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Clemson Welcomes 28 Players Wednesday as Early Signing Period Opens

Upon the opening of the early signing period of Wednesday, 26 high school players signed National Letters of Intent to play football at Clemson. Clemson also announced the addition of one scholarship transfer and one preferred walk-on.

The early signing period will conclude on Friday, Dec. 23 in advance of National Signing Day on Feb. 1, 2023. Head Coach Dabo Swinney’s National Signing Day press conference will be streamed below at 2 p.m. ET.

Time Name Pos HOMETOWN // HS
7:01 am Shelton Lewis CB Stockbridge, Ga. // Stockbridge HS Bio
7:02 am A.J. Hoffler DL Stuart, Fla. // Woodward (Ga.) Academy Bio
7:03 am Ronan Hanafin WR Burlington, Mass. // Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Bio
7:03 am Zack Owens OL Covington, Ga. // Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy Bio
7:04 am Misun Kelley ATH Central, S.C. // Daniel HS Bio
7:05 am Branden Strozier CB Lovejoy, Ga. // St. Francis HS Bio
7:07 am Tyler Brown WR Greenville, S.C. // Greenville Senior HS Bio
7:09 am Vic Burley DL Warner Robins, Ga. // Warner Robins HS Bio
7:09 am Dee Crayton LB Alpharetta, Ga. // Denmark HS Bio
7:10 am Stephiylan Green DL Rome, Ga. // Rome HS Bio
7:20 am Khalil Barnes S Athens, Ga. // North Oconee HS Bio
7:29 am Jamal Anderson LB Buford, Ga. // Mill Creek HS Bio
7:30 am Rob Billings S Atlanta, Ga. // Milton HS Bio
7:32 am Markus Dixon TE Philadelphia, Pa. // Archbishop Wood HS Bio
7:33 am Olsen Patt Henry TE Naples, Fla. // First Baptist Academy Bio
8:05 am Christopher Vizzina QB Birmingham, Ala. // Briarwood Christian School Bio
8:05 am Jarvis Green RB Irmo, S.C. // Dutch Fork HS Bio
8:07 am Ian Reed OL Austin, Texas // Vandegrift HS Bio
8:07 am Noble Johnson WR Rockwall, Texas // Rockwall HS Bio
8:09 am Kylen Webb S Tampa, Fla. // Sumner HS Bio
8:18 am Peter Woods DL Alabaster, Ala. // Thompson HS Bio
8:19 am Avieon Terrell CB Atlanta, Ga. // Westlake HS Bio
8:26 am T.J. Parker DL Phenix City, Ala. // Central HS Bio
8:56 am Jay Haynes RB Roanoke, Ala. // Handley HS Bio
8:56 am David Ojiegbe DL Largo, Md. // St. John’s College (D.C.) HS Bio
8:57 am Harris Sewell OL Odessa, Texas // Permian HS Bio
Paul Tyson (Transfer) QB Birmingham, Ala. // Hewitt-Trussville HS // Alabama/Arizona State Bio
Peyton Streko (PWO) RB Cumming, Ga. // West Forsyth HS Bio
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MEET THE NEWEST TIGERS

Stockbridge, Ga. // Stockbridge HS

Georgia Region 8-4A Athlete of the Year selection by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution

BIO

Stuart, Fla. // Woodward (Ga.) Academy

Recorded 28 career tackles for loss and 15 sacks at Georgia’s Woodward Academy

BIO

Burlington, Mass. // Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Versatile offensive weapon who becomes Clemson’s first Massachusetts signee since Christian Wilkins

BIO

Covington, Ga. // Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy

Big Peach State product ranked among the nation’s top 200 recruits by most outlets

BIO

Central, S.C. // Daniel HS

Dynamic two-way player who helped nearby Daniel HS to a 36-game winning streak from 2020-22

BIO

Lovejoy, Ga. // St. Francis HS

Two-way star at St. Francis who defended 22 passes as a senior in 2022

BIO

Greenville, S.C. // Greenville Senior HS

Explosive local receiver who produced 34 career touchdowns at Greenville

BIO

Warner Robins, Ga. // Warner Robins HS

Georgia AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year who is a consensus top-80 recruit nationally

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Alpharetta, Ga. // Denmark HS

Ranked by Rivals among the 10-best prospects in talent-rich Georgia

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Rome, Ga. // Rome HS

Two-time all-state honoree who produced 25 tackles for loss in helping Rome to the 2022 Georgia state semifinals

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Athens, Ga. // North Oconee HS

Two-time Georgia 8-4A Player of the Year who scored on offense, defense and special teams in 2022

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Buford, Ga. // Mill Creek HS

NFL legacy who guided Georgia’s Mill Creek HS to a Class AAAAAAA state title in 2022

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Atlanta, Ga. // Milton HS

Georgia safety who scored defensive touchdowns in multiple playoff games for Milton in 2021

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Philadelphia, Pa. // Archbishop Wood HS

First-team All-Catholic League selection who played tight end, wide receiver, defensive end, safety and quarterback during his prep career

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Naples, Fla. // First Baptist Academy

Amassed more than 3,000 career receiving yards and led his team to a 1A state title in his final game

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Birmingham, Ala. // Briarwood Christian School

Passed for 5,000 yards in his prep career in Alabama en route to being ranked among the nation’s top prospects

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Irmo, S.C. // Dutch Fork HS

Recorded more than 6,000 career all-purpose yards and 91 total touchdowns at state powerhouse Dutch Fork

BIO

Austin, Texas // Vandegrift HS

Son of a former US national rugby player and led his team to its first state title game berth in Texas’ largest classification

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Rockwall, Texas // Rockwall HS

Rivals250 member who averaged 17.2 yards per catch in his prep career at Rockwall

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Tampa, Fla. // Sumner HS

One of the nation’s top athletes, per several recruiting sites, slated to contribute at safety at Clemson

BIO

Alabaster, Ala. // Thompson HS

ESPN’s No. 9 overall prospect who signed following a dominant performance in the Alabama vs. Mississippi All-Star Game

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Atlanta, Ga. // Westlake HS

Made his own name as a standout all-purpose player at Atlanta’s Westlake HS and continues the family lineage of his brother, All-Pro and former Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell

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Phenix City, Ala. // Central HS

Disruptive pass rusher ranked on Signing Day as 247Sports’ No. 44 overall prospect in the country

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Roanoke, Ala. // Handley HS

Averaged more than 10 yards per carry in his final two seasons at Alabama’s Handley HS

BIO

Largo, Md. // St. John’s College (D.C.) HS

Two-time Washington Post All-Metro honoree who posted 16 sacks as a senior at D.C.’s St. John’s College HS

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Odessa, Texas // Permian HS

National top-100 recruit who was a four-year starter at Odessa Permian of “Friday Night Lights” fame

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Birmingham, Ala. // Hewitt-Trussville HS // Alabama/Arizona State

Veteran quarterback who joins Clemson via transfer after stints at Alabama (2019-21) and Arizona State (2022) 

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Cumming, Ga. // West Forsyth HS

Opted to walk on at Clemson over scholarship offers from several FBS programs

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COACHES REACT

Quarterbacks Coach Brandon Streeter on Christopher Vizzina:

 

Running Backs Coach C.J. Spiller on Jay Haynes and Jarvis Green:

 

Wide Receivers Coach Tyler Grisham on Noble Johnson, Ronan Hanafin, Tyler Brown and Misun Kelley:

 

Tight Ends Coach Kyle Richardson on Olsen Patt Henry and Markus Dixon:

 

Offensive Line Coach Thomas Austin on Ian Reed, Zack Owens and Harris Sewell:

 

Defensive Ends Coach Lemanski Hall on A.J. Hoffler, David Ojiegbe and T.J. Parker:

 

Defensive Tackles Coach Nick Eason on Peter Woods, Stephiylan Green and Vic Burley:

 

Cornerbacks Coach Mike Reed on Avieon Terrell, Branden Strozier and Shelton Lewis:

 

Safeties Coach Mickey Conn on Kylen Webb, Rob Billings and Khalil Barnes:

NOTES & NUGGETS

RANKINGS REPORT
– Clemson’s class includes 11 members of the Rivals250: QB Christopher Vizzina, DL Peter Woods, DL Vic Burley, CB Avieon Terrell, DL Stephiylan Green, OL Harris Sewell, LB Dee Crayton, OL Ian Reed, DE T.J. Parker, OL Zack Owens and CB Branden Strozier.
– The group features nine selections to the 247Sports Top247: DL Vic Burley, DL T.J. Parker, QB Christopher Vizzina, DL Peter Woods, OL Zack Owens, DL Stephiylan Green, OL Harris Sewell, WR Ronan Hanafin and DL A.J. Hoffler.
– The class also includes nine members of the ESPN300: DL Peter Woods, QB Christopher Vizzina, DL Vic Burley, OL Harris Sewell, LB Jamal Anderson, DL T.J. Parker, OL Zack Owens, DL Stephiylan Green and DL David Ojiegbe.
– Ten members of the class were named among On3’s Top 300: DL Stephiylan Green, DL Peter Woods, QB Christopher Vizzina, DL Vic Burley, LB Jamal Anderson, DL T.J. Parker, OL Harris Sewell, DL David Ojiegbe, WR Noble Johnson and WR Tyler Brown.
– To date, every signing class in Dabo Swinney’s head coaching tenure has won at least one ACC Championship. All nine classes from 2012-20 earned at least one College Football Playoff berth.
– Entering this year, Clemson’s recruiting classes finished in the top 15 of at least one primary recruiting service (ESPN, Rivals and 247Sports) every year since 2011. Clemson was one of only seven schools to produce a Top 15 class in each of the previous 12 recruiting cycles, a group that also includes Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Notre Dame and Ohio State. Pending final signings and rankings updates, Clemson appears on pace to extend that streak with its 2023 class when rankings are finalized in February.

FAMILIAR PIPELINES
– With the addition of RB Jarvis Green, Clemson signed a player from Irmo’s Dutch Fork High School for a third straight cycle. Clemson welcomed WR Will Taylor from Dutch Fork in 2021 and added WR Antonio Williams in 2022.
– DL T.J. Parker became Clemson’s fourth signee from Phenix City’s Central High School since 2018, including WR Justyn Ross (2018), S Ray Thornton III (2019) and WR E.J. Williams (2020). Current Clemson safety Caleb Nix also attended Central High School in Phenix City prior to joining the Tigers as a preferred walk-on in 2022.
– CB Avieon Terrell became Clemson’s fourth signee from Atlanta’s Westlake High School since 2017, joining his brother, CB A.J. Terrell (2017), CB Nate Wiggins (2021) and WR Dacari Collins (2021).
– Clemson signed ATH Misun “Tink” Kelley from nearby Daniel High School in Central, S.C. The school has produced a number of recent Tigers who have gone on to lengthy NFL careers, including DT Jarvis Jenkins (2007 signee), WR DeAndre Hopkins (2010), DT DeShawn Williams (2011) and DE Shaq Lawson (2012) among many other Daniel products who have contributed in either scholarship and walk-on roles at Clemson.
– WR Tyler Brown became Greenville Senior High School’s third Clemson signee in the last two cycles, joining 2022 signees OL Collin Sadler and TE Josh Sapp.
– S Rob Billings became Milton (Ga.) High School’s third Clemson signee since 2019.
– DL David Ojiegbe attended Washington, D.C.’s St. John’s College High School, where he was teammates with current Clemson DT Tré Williams in 2019.

RETURN TRIPS
– For the second time in three cycles, the players comprising Clemson’s class came entirely from states that had previously produced Clemson signees under Dabo Swinney. Outside of signing exclusively from existing pipelines in 2021 and 2023, Swinney added a new state in seven cycles from 2015-22: Utah in 2022; Kentucky in 2020; California, Michigan and Pennsylvania in 2019; Missouri in 2018; Indiana and Louisiana in 2017; Colorado, Kansas and Texas in 2016; and Massachusetts in 2015.
– Clemson’s class represents seven states and the District of Columbia: Georgia (11), Alabama (four, plus one transfer), South Carolina (three), Texas (three), Florida (two), Massachusetts (one), Pennsylvania (one) and Washington, D.C. (one).
– Since 1972, Clemson has signed student-athletes to football scholarships from 35 states, the District of Columbia and Canada.

A PEACH OF A CLASS
– Eleven of Clemson’s 26 high school signees on Wednesday hail from Georgia: LB Jamal Anderson (Buford), S Khalil Barnes (Athens), S Rob Billings (Atlanta), DL Vic Burley (Warner Robins), LB Dee Crayton (Alpharetta), DT Stephiylan Green (Rome), DL AJ Hoffler (College Park by way of Stuart, Fla.), CB Shelton Lewis (Stockbridge), OL Zack Owens (Covington), CB Branden Strozier (Lovejoy) and CB Avieon Terrell (Atlanta).
– Clemson’s 11 signees from Georgia are its most from the Peach State since 1985 (11). After a 6-6 freshman season, that 1985 class went 28-6-2 with three ACC titles and three bowl victories from 1986-88.
– For the fourth time in the last five years — and the sixth time in the last eight years — Georgia will produce the most players of any state in Clemson’s signing class.
– Georgia has produced 45 Clemson signees since 2016, the most of any state.

MORE BOYS FROM ‘BAMA
– Clemson signed four high school players from the state of Alabama (Roanoke’s Jay Haynes, Phenix City’s T.J. Parker, Birmingham’s Christopher Vizzina and Alabaster’s Peter Woods), its second-most of any state in the class.
– After signing five players from Alabama a season ago, Clemson has now signed at least four players from Alabama in consecutive years for the first time in records back to 1972.
– Clemson’s nine high school signees from Alabama over the last two cycles are tied with South Carolina (nine) for the second-most of any state in that span (12, Georgia).
– Clemson added a fifth player from Alabama in transfer QB Paul Tyson, who starred at the state’s Hewitt-Trussville High School before stints at Alabama (2019-21) and Arizona State (2022).

LONE STAR TRIO
– Clemson signed three players from the state of Texas: WR Noble Johnson (Rockwall), OL Ian Reed (Austin) and OL Harris Sewell (Odessa).
– The three Texas signees are the Tigers’ most on record in a single class in records back to 1972.
– Clemson has now signed at least one player from Texas in four consecutive classes, the Tigers’ longest streak on record. Clemson signed QB Cade Klubnik in 2022, S Andrew Mukuba in 2021 and S R.J. Mickens in 2020.
– After signing only three players from Texas from 2000-19, Clemson has signed six players from the Lone Star State since 2020, including at least one Texas signee in each of its four most recent classes.
– Reed and Sewell became the second offensive line duo signed by Clemson out of Texas in a single class, joining Deer Park’s Ryan Crawley and San Antonio’s Mike Kunz in 1990.

OTHER GEOGRAPHICAL NUGGETS
– Clemson added two players from the state of Florida: TE Olsen Patt Henry (Naples) and S Kylen Webb (Tampa), giving Clemson 21 Florida signees in the last five years. Clemson has now signed multiple players from Florida in five straight classes for the first time since a six-year stretch from 1992-97.
– Clemson did not sign a single player from Pennsylvania from 1996-2018. With the addition of TE Markus Dixon (Philadelphia) on Wednesday to signings of LB Keith Maguire (Media) in 2019 and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (Philadelphia) in 2021, Clemson has now signed a Pennsylvania native in three of its last five classes.
– WR Ronan Hanafin (Burlington) became only Clemson’s second Massachusetts signee since the turn of the century, joining the 2015 signing of eventual unanimous All-American Christian Wilkins (Springfield). Hanafin is Clemson’s fourth Massachusetts signee since 1972.

POSITION BREAKDOWN (HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP SIGNEES)
QB: 1; RB: 2; WR: 3; TE: 2; OL: 3; DL: 6; LB: 2; CB: 3; S: 3; ATH: 1

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