Clemson Football Recruiting: Breaking Down the Top 2015 Target at Each Position
Three straight seasons of winning 10 or more games has a way of boosting one's talent level. That's precisely the case for the Clemson Tigers.
With the departures of Tajh Boyd, Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Brandon Thomas, among others, now is the time to see how good Clemson's recent recruiting classes are.
But it's never too early to start talking about next year.
Currently, the Tigers are ranked No. 4 in the class of 2015, per 247Sports, with 13 verbal commitments.
2015 is shaping up to be a big year for Clemson on the recruiting trail. The Tigers currently have a commitment from 247Sports' second-ranked offensive lineman, Mitch Hyatt, and just two weeks ago added 4-star offensive tackle Jake Fruhmorgen.
Here's a look at Clemson's top target at each position for 2015. Keep in mind, since verbal commitments aren't official until signing day, we will include the players who have committed as targets.
All recruiting ranking and information courtesy of 247Sports
Quarterback: Kyler Murray
Offensive coordinator Chad Morris was a high school coaching legend in Texas. That's why the Tigers are in good position to land dual-threat quarterback Kyler Murray of Allen, Texas. The success of Boyd doesn't hurt things either.
But will the presence of Deshaun Watson, a true freshman this fall, scare off Murray or other top prospects?
Murray is the prototype to run Morris' offense. He's fast, explosive and possesses a strong enough arm to make plays downfield. His presence in the backfield would make the running game even more dynamic.
Schools such as Texas A&M, Ohio State and Oregon are competing with Clemson for Murray's services.
Running Back: Taj Griffin
C.J. Spiller set the bar for running backs at Clemson. The super-fast, all-purpose star has went on to star in the NFL the last four years.
How exciting would it have been if Morris could have coached Spiller in his spread offense?
While Taj Griffin isn't Spiller, his speed and running ability will remind some of the former Tigers star. Morris can make his offense go with any type of runner, but explosive athletes like Griffin can take it to another level.
Griffin can score every time he touches the ball. He also is underrated as an inside runner.
Griffin's recruiting is wide open at the moment. The Tigers are in contention with Georgia, Ohio State, Oregon and Florida State for Griffin's signature.
Wide Receiver: George Campbell
In the last two years, Clemson has lost Watkins, Bryant and DeAndre Hopkins at the wide receiver position. Hopkins was a first-round pick in 2013, and Watkins will likely be a top-five pick next month.
The Tigers have several talented young receivers currently on the roster. But their next great receiver could come the following year in the form of George Campbell of Tarpon Springs, Fla.
At 6'3", 184 pounds, Campbell possesses ideal size and the frame to add more muscle in college. Campbell is extremely explosive off the line of scrimmage and has outstanding speed. He has very good ball skills and is an ideal target for downfield throws.
Much like Watkins before him, the 5-star prospect appears to be deciding between Clemson and Florida.
Tight End: Garrett Williams
Tight ends are an integral part of every offense in this day and age. That's why Clemson is high on 4-star prospect Garrett Williams of Orlando, Fla.
Williams, who plays tight end and defensive end in high school, is projected as a very good tight end at the next level.
At 6'4", 220 pounds, Williams is a talented athlete with the frame to add significant muscle. Not only is Williams a good receiver, he is a solid blocker, too. He often lines up in the backfield for his high school team displaying his versatility.
The Tigers are battling FSU for Williams.
Offensive Line: Mitch Hyatt
The Tigers clearly made remaking the offensive line a priority in 2015.
Clemson currently has commitments from Hyatt, a 5-star recruit and one of the top players in the nation, and Fruhmorgen, a 4-star recruit himself.
If the Tigers can keep Hyatt and Fruhmorgen on board next February, this has the potential to be one of the best offensive line classes by one school in recent memory.
Hyatt is a rare high school lineman. He is equally good in both the running game and pass protection. A solid athlete, Hyatt is technically sound and could start as a true freshman in 2015.
Defensive Line: Shy Tuttle
Shy Tuttle, a 6'3", 315-pound defensive tackle from Lexington, N.C., looks ready for the college game right now.
Tuttle is a monster. A physically imposing run-clogger, Tuttle often lines up outside and rushes the passer. He's a pretty special athlete, too. In an interception he returned for a touchdown last season, no one could catch Tuttle from behind.
It looks like it could come down to the Tigers, Alabama and North Carolina in the battle for Tuttle's signature. If the Tigers sign Tuttle, they could have the nation's top class in 2015.
Linebacker: Ricky DeBerry
Ricky DeBerry is a big-time prospect at linebacker and defensive end. The 6'2 1/2", 245-pound DeBerry has all of the top schools in the nation in hot pursuit of him.
DeBerry could play 4-3 outside linebacker or defensive end in college or be an outside rusher in a 3-4 scheme. He has that type of athleticism and versatility.
DeBerry has been very open in his recruiting, but right now, he has no favorites. He has a list of 20 teams that are apparently still in the mix.
Can Clemson climb DeBerry's list? There's no doubt this one will likely come down to the end.
Defensive Back: Rashad Roundtree
With Mackensie Alexander and Adrian Baker both in the fold as freshmen in 2014, the Tigers need to add a good safety in 2015.
Rashad Roundtree could be that guy. A 4-star recruit from Evans, Ga., Roundtree is the type of safety who is becoming necessary in today's game.
A good tackler, Roundtree is even better in the passing game. He possesses the ability to cover slot receivers and is excellent at diagnosing plays before the ball is snapped.
It will be hard to lure Roundtree out of Georgia, but expect Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables to stay aggressive until the very end.
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