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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 a special day in Death Valley Saturday afternoon.

Beaux Collins Visit Update

An impressive group of recruits gathered at Clemson on Saturday to see the Tigers’ victory over Florida State. One of the headlining prospects on hand, and the longest-distance visitor, was Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco four-star wide receiver Beaux Collins.

Collins, an elite player at his position in the 2021 class, traveled to Clemson with his parents. They took a red-eye flight from LA to Atlanta following Bosco’s game Friday night and did not make it to Death Valley until halfway through the first quarter.

Saturday was Collins’ second time on campus, as he previously visited Clemson in June to participate in the Dabo Swinney Camp, after which he picked up an offer from the Tigers.

After the game, Collins spoke with Swinney and was given a tour of the football facility by receivers coach Jeff Scott. Overall, the visit went very well, and we know that the Tigers have made a great impression on his parents, especially his mom who loves Dabo’s energy.

Of course, Collins is teammates with Clemson quarterback commit DJ Uiagalelei at St. John Bosco. Through the first six games of his junior season, Collins had 20 receptions for 536 yards and eight touchdowns.

Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter attended Bosco’s game at Servite (Anaheim, Calif.) on Oct. 4, when Collins had six receptions for 115 yards including a 58-yard touchdown. Per a source, Notre Dame is expected to see him play this Friday.

Collins has told us that he planned to narrow things down following his junior season and wants to make his decision sometime before next season. Clemson and Ohio State are viewed as the favorites to land his commitment. We’ll have more on Collins later, but we like where the Tigers stand right now.

Top Linemen Enjoy the Valley

Along with Collins, Clemson’s visitor list for the FSU game was highlighted by three highly touted offensive tackles in the 2021 class: Lititz (Pa.) Warwick five-star Nolan Rucci, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County four-star Micah Morris and Fairfax (Va.) Robinson four-star Tristan Leigh.

Clemson marks the only other visit Rucci has made to this point in the season besides Penn State for its game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14. Rucci’s father, Todd Rucci, played at Penn State in the early 1990s before going on to play eight seasons in the NFL. Thus, Nolan is considered a Nittany Lions lean, though he does not appear to be close to a decision. His recruitment is pretty wide open right now and this visit put the Tigers in position to be a contender down the road.

Saturday was also Morris’s first time on campus, and we believe the Tigers helped their chances with him as well. Georgia is regarded as the frontrunner, but Clemson is in the mix after making a strong impression during the visit. Morris has set a commitment date of Dec. 17, his dad’s birthday.

As for Leigh, he does not yet have an offer from Clemson, but the Tigers have expressed high interest. Leigh told us that Caldwell is planning to scout him in person soon and that Caldwell loves what he has seen from him on film. Up next for Leigh is a visit to Penn State for its game vs. Michigan on Saturday and then LSU’s game vs. Auburn the following Saturday.

Colorado QB Has Special Visit

Clemson also hosted several standout 2022 recruits for the FSU game, including one of the top quarterback prospects in the class, Nicco Marchiol of Aurora (Colo.) Regis Jesuit.

Marchiol raved about the visit when we spoke with him and called Clemson “something special.” He felt really comfortable around the coaches, and the continuity that Clemson’s staff has had is something that stands out to him. He spent time with Streeter and also met Swinney, and the coaches let him know they want to see him throw at the Swinney Camp so they can further evaluate him.

Marchiol has attended multiple Michigan games this season and has also seen games at Kentucky and Washington State.

5-stars Visit Elsewhere

A number of five-star Clemson targets visited elsewhere this past weekend. Marietta (Ga.) 2020 tight end Arik Gilbert made an official visit to LSU for the Florida game, and Pinson (Ala.) Valley cornerback Ga’Quincy McKinstry also attended the contest in Baton Rouge. Fort Worth (Texas) All Saints Episcopal 2021 offensive tackle Tommy Brockermeyer went to the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas, while Matthews (N.C.) Weddington all-purpose back Will Shipley visited Notre Dame for the Southern Cal game. Columbia (S.C.) Hammond defensive lineman Jordan Burch was at Georgia for the South Carolina game.

Still no word from the NCAA

TCI checked in with our sources inside the basketball program and as of this afternoon there was still no word from the NCAA on whether transfers Nick Honor and Khavon Moore will be eligible to play this coming season.

Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said two weeks ago, at his media golf outing, that both young men are in good spirits and are preparing for the season as if they are already eligible to play. The NCAA has been dragging its feet on its decision for both players since the spring.

Honor, a sophomore, transferred to Clemson from Fordham where he started all 32 games at guard and led his team with 15.3 points per game. He also averaged 3.0 assists per game. He made 70 three-pointers.

Moore is a 6-8, 217-pound sophomore from Macon, Ga., who transferred to Clemson from Texas Tech, where he played just two minutes all season after returning from an injury.

The guard/forward came out of high school as the No. 43 ranked player by ESPN.com.

Radakovich speaks about pay for name, image and likeness

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich was asked about the new California Law which will allow California student-athletes to receive compensation for their name, image and likeness.

Friday was the first time Radakovich had an opportunity to address California Bill 206 since it was signed into law on Sept. 30.

“One of the things we have talked about in the Atlantic Coast Conference is that we do not like the fact that there are a lot of these states doing this individually,” he said. “It is really important for us to look at this holistically as an organization. I think that is what the NCAA is trying to do with their working group. They are going to have that report by the end of October. They then are going to give that to the board of governors, who are going to give to each individual division—Division I, II and III—those working concepts probably in January.

“Then we will take our meetings, the ACC meetings and other conferences, to talk about the specific items inside that inheres to those principles. We will probably look at any legislated change in about a year from now in the 2020-’21 cycle of legislation.”

Radakovich says the NCAA has a lot of work to do, but education needs to be the driving force to all of this considering it is college athletics.

“I think the student-athlete’s experience has been made better over the last few years as we have continued to evolve. What benefits student-athletes receive is very good,” he said. “One of the great things is we need to continue to evolve, but we need to evolve under the umbrella of the collegiate model.”
Radakovich says the hope of the NCAA is they would rather have something that is in place that would be the same for every school.

“Whether or not that has to include any other legislation, whether it is on the federal level or not, that remains to be seen,” he said. “Certainly, a uniform rule to allow for competition to continue will be really important.”

Radakovich said name, image and likeness and pay-for-play are two different things and he hopes everybody understands the differences.

“The ability for student athletes to make some type of remuneration off their name, image and likeness is different than pay-for-play,” he said. “Pay-for-play has a long way to go to get to the things that I just talked about, making competition equal and level, as well as making sure it stays within the collegiate model.

“Is that impossible? Maybe not, but we will find out over the next few months and maybe a couple of years.”

As for the name, image and likeness, Radakovich says, “it is an interesting idea because they have, in any given area, maybe a few people that the market will tell you it may be worth it for a business or whatever to have them as someone who promotes their business. It may not be the same all over the country, so therein lies a little bit of disparity as it relates to competition.”

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