NCF On The Trail: Cannon Smith

Top position classes: TEs 

February, 13, 2014
Feb 13

With national signing day in the books, RecruitingNation is looking at the top position classes. For the full series, click here.

Nationally (and Big 12)
Oklahoma addressed many needs with its top-15 recruiting class, and that certainly includes the tight end position. Coach Bob Stoops and his staff signed a trio of tight ends, including ESPN 300s No. 277 Carson Meier (Tulsa, Okla./Union) and No. 295 Mark Andrews (Scottsdale, Ariz./Desert Mountain), as well as three-star junior college prospect Isaac Ijalana (Mount Holly, N.J./Pierce College). All three players have terrific size of at least 6-foot-5, and Meier and Andrews possess the frame to add mass and strength. Meier has good initial burst and above-average ball skills, while Andrews has excellent hand-eye coordination and the ability to beat linebackers and safeties with regularity.

The Sooners had the nation’s best tight end class; here’s which schools had the best in each of the remaining power conferences:

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Under coach Dabo Swinney, Clemson has finally rid itself of the underachievers label that haunted the program for much of the last decade. The program has turned the corner, and the Tigers are putting together the kind of recruiting classes to continually compete for ACC championships. Now Swinney can pitch an Orange Bowl win to recruits in 2014 and beyond, too.

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Best ACC classes by position 

September, 10, 2013

Florida State has the top class among ACC schools right now, but that is taking the Seminoles’ entire 23-recruit class into account. The Noles don’t have the best class at every position, as some of Florida State’s top rivals are looking stronger at certain positions. Here’s a look at which ACC school has the best class by position:


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The Tigers added four-star Milan Richard (Savannah, Ga./Calvary Baptist Day) Wednesday. Our scouts feel he'll help Clemson continue receiving production from the tight end position in the future.

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Clemson adds Watch List WR McCrary

February, 25, 2013
ESPN Watch List wide receiver Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef) has reached a decision.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN Watch List WR Jake McCrary committed to Clemson on Monday.
The former Florida State pledge, who decommitted from the Seminoles in early fall of 2012, is going to stay in the ACC after all.

On Monday night, he took himself back off the market, this time joining Clemson's 2014 class.

"Clemson just felt like home," McCrary said. "I love the coaches. They are great people, and I feel like I can come in and make a huge impact."

McCrary's fondness for Clemson grew stronger after he broke off his pledge with Florida State. He was certainly not bashful in saying the Tigers were his leader.

And now he's made his decision official and will head to the orange Death Valley and coach Dabo Swinney.

McCrary joins three other ESPN Watch List members in Clemson's 2014 class, including Deshaun Watson (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville), Cannon Smith (Columbia, S.C./Hammond) and Dalvin Cook (Miami/Central).

He is the sixth junior to commit to Clemson.
Class of 2014 tight end Cannon Smith (Columbia, S.C./Hammon) has made an early pledge to Clemson, the Spartanburg Herald Journal reports. His father, Bill Smith, played defensive line for the Tigers and currently serves on the board of trustees.

"It was a great feeling to be a part of the tradition," Cannon said. "I like the brotherhood feeling the players have towards each other and I wanted to be a part of that. It's a nice fit for me and I love it."

While Clemson was first to offer, other programs including Appalachian State, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Towson showed interest.

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