Clemson recruiting: Tigers join chase for 4-star defensive back Jaylin Simpson
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As if Jaylin Simpson wasn’t drowning in high-profile scholarship offers by this point already, he added another one to his ever-growing list. On Wednesday, Clemson became the 14th school to offer the 2019 4-star defensive back, which Simpson announced on Twitter.
Blessed to be offered by Clemson pic.twitter.com/AVPM3oXxon
— Jaylin Simpson (@jaylinsimp) August 23, 2017
Simpson ranks as the No. 17 ATH in the nation per the 247Sports composite rankings, and he comes in as the 10th-ranked cornerback in 2019, per ESPN’s rankings. He plays both sides of the ball for Frederica Academy (Saint Simons Island, Ga.) and on defense he recorded 5 interceptions last year and picked up 40 tackles.
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Simpson led the team in receptions (26), receiving yards (334) and in receiving touchdowns (6). His production outpaced 2019 5-star receiver — and fellow Clemson target — Jashawn Sheffield.
Simpson holds offers from Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and South Carolina in addition to Clemson.
Clemson offer ‘would mean a lot’ to 2020 defensive end
As a freshman, Top-100 2020 defensive end Chantz Williams was hard to miss. He racked up 30 tackles along with a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal for Oakleaf (Orange Park, Fla.) High School, and his 4 sacks ranked second on the team. Now, as a sophomore, his stock is picking up steam.
The 6-foot-4, 212-pound defensive end has already received 11 offers, among them Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Georgia. Williams has attended the Dabo Swinney Camp each of the past two years, and he told TheClemsonInsider’s Gavin Oliver that he could envision himself at Clemson.
“It would mean a lot to me that a big-time program like Clemson sees potential in me to actually play at their school and that I could benefit them,” Williams said.
He’s slotted as the sixth-ranked defensive end in his class, per 247Sports, and the No. 63 player overall. If he continues improving like he has already, it likely won’t be long before a Clemson offer finds its way to him.
Williams is shown here competing against 2019 top-20 tackle Michael Tarquin at Miami’s Paradise Camp back in July, making him look silly. Tarquin has been eyeing Clemson — he has the Tigers as his early leader — and we could end up seeing some more battles between these two down the road if both make their way to play at Death Valley.
Chantz Williams beats Michael Tarquin. pic.twitter.com/lZ5D0bVblF
— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) July 23, 2017
In Oakleaf’s season opener last week, Williams had 7 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss, second-most on the team. He was also one of two players to record a sack in the game.
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