Clemson Football: 4-star safety prospect signs with Texas A&M

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 25: Teammates Trevion Thompson
COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 25: Teammates Trevion Thompson /

Clemson football missed on 4-star safety prospect, Leon O’Neal Jr., who decided to commit to Texas A&M this morning. Luckily, the Tigers are in good position to land two other potential defensive back prospects.

Earlier in the week, I detailed how two of Clemson’s priority targets in the 2018 recruiting cycle were trending toward programs in the SEC.

One of those prospects, Leon O’Neal Jr. has in fact committed to Texas A&M. This doesn’t come as a huge surprise as O’Neal was originally committed to the Aggies, but, backed off his pledge when Kevin Sumlin was fired.

Even with the coaching change, Texas A&M was the place O’Neal wanted to be. At 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, O’Neal is a battering ram of a safety prospect who will thrive under Aggies defensive coordinator, Mike Elko.

Looking Elsewhere

The Tigers are still in search of another defensive back prospect in this recruiting cycle. Kyler McMichael signed his letter of intent back in December, giving Clemson one of the most explosive and rangy athletes in the nation.

After losing Ryan Carter, Marcus Edmund, Van Smith and Amir Trapp following the end of the season, depth is a slight concern in the secondary.

Clemson has an extremely talented secondary, however, they are hurting from a sheer numbers standpoint. Missing on O’Neal Jr. only exacerbates that problem.

Luckily, the Tigers are considered the leader in the recruitment of 3-star safety, Trevon Flowers. They are also in the thick of it for 4-star athlete, Mario Goodrich III.


According to 247sports, Goodrich III will decide between Clemson, Georgia and LSU tomorrow at approximately, 8:30 or 9:30 am.

Trevon Flowers will sign at 10:00 am. Flowers is an intruging prospect for the Tigers considering his lack of high school football experience. Anna Hickey of 247sports tweeted the following of Flowers’ prep football career.

Clearly Flowers is a dynamic athlete who hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential. To receive a scholarship offer from a national power after just one season of high school football is downright scary.

Next: NSD: Who will the Tigers look to sign on NSD?

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