Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Clemson improves on its top-15 class
By Andrea Adelson
Clemson already had a top-15 class when signing day began, but the Tigers made it even better with some major pickups Wednesday.
The most notable -- cornerback Mackensie Alexander, the No. 4 overall prospect in the nation. He joined ESPN 300 athlete Adrian Baker and three-star safety Korrin Wiggins as big additions Wednesday, easing any disappointment there may have been when ESPN 150 defensive tackle Montravius Adams committed to Auburn over Clemson.
Alexander was the biggest commitment the ACC got in the early going Wednesday, and fills a major need for the Tigers, who emphasized upgrading their secondary. Though there was some thought that he and his twin brother, Mackenro, could end up going to the same school, Mackensie maintained that was not necessarily the case.
That was the only clue folks got about the recruiting process. Mackensie kept his thoughts and options to himself, never once saying where he may or may not be leaning. But he did have Clemson on his list of finalists, and many thought he would end up choosing the Tigers. During his announcement he pulled out two hats -- Clemson and Mississippi State -- before donning the orange one. His brother ended up choosing Auburn.
Clemson now has five players among the ESPN 150 and nine among the ESPN 300, and is getting major defensive help. In addition to Alexander, the Tigers signed the No. 3-ranked inside linebacker Ben Boulware, the No. 8-ranked outside linebacker Dorian O'Daniel and the No. 10-ranked defensive end Ebenezer Ogundeko, who is already enrolled.
As for the other news Wednesday, Baker chose Clemson over Oklahoma. The former Florida State commit is ranked No. 197 on the ESPN 300. Wiggins was a long-time North Carolina commitment, but flipped his decision to the Tigers on signing day. He is rated the No. 30 safety in the nation.
Clemson could wind up with one more member in its class. ESPN 150 offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder will announce his choice between the Tigers and Georgia at 4:05 p.m. ET.