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Old 03-29-2021, 06:45 PM
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It is time for this week’s edition of The Insider Report.

We hope everyone had a good weekend. It was a great weekend for Clemson baseball who swept Boston College and the softball team that split a series with Duke.

Clemson Excited to Get Recruits Back in God’s Country

Dabo Swinney is about to get his secret weapon back. Nobody does better when they get a recruit on campus than Swinney. Just ask Clemson's new running back coach.

As you may have seen on social media, the Clemson football program is preparing to host a major recruiting weekend in June for its commitments and select priority targets. The gathering, which the Tigers are calling the “Elite Retreat,” is slated to be held from June 12-13.

This is a big deal as Clemson, like everyone else, has not been allowed to have in-person contact with recruits on campus for over a year since the NCAA dead period was put in place last March because of COVID-19.

Although nothing has been made official yet, the NCAA is expected to lift the dead period at the end of May, and thus programs such as Clemson are starting to plan recruiting functions and official visit weekends.

It remains to be seen which top targets the Tigers will be able to attract to the Elite Retreat, but Austin (Texas) Westlake four-star quarterback Cade Klubnik and Myrtle Beach (S.C.) four-star wide receiver Adam Randall are two of Clemson’s commits who have already made plans to attend.

Spring Game Visitors

Speaking of Klubnik, he told us that he and Randall are among the commits planning to attend Clemson’s spring game this Saturday. With the dead period still currently in effect, they won’t be able to spend time with the coaching staff, though the commits are trying to sit together at the game, and Klubnik said the future Tigers and their families are all planning to go out to eat afterward.

The four commits Clemson has in the 2022 class right now are already beginning to build a strong relationship, and the spring game will give them a chance to continue to bond and get to know each other more.

Nation’s Top TE Update

TCI recently caught up with the nation’s top-ranked tight end in the 2022 class, Oscar Delp from West Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga. We’ll post our Zoom interview with Delp later this week, but will go ahead and tell you he was sporting a Clemson shirt during the interview with the words “DEATH VALLEY” written on it.

Delp’s uncle (his mother’s brother) is James Chappell, who was a wide receiver for the Tigers in the 1990s and was roommates with Brandon Streeter. Delp told us his uncle and other family members on his mom’s side are staying in his ear about Clemson.

The Tigers extended an offer to Delp last December, and he has been staying in contact with new tight ends coach Tony Elliott on a near daily basis and is building a good relationship with him. Elliott has also spoken with Delp’s parents, who love that he is a big family man who cares about Delp as a person and not just a football player.

Delp has also communicated with Dabo Swinney on a couple of occasions via FaceTime, and Swinney has made a great impression on Delp during their conversations.

“He’s just like you’d think he’d be,” Delp told TCI. “He’s not different one on one than he is on camera and everything. He’s just how you’d picture him to be and he’s an awesome coach and seems like an awesome guy, and it’d be awesome to be able to get coached by him for the next four years.”

Delp has already scheduled official visits to UGA (June 4-6), Florida (June 11-13) and South Carolina (June 25-27). The Florida visit coincides with Clemson’s Elite Retreat, but Delp told us he is planning to unofficially visit Clemson another weekend in the summer and then assuming that goes well, take an official visit with the Tigers later in the year.

Delp said he doesn’t currently have a set timeline for his commitment, but thinks his decision could come sometime in September after he gets on various campuses to check out schools and see some games.

Last month, Delp narrowed down his list of 30-plus offers when he released a top 13 comprised of Clemson along with Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Northwestern, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Southern Cal and Stanford.

Clemson is one of the schools very high on his list at this point in the process. “They’re definitely up there near the top with the alphas,” he said.

Vaccination clinic coming to Littlejohn Coliseum for students and employees

Clemson is partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina to offer a vaccine distribution clinic on Monday, April 5, at Littlejohn Coliseum for a limited number of Clemson employees and students.

MUSC Health is offering the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, and a follow-up date for second dose application is scheduled for April 26. The vaccination clinic is one additional way Clemson is working to provide vaccine access.

Will student athletes be required to have the vaccine?

Though Clemson is providing an opportunity for students and/or student-athletes to get the vaccine, it is not required. One of our sources told us because the vaccines are only “emergency-use” FDA approved, schools such as Clemson will not be able to require them to any student/student-athlete.

So, in other words, “Clemson would not be able to require any vaccine that’s at this FDA stage.”

Which Pitchers Might Be Back

Clemson earned a huge sweep of Boston College this weekend. The sweep was even more impressive on the road with so many pitchers not available for the series due to injuries.

We checked with a source on Monday to see which pitchers might be back for the series at NC State this weekend. We are told Anglin and Clark could be back as the Tigers look to continue the momentum.

Carter Raffield will get the start Tuesday night when Clemson hosts Georgia.

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Last edited by Robert Thorne MacRae; 03-29-2021 at 07:00 PM.
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Old 03-29-2021, 08:08 PM
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Will any recruits that have committed to other programs be invited to the Elite Retreat? Obviously hypocritical as we don't like our commits visiting others. Still plenty of time. Is it a better bet to put chips in on Delp or Skinner? Full house or flush?
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