Clemson star DEs to stay in school

Sports Xchange

January 13, 2018 at 6:35 pm.

Clemson got a boost in its bid for a 2018 national championship when both its star defensive ends, Austin Bryant and Clelin Ferrell, decided to return to school next season.

It was assumed that one or both would enter the NFL Draft this year as they were considered first-round prospects.

However, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Saturday evening that both linemen will be returning to Clemson.

NFLDraftScout.com ranked Bryant as the nation’s No. 21 overall pro prospect, and placed Ferrell in the No. 25 slot.

The NFLDraftScout.com mock draft had Ferrell getting selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 12th pick of the first round.

Both players started all 14 games this season for the Tigers, and Ferrell, a redshirt sophomore, started all 15 games in 2016, when the Tigers went on to win the national championship.

Ferrell led the Tigers this season in both tackles for loss (17) and sacks (8.5). Bryant, a junior, was second in both categories, with 14.5 and 7.5.