Clemson lost a key recruiting battle to Georgia Tech on Wednesday.

Middle Tennessee transfer offensive lineman Keylan Rutledge chose the Yellow Jackets over the Tigers. Rutledge is one of a couple offensive line transfers that Clemson has offered so far this cycle, but it hasn’t been able to land a target yet.

Rutledge would have been a significant addition for Clemson. He was named 1st-team all-Conference USA for his performance in 2023.

Losing Rutledge to an ACC rival is a big blow for the Tigers. Clemson has been a bit more aggressive in the transfer portal this offseason than in year’s past, but that effort has yet to pay off. The Tigers are set to lose at least two offensive linemen from their 2023 team in Will Putnam (graduated) and Mitchell Mayes (transfer).

Clemson will now go back to the drawing board as it looks to attract offensive line talent via the portal this offseason. The Tigers officially hired Matt Luke as their next OL coach earlier this offseason. Luke, a former Ole Miss head coach and Georgia assistant, has ties throughout the region.