Clemson Tigers' Signing Day Radar
There are still a few big-time recruits that will declare where they’ll play college football on signing day. Let’s examine why Swinney will be on the edge of his seat for a few players’ announcements:
Richard Yeargin III: No. 21 OLB (247)
Fort Lauderdale, FL (University School)
Considering: Clemson, Notre Dame
Yeargin was a long-time Notre Dame commit, but the recent departure of defensive coordinator Bob Diaco has motivated the linebacker to look elsewhere. Yeargin decommitted from the Irish this past Friday (Jan 23) and it seems Clemson is in the lead.
This would be a huge addition to the 2014 class, due to losing former starting linebackers Spencer Shuey and Quandon Christian to graduation. Yeargin’s frame alone (6-foot-4, 225 lbs) could make an immediate impact for the Tigers. Don’t be surprised if Clemson tries to bulk him up to play defensive end.
Naquez Pringle: No. 52 DT (247)
Hemingway, SC (Carvers Bay)
Considering: Clemson, South Carolina, Central Florida
The three-star defensive tackle has drawn quite a bit of interest from his home state schools. It’s looking like it’ll come down to South Carolina and Clemson. Pringle would add depth at the defensive tackle position and would most likely redshirt his freshman year.
When Pringle took his unofficial visits last February, he was impressed with both USC and Clemson in terms of campus life and defensive schemes. With that being said, it’ll be a close call due to both programs recent success.
Prediction: South Carolina
Andrew Williams: No. 16 DE (247)
Mcdonough, GA (Eagle’s Landing Christian)
Considering: Auburn, Clemson
The better of the two Tigers, which that is the question for the four-star defensive end. Both Clemson and Auburn are recruiting Williams hard. He first visited Auburn on January 17 and then cancelled his trip to Ole Miss to see Clemson this past Saturday (Jan 24).
Rumors are that his trip to Auburn was a home run, but Swinney is adamant about adding another pass-rusher. Since All-American Vic Beasley has decided to return for his senior season, Williams would most likely be in a back-up role for his freshman campaign. Whether that impacts Williams' decision remains to be seen, but don't be surprised if he heads to SEC country.