Clemson Football: Analyzing Tigers Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets

Zach GillilandFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2014

Clemson Football: Analyzing Tigers Top 5 2015 Recruiting Targets

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    Dabo Swinney is in the midst of his best recruiting class, and it looks as if it will get even better. While the Tigers already have some big-time commits, there are more prospects that Swinney and his assistants are looking to sign.

    I have put together a list of five prospects whom Clemson has a good shot at landing. The Tigers are high on all of these players.

Honorable Mentions

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    George Campbell is one of the most explosive players in this year's recruiting class.
    George Campbell is one of the most explosive players in this year's recruiting class.247 Sports

    Trent Thompson, DT

    Thompson made the honorable mention list because he is very high on Georgia. While he also has Clemson near his top schools, Georgia and Florida State have separated themselves from the pack. While Swinney would love to pull this defensive tackle fron Albany, Georgia, it would be surprising if he signed with the Tigers.

     

    George Campbell, WR

    Campbell is another guy that has interest in Clemson, but Florida is thought to be a likely destination for the talented wide receiver. Clemson definitely has a shot at him, but he is on this list because it seems like Florida is the favorite.

     

    Ricky DeBerry, OLB

    Per Michael Clark of Scout (subscription required), the Tigers have a good chance of making DeBerry's top eight. While he is certainly a high target for the Tigers, his list of offers is very long, and it's tough to gauge exactly where his interest is at this point.

     

    Michael Barnett, DE

    The former Virginia Tech commit, Barnett has Clemson in his top five schools. The reason I left Barnett off the list is simply because I didn't want there to be all defensive lineman on the list.

     

    Ty'Son Williams, RB

    Williams also has Clemson in his top five schools. I put him on the honorable mentions because recruiting a running back isn't a top priority for the Tigers in this recruiting cycle. Williams, a 4-star, is a very good running back though and would be a good addition to this class.

Johnathan Sutton, OLB

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    Per Don Callahan of Inside Carolina, three schools are coming after Johnathan Sutton the hardest: Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina.

    Sutton would be a good outside linebacker addition, as Tony Steward will be a senior this season. Sutton attended two Clemson football games this past fall, so getting him on campus hasn't been a problem.

    Sutton had 21 tackles for loss in his sophomore season. The 4-star is ranked by Scout as the No. 24 overall outside linebacker.

Zack Bailey, OG

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    Zack Bailey would be another great addition to an already outstanding offensive linemen recruiting class. He is ranked by Scout as the No.32 overall offensive tackle, but it's unclear if he will play tackle or guard at Clemson.

    Per Hale McGranahan of CUTigers (subscription required), the Tigers are in very good standing with the 6'5" offensive lineman. Bailey is high on both in-state schools at this point.

    With four offensive tackles committed to this class, adding Bailey to play guard would be a great move by Swinney's staff. Either way, Bailey would give the Tigers flexibility since he can play both positions.

    As seen in the video above, Bailey is a punishing lineman that uses his strength very well.

     

Austin Bryant, DE

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    A commitment from Austin Bryant would give this class just what it needs: more defensive linemen. Bryant was in Clemson last season when the Tigers took on Florida State.

    The 4-star defensive end is ranked as the No .27 defensive end in the nation by Scout.

    With Vic Beasley and Corey Crawford being seniors next season, adding a defensive end of Bryant's caliber would be perfect for Swinney.

    His highlights in the video above shows just how quick he can get to the quarterback. His pursuit is relentless and he doesn't stop until the quarterback is on the ground.

Albert Huggins, DT

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    Albert Huggins is one of the best defensive line prospects in the nation and would be a great fit for the Tigers.

    The 4-star from Orangeburg, South Carolina had a tremendous junior season with 17 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. Huggins is rated by Scout as the No.10 defensive tackle in the nation. He weighs around 280, but he has good speed for his size.

    He would be a great addition to Clemson's defensive line because of what they have graduating next year. With losses at the position, Huggins would be able to immediately compete for playing time.

Shy Tuttle, DT

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    Shy Tuttle is another guy who is likely to play early were he to come to Clemson. Rated by Scout as the No.6 overall defensive tackle, the 4-star defensive lineman had 95 tackles and 18.5 sacks in 2012.

    Per Michael Clark of Scout, Tuttle will narrow his list down to five schools this summer. Tuttle states in the article that Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State will definitely make his top five.

    It will be tough to pull Tuttle away from his home state, but if the Tigers do they will have a playmaker on the defensive line. In the video above, Tuttle's ability to get in the backfield is on prime display.