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The top ranked 2020 safety in the nation is from DFW and now committed to Clemson

Southlake Carroll touchdown pass to RJ Mickens

Southlake Carroll took an early lead against Euless Trinity with a 26-yard touchdown reception from RJ Mickens from Will Bowers.
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Southlake Carroll took an early lead against Euless Trinity with a 26-yard touchdown reception from RJ Mickens from Will Bowers.

Southlake Carroll’s RJ Mickens, the No. 1 ranked 2020 safety in the nation according to 247Sports, announced his commitment to Clemson via Twitter on Saturday.

Clemson was one of 11 Mickens had in his final group which also included Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Florida, Texas A&M, Nebraska, Miami and Michigan.

Mickens is a 4-star safety with 31 offers. He is ranked as the fifth overall prospect in the state. He’s also ranked as the No. 42 overall player in the country, per 247Sports.

According to 247Sports’ crystal ball predictions, Ohio State was the front-runner to land Mickens at 50 percent. Clemson was second at 33 percent.

Southlake Carroll wide receiver RJ Mickens hauls in a difficult pass from Will Bowers for a touchdown in the first half against Duncanville on Dec. 8, 2018.

In three seasons, Mickens has amassed nearly 200 tackles with seven interceptions, seven forced fumbles and 29 deflections. He’s played WR the past two years with nearly 1,000 yards receiving and 12 TDs to show for it.

Clemson beat Alabama in January to win the national championship.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.


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