Sunday, November 24, 2013
Tigers add 2015 recruit, wait on 2014s
By Jared Shanker
This was Clemson’s big official visit weekend for the 2014 class, but it was a 2015 recruit who stole the headlines in Death Valley at least for a few hours.
Shadell Bell, an ESPN Junior 300 member from Decatur (Ga.) Columbia, committed to the Tigers on Saturday. He planned on committing when he arrived on campus and he let coach Dabo Swinney know his intentions while on his visit.
@_SBell8 congrats on your commitment. Welcome to the family bruh! We too deep!
“I always loved [Clemson], love their offensive side and its style of play, atmosphere and coaches,” Bell said.
Bell, who is ranked as the No. 107 junior, spent time on Sunday with a player who could be his future quarterback. Deshaun Watson, the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 class, is committed to Clemson and spoke with Bell while the two were visiting the game. Watson is also from Georgia, a state that has been very good to the Tigers recently.
“Him being the No. 1 dual[-threat] QB and him knowing and being a real QB and knowing how to win will be great,” Bell said.
The Tigers now have four commitments in 2015 including two from Junior 300 prospects, but the focus Sunday and for the rest of the week returns to the 2014 class.
Several important prospects to the Tigers’ class were on official visits. Five-star inside linebacker Raekwon McMillan (Hinesville, Ga./Liberty County), the No. 1 player at his position, arrived Saturday for his official visit. He originally was slated to visit for the Florida State game but rescheduled. It is McMillan’s second visit to Clemson this season. The Tigers have their work cut out for them with McMillan, who is also high on Alabama and Ohio State, but this visit could give Clemson some momentum.
Lorenzo Featherston (Greensboro, N.C./Page), No. 27 in the ESPN 300, also made his official visit to Clemson after visiting Florida State a week earlier. Featherston does not reveal much publicly about his recruitment, but the feel is Clemson is in the driver’s seat for the top-five defensive end.
Receiver Josh Malone (Gallatin, Tenn,/Station Camp) was the last big official visitor, although it does not look as if Clemson will pull the No. 48 prospect. Malone has already signed a financial-aid agreement with the in-state Volunteers, and those on campus Saturday get the feel Malone will eventually sign a letter of intent with Tennessee, too.