Clemson makes noise on National Signing Day
Clemson had high hopes coming into National Signing Day, and those hopes were rewarded.
Clemson signed two of the nation's top linebackers in five-stars Tony Steward (St. Augustine, Fla.) and Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C.), as well as three-star guard Spencer Region (Cullman, Ala.) and three-star defensive end Roderick Byers (Rock Hill, S.C.).
Many believed Clemson would beat out Virginia Tech for Anthony's services, but the Tigers were expected to have trouble landing Steward as nearby Florida State was also high on his list. Both linebackers, however, made national announcements on ESPNU this morning to pledge their allegiance to Clemson.
Both linebackers are impressive athletes and playmakers who could see playing time as early as their freshman year.
Region was also expected to choose Clemson over the other member of his top two, Auburn, and did so. The massive (6'6'', 330 lbs.) lineman was once committed to Wisconsin (who is known for its talented offensive linemen), so it looks like the Tigers have a good prospect in Region.
Byers commitment was interesting but not unexpected. The Northwestern High product was committed to Oregon as late as last night before Clemson officially offered him a scholarship. Byers had said he would reconsider his commitment to the Ducks if the Tigers offered.
The addition of these signees to Clemson's already stellar class has given Clemson a consensus top-ten recruiting class.