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Trevon Flowers is better-known for his baseball skills, but his work on the gridiron as a senior has led to plenty of interest.

Clemson recruiting: Assessing Tigers’ targets in final week before National Signing Day

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Assessing Clemson’s remaining targets

It feels like it’s been an eternity since National Signing Day of last year, and we’re inside of a week of it coming back around in 2018. Thanks to the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, what is usually a fairly tense day in February is, for the most part, free of drama on Clemson’s end. The Tigers signed all of their pre-Dec.20 commitments, leaving the decisions of a few key targets left on the board as the only remaining questions.

The most notable uncommitted guy left — at least on offense — is 4-star receiver Justyn Ross. He is down to Clemson, Auburn and Alabama. Tackle Richard Gouraige, who is publicly committed to Florida but remains open to other schools, is the Tigers’ highest-priority offensive lineman on the board.

On defense, Clemson is focusing on defensive backs. The Tigers have hosted a handful of corners and safeties on official visits the last few weeks, but it seems like the only ones Clemson is still remotely in the running for are 4-star prospect Matthew Hill — he plays safety but is committed to Auburn as a wide receiver — 4-star corner Mario Goodrich, 5-star corner Patrick Surtain, and a new offer discussed in greater detail below. Surtain is probably the longest shot out of that group, but stranger things have happened.

New safety gets late offer, makes mid-week visit

That aforementioned new offer went out Wednesday to 3-star Tucker (Ga.) safety Trevon Flowers. Flowers is the No. 84-ranked player at his position and a top-100 player Georgia per the 247Sports composite. And Clemson is just his fourth Power 5 offer.

That’s not a knock on Flowers, necessarily, because his situation is certainly a unique one. A baseball player, Flowers actually signed with Kentucky in November to play baseball. But Flowers played high school football for the first time his senior season and played well enough to garner offers from big schools.

According to 247Sports Kentucky writer Derek Terry, the Kentucky baseball staff allowed Flowers to accept offers from other schools, leading to the present situation.

And should he come to Clemson, Flowers will have the opportunity to play both sports.

“It’s a great opportunity,” he told The State. “I’ve talked to the baseball and football coaches. The baseball coaches already knew me from showcases and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to going down there and seeing what they have to offer.”

And it didn’t take long for Flowers to accelerate things. He visited Kentucky on Jan. 23, he was in Clemson for a visit Wednesday night, and he’ll visit Tennessee next weekend.

Offering another safety this late, coupled with Leon O’Neal’s surprise visit to Alabama, likely indicates the Tigers’ chances with O’Neal are done and Clemson has moved on. Flowers is an intriguing prospect, so keep an eye on him this next week.


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