Defensive tackle: 2-3 players
Two players will certainly come off the roster after 2024: Payton Page and Demonte Capehart.
Tre Williams is a question mark right now. Clemson considers him a redshirt player in 2020 (he played two games), but the NCAA doesn’t count that season towards eligibility. He only played four games in 2023 due to injury, so officially, the NCAA would count 2023 as his redshirt, allowing two more seasons of eligibility – 2024 and 2025. Whether he wants that final season would be up to him.
The lone defensive commit so far is Amare Adams from South Florence High School, the highest-rated player from the state of South Carolina. Adams is a defensive lineman.
The Tigers have three offers out to uncommitted prospects. The most-prized recruit of that group is Elijah Griffin from Savannah, Georgia. Griffins is the No. 3 player nationally in 247’s rankings.
Another Savannah tackle also has a Clemson offer: Walter Mathis from Calvary Day School. Christian Garrett from Bogart, Georgia is the third offer currently.
Logic suggests we will likely see the board at defensive tackle expand at some point, but I don’t expect there will be a rush. The Tigers might not know Williams's situation until much later in the cycle, and therefore might not know exactly how to budget roster spots at tackle.
Next are defensive ends.