Linebacker: 1-2 players
Barrett Carter will be the lone senior on the 2025 roster. Otherwise, I would expect all the others to return if they choose.
With the continuing emphasis on three safeties instead of three linebackers, I would expect there to be one linebacker in the 2025 class unless something unexpected occurs.
Clemson has four offers out to linebackers – Kamar Archie, Brett Clatterbaugh, Jaedon Harmon, and Eric Winters – which is a good start if the goal is to take one.
Cornerback: 1-2 players
The Tigers appear to be in good shape at cornerback from the perspective of both numbers and young talent. They will not have any seniors on the 2024 roster, but that doesn’t appear to be a concern for the starting talent. The main worry probably comes with the depth. Three of the seven corners in 2024 will be true freshmen.
Conventional wisdom says there could be a transfer by season’s end, so at least one take makes sense. Two makes sense if the talent wants to come to Clemson and they just can’t say no.
There are four uncommitted players with offers. 247 lists three of them as cornerbacks: Mark Manfred, Timothy Merritt, and Na’eem Offord.
The fourth, and perhaps most associated with Clemson right now, is considered an athlete. Terrance ‘Deuce’ Edwards, from Richmond, Virginia, plans to announce his commitment on January 12th. He is working with a Top 5 of Clemson, Louisville, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.
If Edwards chooses Clemson, they might be done at corner. If someone like Offord (6th overall nationally) wanted to go to Clemson, I don’t think they could say no, but right now the Tigers in Auburn, Alabama are probably the favorites to land Offord.
Our last groups are the safeties and special teams.