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Nov 5, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)
Nov 5, 2016; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers wide receiver Mike Williams (7) reacts after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)

With Clemson up 3-0 in the first quarter, Eric Dungey was intercepted by Ryan Carter, who returned the ball to the SU 5. Three plays later, Deshaun Watson ran it in from one yard out, which opened the floodgates for Clemson. 

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Former Texas A&M forward Elijah Thomas will transfer to Clemson. (Kevin Jairaj / USA Today Sports)
Former Texas A&M forward Elijah Thomas will transfer to Clemson. (Kevin Jairaj / USA Today Sports)

Clemson landed a pledge from transferring Texas A&M big man Elijah Thomas on Wednesday, according to multiple reports. He will be eligible in December 2016.

"I chose Clemson because of the opportunities at hand to better myself in a great conference," Thomas told ESPN. "Also, the history and the players who played at Clemson were very successful, so the chance to be a part of that makes me want to work hard and win at Clemson."

Thomas will join fellow transfers Shelton Mitchell (Vanderbilt) and Marcquise Reed (Robert Morris), as CBSSports.com pointed out.

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Syracuse Orange running back Jordan Fredericks (22) runs past Clemson Tigers safety T.J. Green (15) and defensive end Kevin Dodd (98) for good yardage during the first quarter. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange running back Jordan Fredericks (22) runs past Clemson Tigers safety T.J. Green (15) and defensive end Kevin Dodd (98) for good yardage during the first quarter. (Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse coach Scott Shafer gritted his teeth one more time. That big victory he and the Orange are desperate for will have to wait another week.

DeShaun Watson made sure Clemson stayed on track for a shot at the national championship, accumulating 461 total yards and accounting for three touchdowns to help the top-ranked Tigers hold off Syracuse 37-27 on Saturday.

The Orange forced two first-quarter fumbles and intercepted Watson once, but the sophomore made sure the Tigers (10-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference; No. 1 CFP) prevailed to keep their unblemished record intact.

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Syracuse has lost to Clemson each of the past two seasons while getting held to a combined 20 points. (Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse has lost to Clemson each of the past two seasons while getting held to a combined 20 points. (Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) - Clemson faces perhaps its most difficult challenge now that the top-ranked Tigers have successfully navigated the toughest games out of the way, avoiding missteps on the way to the College Football Playoffs.

The top-ranked Tigers (9-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference; No. 1 CFP) made a strong statement with their 23-13 victory over Florida State in their much anticipated showdown last Saturday. The victory clinched a berth in the ACC championship game, but between now and the title contest, Clemson faces three opponents where the only statements the Tigers can make to the playoff selection committee are bad.

Clemson plays struggling Syracuse (3-6, 1-4) on Saturday, but even a video game-type blowout victory and the Tigers would have only done what's expected. Lose, and it's likely bye-bye national title hopes.

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Donte Grantham, a 6-foot-7 small forward from Hargrave (Va.) Military, pledged to Clemson on Friday.

"I Decided to go To CLEMSON UNIVERSITY!!!! ?#tigernation #ACC #Family #Orange !!," He Tweeted.

The Rivals No. 66 player in the Class of 2014, he also considered Michigan.

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Adonis Filer, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound point guard from Hammond (Ind.), has verbally committed to Clemson and is expected to sign Wednesday.

"Yeah, I did," Filer, the Rivals No. 24 point guard in the Class of 2012, told SNY.tv by phone. "That seemed like the right school for me. My family talked about it and it seemed it was the right fit."

Filer, who becomes the fifth 2012 commit for coach Brad Brownell's club, also considered Utah, Purdue and Tennessee and said he expects to help Clemson right away.

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By ALEX KLINE

For months, Devin Coleman has been trying to find the right school for himself.

As his senior season and career at Friends Central outside Philadelphia ended last week with a third consecutive Pennsylvania Independent Schools State championship,, the 6-foot-3 shooting guard decided it was time to focus on his recruitment.

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Elijah Carter is settling into his new life at Brewster (N.H.) Academy and trimming his college list as well.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Carter, a former St. Bonaventure commit, says his top five consists of Seton Hall, Cincinnati, Oregon State, Charlotte and Clemson.

Carter had an in-home visit with Oregon State assistant Nate Pomeday on Tuesday night. He also recently had an in-home with Cincinnati head coach Mike Cronin and assistant Darren Savino and also took an unofficial to Seton Hall.

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Malcolm Gilbert has cut his list to six schools.

The 6-foot-11 rising senior center out of Academy of the New Church now lists Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Wake Forest, Virginia and Clemson.

Gilbert has already taken unofficials to Virginia, Ohio State, Pitt and Duke and plans to visit Virginia Tech next, possibly next weekend.

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Monmouth transfer Travis Taylor has taken two visits so far.

He saw Seton Hall last Saturday and Boston College last Sunday and Monday. The 6-foot-7 Taylor is scheduled to visit Temple on Sunday and Monday.

"Right now that's all the visits the Taylors have set up," said Bill Diamond, Taylor's mentor.

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The men's college basketball season is officially over, but the Coaching Carousel is running wild. Here are the highlights:

**Former Clemson coach Oliver Purnell (pictured) has agreed to a seven-year deal to take over DePaul. The Blue Demons have gone 1-35 in Big East play over the last two years.

**Steve Donahue is moving to Boston College from Cornell. Donahue, who did not immediately answer a text message, will be introduced at a Wednesday news conference.

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Noel Johnson, a 6-foot-7 small forward who initially signed with USC, has decided to play for Clemson.

Johnson, out of Fayetteville (GA) Fayette County, chose Clemson over LSU, UNLV and Florida International.

"When they sat me down on my visit, they showed me how much I can do for them," Johnson told ESPN.com. "I know I can help them at the two, three and even the one."

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