2022 College Football Class Review: Clemson

By Corey Long - @CoreyLong
Updated July 22, 2021.

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2022 College Recruiting - 5 Commits

Last Player Grade Published on July 23, 2021
Clemson logo LB Jihaad Campbell (Bradenton, FL) commits to Clemson  View Class

Campbell (6-6, 220) is a fast-twitch defensive end with exceptional length and quickness around the corner. He is quick off the ball and can put pressure on the quarterback consistently. Campbell also has the ability to drop into coverage and make plays defending the passing game as an off-ball linebacker. He is a long and athletic with the ability to bend around the edge despite his height. He also displays tremendous body control. hWith the spread offenses all over college football, you need guys who can move in space. Campbell is very athletic, continues to pursue the play, and can run all over the field. He is explosive off the ball.

Jihaad Campbell's Player Grade: A-
Clemson logo CB Toriano Pride (St. Louis, MO) commits to Clemson  View Class

Pride (5-11, 177) is a talented player who could work out at cornerback or wide receiver, depending on the needs of the problem. He runs fast and plays fast. Pride moves very smoothly, showing little to no sign of stiffness in his motion, and he can switch directions and flip over his hips effortlessly. His speed comes into play when he's closing in on the ball and trying to make a play. Despite playing wide receiver in high school, Pride could still improve his ball skills and reaction times. He is very good on the perimeter and matches up well on screens and bubble passes. Pride will need to get stronger and more physical in college, but he looks like a future multi-year starter in the secondary.

Toriano Pride's Player Grade: B+
Clemson logo S Sherrod Covil (Chesapeake, VA) commits to Clemson  View Class

Covil (6-0, 187) is an interesting prospect and a total throwback to the days when safeties were hitting machines and allowed to make wide receivers pay dearly for crossing into their lanes. Don't get me wrong; Covil can still pack a punch and he throws his body around when defending in the box. He needs to be a little thicker to continue to play that style at this level of football, but Covil has a quality skill set otherwise. Covil can move laterally and plays the ball well. He is listed at safety, but he'll double up as a slot corner. Covil going to provide a lot of versatility and toughness in the secondary. He is a not an outside cover guy, but he can do nearly everything else.

Sherrod Covil's Player Grade: B+
Clemson logo K Robert Gunn (Largo, FL) commits to Clemson  View Class

Gunn (6-2, 178) is considered a five-star kicker by the Kicking World website. He has made 8-of-9 field goals, with a long of 47, and 32-of-35 extra points. Gunn had a 80 percent touchback rate on kickoffs and averaged 44.6 yards on punts. The website calls Gunn the best kicker in the country and adds "[Gunn] kicks field goals off the ground and has a massive kickoff leg - 75-to-80+ kicks with 4.1-4.3-second hang times routinely .... He's humble, reliable, extremely coachable and dedicated to his craft."

Robert Gunn's Player Grade: B+
Clemson logo QB Cade Klubnik (Austin, TX) commits to Clemson  View Class

Probably the biggest thing that kept Clemson at the top is the program's ability to hit on quarterback recruiting. Not all of the Tigers' top prospects have come through, but the staff always recruits a top quarterback each year in case one guy ends up not being good enough, they can usually skip over him for the next guy.

Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence proved to be as good as their five-star rankings, and D.J. Uiagalelei looks like he'll be next in line. Klubnik (6-2, 190) comes from Westlake High School, the same program that produced Baker Mayfield and Garrett Gilbert - among others. Although Klubnik isn't a physical specimen, he has good size and a good frame. He's a multi-sport athlete who competes in several different track events.

Klubnik's numbers in 2020 were outstanding; he threw for 3,500 yards, 35 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He doesn't have the most picturesque form or release, but the arm talent is high and his decision-making is plus level as well. Klubnik has some things to work out, but the tools are all there.

Cade Klubnik's Player Grade: A-

All Commitments - 5

Most recent Commitment on June 27, 2021
  • 6/27 - Jihaad Campbell LB
  • 6/18 - Toriano Pride CB
  • 6/17 - Sherrod Covil S
  • 6/14 - Robert Gunn K
  • 3/3 - Cade Klubnik QB

Last Season's Roster:

  • Seniors: 26
  • Juniors: 28
  • Sophmores: 52
  • Freshmen: 0
DB: 18 Players | 0 games played
Sr:4 Jr:5 So:9 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Michael Becker So 0|0
Andrew Booth Jr. So 0|0
Joseph Charleston So 0|0
Peter Cote Jr 0|0
Brian Dawkins Jr. Sr 0|0
Carson Donnelly So 0|0
Mario Goodrich Jr 0|0
Jake Herbstreit So 0|0
Sheridan Jones So 0|0
Derion Kendrick Jr 0|0
Jack McCall Jr 0|0
Jalyn Phillips So 0|0
A.J. Terrell Sr 0|0
Ray Thornton III So 0|0
Elijah Turner Sr 0|0
Nolan Turner Sr 0|0
LeAnthony Williams Jr 0|0
Lannden Zanders So 0|0
DL: 19 Players | 0 games played
Sr:4 Jr:6 So:9 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Tyler Davis So 0|0
Nick Eddis Jr 0|0
James Edwards Jr 0|0
Jacob Edwards Jr 0|0
Justin Foster Sr 0|0
K.J. Henry So 0|0
Darnell Jefferies So 0|0
Tayquon Johnson So 0|0
Justin Mascoll So 0|0
Ruke Orhorhoro So 0|0
Nyles Pinckney Sr 0|0
Klayton Randolph So 0|0
Etinosa Reuben So 0|0
Logan Rudolph Jr 0|0
Xavier Thomas Jr 0|0
Regan Upshaw Sr 0|0
Tristan Walliser Sr 0|0
Jordan Williams Jr 0|0
Greg Williams So 0|0
K: 2 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:1 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
B.T. Potter Jr 0|0
Jonathan Weitz So 0|0
LB: 14 Players | 0 games played
Sr:3 Jr:2 So:9 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
LaVonta Bentley So 0|0
John Boyd Jr 0|0
Bryton Constantin So 0|0
David Cote So 0|0
Landon Holden Sr 0|0
Mike Jones Jr. So 0|0
Keith Maguire So 0|0
Matthew Maloney So 0|0
Matt McMahan So 0|0
Kane Patterson So 0|0
Isaiah Simmons Sr 0|0
James Skalski Sr 0|0
Baylon Spector Jr 0|0
Jake Venables So 0|0
LS: 2 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:1 So:0 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Tyler Brown Sr 0|0
Jack Maddox Jr 0|0
OL: 15 Players | 0 games played
Sr:2 Jr:5 So:8 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Kaleb Boateng So 0|0
Matt Bockhorst Jr 0|0
Jackson Carman Jr 0|0
Mac Cranford So 0|0
Will Edwards So 0|0
Chase Guynup So 0|0
Jordan McFadden So 0|0
Zac McIntosh Jr 0|0
Will Putnam So 0|0
Hunter Rayburn So 0|0
Chandler Reeves Sr 0|0
Marquis Sease Jr 0|0
Cade Stewart Sr 0|0
Mason Trotter So 0|0
Blake Vinson Jr 0|0
P: 2 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:0 So:1 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Will Spiers Sr 0|0
Aidan Swanson So 0|0
QB: 4 Players | 0 games played
Sr:0 Jr:2 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Ben Batson So 0|0
Trevor Lawrence Jr 0|0
Patrick McClure Jr 0|0
Taisun Phommachanh So 0|0
RB: 8 Players | 0 games played
Sr:3 Jr:2 So:3 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Lyn-J Dixon Jr 0|0
Michel Dukes So 0|0
Travis Etienne Sr 0|0
Ty Lucas So 0|0
Sylvester Mayers Jr 0|0
Chez Mellusi So 0|0
Darien Rencher Sr 0|0
Tyler Traynham Sr 0|0
TE: 5 Players | 0 games played
Sr:1 Jr:2 So:2 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Davis Allen So 0|0
J.C. Chalk Sr 0|0
Braden Galloway Jr 0|0
Jaelyn Lay So 0|0
Luke Price Jr 0|0
WR: 17 Players | 0 games played
Sr:7 Jr:2 So:8 Fr:0
Player Class Games|Starts
Will Brown Jr 0|0
T.J. Chase Sr 0|0
Hampton Earle So 0|0
Hamp Greene So 0|0
Carter Groomes Sr 0|0
Tye Herbstreit So 0|0
Tee Higgins Sr 0|0
Josh Jackson Sr 0|0
Frank Ladson Jr. So 0|0
Max May So 0|0
Joseph Ngata So 0|0
Cornell Powell Sr 0|0
Amari Rodgers Sr 0|0
Justyn Ross Jr 0|0
Brannon Spector So 0|0
Will Swinney Sr 0|0
Drew Swinney So 0|0


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