Looking ahead to 2015: DE

Austin Bryant

Now that Signing Day has come and gone, the Clemson staff can focus a majority of its efforts on the recruiting trail on the 2015 class.

With six commitments already on the board, they're already off to a good start.

Four-star safety Van Smith got the ball rolling before the Georgia game. Later on in the season, three-star offensive tackle Noah Green and three-star wide receiver Shadell Bell followed with their commitments. In December, three-star outside linebacker Tanner Muse pledged.

February proved to be a fruitful month, too. Two days before Signing Day, three-star quarterback Tucker Israel committed. On Signing Day, five-star offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt pulled the trigger.

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There will be a significant amount of turnover at the position after the 2014 season. Vic Beasley, Corey Crawford and Tavaris Barnes will be seniors this fall, so there will be a few open spots to fill.

Set to be a sophomore this fall, Shaquille Lawson will be eligible to turn pro after the season since he attended prep school out of Daniel. Martin Aiken is heading into his redshirt sophomore season. Dane Rogers and Ebenezer Ogundeko are coming off of redshirt seasons in 2013. Kevin Dodd, who will be a redshirt junior, also took a redshirt last year.

Richard Yeargin III was the only end signed by Clemson in the 2014 haul.

Here are some class of 2015 names to keep an eye on over the next several months.

Michael Barnett, Woodland High School - Dorchester
Once committed to Virginia Tech, Barnett has opened his recruitment back up and is looking at all of his options. Clemson figures to be in the mix for the three-star, who's ranked by Scout.com as the No. 33 defensive end in the country. During a recent interview with Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark, Barnett said he has no timetable for a decision. But he does have one big factor in mind: Broadcasting. That's what he hopes to major in when he goes to college.

Austin Bryant, Thomas County Central High School - Thomasville, Ga.
A former teammate of Clemson running back signee Adam Choice, Clemson has hosted Bryant on campus and remains in strong position for his services. However, the instate Bulldogs probably have advantage here. It certainly helps that Clemson has Choice in its corner, but that doesn't figure to be a deciding factor. Florida State is also thought to be a major player here.


Clemons is high on Clemson.
Rasool Clemons, South Aiken High School - Aiken
Clemson was among the early offers for Clemson, who also lists offers from Florida State and LSU. At the end of the day, it could be a race between those three schools. He visited Clemson twice last fall: The Florida State and Georgia games. A three-star prospect, Clemons is in no hurry to make a decision.

LaSamuel Davis, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School - Bamberg
Built in a very similar way to Clemons, Davis picked up his offer from Clemson after Dabo Swinney and Brent Venables stopped by the school during the January evaluation period. Most of his interest on the recruiting trail has come from ACC programs.

Ricky DeBerry, St. Christopher's High School - Richmond, Va.
Clemson continues to be a strong contender for DeBerry, who's listed by Scout.com as a five-star outside linebacker. Among the other schools that are making a push: Tennessee and Florida. He visited Clemson in the fall for the Georgia game.

Arden Key, King High School - Lithonia, Ga.
Once committed to South Carolina, the Gamecocks continue to be a major player for the four-star prospect. Key backed off his commitment because he felt it was made a little too early. Marion Hobby serves as the primary recruiter for Clemson, and a return trip to Tigertown could be in the works for later this spring.

Darian Roseboro, Lincolnton High School - Lincolnton, N.C.
Roseboro visited Clemson for the Elite Junior Day. A day later, he was in Raleigh for N.C. State's junior day. Those are two of the primary contenders for the four-star. He's also taking a long look at Auburn and Tennessee.

Others to watch:
Jalen Dalton, West Forsyth High School - Clemmons, N.C.
Clelin Ferrell, Benedictine High School - Richmond, Va.
Tevon Hill, Salem High School - Virginia Beach, Va.
Scott Patchan, Freedom High School - Tampa, Fla.
Natrez Patrick, Mays High School - Atlanta, Ga.
Kyle Phillips, Hillsboro High School - Nashville, Tenn.

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