CLEMSON, S.C. — Three weeks from now, young men across America will put pen to paper, slip national letters of intent into fax machines and make college football coaches and fans very happy—or, in some cases, very disappointed.
We’re in the homestretch for college football’s 2014 recruiting class, with many programs already working hard on the 2015 class (and beyond).
Work remains for everyone in the 2014 class, and Clemson is no different. The Tigers have a small class, with only 18 verbal commitments. That’s by design: Clemson graduated only 11 scholarship players this season, which left a young roster.
Even with the early departures of wide receivers Martavis Bryant and Sammy Watkins and cornerback Bashaud Breeland for the NFL (and with defensive end Vic Beasley expected to decide on Wednesday, which is the deadline for juniors to do so), Dabo Swinney and his staff have very few spots left in the 2014 class.
However, the Tigers are still locked in on targets on make a class that 247Sports rates as the nation’s No. 16 class even better. Over the next three weeks, Clemson will focus on a handful of recruits at “need” positions to put a finishing touch on the 2014 recruiting class.
Here are the Tigers’ priority recruits as this recruiting cycle winds down.