Clemson Football: Have the Tigers found another K’Von Wallace in 2018?

RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 04: K'Von Wallace
RALEIGH, NC - NOVEMBER 04: K'Von Wallace /

Sophomore defensive back, K’Von Wallace was a late addition to Clemson football’s 2016 recruiting class. With about a month left in the 2018 recruiting cycle, the Tigers appear to have found another gem in 3-star corner, D.J. Brown.

Despite falling short against Alabama in the 2017 College Football Playoff, the Clemson football program is trending in the right direction.

The Tigers currently have the 8th ranked recruiting class in the country, headlined by a jaw-dropping quartet of five-star signee’s.

Despite their already impressive haul, Clemson’s coaches aren’t done on the recruiting trail. D.J. Brown is proof of the Tigers’ due diligence.

Underrated defensive back

Brown, a University of Virginia commit, has been raking in the offers as of late. Programs such as, Louisville, California, Duke and South Carolina have all extended offers since the start of December.

Clemson’s offer came as Brown was impressing scouts at the Under Armour All-American bowl.

Starring at St. John’s College High School in D.C., Brown competed against some of the top high programs in the DMV and beyond. The Cadets faced California powers, De La Salle and St. John Bosco, as well as a host of other top-flight programs along the East coast.

At 6-foot-1, 185 pounds, Brown is a lanky corner, with room to add muscle. After watching his film I came away impressed with his fluid hips and quick feet, especially for a corner his size.

What makes Brown special is his instincts in coverage. He clearly has a high football IQ and a natural feel for the game. On more than one occasion, he is seen breaking on a route before the ball has even left the quarterbacks hand.

You can view Brown’s senior tape here.

Late Steals

The Clemson football program is no stranger to hidden gems on the recruiting trail. In the past two recruiting classes, the Tigers have identified prospects late into the cycle, who have gone on to play as true freshman.

In the 2016 recruiting cycle, it was K’Von Wallace, who logged time at nearly every position in the secondary. In the 2017 recruiting cycle Clemson found Travis Etienne, who was arguably Clemson’s best running back this season.

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D.J. Brown may be the next gem, the Tigers are able to snag late into the recruiting process. Brown has stood by his commitment to Virginia thus far, however, Clemson did receive a crystal ball prediction for the D.C. product the day they offered.