Clemson Football: Recruits New DC Brent Venables Must Land to Fix Tigers Defense

Erin SorensenContributor IJune 19, 2012

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04:  Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers adjusts his helmet against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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It all began with non-binding verbal commitment from defensive end Robert Nkemdiche. Then this past Sunday, defensive end Elijah Daniel followed suit, swinging momentum in Clemson's favor to revamp the defense in Tiger Town. It would be safe to say that Clemson is on a bit of a roll.

However, there is still a lot of work to be done for the Tigers' new defensive coordinator Brent Venables. Who must Venables snag commitments from to really enhance the defense around Nkemdiche and Daniel? There are four individuals that stand out:

1. Vonn Bell - Eighteen schools have made an offer to Bell. The safety from Ridgeland High School is a long shot for Clemson, but would be an outstanding addition to the Tigers' defense.

2. Devaris Brunson - The outside linebacker out of Lake City, South Carolina would be a solid commit for Clemson. The positive side here is that the likelihood of getting Brunson to commit is relatively good. He would most likely stay committed too.

3. Alec James - Another strong defensive end candidate for Clemson, James would bring good size to the field for the Tigers. While he is currently leaning more heavily towards the Big Ten's Wisconsin and Michigan State, Clemson is still in the running. It's not out of the question to get a commitment from James, and it definitely wouldn't hurt the Tigers one bit.

4. Dane Rogers - The defensive end out of Shelby, North Carolina can officially be added to the Tigers' commitment list. In this case, it's going to be Venables' job to make sure Rogers stays committed to Clemson.

At the rate Clemson is going, the defense has the potential to be stacked. Can Venables keep the momentum going? It doesn't appear the Tigers will be slowing down anytime soon, which is great news for Clemson fans.

If you believe a defense wins championships, then Venables, along with Dabo Swinney, are building towards that mantra. If not, this defense (as long as it pans out come February) may just prove you wrong.