The reverberations keep coming on the recruiting front after Clemson football beat North Carolina State handily last Saturday in front of a sell out crowd at Death Valley, a national TV audience, and perhaps most important of all – a lot of recruits.
We’ve already detailed how one 2024 recruit was subsequently crystal balled to Clemson and now, Khalil Barnes, a Wake Forest verbal the Tigers offered the week they played the Demon Deacons, has reopened his commitment.
Barnes is a 6’1, 185 pound athlete out of North Oconee High in Bogart, Georgia that’s expected to be a defensive back at the next level.
A 3 star recruit that’s ranked outside of the top 1,000 nationally, it’ll be interesting to see if his stock rises with the Tigers offer.
Barnes has just a smattering of P5 offers – Purdue, Duke and Kansas State – in addition to Wake and Clemson.
The Tigers have three cornerbacks and a safety already committed, in addition to athlete Kylen Webb who’s also pegged for the defensive backfield.
Besides Webb, the other Clemson defensive backfield commitments are Avieon Terrell, Brandon Strozier, Robert Billings and Shelton Lewis.
To be clear, I haven’t seen or heard anything regarding a commitment to Clemson, but the timing and circumstances seem to be aligning for the Tigers on this one.
The Tigers had many 2024 athletes on campus for Saturday nights nationally televised extravaganza and that could certainly pay longer term dividends down the road.
Clemson football offered Khalil Barnes the week of Wake Forest game
The Tigers have few spots open in the 2023 class, ranking 8th nationally currently with 20 pledges at this time.
The final number is generally fluid to some degree, with transfers, injuries and other factors making it much tougher to manage a college roster these days than it was even just a few years ago.
The early signing period begins December 21, 2022 and the regular signing period begins on February 1, 2023.