Although it is early on in the 2019 recruiting cycle, Clemson football is building serious momentum with elite prospects outside of the state’s borders.
It’s easy to see why Clemson has been one of the most consistent programs in the country over the past half-decade. It all starts on the recruiting trail.
The Tigers coaching staff consistently lured some of the nation’s premier talent to Death Valley and that was before the College Football Playoff appearances. With a National Championship to show for, Dabo Swinney and his staff are a recruiting juggernaut.
Early on in the 2019 recruiting cycle, Clemson’s brand is resonating with blue-chip prospects from across the country.
A native of North Carolina, Crouch’s interest in Clemson isn’t all that surprising, given their recent success and his proximity to the school. It appears that South Carolina is also heavily in the mix for Crouch.
Ladson’s serious interest in Clemson is all the more impressive. Hailing from the fertile recruiting grounds of South Florida, Ladson is being courted by nearly every major program in the country.
With a flux of new head coaches in the Sunshine state and Miami’s recent revival, it will be difficult for Clemson to pry Ladson away from his home. That being said, if the Tigers were able to do so with Justyn Ross in 2018, nothing is impossible.
Degree of Difficulty
As I discussed a few weeks back, the state of South Carolina is lacking in blue-chip prospects in the 2019 cycle. Due to this shortage of elite talent, it is all the more important for Clemson to flex it’s muscles out-of-state.
The Tigers are particularly successful in Georgia and Florida. They have also found a few jems from North Carolina and Virginia as of late.