One of the few remaining pieces on the board for the Clemson football class of 2023, defensive lineman Kayden McDonald, confirmed his commitment date of October 31 via Twitter on Thursday, along with his five finalists.
Since we wrote about McDonald back in August he’s moved up in the rankings and now rates as 243rd overall, 35th rated defensive lineman and 23rd best player in Georgia per the 247sports.com composite ranking.
The Tigers would be willing to over sign at the position to get McDonald’s commitment, which shows you Clemson values McDonald’s skills.
In addition to Clemson, the other teams included on McDonald’s tweet are Michigan, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida.
As far as where he ends up I’ve heard a couple of different things, the first being he is a “lock” to Clemson, followed by another opinion that wasn’t ready to go that far, at least not at this point.
McDonald’s 247sports.com profile shows recent visits to the Big Ten teams on his list, Michigan on September 10 and Ohio State on September 24, with a trip scheduled to Oklahoma on October 15.
The Tigers have Peter Woods, Vic Burley, Stephiylan Green, A.J. Hoffler and David Ojiegbe committed along the defensive front and McDonald would add one more piece to a big haul for Nick Eason on the defensive front.
Back in August, we mentioned this recruitment being a little different in that McDonald was scheduled to visit Tiger Town for the South Carolina game after his commitment date and long after his visits to Big Ten country.
Clemson football would over sign on the defensive line for Kayden McDonald
Who knows if that’s still the plan, as it always seemed a bit unusual, especially if McDonald commits elsewhere.
It should also be noted that Clemson has a home game between now and the scheduled commitment date of October 31st, a matchup with Syracuse on October 22nd and it’ll be interesting to see if he makes that trip to Death Valley.
To sum up, there’s conflicting reads on this one, with time to go before the commitment date to read the tea leaves, bread crumbs and travel plans.
Ain’t recruiting fun?