2017 Clemson Tigers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown
The 2017 Clemson Tigers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1
Clemson Tigers Recruiting Class Overview
It’s more than good enough – don’t get hung up by the star-system when it comes to the great players this program gets. Clemson hasn’t had an elite among the top five elite recruiting class over the last few years – at least according to most of the services – but it’s hardly been getting by with try-hard, two-star types. Dabo Swinney not only gets great players, but he has an uncanny knack of getting production out of new guys early on. Does that count for Hunter Johnson, a next-level quarterback prospect? How about even more help for the defensive line, bringing in Jordan Williams on the end? RB Travis Etienne might be too good and too fast not to see time early on, A.J. Terrell has all-star upside at safety once he gets a little bigger, and there’s talent and skill up and down the class – as expected. It’s not just that Swinney brings in great players; he and his staff know what to do with them.
The Clemson Tigers Class Is Heavy On …
The passing game. It’s a good enough class for the defending national champs, but can it replace all the lost superstars? Not right away, but it’s a great haul of future stars starting with Johnson – one of the nation’s top passing prospects – to go along with the next great Tiger receiver, Tee Higgins. Amari Rogers would get all the receiver love and hype if it wasn’t for Higgins, while Chase Brice is just good enough to potentially push Johnson for the starting gig.
The Star of the Clemson Tigers Class Is …
QB Hunter Johnson, 6-4, 205, Brownsburg, IN – Tee Higgins might not be that far off from the star-of-class designation, getting snagged out of Tennessee, but his future batterymate is the one who could make or break future national title hopes. The Big Ten wanted the Indiana native, but Johnson made it clear years ago where he was going. While he’ll never run like Deshaun Watson, he can move around just enough to survive. All that matters is that arm with a next-level gun, pro-style passing skills and deadly accuracy.
The Clemson Tigers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Anything related to the passing game. Clemson has proven it can replace key losses on the defensive line, and finding pieces for the rest of the defense shouldn’t be a problem with the talent-level amassed, but as good as the offense is going to be, it’s still going to hurt losing all-timer talent. Mike Williams might be the top receiver taken in the draft, Artavis Scott and TE Jordan Leggett will be future pros, and of course, you don’t immediately replace what Deshaun Watson gave the program, if ever.