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Clemson Football Recruiting: 5 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

Zach GillilandFeatured Columnist IIDecember 19, 2016

Clemson Football Recruiting: 5 Commits and Top Targets to Watch at the Opening

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    The Nike Opening is an exclusive camp that will be held in Oregon starting in just a few weeks. At each of the various Nike camps held throughout the country during the year, athletes are selected at each camp to take part in The Opening in July.

    Pretty simple: The Nike Opening is the best of the best and features the top high school football prospects in America.

    Clemson has some important targets and commits that will be attending this year’s premier Nike camp.

Ray-Ray McCloud III, 4-Star RB

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    Sickles High School

    Tampa, Florida

    5’9”, 175 pounds

    Recruiting Status: Uncommitted

    Clemson had Ray-Ray McCloud on its campus this week for Dabo Swinney’s football camp, and the talented athlete has interest in Clemson.

    247Sports gives Clemson a 10 percent chance of landing the running back.

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For: McCloud is the 232nd overall player on the ESPN 300 rankings. Per Bud Elliott of SB Nation, he performed well at the Nike camp and showed good quickness as well as change of direction.

    McCloud is currently ranked as the No. 18 athlete on ESPN, but a good showing at The Opening could improve his stock. While showing off his quickness in drills, he will also be able to prove his ability to catch the ball.

Deon Cain, 4-Star WR

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    Tampa Bay Tech High School

    Tampa, Florida

    6’1”, 190 pounds

    Recruiting Status: Committed to Clemson

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For: Cain performed well enough at the Orlando Nike camp to receive an invite to The Opening.

    Cain is listed as the No. 5 ranked athlete by ESPN and can play either quarterback or wide receiver. He plays quarterback for his high school team, so this camp will be another prime opportunity for him to show off his skills at wide receiver.

Noah Green, 3-Star OT

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    Boiling Springs High School

    Boiling Springs, South Carolina

    6’5”, 283 pounds

    Recruiting Status: Committed to Clemson

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For: Noah Green was a bit of a surprise to earn an invite to the Nike Opening. While he certainly is a very talented offensive tackle, he is rated by Scout as a 3-star prospect.

    Green showed that he was better than his star rating at the Charlotte, North Carolina, camp, as he was the first offensive lineman to receive an invite to the prestigious Nike camp.

    Per Student Sports, he received an overall rating of 106.77, which placed him in the top 10 at the combine.

    Green is a name to watch at the camp because if he performs the way he did in Charlotte, it should likely result in a better ranking by the recruiting sites, and he could see himself move up the charts.

George Campbell, 5-Star WR

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    East Lake High School

    Tarpon Springs, Florida

    6’4”, 185 pounds

    Recruiting Status: Uncommitted

    While Florida seems like the front-runner for Campbell’s commitment, 247Sports gives Clemson a 7 percent chance of landing the 5-star wide receiver. Clemson will likely make a strong push toward the end, but Florida seems like the favorite at this point.

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For: Campbell attended The Opening last summer as an underclassmen and was able to turn some heads with his speed.

    ESPN has his 40-yard dash time as a 4.36, which he recorded at The Opening last July.

    Campbell attended the Nike camp in Orlando, Florida, this year, and did well enough to receive another invite to this camp. Per Elliott, Campbell caught the ball very well.

    It will be interesting to watch how Campbell’s 40-yard dash time compares to last year. He should really draw more national attention if he is able to best his blazing time from last year.

Tim Settle, 5-Star DT

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    Stonewall Jackson High School

    Manassas, Virginia

    6’3”, 325 pounds

    Recruiting Status: Uncommitted

    Clemson recently emerged as the favorite for Tim Settle when the defensive tackle tweeted that Clemson was his top school. He was in Tiger Town for Swinney’s football camp this week, so he is certainly a prospect that Clemson feels good about its chances with.

    How He Got Here and What to Watch For: Settle is one of the top players in the nation, regardless of position. ESPN has him rated as the No. 10 overall player on its ESPN 300.

    Per Elliott, he performed well at the Nike camp and showed a good blend of strength and quickness.

    Watching how he matches up with the top offensive linemen in the country will be a big storyline, but Tiger fans should also pay attention to his recruiting status at The Opening. Clemson has to feel really good about the timing of Settle’s announcement about the Tigers being his top school, and it hopes Green and Cain will do a little extra recruiting on its behalf next month at the camp.

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