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It is time for this week’s edition of The Insider Report.

We hope everyone had a great weekend.

Clemson close to landing new coaches

As most of you know, Clemson men’s basketball coach Brad Brownell has been in search of two new coaches on his basketball staff.

Through some of our sources, TCI has learned Brownell is close to finishing his search for a new assistant coach to replace Anthony Goins, who left for a better opportunity at Boston College. He is also looking for a replacement for Marty Simmons, who was the Special Assistant to the Head Coach the last two years on Brownell’s staff. Simmons was hired as the new head coach at Eastern Illinois.

We know Brownell talked to several candidates last week and then had a few interviews lined up at the end of last week. We have been told Clemson is expected to approve Brownell’s two new assistants by the end of week when the University holds its annual Board of Trustees Compensation Committee meeting on Friday.

It should be a big week for Clemson men’s basketball

As you saw in Gavin’s breaking story, the Tigers landed a new commitment in 6-foot-10, 225-pound power forward Ben Middlebrooks.

Middlebrooks — whose sister, Mackenzy, is a senior on the Clemson women’s tennis team — was originally a 2022 prospect but recently decided he wanted to forgo his senior year of high school so he could start his college career early and will join the Tigers this summer as part of the 2021 class.

If you recall from our basketball report last week, we reported that Clemson was going to bring in just two transfers, filling the roster spots left open by wing players John Newman and Olivier-Maxence Prosper.

We reported Clemson had no intention of filling the spot of former signee guard Lucas Taylor, who asked and was granted a release from his letter of intent to Clemson, with a transfer.

With Middlebrooks coming in, now you know why.

Speaking of transfers, TCI was also told Clemson “could have a good week” when it comes to landing a couple of transfer commitments.

We were told they are getting very close and some things could go down this coming week.

Stay tuned to TCI, as we will keep you posted on all the latest. Gavin will also have more on the Middlebrooks commitment.

Latest on Four-star DJ Wesolak

One prominent prospect in the 2022 class who told us he plans to attend Clemson’s “Elite Retreat” gathering for select priority targets from June 12-13 is Boonville (Mo.) four-star defensive end DJ Wesolak.

Wesolak will be flying into Atlanta, so he also plans to visit Georgia while he is in the area a couple of days before the Clemson visit. Both of those will be unofficial visits, while Wesolak said he is also planning an official visit to Southern Cal in late June, though that trip isn’t set in stone.

Wesolak has been building a strong relationship with Clemson’s staff, and the Tigers are making him feel like a top priority. Wesolak has FaceTimed with Dabo and not only talks to the defensive coaches, but members of the offensive staff reach out to him as well. The coaches have told him he would have a good opportunity to come in and play right away as a freshman if he put in the work.

Last Friday, Wesolak narrowed down his list of nearly 50 offers when he released a top 15 that included Clemson along with Alabama, Arizona State, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon, Southern Cal, Texas and Texas A&M.

Wesolak told TCI that Clemson is “probably upper top five” on his list.

“They make me feel like a priority,” he said. “They really want me … So, they make me feel like I’m going to have a shot to be great there.”

Bama Elite Prospect Planning to Visit Clemson

Another top prospect who has scheduled a visit to Clemson for June is Oxford (Ala.) offensive guard Bradyn Joiner, a class of 2023 recruit with around two dozen offers.

The 6-foot-4, 310-pound rising junior told TCI he is scheduled to visit Clemson on June 9. This will mark Joiner’s third time on campus, as he also visited twice his freshman year.

Joiner has also arranged a couple of other visits to Georgia and Mississippi State. He feels those are two of the schools recruiting him the hardest in the early going along with Clemson and Arizona State.

Joiner is a prime candidate to pick up an offer from the Tigers when they begin extending offers to 2023 prospects this summer. Clemson would certainly be a strong contender if it pulls the trigger. “They are definitely one of my favorites,” he told TCI.

A Name to Keep an Eye On

With Myrtle Beach (S.C.) four-star wide receiver Adam Randall on board, Clemson is looking to take one more receiver in the 2022 class.

So far, only one uncommitted receiver holds an offer from Clemson, and that is Spearman (Texas) four-star Brenen Thompson. But if the Tigers choose to expand their board, one name to keep an eye on is Portland (Ore.) Westview four-star Darrius Clemons.

Clemson is staying in contact with the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, and he feels it is one of the schools that has been showing him the most love lately along with Oregon, Penn State, Southern Cal and Georgia. The Bulldogs offered earlier this month, as did Alabama and Florida.

Last month, Clemons announced a top 10 featuring Auburn, Arizona, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Oregon State, Michigan, Penn State, Southern Cal and Stanford, though he says his top 10 has changed a little bit with the new offers he’s received since then.

Clemons has set up visits to Southern Cal, Auburn, Michigan and Penn State, and said he is looking to visit Clemson at some point as well.

An offer from the Tigers would be big for Clemons. “Clemson is my dream school so that would be awesome,” he told us.

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