2024 OL Blake Franks’ recruitment has finally reached its conclusion.
Franks announced a commitment to South Carolina on Friday, choosing the Gamecocks over Clemson, Alabama, Auburn and Florida. While he sported 16 total offers, this was a battle that ultimately came down to the two in-state schools.
Out of nearby Greenville, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound prospect had been a priority target for offensive line coach Thomas Austin and the Tigers. Franks picked up his offer from Clemson last July and late last year looked like a lock to Clemson.
However, as the weeks went by, Franks’ recruitment started to turn towards South Carolina. He has made several visits to Columbia this offseason, culminating in the announcement on Friday. He joins fellow in-state OL Kam Pringle in joining the Gamecocks recruiting class. It is also expected Clemson’s chief rival will also land OL Josiah Thompson, out of Dillon, when he announces on April 14, giving Shane Beamer’s program a clean sweep of the three top in-state offensive linemen in the 2024 cycle.
Missing on Franks, who ranks No. 496 overall in the 247 Composite and No. 35 among all tackle prospects, means the Tigers are still looking for its first offensive line commit in the 2024 cycle. Clemson currently has six players committed in the 2024 class, with all but one being 4-star talents. Kicker Nolan Hauser is the lone exception.
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