Clemson’s scholarship football list, going into 2015 National Signing Day

Clemson's Artavis Scott (3) turns the corner on a long touchdown run against Wake Forest during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Winston-Salem, N.C., Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

CLEMSON — After the departure of 22 seniors, as well as five other players for assorted reasons (NFL Draft, transfer, career-ending injury, etc.), Clemson has a total of 75 players on the active roster (37 offense, 36 defense, 2 special teams) who either were on athletic scholarship during the 2014 season OR enrolled in spring courses in early January.

Decisions are yet to be made on which existing players will retain their full rides for the 2014-15 academic year. Each Division I football program is allowed a maximum of 85 scholarships.

Players who have verbally committed according to Rivals.com, but are not on campus and have not signed a national letter of intent, are in italics below each position and do not count toward the current 75. Because there are 11 such verbals, but just 10 available scholarships, either one grayshirt will be assessed or one scholarship will be pulled ... provided all 11 do indeed sign with Clemson and there are no surprise signees.

Lastly, returning starters indicate the player who started the most games at his position in 2014. So yes, Deshaun Watson is a returning backup. Technically.

(Years in school listed are for 2015.)

Returning starters: None

Returning backups: Deshaun Watson (soph.)

On campus, on scholarship: Nick Schuessler (r-jr.), Kelly Bryant (fr.), Tucker Israel (fr.)

Returning starter: Wayne Gallman (r-soph.)

Returning backups: Tyshon Dye (r-soph.), C.J. Davidson (r-sr.), Zac Brooks (r-jr.), RB Adam Choice (soph.)

On campus, on scholarship: C.J. Fuller (r-fr.), Van Smith (fr.)

Returning starters: Mike Williams (jr.), Artavis Scott (soph.)

Returning backups: Charone Peake (r-sr.), Germone Hopper (r-jr.)

On campus, on scholarship: Trevion Thompson (r-fr.), Shadell Bell (fr.)

Verbal commitments (2): Deon Cain, Ray-Ray McCloud

Returning starter: Jordan Leggett (jr.)

Returning backups: Stanton Seckinger (r-sr.), Jay Jay McCullough (r-so.), Roderick Byers

On campus, on scholarship: D.J. Greenlee (r-soph.), Milan Richard (r-fr.), Cannon Smith (r-fr.)

Verbal commitment (1): Garrett Williams

Returning starters: Isaiah Battle (sr.), Ryan Norton (r-sr.),

Returning backups: Joe Gore (r-sr.), Eric Mac Lain (r-sr.), Jay Guillermo (r-jr.), Tyrone Crowder (r-soph.)

On campus, on scholarship: Maverick Morris (r-soph.), Taylor Hearn (r-fr.), Justin Falcinelli (r-fr.), Jake Fruhmorgen (fr.), Zach Giella (fr.), Noah Green (fr.), Mitch Hyatt (fr.)

Returning starters: None

Returning backups: D.J. Reader (sr.), Carlos Watkins (r-jr.)

On campus, on scholarship: Scott Pagano (r-soph.), Jabril Robinson (r-fr.), Albert Huggins (fr.)

Verbal commitments (2): Gage Cervenka, Christian Wilkins

Returning starters: None

Returning backups: Shaq Lawson (jr.)

On campus, on scholarship: Kevin Dodd (r-jr.), Martin Aiken (r-jr.), Ebenezer Ogundeko (r-soph.), Dane Rogers (r-soph.), Richard Yeargin (r-fr.), Sterling Johnson (fr.)

Verbal commitments (3): Austin Bryant, LaSamuel Davis, Clelin Ferrell

Returning starter: B.J. Goodson (r-sr.)

Returning backups: Ben Boulware (jr.), Dorian O’Daniel (r-soph.)

On campus, on scholarship: T.J. Burrell (r-jr.), Kellen Jones (r-jr.), Chris Register (r-fr.), Kendall Joseph (r-fr.), Korie Rogers (r-fr.), Jalen Williams (fr.), Chad Smith (fr.), J.D. Davis (fr.), Judah Davis (fr.)

Returning starters: Mackensie Alexander (r-soph.), Korrin Wiggins, as a nickelback (jr.)

Returning backups: Cordrea Tankersley (jr.)

On campus, on scholarship: Adrian Baker (r-soph.), Ryan Carter (r-soph.), Marcus Edmond (r-soph.), Kaleb Chalmers (fr.)

Verbal commitments (2): Mark Fields, Amir Trapp

Returning starters: Jayron Kearse (jr.)

Returning backups: Jadar Johnson (jr.), T.J. Green (jr.), Travis Blanks (r-jr.)

On campus, on scholarship: Jefferie Gibson (r-fr.),

Verbal commitment (1): Tanner Muse

Returning starter: K Ammon Lakip (r-sr.)

Returning backups: K/P Alex Spence (r-fr.)