Clemson Tigers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The Clemson Insider: Clemson has a strong argument to make NCAA Tournament Field
Earlier this week, Clemson head coach Monte Lee said he felt the Tigers earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament following their 7-1 victory over Louisville in the ACC Baseball Championship.
"I certainly think that we are a team that will be in the field of 64, and again, it was just a tremendous performance today by our team," Lee said on Thursday. "I've been saying it all year long. We've got a good team. We've been through a lot of highs, we've been through some lows, but at the end of the day, I think this win certainly solidifies us in the field of 64, and it's a brand-new season for us moving forward.
The Clemson Insider: Clemson commit humbled by POY Award
Clemson commit Mack Anglin of Highland High School (Marengo, Ohio) was recently named the 2018-19 Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year.
The 6-foot-5, 204-pound senior right-handed pitcher and infielder had led the Fighting Scots to a 19-8 record and berth in the Division II district semifinals at the time of his selection. Through 27 games, Anglin posted a 6-1 record with a 0.36 ERA and 79 strikeouts in 39 innings pitched, recording a WHIP of 0.72.
The state's top-ranked player in the Class of 2019 as rated by Perfect Game and a 2018 first-team All-State selection, Anglin owned a .
The Clemson Insider: Do the 2 best quarterbacks in the ACC reside in Clemson?
Does anyone have it any better at quarterback than Clemson?
First off, the Tigers have the best quarterback in the country in Trevor Lawrence. You can also argue they have the best backup as well in Chase Brice.
Then there is freshman Taisun Phommachanh, who ESPN called one of the best pocket quarterbacks in the nation coming out of high school.
So, it appears the Tigers are in good shape at the quarterback position heading into the 2019 season. Here is a breakdown of the position as Clemson heads into summer workouts.
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TigerNet.com: Clemson LB commit ready to run down the hill
Keith Maguire is ready for the rolling hills of Clemson, including the one famously known for producing legends.
Maguire is a 2019 outside linebacker signee for the Tigers, and he recently spoke with TigerNet to reminisce about his senior year and how he's preparing for his time at Clemson.
The 4-star prospect out of Malvern (PA) is coming into Clemson with a 26th outside linebacker ranking from 247sports, and over 20 colligate offers. With the potential transfer of Shaq Smith, Maguire is expected to make a rumble early on.
TigerNet is reaching out to the remainder of the 2019 recruiting class for a final interview before they arrive in June, and have a special Q&A with each player.
The Clemson Insider: Is Clemson's schedule easy?
A lot has been said this off-season about Clemson's 2019 football schedule and how easy it easy it for the Tigers.
Right now, Las Vegas has Clemson as a double-digit favorite in every game this season. But does that make Clemson's schedule any easier than anyone else's. Alabama, who won all 12 of their regular season games last year by 22 or more points, is favored by double digits in most of their games as well.
Yet, no one is coming out and saying Alabama has a weak schedule. Why is that? I think we know the answer.
The Clemson Insider: 2021 receiver waiting for chance to be a part of WRU
While Clemson is still in the hunt to grab a couple of wide receivers in the 2020 class, let's take a peek at where it stands with the position in 2021.
The Tigers already have several prime targets such as Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern product Dacari Collins and Seffner (Fla.) Armwood standout Agiye Hall, and Roswell (Ga.) Centennial's Julian Nixon could start to pick up more steam in the coming months.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound wideout told The Clemson Insider that he recently has been in contact with Auburn, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Alabama and Georgia.
Nixon has visited Clemson a few times in the past, including for a game last fall, and says they are one of his favorite schools to date.
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Fansided: Clemson Football: Could Kelly Bryant be the second-best QB in the SEC?
When you think about SEC quarterbacks for the 2019 season, there's really only one name that comes to mind.
Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa is currently the odds favorite to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Tagovailoa will be competing with Clemson football's Trevor Lawrence for the title of best QB in the nation, and right now Lawrence has the inside track.
But, outside of the national race, there's an interesting trend taking place with quarterbacks and the Clemson football program.
Trevor Lawrence proved to be the best QB option for the Tigers. Because of Lawrence entering the Clemson football program, several quarterbacks decided to transfer.
The Clemson Insider: NCAA Baseball Tournament Projections (May 25)
As Clemson awaits a potential postseason bid, The Clemson Insider releases our projections for the 2019 NCAA Baseball Tournament.
For a quick review, the field is made up of 64 teams split into 16 regional sites. The 64 teams consist of 31 automatic bids and 33 at-large selections.
We will break the bracket down into hosts, one-bid leagues, potential one-bid leagues, in the field, and then the bubble. Check back each day as we update the bubble and projections as conference tournament progress before releasing our entire field (with locations) on Monday morning.
Arkansas East Carolina Georgia Georgia Tech Louisville LSU Mississippi State NC State North Carolina Oklahoma State Oregon State Stanford Texas Tech UCLA Vanderbilt West Virginia Florida A&M Northeast Ohio Valley Army Atlantic Sun Stetson (winners bracket)
Liberty (in losers bracket/potential at-large team)
Mountain West Fresno State (winners bracket/likely at-large team) Arizona State Auburn Baylor California Illinois State Indiana Indiana State Miami (FL) 57 Florida State 36-21 18-14 49 57 7-10 9-11 6-7 58 Duke 31-25 16-16 44 20 10-9 9-15 6-6 59 Clemson 34-24 16-16 38 25 10-11 8-13 12-5 60 Florida 33-24 13-18 26 2 6-12 16-20 5-1 61 UCF 36-21 13-14 41 50 11-8 8-9 9-6 62 BYU 36-17 19-11 45 132 15-9 0-2 12-10 63 Houston 32-24 12-14 43 32 12-8 8-11 8-5 64 Missouri 34-22-1 13-17-1 30 26 11-12-1 10-17-1 4-0 65 Arizona 31-24 14-14 46 35 9-14 3-16 12-2 66 Texas State 36-20 20-12 51 87 14-8 4-4 8-5 67 Southern Miss 36-19 22-10 52 96 11-10 3-5 6-2 68 Liberty 39-19 17-10 47 117 12-13 4-3 5-6 69 UC Irvine 36-17 16-7 55 160 15-12 0-5 7-6 70 Boston College 31-26 14-18 53 47 15-13 10-15 5-5 71 Wake Forest 31-26 15-17 54 40 9-15 9-14 5-5 72 Oklahoma 33-23 11-15 42 53 15-11 4-12 14-6 Compared to most years there is an extremely soft bubble which means one win or loss could shift a team multiple spots as the metrics change.
Fansided: Clemson Football: Will Andrew Booth start as a freshman for the Tigers?
Andrew Booth will enroll on campus and join the Clemson football team officially in a little less than two months.
Booth, a 5-star cornerback prospect, will be joining a defensive backfield that is in need of consistent play from the cornerback position.
As we continue our series breaking down each 2019 Clemson football freshman, let's take a look at Booth.
When you think of Andrew Booth, think of Mackensie Alexander, but maybe with even more athletic traits. Booth is a little bigger than Alexander, but runs just as fast and plays with a physicality needed in the Tiger defensive backfield.
TigerNet.com: Five-star defender tries to fool Swinney with commitment call
POWDER SPRINGS, GA - Myles Murphy did his best Christian Wilkins impersonation when he told Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney he was ready to commit.
Wilkins, Clemson's star defensive tackle who was recently drafted in the first round by the Miami Dolphins, tried to trick Swinney when it came time to commit. Wilkins, then a senior in high school, called Swinney and acted like he was going to move in another direction before actually breaking out the good news.
Murphy didn't take it as far as Wilkins but did try to keep his intentions hidden for as long as possible.
The Clemson Insider: Florida TE impressed by family atmosphere at Clemson
As Clemson continues to evaluate prospective tight ends in the 2020 class, a new name has emerged on the radar and is now in the mix for an offer from the Tigers.
Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln tight end Sage Ennis made a visit to Clemson on Thursday after getting in touch with Brent Venables at the beginning of this week.
"It was pretty crazy," Ennis told TCI. "I really hadn't talked much with (Clemson). Coach Venables followed me on Twitter way back in the fall, and so I kept on sending my highlights. He never answered me back until after I sent him my spring highlights and I reached out to him one more time.
The Clemson Insider: Galloway, Giella appeals denied by NCAA
The appeals on the penalties imposed on Braden Galloway and Zach Giella to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports have been denied, and both student-athletes will be ineligible for the 2019 football season.
The imposed sanctions were the result of a trace amount of Ostarine being detected in both students' December 2018 NCAA drug tests.
The student-athletes repeatedly have stated that they have no knowledge of how Ostarine entered their bodies. Their assertions were confirmed by a polygraph examination taken by each. Both student-athletes had negative test results for prohibited substances in multiple urine drug screens in April and October of 2018, just before their positive December 2018 test, and again in both January and February of 2019, just after the December positive test.
The Clemson Insider: Peach State prospect says Clemson visit was 'completely different'
On Thursday, Clemson played host to a group of teammates from powerhouse Loganville (Ga.) Grayson High School.
Among the Grayson visitors was 2021 outside linebacker Marbu Franklin Neal, who recapped his visit experience with TCI.
What stood out to him about the Tigers?
"The family type of atmosphere when you first walk in, the staff, the facilities, the players, and most of all the coaches," Neal said.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect had a chance to hear from Tigers assistant coach Mickey Conn, who joined Clemson's staff in 2016 after 16 seasons as head coach at Grayson.
The Clemson Insider: What's the plan for Clemson without Galloway?
Now that the NCAA has rejected the appeals of tight end Braden Galloway and offensive lineman Zach Giella, what does it mean for the Tigers in 2019?
In case you don't know, Galloway's and Giella's lawyer announced on Friday his two clients will be suspended for the 2019 football season after the NCAA denied their appeals from a positive test in which a trace of a banned substance called Ostarine was found in their system back in December of 2018. Both players were suspended for the College Football Playoff and the National Championship Game.
Giella's absence will not hurt the Tigers as bad.