Clemson fans who follow recruiting paid attention when the Tigers offered Avieon Terrell a scholarship. He was offered before most 2023 prospects got an offer, and the obvious reason was that the Tigers already had a strong relationship with him and his family.
Avieon is the younger brother of Clemson standout AJ Terrell, who now plays for the Atlanta Falcons. While the offer came early, it became clear that a decision wasn’t imminent, and it wasn’t until the summer before Terrell announced a verbal commitment.
During the year in between the offer and commitment, Clemson recruited other cornerbacks, saw some commit elsewhere, and moved on from others that didn’t develop during their junior season. Some wondered if the Tigers were waning in their interest in Terrell, but apparently, the staff never moved off their intentions.
Thank goodness they didn’t, because Terrell has emerged as the next guy up after Nate Wiggins as the season progressed.
Sheridan Jones will exhaust eligibility, and Wiggins is likely to leave for the NFL. With two positions open, it seems fairly likely that Terrell will be one of the starters when the Tigers open against Georgia in Atlanta next August.
The other spot will be a battle, but another freshman could emerge.