Ronan Hanafin signs to the Tigers

Clemson Football received its 20th verbal commitment for the Class of 2023 today. Ronan Hanafin of Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, Massachusetts announced his commitment to the Tigers.

Hanafin is ranked as an athlete by 247 Sports. He is expected to be a receiver for Clemson.

Hanafin is a 4-star recruit in the 247 Composite. He is currently the 287th recruit in the nation, 18th athlete and 5th player in Massachusetts. He is Clemson’s first player this cycle from the New England area.

Hanafin was also heavily considering Notre Dame. Recently, there have been strong indications that Clemson would be the pick. Rivals’ Tiger Illustrated website projected Hanafin onto Clemson, and several 247 personalities, including high school recruiting director Steve Wiltong, had signed on for Clemson at Crystal Balls. Even two 247 experts connected to their website Notre Dane had submitted Clemson Crystal Balls for Hanafin last week.

Hanafin is listed as 6′-3″ & 206 pounds. He is a two-way player in high school, and his Hudl tape includes several highlights in which he plays both linebacker and receiver. The first highlight, however, is Special teams as Hanafin sets up a punt and runs it back for a touchdown A few highlights later you see Hanafin set up a receiver but the ball isn’t coming his way Instead he blocks the cornerback about ten yards back On defense Hanafin makes tackles on a highlight and then intercepts in pass coverage.

Clemson Football earned its 20th engagement of the 2023 cycle when 4-star wide receiver Ronan Hanafin conceded to the Tigers

Looking at his tape, the message is quickly conveyed: Hanafin is a versatile, all-round footballer, and I think that’s exactly why Coach Swinney and his staff targeted him. They have stated in the past that they like prospects who play other sports because it shows they are gifted athletes who can do multiple things. Hanafin doesn’t have to step onto a diamond or pitch to demonstrate this – he does it all on the soccer field.

While Clemson’s class is almost complete at this point, there are still a few more boxes to tick, most notably running back. Clemson seems comfortable taking his time to fill that void as the 2023 high school season has only just begun. I think it’s reasonable to think that some prospects who haven’t had a high profile will garner attention during their senior season. I wouldn’t be surprised if Clemson’s eventual running back for this class is someone not on our radar right now.

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