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Jacoby Mathews announces top six schools
Clemson has landed on the list of final six schools for the country’s No. 1 safety in the class of 2022.
Jacoby Mathews revealed his list in a Twitter graphic on Tuesday afternoon. The Tigers made the cut along with LSU, Florida, Southern California, Arizona State and Texas. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound prospect from Ponchatoula (Ponchatoula, La.) is ranked as the top safety on Rivals.com and the No. 2 safety on 247sports.com.
Mathews released a list of final six schools in late February, which included Alabama, Mississippi State and Oklahoma. Those three schools were left out in his latest announcement. Clemson offered him on March 16 and impressed him enough to make Tuesday’s list.
A two-way player, he started at quarterback and led Ponchatoula to the second round of the state playoffs. He finished the season with 1,582 yards of offense and 23 total touchdowns. Mathews has a visit scheduled with Florida in June. LSU is a favorite as his home state’s team.
If Clemson can land Mathews it would be huge for the Tigers. Clemson has just four commitments in the class of 2022 — none of them on the defensive side of the ball.
Clemson soccer wins ACC Atlantic Division
After the Syracuse men’s soccer program announced the end of its spring on Tuesday, eliminating its game with Wake Forest, the Tigers’ 13 points is enough to secure the ACC Atlantic Division title.
Clemson will host the Coastal Division champion on April 17 at Historic Riggs Field to determine the recipient of the ACC’s automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The match will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the ACC Network. Both Pittsburgh and North Carolina enter the weekend with a chance to capture the Coastal Division title.
The Tigers are currently ranked No. 3 in the country and close out their regular season at Louisville on Friday.
Catching up with Bubba Chandler
Clemson currently has only one healthy scholarship quarterback on campus right now — D.J. Uiagalelei. Backup QB Taisun Phommachanh likely tore his Achilles in Saturday’s spring game, making the Tigers quarterback room slim in depth.
Bubba Chandler and Will Taylor are both set to enroll this summer. But as ClemsonSports.com senior writer Matt Connolly reports, the odds of Chandler reaching campus are unknown right now. Writes Connolly:
The MLB draft is about three months away, and the star high school pitcher/Clemson quarterback signee has been rising up MLB draft boards after adding velocity to his pitches this offseason. There were 30-40 scouts on hand for Chandler’s outing Monday, just as there are every time he takes the mound.
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