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Old 03-23-2021, 06:19 PM
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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 big weekend for the baseball team with a series win over No. 13 Virginia Tech. We hope you enjoyed our coverage from Indy of the Tigers NCAA Tournament experience. We were pleased to be the only Clemson media outlet that made the trip.

More on why Taylor reopened his recruitment

As you know, a Clemson basketball signee in the 2021 class will no longer be joining Brad Brownell’s program. Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage three-star shooting guard Lucas Taylor announced Monday night that he has requested and been granted a release from his national letter of intent with the Tigers.

We reached out to our sources and we were told Taylor was concerned about playing time. He did not like the way Clemson used Al-Amir Dawes and Nick Honor this season. He thought they played together a lot and that would affect his playing time.

Be prepared to see this happen a lot in college sports now. One of our sources told us with the new transfer rule, this will happen more often. If a young player thinks the grass might be greener somewhere else, they will just jump in the transfer portal.

Five-star Safety Ready to Announce

A couple of top Clemson targets in the 2022 class are set to reveal their college decisions this week.

One of those is Jefferson (Ga.) five-star safety Malaki Starks, who will announce his commitment on Thursday during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony at his local civic center.

Alabama, Clemson and Georgia are the finalists for Starks, but his decision has come down to the Tigers and Bulldogs.

UGA has long been considered the leader for Starks because of his proximity to the school, family members that favor the Bulldogs and the fact he has visited Athens multiple times.

However, as we have reported, Clemson has garnered serious consideration from Starks and been legitimately in contention. He has a family tie to the Tigers as his uncle, Jerome Williams, played tight end under Danny Ford in the late 1980s.

Based on what we gathered, while we would not rule out Clemson until Starks formally makes his decision, odds continue to be in UGA’s favor and we believe the Bulldogs are still the favorite to land his commitment heading into his announcement.

Walker's Announcement Days Away

The other priority Clemson target who will let the world know where he is going this week is Salisbury (N.C.) four-star linebacker Jalon Walker.
Walker will choose between his six stated finalists – Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, North Carolina and Ohio State – during a ceremony at his high school on Sunday afternoon.

Clemson has been the team to beat for Walker, with UGA and UNC presenting the biggest competition. He made trips to check out both of those schools last fall, in addition to traveling to Charlotte in December to see the Tigers play Notre Dame in the ACC Championship Game.

Walker has been on Clemson’s campus several times over the last handful of years and has built a strong bond with defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables, while head coach Dabo Swinney has been involved in his recruitment as well.

Meanwhile, Walker also has a close relationship with Clemson defensive end K.J. Henry, whose father, Keith, served as the defensive coordinator under Walker’s father at Catawba College from 2013-16. Walker’s father, Curtis, has been the head coach at Catawba since 2012.

There is some drama leading up to Walker’s announcement as, from the latest we’ve heard, he has yet to inform any of his suitors of his decision. With that said, our forecast for Walker remains sunny right now, and we haven’t heard anything to make us feel compelled to change that. If Walker were committing today, we still believe Clemson would be the choice. However, he is not committing today so we will have to see if anything changes in the coming days.

Update on Davis Sharpe Injury

Clemson's Davis Sharpe did not start last weekend due to an injury. Sources tell TCI the injury is an elbow injury.

We should have more of a definitive answer any day now on how long Sharpe will be out. At first the worst was feared by one of our sources but on Monday we were told that might not be the case.

Update: The good news is Sharpe came in to play first base in the ninth inning as a defensive substitution Tuesday night.

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Old 03-23-2021, 06:46 PM
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How great it would be to get Starks and Walker over UGA.
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Old 03-23-2021, 09:32 PM
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Someone must have been chirping in Taylor’s ear. I suspect the amount of Honor and Dawes playing together was probably out of necessity with Newman struggling. A few games exposed the Tigers ability to defend the paint and long range shots with both shorter guards on the court.
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Someone must have been chirping in Taylor’s ear. I suspect the amount of Honor and Dawes playing together was probably out of necessity with Newman struggling. A few games exposed the Tigers ability to defend the paint and long range shots with both shorter guards on the court.
If he's not up for the challenge...
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Old 03-23-2021, 10:57 PM
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Can't say I want a player who's afraid of competition, anyway.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:18 AM
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Can't say I want a player who's afraid of competition, anyway.
Very true. Time for Brownell to find a better fit.
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Old 03-24-2021, 06:56 AM
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Any truth to the rumors of another men's bball player transferring?
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Old 03-24-2021, 08:00 AM
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Any truth to the rumors of another men's bball player transferring?
I saw that social media post by Deptula. Newman’s departure made sense. Another one would be concerning and point to how hard it is to keep Clemson moving in the right direction. Hopefully there’s not a bigger underlying problem but the way Clemson played coming out of the Covid pause sure left some doubts.
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Old 03-24-2021, 11:26 AM
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Yeah im concerned too.

There are rumors are it's from the better prospects that might transfer like PJ Hall, O-Max and Dawes.

Shouldn't this be a sign that Brad should maybe look for another job and leave?

Remember one of reasons Oliver Purnell and Rick Barnes left is there were rumors that some of the better players were transfering like Devin Booker and Milton Jennings for OP, and Tony Christie for Barnes.

Why is Brad feel so comfortable here when a lot of fans are tired of the lengthy direction of the program? A lot of coaches would want to get out of they could. They get tired of the complaining from a lot of the fan base.

And I'm not talking about Indiana as much there are some good mid major jobs he could take to build up.

If we lose a some of these better prospects he is doomed to fail and will be let go after next season.
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Old 03-24-2021, 12:03 PM
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Any truth to the rumors of another men's bball player transferring?
Yes, we have learned there will probably be another transfer. However, we can't say who at this moment until we get more confirmation.
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Yes, we have learned there will probably be another transfer. However, we can't say who at this moment until we get more confirmation.
ooof. That is concerning! Obviously it's terrible if it's someone that could potentially be counted on.
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ooof. That is concerning! Obviously it's terrible if it's someone that could potentially be counted on.
Losing OMax hurts, but it does open the door for Clemson now go get a big man with some experience to come in and help in the post.
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Losing OMax hurts, but it does open the door for Clemson now go get a big man with some experience to come in and help in the post.
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