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Old 09-21-2020, 07:18 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 great to see the Tigers back in Death Valley.

Commitment on the Horizon?

Last week, priority Clemson target Andrew Mukuba, one of the top safety prospects in the country, announced that he will reveal his college choice next Thursday, Oct. 1. He had previously hoped to wait until after taking visits to make his commitment decision, but once the news came out last week that the recruiting dead period is extended through Jan. 1, Mukuba saw no need to wait any longer as he plans to sign in December and enroll early at his school of choice in January. He also wants to get his commitment out of the way so he can turn full attention to his senior football season.

The four-star from Lyndon B. Johnson High School in northeast Austin, Texas, has a final four of Clemson, Texas, LSU and Missouri, but this has been a battle between the Longhorns and both the ACC and SEC Tigers for quite some time now. Texas is the only school of those three that has received an in-person visit from Mukuba, though we can confirm Clemson played host to Mukuba last Saturday for a virtual, gameday visit. He spoke with multiple members of the coaching staff, including Dabo Swinney, prior to the Tigers’ win over The Citadel at Death Valley.

Defensive coordinator Brent Venables and safeties coach Mickey Conn have been leading the charge for the Tigers in Mukuba’s recruitment and done an excellent job of building a strong relationship with him since offering him back in March. Mukuba is the lone safety Clemson has been pursuing for the 2021 class, something he has duly noted.

We believe Texas is Clemson’s biggest competition for Mukuba, in large part because of his proximity to the school and the fact he has been on its campus several times. However, while things can always change in recruiting, we can tell you we feel right now the Tigers are in the best spot for Mukuba heading into next week’s announcement.

We had several sources tell us at different times over the summer that Mukuba wanted to commit to Clemson. Are the Tigers finally going to get their man next week? Right now we believe the weather looks to be sunny next week?

More on Clemson commit Ian Schieffelin

As you know by now, Clemson picked up a verbal pledge from a standout Peach State prospect in the 2021 recruiting class. Loganville (Ga.) Grayson power forward Ian Schieffelin announced his commitment to head coach Brad Brownell and the Clemson basketball program earlier on Monday. He chose the Tigers over Virginia Tech, Appalachian State, Dayton and Richmond.

Clemson extended an offer to Schieffelin in June. In addition to the aforementioned schools, the 6-foot-8, 225-pounder also held offers from Murray State, Mercer, College of Charleston, UNC Charlotte, Georgia State, James Madison, Winthrop, Boston University and Elon.

TCI reached out to our sources and got a little more info on the power forward. We were told he is a rugged four-man player, with skills. He is an elite level rebounder and passer as well.

Schieffelin can also make three-pointers, we are told and has nice touch with the mid-range jumpers. We are told his style of play is very similar to current Clemson and All-ACC forward Aamir Simms and former North Carolina standout Luke Maye.

As a sophomore in 2019, Schieffelin averaged 10.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game while helping Grayson High School to a 25-4 record and a Region 8-AAAAAAA championship. Through 18 games as a junior, he averaged 9.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.6 blocks per contest.

247Sports considers Schieffelin the No. 20 prospect from the Peach State for his class, while Rivals regards him as the No. 42 power forward in the country.

Schieffelin becomes the second commitment in Clemson’s 2021 recruiting class, joining Columbia (S.C.) Cardinal Newman four-star guard Joshua Beadle.

Focused on the Prize

We have talked with a number of sources close to the football program over the last few weeks. One thing that is very clear is that this year’s team still has a chip on their shoulder from last year’s loss to LSU in the national championship game.

We get the same vibe as we did from the 2018 team. This team is on a similar mission. In this crazy year with COVID-19 that extra focus may be just what the doctor ordered for another title.

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