CLEMSON, S.C. — With just two days left before national signing day, Clemson’s 2014 recruiting class is in excellent shape. Dabo Swinney’s staff has secured 19 commitments and is in the mix for several highly touted recruits who will sign on Wednesday, including defensive end Andrew Williams, defensive lineman Cory Thomas and defensive end/linebacker Richard Yeargin III.
The Tigers’ class is ranked No. 15 nationally, with the potential finish even higher by the time the final signees’ national letters of intent roll in Wednesday.
Big names like 4-star quarterback signee Deshaun Watson, rated as the nation’s top dual-threat quarterback, have grabbed plenty of headlines.
However, signing day is about more than headliners. Often, less-heralded recruits emerge and turn into special players.
Take Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Andre Branch, who was considered a 2-star recruit by Rivals.com when he signed with the Tigers in 2007. He turned into a second-round NFL draft pick and is carving out a solid career for himself.
Clemson’s class has plenty of depth. Who are the next less-heralded recruits who could make a difference for Swinney’s staff? Let’s take a look.
Unless otherwise noted, recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.com.