National Signing Day produced a pair of Top 20 classes in the Palmetto State, if national recruiting rankings are to be believed.
Leading the way? Clemson University – which scored a consensus Top 15 class despite losing No. 1 national recruit Robert Nkemdiche to Ole Miss. Not far behind was the University of South Carolina – which ranked as high as No. 16 nationally.
According to 247 Sports Clemson’s 2013 class ranked No. 15 in the nation – five spots ahead of USC’s incoming freshman class. Scout.com ranked Clemson No. 13 and USC No. 21. ESPN also ranked Clemson No. 13, and USC No. 17. Meanwhile Rivals.com ranked Clemson’s class No. 14 and USC’s No. 16.
Not too shabby …
Clemson’s top recruit? Defensive back Mackenzie Alexander – a 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back from Immokalee, Florida who is expected to compete immediately for a starting position in the Tigers’ porous secondary. Clemson also shored up its offensive line with the addition of 6-foot-2, 325-pound offensive guard Tyrone Crowder, Jr. – another recruit expected to see action right away in Tigertown.
South Carolina fans are excited about the addition of four star linebacker Skai Moore – a 6-foot-2, 205-pound tackling machine from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Gamecocks also landed four-star linebacker Larenz Bryant – a 6-foot, 200 pound Charlotte, N.C. prospect. Offensively, head coach Steve Spurrier has a new quarterback to work with – four-star signal caller Conner Mitch (6-foot-3, 219 pounds) as well as a highly-touted new running back prospect, Philadelphia’s David Williams (6-foot-1, 200 pounds).
Nationally, two-time defending BCS champion Alabama was a consensus national No. 1 in recruiting – landing a quintet of five-star prospects. Florida, Georgia, Texas A&M, LSU, Mississippi and Auburn also had solid recruiting classes in the always-powerful Southeastern Conference.