Clemson recruiting analysis


The class

Recruits: 29

Top prospects: Inside linebacker Tony Steward and outside linebacker Stephone Anthony are both ESPNU 150 players and the top-ranked recruits at their respective positions. Five-star receiver Charone Peake is the No. 2 receiver in the country and No. 14 player overall in the ESPNU 150.

Needs met: The Tigers added three quarterbacks to a roster that previously had one scholarship quarterback in projected starter Tajh Boyd. The early departure of running back Jamie Harper to the NFL left a void at the position, but Mike Bellamy will play immediately. The defensive line also had big holes to fill with loss of Jarvis Jenkins and Da’Quan Bowers, but there are five defensive linemen in this class. The transfer of linebacker Brandon Maye from an already-thin position didn't help, but the addition of the top two linebackers in the country did.

Analysis: This was one of the most impressive classes and recruiting efforts in the country, considering the Tigers were coming off a 6-7 season that ended with back-to-back losses to South Carolina and South Florida. Coach Dabo Swinney and his staff exceeded expectations.

ESPN recruiting grade: B+