As Clemson still waits on its first offensive line commitment in the 2024 class, the list of targets is starting to shrink.
The Tigers hosted six uncommitted offensive line targets during the big official visit weekend. One of those is now officially off the board, and at least two more have been trending in the wrong direction over the past few weeks.
The one that is now off the board is 4-star Michael Uini, who announced a commitment to Georgia late Friday. The 6-foot-7, 290-pound prospect didn’t even list Clemson as a finalist, choosing the Bulldogs over Michigan and Alabama.
That leaves five uncommitted targets still in play. However, 4-star Casey Poe looks to be trending to Alabama. He announces on July 12. 4-star Ronan O’ Connell looks to be trending to Tennessee, and he is expected to make a July decision. 3-star Jameson Riggs is also expected to announce a decision sometime in July, and while he is one that is to hard read, I would not call Clemson the favorite at this point.
That leaves 4-stars Fletcher Westphal and William Satterwhite. Westphal will announce on July 12. He took officials to Clemson, Georgia, Florida and Arkansas. The 6-foot-8 prospect raved about the visit to Clemson.
“The impression I’ve gotten on each visit to Clemson is that it’s a family,” Westphal told All Clemson Tigers after the visit. “This weekend I saw that on a whole other level and I am blown away. It was my first OV and it’s going to be interesting to see how the other visits go. Because at Clemson everyone from all levels were involved in making the visit special.”
This one might be coming down to Clemson and Florida but it would be naive to rule out the Dawgs.
Satterwhite is also expected to make a decision in July. Probably sooner, rather than later. This recruitment has come down to Clemson and Tennessee and those were the only two schools that Satterwhite took officials to in June.
“At the top for me. Top two,” Satterwhite said about where Clemson stood after his official visit.
There’s no getting around the fact that offensive line recruiting has definitely been puzzling in this cycle. After having so much success with his first recruiting class, 2024 looks like it could play out a little differently for OL coach Thomas Austin.
With Clemson looking to take a minimum of three offensive linemen in the 2024 class, the board is probably going to expand at some point and likely soon. There will be a dead period in place for most of July. Things will open back up for the last week of the month, which is likely when Clemson will hold its annual All In Cookout and that just might the opportune time to get some new targets in.
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