Clemson represented well at Nike's The Opening camp this week, with four commits taking part in the week's activities. Each of the four performed well in their respective events and could see a jump in the next recruiting rankings. The Tigers had some potential targets at the camp as well.
Deon Cain Is an 'Elite Talent'
ESPN ranks Deon Cain as the No. 4 overall athlete, but the 4-star could be moved higher in the rankings. Per Bleacher Report's Michael Felder, Cain is an "elite talent" and could have an immediate impact for the Tigers.
Cain is a guy who could potentially get that jump to being regarded as a 5-star prospect by recruiting sites. He looked very good in the seven-on-seven tournament as well, according to ESPN's Tom VanHaaren.
WR Deon Cain has been great in this game, so far two TD's https://t.co/EHOsgyRLm2— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) July 10, 2014
This is a great sign for the Tigers, who signed four quality receivers in the 2014 recruiting cycle. No Sammy Watkins or Martavis Bryant? No problem for the Tigers, who look to be set at the position in the coming years.
Noah Green and Mitch Hyatt Present a Bright Future
Even better news for Clemson is the fact that Noah Green and Mitch Hyatt did well at the camp. The pair of offensive tackles, along with Jake Fruhmorgen, will give Clemson a solid signing class at this position.
Per Jamie Newberg of Scout.com (subscription required), Hyatt had "two terrific reps against Austin Bryant." He won both of those matchups with Bryant and also had good reps against Byron Cowart, one of the nation's top defensive linemen.
ElevenWarriors.com recruiting director Jeremy Birmingham took to Twitter to show the level of respect for Hyatt from Josh Sweat, a top defensive lineman.
Josh Sweat told me the best OL he's faced so far as been #Clemson commit Mitch Hyatt.— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) July 10, 2014
Scout.com's Greg Powers added that Green was able to hold off Rasheem Green, another big-time defensive lineman.
Noah Green holds off Rasheem Green. One for the OL. #GetOpen— Greg Powers (@GPowers79) July 9, 2014
All of this is good news for the Tigers, who enter 2014 with some question marks about the overall consistency of the offensive line. Green is likely to see a jump in the recruiting rankings, as he is a 3-star prospect by Scout right now.
Hyatt, the nation's No. 2-rated offensive tackle on Scout.com, is less likely to see a jump in the rankings, but he definitely proved that he is worthy of the 5-star hype.
Chad Smith Is Underrated and a Guy Who Could Rise
Chad Smith is one of the guys the Tigers have committed who is a bit under the radar. He finished fourth in the SPARQ Championship—which tests athleticism through events such as vertical jumping and the 40-yard dash—with a score of 138.93.
ESPN's Jeremy Crabtree was impressed with Smith's performances during the week.
Smith is rated by Scout as the No. 51 overall outside linebacker, but the 3-star could be another guy who jumps up the rankings to a 4-star rating before signing day.
Other Potential Targets
Other Clemson targets who were participating at the camp were Tim Settle, Ray-Ray McCloud, George Campbell and Austin Bryant.
Settle decided to put recruiting to the side for now and focus on football, but Clemson should still feel solid about its chances.
B/R's Felder had good things to say about Campbell's performance at The Opening, saying he made "dynamic catches."
Also worth noting is that McCloud set a decision date for July 28 and will decide upon a list of schools that includes Clemson.