This weekend was billed as a big one in the world of college football recruiting and while it’s not over yet, Clemson football is a clear winner so far.
If anyone needed a reminder of just how strong Clemson football is on the recruiting trail, well, Saturday served as a good reminder that Dabo Swinney and company aren’t going anywhere.
In a pair of contentious recruiting battles where there was no clear winner going into the day, Clemson football emerged victorious, landing two highly-touted defensive backs in Keon Sabb and Daylen Everette.
Despite a recent update to the 247 sports composite rankings that dropped Sabb to 60th overall, he’s ranked seventh overall according to 247 sports and is a five-star recruit according to more than one recruiting service.
What’s more impressive is that Clemson football beat out a bunch of big-time programs for Sabb’s commitment such as LSU, Texas A&M, Georgia, Michigan, and Penn State. Georgia made a really strong push for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete but the Tigers showed their recruiting sway at the end and sealed the deal.
Prior to the latest 247 composite update, Sabb would have been Clemson football’s top commitment in 2022, but now that designation belongs to Daylen Everette, another top-50 player that pledged to the Tigers Saturday.
North Carolina, which has started to recruit at an impressive level under Mack Brown, was one of the key contenders, along with the usual big-name programs which offered such as Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, and more.
Everette is 6-foot-1, 187 pounds, and is ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in 2022 and along with Cade Klubnik, the Tigers have three top-100 prospects committed in the class, which has 10 verbal commitments so far.
Clemson football has clear momentum
Four of those have come this summer and all of them have come on defense. Clemson football also jumped from 33rd in the team rankings for 2022 to 13th. And I would expect that number to keep rising as we move closer to signing day.
Clemson is in the mix for a bunch of other elite prospects and so it’s likely that the Tigers will be adding more top-100 recruits soon.
As far as big commitments this weekend, Alabama football also landed five-star tackle Tyler Booker and on Saturday, Oklahoma got a verbal from 4-star Treyvaun Webb in 2023 and on Sunday is expected to land elite quarterback Malachi Nelson, also in 2023.
Yet, in terms of the 2022 recruiting class, no college football team had a better weekend than the Clemson Tigers.