2016 Clemson Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Clemson Recruiting Class: Clemson might not have dominated with this class, but it didn’t have a ton of openings. What Dabo Swinney and the coaching staff did get turned out to be fantastic.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Clemson Recruiting Class: Clemson might not have dominated with this class, but it didn’t have a ton of openings. What Dabo Swinney and the coaching staff did get turned out to be fantastic.


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    Clemson Football Recruiting Class Overview

    The Tigers came up with a terrific class, growing into one of the elite even after missing out on star DT Rashan Gary. They got more than their share of top talents to keep everything rolling after a big Signing Day. It might not be a top five class overall, but it’s more than fine after bringing in CB Trayvon Mullen and OG John Simpson to help round things out.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Wide Receiver. The Tigers are taking advantage of their momentum with plenty of good recruits for several areas, with the defensive line getting two superstars in tackle Dexter Lawrence and end Xavier Kelly, while the offense was able to land QB Zerrick Cooper and RB Tavien Feaster. But the receiving corps could become the brightest area with Cornell Powell, Diondre Overton, and Tavares Chase all No. 1 receivers in just about any other ACC class.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    RB Tavien Feaster, 6-0, 195 – An argument could be made that Dexter Lawrence is the best of the bunch, with the 6-5, 335-pound defensive tackle destined to be on the inside of some NFL line in a few years, but it’s Feaster who should provide the flash. He’s not bulky and he doesn’t provide any pop, but he can fly. There’s a chance he ends up working as a devastating receiver and returner, but he’s too good a runner to take the ball out of his hands.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Defensive line. With Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd leaving early, the tremendous front four was gutted. There are plenty of good backups ready to fill in and take over, but the defense needs the help front. The linebacking corps also needs some help with B.J. Goodson and Travis Blanks done.

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