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Clemson picks up LB Carter, QB Chandler for '21 class

Phil Kornblut
Sports Contributor
Posted 5/23/20

Four-star linebacker Barrett Carter (6-feet-1-inch, 210 pounds) of Suwanee, Ga., announced a commitment to Clemson on Tuesday, becoming the 11th commitment for Clemson's 2021 football recruiting class.

Each commitment is rated at least a 4-star …

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Clemson picks up LB Carter, QB Chandler for '21 class


Four-star linebacker Barrett Carter (6-feet-1-inch, 210 pounds) of Suwanee, Ga., announced a commitment to Clemson on Tuesday, becoming the 11th commitment for Clemson's 2021 football recruiting class.

Each commitment is rated at least a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite. Carter is ranked the No. 56 prospect in the country, the No. 4 outside linebacker and the No. 6 prospect in Georgia. Carter joins his high school teammate, cornerback Jordan Hancock, in Clemson's commitment class.

"They say the water is different at Clemson, and I can truly see that," Carter said. "I could visit Clemson a million times and before each visit, I'll get butterflies before. I just think that feeling can't go unnoticed with a school. Clemson is such a great balance of academics and sports, just a school that can balance both of those. That's the school for me."

Carter primarily focused his recruiting attention on Clemson, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Ohio State and Florida State. Carter made several visits to Clemson during the recruiting process, including for the March 7 junior day. After that visit, Carter said his comfort level with Clemson had grown with each visit as it had made him feel part of the family.

One of Carter's strengths is his versatility. He can be moved around the field, much like Clemson did with National Football League first- round draft pick Isaiah Simmons. So the comparisons to Simmons are inevitable for Carter.

Clemson and Ohio State long ago moved into the lead roles with 4-star wide receiver Troy Stellato of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The behind-the-scenes battle between the recruiters wages on as Stellato gets closer on a final decision.

Contact from both sides remains heavy and persuasive as the two national powers throw all they can at the sure-handed WR. Yet still others are trying to crash, the party, like Louisiana State.

"I know I came out with a top two and everything, but I have been communicating with (assistant) Coach (Brian) Hartline at Ohio State and also (assistant) Coach (Tyler) Grisham at Clemson," Stellato said. "I have been building relationships for sure, but it's a weird time right now, but there isn't much you can do about it."

Former Clemson WR coach Jeff Scott, now the head coach at South Florida, put Clemson in prime position with Stellato. Scott handed the baton to Grisham, and he has charged ahead with Clemson's recruiting effort.

Clemson missed out on its top two quarterback targets for the 2021 class in 5-star Caleb Williams and 4-star Christian Veilleux, but it did land a talented prospect on Wednesday in recently offered Bubba Chandler of Bogart, Ga. Chandler was not a heavily recruited quarterback until Clemson offered, and then Miami, Louisville and Mississippi followed with offers.

A major reason for that was he had been a UGA baseball commitment since last June, so he wasn't highly thought of in football recruiting circles. Clemson QB coach Brandon Streeter moved on Chandler after reviewing his junior film and having several virtual meetings with him.

Four-star safety Andrew Mukuba (6-0, 185) of Austin, Texas, has hometown Texas breathing down his neck to stay home for college football.

Mukuba is listening, but there are several major suitors outside of the state trying to pull Mukuba away. One of them is Clemson, and after making its offer in March appears to be right there with Texas.

Clemson is in the final four with 4-star safety Kendal Daniels of Beggs, Okla. The others are LSU, Oklahoma and Texas A&M.

Clemson is in the final four with the No. 1-ranked WR in the country. Emeka Egbuka (6-1, 190) of Steilacoom, Wash., also named Washington, Oklahoma and Ohio State in the group.

Egbuka visited Clemson last July for the All-In Cookout. He also visited Alabama and LSU while on that same trip to the Southeast. Last season, Egbuka had 83 receptions for 1,607 yards and 25 touchdowns. For his career, he has 199 catches for 3,907 yards and 61 TDs. On defense, he has career numbers of 74 tackles and 17 interceptions, four of which he returned for TDs.

Clemson offered '22 SAF Kamari Wilson and '22 DB James Monds, both of Fort Pierce, Fla.


Two of the state's top prospects in the '21 class have adjusted their commitment plans.

Gaffney High School defensive tackle Tyrian Ingram-Dawkins originally had set last Sunday for his reveal. He even said last week he had made his decision and notified the school. However, later in the seek he tweeted that he needed more time on his decision and will now wait until his birthday, which is June 26.

His final six are USC, Tennessee, UGA, Penn State, North Carolina and FSU.

Myrtle Beach High WR JJ Jones went in the opposite direction. He had set Aug. 5 for his announcement then decided to move it up to this week. He announced a commitment to UNC on Thursday.

Jones was down to USC, UNC, UGA, Tennessee and Mississippi State.

USC offensive lineman target Jakiah Leftwich of Atlanta plans to announce his commitment this week, moving that up from July 19. USC and Georgia Tech have been two of the stronger programs with him. Some of his other offers are West Virginia, TCU, USF, Central Florida, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Maryland, Tennessee, Kansas and Minnesota.

Defensive end Jahvaree Ritzie of Kernersville, N.C., has set June 12 for his commitment announcement. He's down to USC, UGA, UNC, Tennessee and Ohio State. Ritzie is rated a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and is ranked the #14 strongside defensive end in the country. Last season, Ritzie had 74 tackles with 18.5 TFLs, six sacks and four passes broken up.

April was a big offer month for Marion High DE TJ Sanders (6-5, 289). Tennessee, Duke, Vandy, Virginia, Virginia Tech and East Carolina were some of the schools stepping up. USC was the first big offer for Sanders, and he also has Wake Forest, WVU, Syracuse and Coastal Carolina on the offer list.

USC offered in March after Tracy Rocker came on board as the DL coach and took over his recruiting.

Sanders was able to visit USC before the coronavirus outbreak that led to the suspension of all in-person recruiting activities. He liked the feeling he got from the coaches and how they would use him.

Cornerback Khyree Jackson (6-3, 197) of East Mississippi Junior College is in high demand. He recently cut his list to a top 10 of USC, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, FSU, Maryland, Mississippi State, WVU, Texas Tech, Louisville and Oregon.

CBs who are 6-3 and can defend are coveted in today's football world as a counter to WRs who are 6-5 or taller. Jackson knows he's got what DB coaches wants.

Last season at Fort Scott JC in Kansas, Jackson had 25 tackles and three INTs. He transferred due to a coaching change at Fort Scott.

USC offered earlier this month. Since then, Muschamp has been in hot pursuit.

USC remains the team to beat for LB Tavareon Martin-Scott (6-3, 215) of Dodge City JC in Kansas. USC offered him in March and immediately became his favorite, and he's held to that to this point.

Martin-Scott said he hears every day from USC with Muschamp always touching base with him.

Martin-Scott has had to make the transition in recruiting by former USC LB coach Coleman Hutzler to new LB coach Rod Wilson. That seems to have gone well as Wilson has shared the same positive opinion on Martin-Scott as Hutzler did.

The native of Gary, Ind., also has offers from WVU, South Alabama, Ball State, Akron, Buffalo and Southeast Missouri State.

Wagener-Salley High DE Elijah Davis (6-4, 260) was offered by USC midway through his junior season and is in the lead position for him at this point. Davis said he has some academic work to make up in his senior year to avoid first going to JC, but he's determined to get that work done. If so, Columbia likely would be his destination.

The other offers Davis has at this point are from WVU, Western Kentucky, Western Carolina, Chattanooga, Georgia State and Campbell. He said he hears from new USC DL coach Rocker regularly, and he hears good things from him.

Rocker is also in pursuit of one of the nation's top DEs in Shambre Jackson (6-5 250) of Orlando, Fla. He's gotten USC into his shortened list of 13, but Rocker and Muschamp will be going up against some of the national elite for Jackson. He also has Alabama, Oklahoma, UGA, FSU, LSU, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida, Southern Cal, Tennessee, A&M and Miami on the short list.

Three-star WR Simeon Price of Pensacola, Fla., named his top 10 and USC is in the group. The others are Oklahoma, Mississippi State, GT, VT, Arkansas, Nebraska, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

Athlete Dink Jackson (6-2, 185) of Melbourne, Fla., has USC in his top 10. The others are Auburn, FSU, WVU, Ole Miss, Miami, Kentucky, Southern Cal, Tennessee and Louisville. Jackson is rated a 4-star. He's also a sprinter who has run the 100-meter dash in 11.04 seconds.

USC made the top seven with DE George Wilson of Virginia Beach, Va.. The others on his short list are Arizona State, Ole Miss, Oregon, PSU, Tennessee and WF. Some of those cut from his list were Syracuse, Indiana, Michigan State, GT and Maryland.

USC is in top five with DL Isaiah Coe of Iowa Western JC. The others are Oklahoma, Missouri, Memphis and Ole Miss. He will announce on June 5.

Three-star DE DeMarcus Smith (6-4, 262) of Birmingham, Ala., named a top seven of USC, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Kansas, Memphis and Alabama-Birmingham.


USC and Clemson DE target Zaire Patterson of Winston-Salem, N.C., plans to announce his commitment on Tuesday. He also has UNC, ND, Alabama, UK, Oklahoma and UGA on his short list. Patterson is considered one of the top DEs in the country.

He carries a 4-star rating. He recorded 107 tackles with 27 TFLs and nine sacks. He also forced nine fumbles, recovered one fumble and had three INTs.