Clemson Football Recruiting: 4 most important 2025 prospects the Tigers are recruiting this spring

With the 2024 class likely wrapped up, Clemson now turns their recruiting efforts towards the Class of 2025. Here are the four targets that are the most important for the Tigers this spring.
Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney admires the Ash Verlander Champions Trophy before hoisting it
Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney admires the Ash Verlander Champions Trophy before hoisting it / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Unio / USA

Clemson Football accomplished one of their goals last week: win the closer. They defeated the Kentucky Wildcats 38-35 in a fourth-quarter comeback that gave the Tigers positive momentum heading into the offseason.

Since it looks like the Class of 2024 was finished during the Early Signing Period, the program now shifts its focus to the Class of 2025, which already has a good start. The class has seven verbal commitments, mostly on the offensive side of the football.

That doesn’t mean the work is done, and Clemson’s class will slide quickly from their current 6th place ranking on 247Sports if they don’t continue to add talent to the group.

Here are the four most important targets for the Tigers this spring.

David Sanders, Jr.

David Sanders is the 2nd ranked talent in the 247Sports Composite. He is a 6’-6”, 270-pound offensive tackle prospect from Charlotte, North Carolina. He plays at Providence Day School and has been on Clemson’s wishlist for a while now.

Sanders has expressed positive opinions of Clemson in the past, and proximity to home has been an asset for the Tigers. There are no Crystal Ball projections for Sanders yet, but most pundits that have expressed an opinion believe Sanders is likely leaning toward their rival to the southwest.

Georgia followed up two consecutive national championships by nearly qualifying for the playoffs again. They are a program that has a lot of pull for area recruits.

The variable that has changed for the Tigers is their offensive line coach. Thomas Austin was dismissed, and Matt Luke was hired to take over the group. Luke has a long resume of putting offensive linemen in the NFL, a selling point that was missing before.

Luke might be able to work with the talent he has in Clemson, but he will need to land recruits like Sanders if he wants to completely transform the offensive line from a liability to a strength.

Isaiah Campbell

When Clemson Football was making runs for national championships, they had some of the best defensive linemen in the country. 2023 addition TJ Parker has shown the potential to grow into one of those special players, but new (old) defensive ends coach Chris Rumph needs to add some talent to the room for the future.

Isaiah Campbell is a 6’-4”, 260-pound defensive end from Southern Durham High School in North Carolina. He is ranked 69th overall in the 247Sports Composite and is being recruited by many schools around the nation.

He is an obvious target for the Tobacco Road programs, and North Carolina is the only school that 247 lists as ‘warm’ for Campbell at present. The only Crystal Ball projection, however, belongs to the Tigers.

Whether or not that projection turns out to be prophetic over the long run is unknown, but it does indicate that someone got a read that Campbell had a positive opinion about the Tigers. Now, Rumph will have the spring to sell Campbell on himself and the Tigers program.

Terrence Edwards

Terrence Edwards is listed as an athlete by 247Sports in some places but is considered a cornerback on his profile page. He is 6’-1” and 180 pounds. He plays for Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Virginia.

Edwards planned to announce his commitment on January 12th but has decided to push the decision back to March. He is working with a top five of Clemson, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. There are no Crystal Ball projections for him on 247 yet.

Edwards has visits planned to some of his targets but hasn’t set up the Clemson stop yet. If Clemson is targeting Edwards at cornerback, they have the right guy to recruit him. Mike Reed has a long record of putting guys into the NFL which will continue this year with Nate Wiggins.

Jordan Young

When you look at the list of offers from Clemson on 247, they list Jordan Young as an athlete. On his profile page, they list him as a safety.

All Clemson Tigers refers to Young as a wide receiver prospect.

The main thing to remember about Young is this: He is rated as a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports Composite and ranks as the 57th-best player nationally. Regardless of position, he is a talent that will make any team better.

Young has announced a list of thirteen schools which he will choose from.

If All Clemson Tigers is right and the program is looking at Young as a wide receiver, then his importance jumps. The Tigers have two receivers verbally committed right now in Carleton ‘Juju’ Preston and Marquise Henderson, but for a group that has struggled a bit the last three seasons, coach Tyler Grisham needs to land all the potential he can in each class.