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

We hope everyone had a great weekend. It was an awesome weekend at Doug Kingsmore where Clemson swept Louisville to make a major move towards making the NCAA tournament.

Believe it or Not

If you saw our report a few weeks ago we mentioned that it wasn’t totally out of the question for Clemson to host a Regional for baseball.

The NCAA is using a different process to select host sites this year due to COVID. Schools that put in bids had to agree to host even if their team didn’t make the tournament. This week the NCAA will announce which sites made the cut to be in consideration.

One of the things the NCAA is considering is schools that they know are very familiar with hosting a regional and will be able to handle all of the protocols.
The good news is now it looks more likely that the Tigers will be in the tourney as usual. We spoke with two sources in the last 36 hours that believe Clemson is still in consideration to host and wouldn’t be surprised if they make the cut.

Softball is in good position to host regional

As you know, Clemson was one of 20 sites listed as possible hosts for the 2021 NCAA Softball Regionals, which will be held May 20-23.

The Tigers will end the regular season this weekend with a four-game series at Syracuse. If Clemson needs wins all four games at Syracuse it will win the ACC Regular Season Championship. But if they should lose one game and win the series 3-1, plus Florida State loses at least one game at Pitt, the Tigers can still secure the top spot in next week’s ACC Softball Tournament in Louisville.

From what we heard, if the Tigers win the regular season title, then it appears to be a lock to host a regional. If not, then things could get a little dicey and they may have to win the ACC Tournament to secure a bid.

Clemson-Georgia allotment update

TCI spoke with Clemson Athletic Director Dan Radakovich earlier today and he updated us on many topics that we will spread out over the next couple of days.

However, wanted updated you on the news he gave us in regard to the attendance for the Clemson-Georgia football game to open the 2021 Football Season in Charlotte. He said Clemson and Georgia have both sold out of their allotted tickets from Bank of America Stadium. Both schools were given 27,500 tickets for the game.

Season ticket sells updates

Speaking of tickets, Radakovich said Clemson has sold more than 53,000 season tickets, this based on the report he got today, the first business day since the deadline to buy season tickets ended for IPTAY donors on April 30.

“I think the renewal numbers are about 93 or 94 percent, which is just incredible and is just awesome,” Radakovich said. “We never wanted to take that for granted, which is why as we sent out our season tickets, we did a few things maybe we have not done in the past. We had the video, then had the locker with your name and locker on it. Just trying to make sure the people knew we do care about their business and we did not want to lose them as customers.

“Having that number come forward as it is, just one business day after the deadline, is just phenomenal.”

Update on Randy “Deuce” Caldwell

Clemson is showing substantial interest in a standout in-state prospect who plans to visit campus next month. Mauldin (S.C.) 2022 safety Randy “Deuce” Caldwell recently FaceTimed with the Tigers’ defensive staff and told TCI he will visit on June 1 following the end of the NCAA dead period May 31.

Caldwell (6-1, 210) has been building a good relationship with Brent Venables and Mickey Conn and also stays in touch with Mike Reed. He told us he has been in frequent contact with Venables and the coaches have told him they are high on him and he is high on their board.

Caldwell has been to Clemson a couple of times for camps but got a more in-depth look at the campus and facilities when the staff showed him around during their FaceTime call.

In addition to Clemson, Caldwell has scheduled a visit to UCF on June 25 and said North Carolina is another school he will likely travel to this summer after the NCAA dead period is lifted. He isn’t sure when he will commit but said he will probably make a decision either this summer or during his upcoming senior season.

Caldwell currently holds offers from UCF, North Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, Baylor and West Virginia among others.

Latest on OL Target

Clemson holds a pair of O-line pledges for the 2022 class in Greenville (S.C.) four-star Collin Sadler and Strongsville (Ohio) four-star Blake Miller. The Tigers are exploring the possibility of taking a third offensive lineman in this class and continue to evaluate potential targets.

One O-line prospect Clemson is tracking is Jacob Ashley, a 6-foot-6, 300-pounder from Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Ashley has offers from Georgia State, Old Dominion and Howard, while schools such as South Carolina, Coastal Carolina, Georgia Southern and Liberty are showing interest along with Clemson.

Ashley received his Georgia State offer from Thomas Austin, who came back to Clemson this offseason as an offensive analyst. The two built a bond when Austin was an assistant O-line coach at Georgia State.

Tony Elliott recently spoke with Ashley’s coach about Ashley, who camped at Clemson three consecutive summers prior to last summer when the Dabo Swinney Camps were cancelled due to COVID-19. Ashley plans to participate in the Swinney Camp again this summer and also intends to camp at South Carolina, North Carolina and Ole Miss among other schools.

Ashley is originally from Alabama, so he didn’t grow up a Clemson or a South Carolina fan but said he fell in love with the Tigers after moving in state and attending the Swinney Camps. He is taking the process slowly right now and looking to make a decision before the start of his upcoming senior year. Clemson holds the cards with him.

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