Clemson Football had a great weekend thanks to the verbal commitment of Corian Gipson, a cornerback from Lancaster, Texas. Gipson’s recruitment had been a long battle with Texas and Ohio State, so seeing him wear the Clemson gear was very satisfying.
Gipson was highly-rated by the recruiting services, so his commitment did give the Tigers a bump. On 247Sports, Clemson is now rated 8th overall, up from 12th. Clemson has a relatively small class with 17 commitments. Of the teams ranked ahead of them on 247Sports, only Alabama has fewer commitments (15).
The Tigers have the sixth best average player rating, following Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State, USC and Florida. They are one hundredth of a point ahead of Texas A&M, who sits at 7th.
On Rivals, Clemson sits at 9th overall with the 5th best average player rating.
On3 has Clemson at 6th overall and 7th in average player rating, one hundredth of a point behind Tennessee.
Corian Gipson’s commitment boosts Clemson Tigers Class of 2024 rankings
On each site, Clemson now has the highest-rated class in the Atlantic Coast Conference, both for overall score and average player rating.
While the current ranking for this class is exciting, it is unknown if Clemson can maintain or increase that overall ranking. The Tigers won’t be taking a 2024 class as large as most of their peers. Clemson probably hopes to get at least four more commitments between now and Signing Day. That would give them 21 commitments, but there is no guarantee they go beyond that.
For perspective, on 247Sports five of the seven teams ranked ahead of them have 21 or more commitments already.
Lower-ranked classes due to a small size relative to their peers isn’t unusual for the Tigers. Clemson’s 2017 class had only 14 players, and the 2018 class had 17 players. Those classes were small on numbers, but also boasted names like Trevor Lawrence, Travis Etienne, Tee Higgins, and AJ Terrell. The lowest ranked member of the 2017 class (per 247Sports) was Baylon Spector, who is now in the NFL.
For Clemson, it’s usually more about the quality than the quantity.