5 Freshmen that need to be elite for Clemson Football in 2024

Since it doesn't look like Clemson Football will be adding talent through the portal, the Tigers need freshmen talent to contribute to get them back to the College Football Playoff.

Drew Woodaz, left, and Sammy Brown, signees, watch Clemson football team practice
Drew Woodaz, left, and Sammy Brown, signees, watch Clemson football team practice / Ken Ruinard / staff / USA TODAY NETWORK
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Bryant Wesco

As we said on the previous slide, Wesco was the higher-rated prospect for most of the 2024 cycle. He was ranked as high as the 9th best player in the nation by 247 at one point.

For some reason, 247 dropped his rating from a 98 to a 96. Don’t misunderstand that – it still ranks him in the top 60 on 247’s list, and he still ranks higher in the Composite and on other sites, but one could make the argument that Wesco’s drop in rating could be because he is being compared to his Clemson classmate Moore, who has garnered a lot of attention since the last ratings update in December.

That’s not to say that it isn’t possible that 247 noticed something legit that caused them to reconsider their expectations for Wesco, but minus an explanation, it sure seems like Wesco’s drop might be more about aesthetics than football.

I think there is a mindset in the Clemson program to not focus on what evaluators think. Sometimes they are right and sometimes they’re wrong.

Then again, would it be a terrible thing if Wesco came in with a little chip on his shoulder? All the hype will now be on Moore. Sometimes operating without the spotlight can be to one’s advantage.

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