It’s time for Tennessee to take notice of Clemson, if it hasn’t already.
The Tigers are taking advantage of being one of the hottest teams in the nation to the detriment of the Vols. Clemson’s latest commitment on Sunday comes from within Tennessee’s borders: Four-star running back Cordarrian Richardson from Trezevant High School (Memphis, Tenn.). Richardson is rated the No. 5 running back in the nation and the No. 6 overall prospect in Tennessee, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.
This isn’t the first time the Vols have had to be mindful of Clemson on the homefront.
Clemson received a commitment from four-star receiver Amari Rodgers from Catholic High School (Knoxville, Tenn.) last month. The Vols were thought to be in strong standing with the 2017 prospect, and had taken frequent official visits to Tennessee’s campus. His teammate, offensive lineman Cade Mays, is committed to the Vols.
Yet, Clemson pulled Rodgers out of Knoxville. That was no small feat considering he had been committed to Southern California, where his father and former Vol, Tee Martin, is the offensive coordinator. Given the competition, the Tigers made it clear they can recruit with the best teams in the nation.
Clemson’s recruiting prowess was also on display when the Tigers convinced five-star 2017 quarterback Hunter Johnson from Brownsburg (Ind.) High School to flip from the Vols to Clemson in December. Four-star receiver Tee Higgins from Oak Ridge (Tenn.) High School is also strongly considering Clemson. Higgins was formerly committed to the Vols but opened his commitment in early February.
While the Vols try to re-recruit Higgins, they’ll also try to land some of the top prospects in North and South Carolina. Clemson has proven they won’t be easy to top no matter where the recruiting battle may take place.