As the final session of coach Dabo Swinney’s 2014 high school football camp comes to a close, Clemson’s list of commitments for the 2015 class may be growing soon. The two sessions took place on June 9-11 and June 13-15, and they drew in crowds of talented recruits. This camp has traditionally marked the start of the flow of verbal commitments in previous seasons, but with this year’s abundance of early Clemson football commits, the camp served to spark further interest in potential key recruits and land a commitment for the 2016 class.
At the end of the camp’s first session, Clemson gained their first verbal commitment from the 2016 class. Tight end J.C. Chalk from Argyle, Texas attended all three days of the first session and was so convinced that Clemson would be the place for him that he committed and canceled a scheduled visit to Auburn. Chalk is the grandson of the former head coach of Alabama and Texas A&M, Gene Stallings. Coincidentally, Clemson’s head coach Dabo Swinney actually played for Stallings at Alabama, adding to the excitement of Chalk’s commitment to Clemson.
A major target recruit for the 2015 class, Ray-Ray McCloud, attended the first session with good friend and Clemson commit Deon Cain. McCloud is a 4-star recruit from Tampa who was named the nation’s #18 athlete. He is a versatile offensive athlete, and a commitment from him would make a good addition to the 2015 offense. At camp, he practiced with the wide receivers and spent time with receivers coach Jeff Scott.
When asked how McCloud would be utilized at Clemson, the coaches told the McCloud family that they might use Ray-Ray like they used Sammy Watkins. McCloud and his family admit to really liking Clemson and the coaches, but they still have visits to other schools planned throughout the summer. Clemson appears to be high up on McCloud’s list and having a good friend like Cain already committed will be in Clemson’s favor to potentially landing a commit from this talented athlete.
Also in the first session of Swinney’s camp, offensive guard prospect Zack Bailey ran through drills with offensive lineman commit Jake Fruhmorgen. Bailey is a massive 4-star recruit from Summerville, South Carolina, and Rivals has ranked him as the #5 offensive guard in the nation. A commit from Bailey in combination with previous commits, 4-star Fruhmorgen, 5-star Mitch Hyatt, and 4-star Noah Green, would secure Clemson’s 2015 offensive line as potentially the top in the nation. Bailey seems to be torn between Clemson and the University of South Carolina, but he has mentioned his fondness for offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and the 2015 offensive linemen commits.
Tim Settle, the 5-star defensive tackle recruit from Virginia, was also in attendance at the second session of camp with linebacker commit Chad Smith. Settle is one of the top two defensive tackles in the nation and has been very vocal about how much he likes Clemson through social media. He recently tweeted that Clemson was his top choice. With that being said and the encouragement coming from his friend, Clemson commit Smith, it wouldn’t be surprising if Settle gave a verbal commitment in the future.
With the amount of interest in Clemson coming from the 2015 and 2016 prospects before and after Swinney’s high school football camp, Clemson is gearing up for some of the best recruiting classes it has seen. At this rate, it is safe to say that Clemson will have a lot of success in future football seasons. They are certainly strongly positioned to land a top five recruiting class this year.