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Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Clemson recruiting mailbag. Every week, usually on Monday, I’ll throw out a call for any recruiting questions you might have.
You can ask them on Twitter, either at the Clemson DieHards account or at my personal account (up there at the top), or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll answer them on Thursdays.
Without further ado, let’s jump in.
What does Kelly Bryant’s performance so far mean for Trevor Lawrence’s recruitment?
I’ve seen this question floating around, and at first glance, it seems like a concern. Kelly Bryant has done well, there’s no disputing that. He’s effectively orchestrated the offense to five straight wins in his first season as the starter, and he appears to have a grasp on the offense.
He’s a terrific runner, but his passing is what needs to catch up. Bryant isn’t a bad*passer by any means, but I don’t think teams are respecting his arm. And that’s why there is nothing to worry about as far as Trevor Lawrence’s status goes. Zero.
Lawrence has been committed since December, and there’s little that could happen that would make him change his mind. It would take something earth-shattering, like Dabo Swinney being fired or resigning midseason for Lawrence to reopen his recruitment. The plan has been to sign this December during the early signing period and enroll in January.
And, he could challenge for Bryant’s job next year. Lawrence is either the highest or second-highest-rated quarterback recruit in the country, depending on if you take him over Justin Fields. But he isn’t coming to Clemson to sit, and I don’t think the coaches are bringing him here to have him redshirt.
He’ll be given every opportunity to win the starting job next fall, and there’s a chance he could. Lawrence’s arm is as good as any quarterback currently in college, and his accuracy is jaw-dropping. Former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer said he and Fields are more talented than 15 guys currently in the NFL.
@MCSK1TTLES: Do we get two of K.J. Henry, Salyer, Carman, Ross? Maybe Dex’s bro Devon?
Clemson has been quiet on the recruiting trail lately, so it’s normal to wonder exactly what they’re up to.
All the guys in question here, defensive end K.J. Henry, offensive lineman Jamaree Salyer and Jackson Carman and wide receiver Justyn Ross, are at or near the top of their respective position rankings, and Clemson is among the finalists.
In my mock recruiting class, I predicted Clemson would end up getting all four. That’s subject to change, obviously, and I feel better about Henry and Ross than I do Salyer and Carman.
Clemson has been viewed as a quiet leader for Ross, and I think Henry has had the Tigers in front for longer than that. Salyer and Carman each have Clemson in their final two and three, respectively, but I think Clemson is playing from behind. I had them winding up at Death Valley, but it’ll take some legwork to make that happen.
Clemson is looking to add a running back, and after being stifled by a lot of their early targets, I predicted in the mock offensive class that they’d end up with Devon Lawrence. As Matt noted, his brother is current Clemson defensive lineman Dexter Lawrence, and that could play a role in finding the Tigers’ running back for this recruiting cycle.