Clemson Football Hosts 2016 Recruiting Targets Tavien Feaster, Nyles Pinckney

This past weekend was a big one for the Clemson football program, not only on the field, but also in recruiting. A number of recruits dropped by to watch the Tigers beat the North Carolina Tar Heels, including current-commit Ray Ray McCloud. But perhaps more importantly for Clemson football, a number of top prospects for the 2016 class visited, including Tavien Feaster, Parker Boudreaux, and Nyles Pinckney.

Boudreaux is a three-star offensive lineman in 247 Sports’ composite rankings and it sounds like he really enjoyed his visit (via The State):

“It was awesome,” Boudreaux said. “It’s probably my favorite visit so far. It’s a family atmosphere and there are great coaches around the program. I liked how the facilities were organized and they are building new stuff. It was way more than I expected, just a great visit.”

Clemson will have a major battle on their hands for Boudreaux’s services though, as he claims over 50 offers from elite schools all over the country. According to the same piece from The State, his other visits have included Miami, Georgia, Florida, and Auburn. Don’t be fooled by Boudreaux’s three-star rating. Given the level of interest he is receiving, this is a quality offensive lineman we are talking about. I would be shocked if he didn’t get bumped to four or five stars at some point this season.

Feaster, on the other hand, is already considered elite by the recruiting services. He is five-star running back and the top player in South Carolina in the 247 Sports composite. It sounds like he had a good time at the game, as well. He was particularly impressed by the performance of Deshaun Watson (via The Clemson Insider):

“That was just crazy to me. Just yesterday [Watson] was a recruit, but he had his first start and broke the [single-game] school record [for touchdown passes]. It was just awesome. He’s an awesome kid, a great football player.”

It’s hard to imagine any offensive player who wouldn’t have been excited to watch that performance. If Watson continues to play at such a high level, it’s safe to say it will help the Tigers land a few talented offensive players in the 2016 class. Wide receivers and running backs are going to love the idea of playing with him for a year or two.

Like Boudreaux, Feaster’s offer list is impressive. The schools who have offered the talented running back include Auburn, Tennessee, Alabama, Florida State, and South Carolina.

On the defensive side, Clemson football also hosted Pinckney, a four-star defensive tackle and the No. 5 overall prospect in South Carolina in 247 Sports’ composite rankings. His list includes offers from Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Miami, and South Carolina. Pinckney apparently enjoyed the game day atmosphere in Death Valley (via The Clemson Insider):

“It was good,” Pinckney said. “The crowd stayed loud, I liked that. The fans were really cheering and everything.”

He also cited the possibility of early playing time as an attraction.

“[Coach Swinney] talked about how they’ve got players leaving [and] how I’d have a great opportunity. Coach Brooks and coach Elliott said the same thing.”

With the 2015 recruiting class more or less wrapped up, Swinney seems to be well ahead of the game going into the 2016 cycle. The Tigers have only one commitment so far (three-star tight end J.C. Chalk) but there is plenty of interest in Clemson right now and the Tigers have some momentum. With all the young talent the Tigers already have, along with one of the best recruiting classes in the nation coming in next year, Clemson must look like a terrific option right now.

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