BIGGEST SPLASH: Rarely does a middle linebacker crack ESPN’s top 10 overall prospect list, but Tony Steward did, ranking ninth, thanks to a blend of size, speed, athleticism and aggressiveness. He can defend the run, pass and blitz effectively. This is a potential three-down, throw-back type player, one who could set the tone for the entire front seven on defense.
ONE THAT GOT AWAY: Clemson lost some in-state battles to South Carolina this recruiting cycle and a significant one in Phillip Dukes, the defensive tackle out of Manning. Clemson has become thin along its interior defensive line.
WILL PLAY RIGHT AWAY: Considered the top running back in Florida, five-star prospect Mike Bellamy has cat-like quickness combined with excellent vision and breakaway speed. He needs to hit the weight room as he weighs only 175 pounds, but Bellamy can contribute early on as a change-of-pace back behind Andre Ellington.
KEEP AN EYE ON: Clemson has a trio of potential No. 1 type receivers in this class: Charone Peake, Martavis Bryant and Watkins. Of the three, Sammy Watkins is the most polished route runner, exploding in and out of his cuts. He also has good size (6-1, 180) and speed (4.5 second 40-yard dash). Watkins, who had drawn comparisons to former Florida State wideout Peter Warrick, might not have the ceiling of Peake, who draws A.J. Green comparisons, but he might be more game-ready.