Clemson Recruiting: 5 2015 Recruits Every Tiger Fan Should Follow This Summer
With spring football in the rearview mirror and the NFL draft set to take place this week, it's hard to believe the 2014 season is now just over three months away.
But in the world of recruiting, there is never truly an offseason. The best teams are the ones who recruit the best players. The Clemson Tigers have recruited well in recent seasons and have won 32 games over the last three years to prove it.
Looking ahead to 2015, the Tigers currently have the No. 4 recruiting class, per 247Sports (subscription required). Clemson has verbal commitments from 13 players, including three highly-ranked offensive linemen.
Head coach Dabo Swinney still has his work cut out for him, though. Keeping verbal commitments in this day and age is more difficult than ever. In addition to the current lineup of commitments, the Tigers are in good shape with several big-time recruits.
Here are five recruits Clemson fans should follow this summer and throughout the 2014 high school football season.
All recruiting rankings and information is courtesy of 247Sports
Offensive Tackle Mitch Hyatt
5-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt committed to the Tigers earlier this year. Hyatt, the nation's second-ranked offensive tackle, is a player who can start right away at the next level.
Hyatt is big (6'5.5", 271 lbs) and athletic. He possesses outstanding footwork and the length needed to be a big-time left tackle. At this stage, the biggest knock on Hyatt is his frame. And that's not really a knock, he is currently just a junior in high school and has the frame to easily add 30 pounds without losing any of his athleticism.
Hyatt is impressive to watch on film. Offensive linemen his age rarely play with the technique that Hyatt does.
Hyatt is strong in his pledge to the Tigers, but look for other big schools to continue to recruit Hyatt heavily.
Offensive Tackle Jake Fruhmorgen
Clemson received some outstanding news just before this year's spring game when Jake Fruhmorgen, a 4-star offensive tackle from Tampa, Fla., gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers.
Fruhmorgen, whose father played at Alabama, is currently ranked No. 7 on 247Sports' list of offensive tackles. His commitment gives the Tigers two of the top offensive tackle prospects in the country for 2015.
While Hyatt is expected to play left tackle in college, Fruhmorgen looks like an ideal candidate to play on the right side. He has played on both sides of the line in high school. At 6'5", 280 pounds, Fruhmorgen has imposing size. He isn't as technically sound as Hyatt, but looks stronger on tape. He is an underrated athlete, too.
Fruhmorgen chose Clemson over offers from Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame. Will he remain firm with his commitment to the Tigers?
Athlete Van Smith
4-star athlete Van Smith of Charlotte is another Clemson commit. Smith, who plays on both sides of the ball, expects to be a defensive back for the Tigers.
Smith is a terrific athlete. He is good enough to contribute immediately at both positions. Clemson's current secondary is young, so he may be forced to redshirt in 2015. However, Smith could make a major impact in the return game.
Smith is not the highest-rated Tiger commit, but he may be most underrated. Don't be surprised if Smith's star continues to rise as a senior this fall.
Wide Receiver George Campbell
5-star receiver George Campbell of Tarpon Springs, Fla., could be the next great Tiger receiver. Clemson must sign him first, but they are in good position.
According to 247Sports, Campbell is choosing between Florida, Michigan, Florida State and Clemson. The Tigers' recent success putting receivers in the NFL should bode well for them.
Campbell is a phenomenal talent. He is big (6'3", 184 lbs), and fast. He routinely makes big plays down the field and also looks like a running back in the open field. Clemson fans, and all college football fans, would be wise to keep an eye on Campbell.
Defensive Tackle Shy Tuttle
Clemson has put several talented defensive linemen in the NFL over the years. However, most of those talented linemen were edge-rushers. The Tigers have lacked a big, nimble defensive tackle capable of collapsing the pocket on every snap.
The Tigers could have their man in 2015 with Shy Tuttle of Lexington, NC. Currently, the Tigers are in Tuttle's top five along with Alabama, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas.
Tuttle could make an immediate impact for Clemson. The Tigers' current defensive line is full of juniors and seniors, so there is an opportunity for Tuttle to play early in Death Valley. That's not to say Tuttle can't play early at Alabama, he's that good.
Men as big as Tuttle aren't supposed to move with such ease. Tuttle makes it look easy. High school players are no match for Tuttle's size or athleticism.
Perhaps a feather in Clemson's cap is that Tuttle is the nephew of former Tiger Perry Tuttle.