Clemson underclassmen Clelin Ferrell, Austin Bryant, Kendall Joseph and Mark Fields have elected to return to highschool for an additional season, in line with a tweet from Tigers sports activities data director Tim Bourret on Saturday night time.
Bourret mentioned Tigers coach Dabo Swinney made the announcement that the 4 gamers would return for the 2018 season through the staff’s banquet Saturday night time.
The 2017 season closes with Alabama at No. 1, and the 2018 season begins with the Crimson Tide on prime as nicely. However they will need to undergo the likes of Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State and the remainder of the contenders within the Means-Too-Early Prime 25 for 2018.
Bourret indicated that Swinney did not present data on junior defensive lineman Christian Wilkins, who’s ranked the No. 9 participant obtainable for April’s NFL draft by ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. No matter what Wilkins decides, the return of Ferrell and Bryant, two of the staff’s prime defensive linemen, is a serious increase for the defending ACC champions.
Ferrell, a 6-foot-5, 260-pound redshirt sophomore, is ranked the No. eight participant obtainable for the draft by Kiper; McShay ranked him because the No. 18 prospect. He had 61 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, eight 1/2 sacks and 12 quarterback hurries in 13 video games.
Bryant, a 6-5, 265-pound junior, had 54 tackles, 14 1/2 tackles for loss, 7 1/2 sacks and 10 quarterback hurries in 10 video games.
Joseph, a 6-foot, 225-pound linebacker, was Clemson’s second-leading tackler with 80 stops to associate with four 1/2 tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hurries.
Fields, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback, performed in 5 video games this season and handled a number of accidents.
The Tigers, who went 12-2 this previous season and misplaced to eventual champion Alabama 24-6 in a Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal on the Allstate Sugar Bowl, ranked No. 2 within the FBS in scoring protection (13.6 factors) and No. four in whole protection (276.7 yards).
Clemson junior receivers Deon Cain and Ray-Ray McCloud, guard Taylor Hearn and security Van Smith beforehand introduced they’re getting into the draft. All-ACC offensive sort out Mitch Hyatt, additionally a junior, introduced he is returning to highschool for the 2018 season.