NCF On The Trail: Clemson football

Four-star LB Kendall Joseph to Clemson

June, 18, 2013
The Tigers picked up a commitment Monday from four-star inside linebacker Kendall Joseph (Honea Path, S.C./Belton-Honea Path), according to multiple reports.

Appalachian State, Duke, Furman, Georgia Tech, Louisville and UCLA also extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot, 227-pound prospect. South Carolina and Vanderbilt showed interest.

Joseph posted a 4.38 20-yard shuttle, 27.8-inch vertical and 35.5-foot power throw on this spring's Nike circuit. Additionally, the Post and Courier writes that he's a three-time state weightlifting champion who bench presses 350 pounds and squats 480.

Last season, he registered 129 total tackles, six tackles for loss and 10 quarterback hurries.

Clemson now has 12 pledges for 2014 and the country's 10th best class, according to ESPN RecruitingNation. The Tigers have secured seven players from the newly released ESPN 300, and three four-stars from outside the 300.

Clemson after UGA commit Demarre Kitt 

September, 11, 2012
Last year, wide receiver Demarre Kitt (Tyrone, Ga./Sandy Creek) emerged as one of the top young playmakers in Georgia, making 42 catches for 651 yards and 10 touchdowns. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound junior has continued where he left off, making nine catches for 244 yards and two touchdowns in two games this season. Nevertheless, the University of Georgia commitment expected more from his performance against Newnan last Friday.

Demarre Kitt
Radi Nabulsi/ESPN.comGeorgia pledge Demarre Kitt has had a strong start to his junior season.
"I had four catches but I dropped the first pass thrown to me," Kitt said. "I played OK but I did not really play my real game today."

Last month, Kitt attended a game played nearby in Atlanta between two out-of-state programs.
The Clemson Tigers added another big piece to their defensive line Tuesday as ESPN 300 four-star defensive tackle Scott Pagano (Honolulu/Moanalua) committed to head coach Dabo Swinney. Pagano joins No. 1 overall player Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson) and No. 6 defensive end Elijah Daniel (Avon, Ind./Avon) in the Tigers’ class.

It was something of a surprise announcement, as Pagano wasn’t truly considering Clemson until late last week. He, along with his mother and sister, took an eight-day trip to visit four schools in the Southeast, though Pagano was ready to cut one of the school visits.

“It was just fate,” Pagano said. “To be honest, I didn’t even want to visit Clemson. But when I went there, it was just so awesome. The players and the coaches are down to earth and it felt so right to be there.”

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Junior running back Dalvin Cooke (Miami/Central) has made an early commitment to play for Clemson, according to multiple sources.

USC, Florida State, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Miami (Fla.) and South Carolina also extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 190-pound ball-carrier.

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