Monday Insider

Paul Strelow, Recruiting Analyst
Tiger Illustrated

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1. The “All-In Cookout” is less than two weeks away, and the sixth annual event probably carries more anticipation since its inception because of the big names Clemson remains involved with.

Quantifying the value of the Cookout is challenging because several of the most acclaimed attendants evidently influenced by the function didn’t pop for the Tigers until weeks later.

As the Cookout approaches, it’s important to remember that Clemson's staff does not want a high volume of uncommitted prospects attending. That’s what makes their event advantageously different.

It’s an intimate affair during which a select few targets and their accompanying relatives get to be part of the family, so to speak. The lower the number of targets, the more attention they can get when added in with the cast of commitments and their guests whom the staff needs to account for.

Remember, this was the total rundown of uncommitted prospects who went to last year’s Cookout: cornerback A.J. Terrell, defensive ends Jordan Williams and Justin Foster, receiver OrTre Smith and cornerback Jamyest Williams.


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Clemson scored three of five, and the three it seriously chased.

That’s a pretty good return rate.

2. It’s been brought to our attention that a couple of 2019 prospects have been quoted elsewhere indicating they might attend the Cookout.

This is a subject we broach every year around this period, and nothing has changed this time around:

The Cookout remains only for prospects in this next recruiting class. No underclassmen have ever been invited.

Frankly, what tends to happen is that younger prospects are asked by media members who aren’t quite in-tuned with Clemson procedure or direction whether they’ll be going to the Cookout. Suddenly kids think they’re invited.

And some wonder why we don’t publish the Cookout date until it becomes impossible to ignore.

Let’s put it this way: Cartersville (Ga.) five-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence visited campus the Sunday after last year’s Friday night function.

If ever there was going to be an exception, it figures to be then.

3. Speaking of which, another rumor that has made the rounds the last couple weeks is of a pending commitment from Hogansville (Ga.) Callaway 2019 four-star offensive lineman Keiondre Jones.

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