- Craig Haubert, RecruitingNation
With players like Da'Quan Bowers, Andre Branch, Jarvis Jenkins, Brandon Thompson, and Malliciah Goodman, Clemson has had some very good defensive linemen come through their program recently. However, all those guys now are either gone or on their way out the and Tigers seem to be landing the pieces to have a very good crew in the defensive trenches again here in the near future. They signed up a few good prospects up front in their 2012 class, but it's this 2013 class that they really are adding the talent to elevate that position.
They already have commitments from the No. 1 rated player in the nation Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson); a very talented and versatile DL, two four-star defensive ends, a now just picked up another verbal from an ESPN 300 defensive tackle. Scott Pagano (Honolulu, Hawaii./Moanalua) was a bit of an unexpected pick-up, but none-the-less a good one for the Tigers.
Like some of his future line-mates, the four-star displays a very nice initial burst and is capable of being a disruptive presence. He is a big, strong kid with room to add more good mass and with continued improvement in technique can be a stout interior run defender. The Tigers have added some pieces that can get after the quarterback coming off the edge and with a prospect like Pagano they have a potential presence inside that can collapse the depth of the pocket and make it harder for quarterbacks to escape the heat that could be coming from the outside.
Pagano now adds to a D-Line class that is becoming increasingly stronger, which is good as Clemson needs to try and replace some of the quality D-Linemen they have lost, while also continuing to try and strengthen that defense. Time will tell, but Clemson is doing a nice job of bringing in prospects that can help them to build a disruptive and tough defensive line.
With players like Da'Quan Bowers, Andre Branch, Jarvis Jenkins, Brandon Thompson, and Malliciah Goodman, Clemson has had some very good defensive linemen come through their program recently.