Clemson has officially announced that defensive end Xavier Thomas will be back in 2021.
While it had been assumed for some time that Thomas would return for his senior season, there was no official announcement until Monday. Thomas was penciled in as one of the starting defensive ends heading into the 2020 season but a bout with Covid and then strep throat kept him sidelined for the first few games of the season.
Thomas ended up appearing in 7 games, registering 3.5 sacks and 4 TFL. Coming back for one more season could do wonders for the South Carolina natives draft stock.