You can never have too many offensive linemen and after signing three in the just completed Class of 2023 Clemson football is hard at work on the 2024 big men.
While the last cycle brought the Tigers Harris Sewell from Odessa, Texas, Zechariah Owens from Mcdonough, Georgia and Ian Reed from Austin, Texas, a mountain of a man from Pinson, Alabama has announced a Clemson offer via social media.
JacQwan McRoy is listed at 6’8, 365 pounds and plays tackle at Clay-Chalkville High.
I’m guessing with that size, JacQwan plays wherever he wants.
There seems to be a difference of opinion on McRoy on the recruiting services, with the composite showing him at No. 350 nationally, but 247sports themselves showing him at No. 133 and a four star recruit.
McRoy made two pretty massive leaps in the 247 rankings, moving from No. 347 to 225 on August 10th and then moving from No. 224 to No. 134 on November 16th.
His most recent jump was just one spot, to the aforementioned No. 133 on February 16.
There’s also an interesting mix of offers for McRoy that are reported on the site as he lists an offer from Auburn, but not Alabama, and one from Florida (and Miami), but not Florida State.
Make no mistake, he’s got some big time offers, LSU, Tennessee and now Clemson included, but it’s not universal from SEC or even ACC schools.
Offensive lineman are notoriously difficult to project and sometimes the no names become stars and the stars become no names, so it’s not a huge surprise that there may be a difference of opinion on McRoy.
Clemson football does not have an offensive lineman committed in the Class of 2024 yet
Clemson’s 5 current commitments in the 2024 Class include a tight end, 2 safeties, a defensive lineman and a kicker, so offensive line coach Thomas Austin has some work to do to ensure the Tigers have as many options as possible along the front.
There’s a long way to go in the Class of 2024, but with the Tigers looking to take as many as 4 lineman this cycle sooner is always preferable to later.