Clemson Football heavy favorites for 4-star DB out of Virginia

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 03: Cordrea Tankersley
CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 03: Cordrea Tankersley /

Following their 2018 Orange and White game, the Clemson football program surged in the recruitment of many 2019 prospects, including 4-star corner, Sheridan Jones.

It’s no secret that the Tigers have less than ideal depth at corner back coming into 2018. They were forced to battle through spring practice with just 3 scholarship corners – four if we’re including K’Von Wallace.

Even with Wallace added into the mix, four corner backs is not enough for a program of Clemson’s stature. They will add freshman, Kyler McMichael and Mario Goodrich in the fall as well.

Early on in the 2019 recruiting cycle, it appears Dabo Swinney and company are working overtime to address their depth concerns at the position.

Defensive Back Prospects

Earlier in the week, I discussed Clemson’s recent hot streak on the recruiting trail. This past weekend, the Tigers brought 3-star safety prospect, Lannden Zanders into the fold, giving them two commits in the secondary.

Clemson also began receiving a handful of crystal ball predictions for 4-star corner back prospect, Andrew Booth Jr.

Sheridan Jones

Jones is the latest defensive back prospect to be linked to Clemson. The Tigers claim all of the 11 crystal ball predictions that have been entered for the Virginia native.

At 6-foot-1, 170 pounds Jones, has the physical makeup of a future All-American. Length is one of the most coveted physical traits at the corner back position and Jones has gobs of it.

His combination of instincts and sudden feet make him a pest in coverage. He breaks on the ball very well for a player his age. The one area where he can improve is his tackling form, which is the case for most high school defensive backs. Make no mistake about it though, Jones is more than willing to come down in run support.

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His game reminds me of former Tiger, Cordrea Tankersley. Both Jones and Tankersley are long, wiry corner backs with disciplined eyes and adequate speed. Jones would give the Tigers another solid fit in Brent Venables’ aggressive, man-heavy scheme.