Clemson recruiting: Kelvin Joseph de-commits from LSU; Jaycee Horn gets offer

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4-star corner target Kelvin Joseph de-commits from LSU

The fallout from LSU’s loss to Troy on homecoming Saturday has begun. Kelvin Joseph, the eighth-ranked cornerback in the country in the Class of 2018 per the 247Sports composite, announced on Twitter his de-commitment from the Tigers on Monday.

Joseph had been pledged to the Bayou Bengals since February of 2016, so he’d had a long time to sit with his decision. Clemson had been in on him, even more so after extending an offer on April 18.

He’s given himself a few more months to figure out exactly what he wants out of his next destination, and Clemson could certainly be that. They’re in the mix with him along with Florida State, Alabama and obviously LSU, and Joseph will kick off his official visits with a trip to Tallahassee, Fla., this weekend to watch the Seminoles.

Clemson will get its shot to make a formal impression on Joseph, as well, because he’s going to make his official visit to Death Valley on Nov. 11 for the Florida State game.

LSU is probably still the leader here, but this decision makes sense just for Joseph to take into account all of his options.

Tigers offer Tennessee commit Jaycee Horn

Clemson extended an offer to 4-star cornerback Jaycee Horn on Monday.

Horn, who is the son of former New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Horn, committed to the Vols on Aug. 24 over South Carolina and was in Clemson for the win against Auburn on Sept. 9.

He told 247Sports’ Anna Hickey that while he appreciates the offer, he’s still “100-percent committed” to Tennessee.

5-star DT Ishmael Sopsher re-releases top 12

As one of the highest-rated recruits in the nation in the Class of 2019, Ishmael Sopsher has had to juggle a lot of interest from dozens of blueblood programs. He’s been updating his interest level on a handful of schools, including a top-12 list he released on Aug. 25.

Clemson was in that list — the order of which bore no significance, he said — and the Tigers remain in the running in Sopsher’s newest update.

He dropped another top 12 on Friday via Twitter, and Clemson was in there once again.

Sopsher’s group of finalists didn’t change all the much between iterations: the only differences are the removal of Miami and Memphis, which were replaced by Texas and Michigan.

The No. 1 defensive tackle in his class would be a prized addition to any one of those schools in his list. At 6 feet, 5 inches and 280 pounds, Sopsher provides a dominant force in the middle of the defense, which he’s complemented with some terrific athleticism.

Just check out this video he posted on Friday from his latest game. He runs with the ball more like a tight end or a big receiver than a big man in the middle.


If Sopsher keeps updating his list periodically, there’s no telling which schools could drop in or out, but given that Clemson has made it this far — and they’ve shown a track record of bringing in ridiculously talented defensive tackles — the Tigers have to like their chances.

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