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Top College Football Recruiting Classes: Clemson University

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We are more than a week past National Signing Day and after the dust has finally settled from a busy week in college football recruiting we can take a look at some of the teams that came out on top. The SEC once again brought in some of the top recruits, but the ACC proved to be big players this year as well with both Clemson and Florida State bringing in top five classes.

Clemson is coming off a good 10-win season, but they failed to win big games against FSU and Georgia Tech. The Tigers have the challenge of filling some big holes after the loss of defensive standouts Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett to the NFL draft. Clemson also needs to find a quarterback after graduating Cole Stoudt, who had an up and down career for the Tigers. Hopes are high for sophomore Deshaun Watson to successfully fill in as the man under center for the Tigers. The 2015 recruiting class is filled with four and five star recruits that could push for playing time in the Fall and could help fill some of the holes left after 2014.

Five star recruit Christian Wilkins from Suffield, CT could provide assistance on the depleted defensive line. The 6’4” 290lb defensive tackle has proven to be a playmaker by making multiple tackles in the Under Armor All-America game as well as blocking a field goal attempt and returning it for a touchdown in the prestigious event. Before his stellar performance at the All-America game there were doubts about his ability due to his weaker competition in Connecticut, but many questions were answered as he demonstrated superior athleticism for a defensive tackle against some of the nation’s top talent. Clemson fans should be excited to see how the talented Wilkins could help reload the defensive front for the Tigers.

Dabo Sweeney has more to look forward to in the 2015 class with five-star standout wide receiver Deon Cain. The 6’2” 194lb speedster from Tampa, FL could be the next go to receiver for the Tigers in the years to come. The high school quarterback will have to make the transition to catching the football, but he has demonstrated the ability to break tackles and make plays with the ball in his hands in multiple camps and training days around the country. The Tigers will probably give Cain some time to adjust before he is ready to be a significant downfield threat, but do not be surprised to see the Tigers use him in the screen game and other short passing situations just to get the ball in his hands.

Adding more skill to the defensive secondary is four-star defensive back Mark Fields. The Cornelious, NC standout is son of former NFL linebacker Mark Fields Sr. Scouts rank Fields as a top 10 cornerback and he was listed at the 95th best player in the 2015 recruiting class. The former University of South Carolina commit demonstrates great speed and he has proven to be dangerous with the ball after interceptions. Fields played on both offense and defense at William Amos High and he also demonstrated success as a kick returner. His athleticism allowed him to play all over the field, but he will be helping the Tiger’s secondary defend the passing attack in the near future.

Clemson looks poised to make a run at the ACC title in 2015. After an impressive 40-6 victory over Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl the Tigers look to build on the momentum of 2014 and make a run at the College Football Playoff. After losing some top talent on the defensive side of the ball, Clemson seems to be reloading rather than rebuilding. Top recruiting classes in the previous years combined with another top five group gives Clemson an abundance of talent that will compete for playing time. It will be key for the Tigers to develop to some playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, but the team still looks ready to make an impressive run in 2015.

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Sources:

ESPN.com

Clemson.247sports.com

Bleacherreport.com

SBnation.com