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With the addition of a four-star defensive back Keon sabb and IMG Academy four-star teammate, Daylen Everette, Clemson’s class of 2022 has taken a big step forward, especially at the back of the defense.
The Tigers, who initially seemed slow – especially given the nature of recruiting during the COVID-19 shutdown – landed two top prospects in consecutive hours on Saturday afternoon.
As the crystal ball projections seemed to move in Clemson’s direction, the certainty in the recruiting game is far from – well, certain. Still, as Sabb’s engagement drew closer, the feeling was that the star’s safety would join the Tigers, adding to the depth of talent Brent Venables coveted on the defensive end of the ball.
“They are a national championship team,” Sabb said. “Coach Swinney has built a very good relationship with me. I had a great time there.
Sabb a 6’2, 190 pounds selected Clemson over Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Penn State and Texas A&M.
Shortly after, the IMG Academy cohort of Sabb, Everette also chose to go “All-In.”
During his press conference, Everette picked up a North Carolina hat – looked at it – then threw it behind him to the ground before putting on a Clemson hat and opening his jacket to showcase some more. Tiger equipment.
Everette, a 6’0, 175-pound cornerback, chose the Tigers over Florida State, Georgia, North Carolina and Oregon.
Everette, with the cornerback Toriano Pride, should give Mike Reed plenty of options down the road, as both players enter the system and physically mature.
With Sabb and Everette ranked in the ESPN 300, the double engagements have significantly boosted the 2022 Tigers’ recruiting class in all major rankings. The Tigers now have 10 players signed up for the upcoming class.
When it comes to Swinney’s reputation and Clemson’s reach, perhaps the biggest story has been the fact that both Sabb and Everette have made official visits to Georgia and a host of other Power 5 programs, but both chose the Tigers. It is just not a normal event. The duo join IMG’s defensive commitment Jihad campbell as the most recent IMG Academy prospects to head to Clemson.
Since 2016, the Tigers have landed eight prospects from preschool in Brandenton, Fla.
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According to their website:
“The IMG Academy is the world’s most prestigious sports, performance and education institution. Founded in 1978 with a pioneering concept known as Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, IMG Academy has since grown into a global phenomenon.
We’ll have more on Sabb and Everette’s commitments in the coming days.