Clemson recruiting: Early enrollees officially begin time on campus
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Clemson’s early enrollees’ careers are underway
National Signing Day is still a few weeks away, but some of the crop of 15 signees Clemson welcomed to the fold during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period are already getting their feet wet.
Classes began at Clemson on Wednesday, meaning one of the best recruiting classes in Tigers history has gotten all of the red tape, the national letters of intent and the drama of the recruiting cycle out of the way. Nine of Clemson’s 15 early signees have enrolled in classes, and the rest will make their way to campus at some point during the summer.
They’ll have a few months to get acclimated to a college environment, and then it will be time for spring practice, where they will get plenty of opportunities to do their best to get up to speed against some of the best practice opponents in the country.
All of Clemson’s early enrollees:
- QB Trevor Lawrence
- DE Xavier Thomas
- OL Jackson Carman
- DE K.J. Henry
- WR Derion Kendrick
- TE Braden Galloway
- LB Mike Jones Jr
- DT Josh Belk
- DT Darnell Jefferies
Clemson misses out on QB Bo Nix
Turns out that Clemson won’t get its quarterback in the Class of 2019 ahead of schedule — at least, as far as we know.
Bo Nix, the No. 2 dual-threat QB in the nation according to the 247Sports composite, picked Auburn over Clemson and Ohio State on Wednesday through a video he released on Twitter.
C O M M I T T E D 🐅 https://t.co/2XRBDVbxYA
— Bo Nix (@bo_nix10) January 10, 2018
Nix is the son of former Auburn QB Patrick Nix, so he’s following in his father’s footsteps to the Plains. He played for his father at Pinson Valley (Ala.) this year and won a state championship.
Despite the family ties, Nix wasn’t always a lock to go to Auburn, at least not according to his father.
“Yeah, he’s been an Auburn fan his whole life, but that’s no different than a kid down the road that’s been an Alabama fan his whole life,” Patrick Nix told Benjamin Wolk, who covers Auburn for SEC Country. “… The funny thing I’ve seen is it’s like he’s the only one out there that has any allegiance to any school. If people really think that, they’re out of their mind, and they probably miss out on the kids.”
However, his decision has been made, and Clemson has to turn elsewhere.
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