with a nice frame and can be a productive, playmaking presence in the secondary with a blend of instincts, physical play and very good ball skills," Haubert writes of the 6-foot-1, 188-pound Booth. One difference the analyst sees between the two players? He likes Booth to play earlier than Hooker did assuming a smooth transition to college play. Unlike so many prospects who choose their programs despite clear positional logjams, one of the sneaky upsides of Booth's Clemson pledge is that the Tigers are going to need help in the defensive backfield as soon as next season.
Jul 31 - 1:09 PM

Clemson received a verbal commitment from five-star 2019 CB Andrew Booth.

Booth commits to the Tigers over Auburn and Georgia, and it's a tremendous get for Dabo Swinney and the Clemson staff. The 6-foot-1, 188-pound defensive back ranks third among corners in the 247 Sports composite rankings, and 33rd overall on ESPN's list of the top 2019 players. Reports indicate that Booth needs to improve his flexibility in the lower half, but he gets rave reviews for his ball skills and ability to jump routes. Clemson jumps up to fourth in 247 Sports composite rankings.
Jul 30 - 12:30 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline writes that Clemson redshirt junior edge-rusher has "top 10 potential."

Amazingly, Pauline grades him that highly, but ranks him third among Clemson defensive lineman behind Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence. Ridiculous. He notes that Ferrell is an excellent pass-rusher, but he's also a quality defender of the run. "Ferrell shows outstanding athleticism and the ability to make plays in space," writes Pauline. "He’s terrific out of a three-point stance and can also stand over tackle effectively." Don't be surprised if Ferrell ends up the top pick among Clemson players, and that is saying something.
Jul 29 - 1:45 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline gives Clemson senior T Mitch Hyatt a fourth-round grade heading into the 2018 season.

Hyatt had a bit of a mixed junior year for the Tigers, but he is certainly on NFL radars coming into the 2018 campaign. Pauline thought he was going to see an nonathletic tackle on tape, but came away "pleasantly surprised." "Hyatt does a great job bending his knees, staying square and using both blocking angles and body positioning to seal the edge," writes Pauline. "I’m not sold on his ability to play left tackle at the next level, but I think he can start on Sundays, potentially at right tackle or guard." Just another Clemson player to keep an eye on this fall.
Jul 29 - 12:58 PM

NFLDraftScout.com's Dane Brugler would like to see Clemson senior DT Christian Wilkins better combine his smarts with his athletic skill-set.

"Wilkins is highly intelligent and flexible, but he needs to better use those skills in unison on the field. If he is able to string together pass rush moves and better anticipate blocking angles, Wilkins will see his draft stock ascend this fall," Brugler writes. The 6-foot-4, 300-pounder posted 60 tackles (9.0 for loss) and 5.5 sacks during his junior campaign. While he still has work to do in his development, Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as the best draft prospects on Clemson's loaded roster, but does pass along that in some scouting corners, Wilkins' consistency on a down-in, down-out basis leaves something to be desired. A storyline to monitor for the fall and beyond.
Jul 28 - 3:31 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Clemson senior DT Albert Huggins as a potential second-to-third round pick.

Usually, a player that could go on Day 2 is a starter; and is often one of -- if not the -- impact players on the roster. Huggins won't even start for the Tigers. Scary, we know. "Huggins shows the ability to take over the action (watch the Florida State film)," Pauline writes, "and I could definitely see someone taking a flier on him during the second day of the draft." Having four first-round talents and a reserve that could go in the first 100 picks on your defensive line isn't fair.
Jul 27 - 8:40 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline lists Clemson junior DT Dexter Lawrence as a first-round prospect coming into the 2018 season.

There are four Clemson defensive lineman who get first-round grades from Pauline: Lawrence, Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant. Of that group, only Wilkins has a higher grade from Pauline. "Lawrence is an immovable force with great power and the ability to collapse the pocket," he writes. Those are the positives, but Pauline also notes that he doesn't play with great leverage, and that he'll take plays off. Still, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound defender should be a stout run-defender, and that makes it likely he goes in the first 32 picks if he performs in 2018.
Jul 27 - 7:33 PM


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