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Default Countdown to Early Signing Day - December 9

It's back. The Countdown to Signing Day Recruit Tracker has returned as we track a historic recruiting class for the Tigers. With the early National Signing Day just around the corner (December 20) we will run the Countdown to Signing Day every night until the early signing period.

We are only tracking 2018 prospects that are planning to enroll early in this edition. We will have another edition in January for the other prospects.

Check back each night to see any updates to The Tracker. Changes each week will be highlighted in Orange.

We only show recruits that we believe have some chance of signing with the Tigers. The list can certainly fluctuate between now and the early signing period.

We hope everyone enjoys the return of this popular TCI feature as we try to bring you all of the important information on the remaining targets in one report.

Dropped Prospects


Moving Up


5-star (DE) KJ Henry - 6-6, 235 - Clemmons, NC (West Forsyth High)

All-American Game: Under Armour

The Latest

KJ Henry is one of the guys at the top of Clemson's priority list as they push towards early signing day. Henry can expect a visit this week from the Tigers' staff. Several schools stopped by last week to visit Henry.

K.J. had planned to take his final official visit to Alabama this weekend.

Virginia Tech had an in-home visit Tuesday night.

Coach Swinney, coach Venables and coach Bates visited the home of Henry on Wednesday. Someone familiar with the visit told TCI is was "awesome".

South Carolina coaches paid a visit to Henry on Thursday.

Henry has confirmed that he will not take his official visit to Alabama this weekend. Also we believe Georgia did not make the planned in-home visit today (Friday).

KJ will be arriving in Spartanburg Sunday for the Shrine Bowl.

We have said for several weeks that Clemson is the team to beat for Henry. We believe that is still the case.

Official Visits Taken - Clemson, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Georgia

Official Visits Planned - Alabama (Dec. 8)

Biggest Competition - Virginia Tech

Percentage signs with Clemson - 75%

If today was signing day - Clemson

5-star (OL) Cade Mays - 6-6, 318 - Knoxville, TN (Knoxville Catholic)

All-American Game: US Army

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Cade Mays named his top three late Thursday night (Nov. 30). Clemson, Ohio State and Georgia made the cut.

Mays visited Ohio State and Clemson on consecutive weekends in November. His official visit to Notre Dame was cancelled after he announced his top three. One visit is still remaining, a visit to Georgia the weekend before early signing day.

The one-time Tennessee commit is still getting a push from the Vols, but Georgia is the biggest competition for Clemson.

Mays had Clemson gloves on in his state championship game. Coach Caldwell visited that game.

Sam Pittman the OL coach for Georgia had an in-home visit with Cade Mays on Tuesday.

Xavier Thomas and Trevor Lawrence were both doing some recruiting of Mays on Twitter on Wednesday (Dec.

New Tennessee head coach Pruitt has already reached out to Mays and told him he is going to make him a priority. Tennessee coaches visited Mays on Friday.

We believe Clemson would be his pick if today was signing day. The Tigers just need to withstand his final visit to Georgia. Right now everything looks good for Clemson.

Official Visits Taken - Clemson, Ohio State

Official Visits Planned - Georgia (Dec. 15)

Biggest Competition - Georgia

Percentage signs with Clemson - 65%

If today was signing day - Clemson

3-star (OT) Jordan McFadden - 6-4, 290 - Robuck, SC (Dorman High)

All-American Game: Shrine Bowl

The Latest

McFadden is close to announcing a final decision. We thought he might Sunday but he notified TCI he was not ready at that time.

McFadden confirmed to TCI late Friday that he was going in to have his MRI. TCI checked with Jordan Saturday and he still does not have the results yet from his MRI.

We have said for some time that we expect the Shrine Bowl standout to flip to the Tigers. We still expect that to be the case.

Coach Caldwell paid a visit to Jordan on Tuesday. Virginia Tech visited on Thursday.

McFadden told TCI "The injury does affect the timing (of his announcement). I am just going to see how my knee is healing and go from there."

This one is all closed down. Just minutes after we first posted this Saturday night McFadden announced his commitment to Clemson.

Official Visits Taken - Virginia Tech, Clemson

Official Visits Planned - None

Biggest Competition - Virginia Tech

Percentage signs with Clemson - 90%

If today was signing day - Clemson

5-star (OL) Jackson Carman - 6-6, 330 - Fairfield, OH (Fairfield)

All-American Game - US Army

The Latest

Jackson hasn't visited Clemson since March. He did not attend the cookout this summer and went to Ohio State instead. The Buckeyes have been the leader since spring and he visited there for several games this season.

Southern Cal coaches visited for an in-home visit on Monday night. Head coach Clay Helton, running backs coach Deland McCullough and offensive line coach Neil Callaway made the visit.

Carman has an official visit planned for Clemson this coming weekend. Then he has a visit planned for Southern Cal.

Carman is on campus this weekend for his official visit to Clemson.

Earlier today he tweeted "I will be in South Carolina this weekend for my official visit to Clemson University ! Glad to be back"

Clemson has plenty of work to do this weekend as they sit in third place behind Ohio State and Southern Cal entering the visit.

Official Visits Taken - Ohio State

Official Visits Planned - Clemson (Dec. 8), Southern Cal (Dec. 15)

Biggest Competition - Ohio State

Percentage signs with Clemson - 30%

If today was signing day - Ohio State

4-star (CB) Brendan Radley-Hiles - 5-10, 185 - Bradenton, FL (IMG)

All-American Game - US Army

The Latest

Bookie continues to get recruited by teammates Xavier Thomas and Mike Jones at IMG Academy. He enjoyed his official visit to Clemson for the Citadel game.

But everything we hear still has Oklahoma as the team to beat. The new staff at UCLA is trying to make a push.

The new staff at Florida is making a push and will receive an official visit the weekend of December 15.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, coach Bates, coach Reed and coach Venables had a unique in-home visit with Bookie today at IMG academy. They went to Anna Maria Island and had nice meal and spent time on the beach. Bookie's mom was there for the visit along with Mike Jones' parents and Xavier Thomas.

We are told they all had a great time. We still don't think Clemson will his choice.

Official Visits Taken - Clemson, Oklahoma, Nebraska, UCLA

Official Visits Planned - Florida

Biggest Competition - Oklahoma

Percentage signs with Clemson - 35%

If today was signing day - Oklahoma

Current Commitments

5-star (QB) Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville, GA (early enrollee)
5-star (DE) Xavier Thomas - Florence, SC (early enrollee)
4-star (LB) Mike Jones - Bradenton, FL (early enrollee)
3-star (LB) Jake Venables - Clemson, SC
4-star (ATH) Derion Kendrick - Rock Hill, SC (early enrollee)
4-star (K) B.T. Potter - Rock Hill, SC
4-star (DT) Josh Belk - Richburg, SC (early enrollee)
4-star (DE) Justin Mascoll - Snellville, GA
4-star (CB) Kyler McMiichael - Norcross, GA
3-star (DT) Darnell Jefferies - Covington, GA (early enrollee)
3-star (TE) Braden Galloway - Seneca, SC (early enrollee)

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