Florida Decommit Joshua Outlaw Would Be Wise to Join Clemson's Strong Class

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIISeptember 13, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

The Clemson Tigers have an incredibly strong 2013 recruiting class—highlighted by No. 1 overall recruit Robert Nkemdiche—and they will get even stronger if they can convince 4-star offensive guard Joshua Outlaw to join them.

According to Keith Niebuhr of 247Sports.com, Outlaw will be taking an unofficial visit to Clemson this Saturday:

"I'm going there Saturday," Outlaw told 247Sports. "It's an unofficial. I'm going with some of my teammates -- [receiver] Demarquis Polite-Bray and [safety] Jeremy Tyler."

Niebuhr also reports that the former Florida commit has had communication with the Tigers and likes Clemson.

The addition of Outlaw to an already strong 2013 recruiting class would be huge for Dabo Swinney and the Tigers, so hopefully they can make a good impression. Committing to an up-and-coming program like Clemson would be just as big for Outlaw as well, so he'd be wise to consider it.

Clemson is currently ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and has an explosive and exciting team led by Junior quarterback Tajh Boyd. If it can win its huge matchups against ACC powerhouse Florida State, a good Virginia Tech Team and SEC rival South Carolina at the end of the year, there's no telling what this team can accomplish.

While Clemson may not be at an elite national level like Alabama, LSU and now USC just yet, there is no doubting that it's a program on the rise under Swinney, and it will only continue to get better because of his 2013 class.

If the Tigers can keep Nkemdiche in the fold, they will be getting a superstar defensive end right off the bat for next season. Swinney also has seven other 4-star commits, and he could make it eight by bringing in the 6'4", 268-pound Outlaw.

He's put together a good combination of offensive and defensive talent, and the national exposure of signing the No. 1 recruit would be huge for the program. If Clemson can keep Nkemdiche committed, it'll send a strong message to other elite recruits that the Tigers are on the rise in the college football world.

How could Outlaw not want to be part of this movement?

The Tigers are setting themselves up very nicely to be a major contender in the ACC for years to come, and they may even be able to sneak into the national title picture.

Outlaw would be a great fit at Clemson, and he'd be wise to join Swinney's 2013 class.

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