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Xavier Thomas is part of a Clemson recruiting class that makes up for its lack of numbers with sheer talent.

Clemson recruiting: Tigers in good spot for National Signing Day, even with smaller class

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Judging solely by numbers, Clemson’s class pales in comparison to the rest of the teams who currently fill out the other spots in the top 10 recruiting classes. The Tigers have just 15 signees, three fewer than the next-closest amount — Alabama has the second-fewest with 18 members of its class prior to National Signing Day on Wednesday — and yet, Clemson has the eighth-ranked class in the country per the 247Sports composite.

That’s what happens when more than a third of your class is made up of recruits ranked among the top 17 players in the country. Even though the numbers aren’t what they could be, Clemson is going to be just fine.

With scholarships coming off the books and players leaving early or transferring, the Tigers have room for about 6 more players. It’s unlikely they’ll add that many on Wednesday, but it leaves room for the future. And the future is bright. Clemson gets to let Xavier Thomas and K.J. Henry, along with the rest of this monstrous defensive line class, soak up all the veteran knowledge they could ever want since the quartet of Austin Bryant, Christian Wilkins, Clelin Ferrell and Dexter Lawrence will all be lining up next to each other for one more go-round. Mitch Hyatt surprised a lot of people by coming back, too, so Jackson Carman isn’t as sorely needed as he might have been.

Clemson needs some defensive backs, though, and that’s where I expect the Tigers to add a few players on National Signing Day. But with the embarrassment of riches Clemson has, this class has all the makings of about as good of a reload as you could ask for.


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