Among the prospects Clemson hosted for its home opener against Troy on Saturday was Carrollton (Ga.) safety Rashad Torrence II.
The Clemson Insider recently caught up with Torrence about his visit.
“It was my first time (at Clemson),” Torrence said. “I liked the visit. The crowd was loud, and the coaches were very nice.”
What was the highlight of the day for him?
“We went onto the field during pregame, and that was the highlight, seeing the fans and the fan base that Clemson has,” Torrence said. “That’s really a plus.”
Torrence also enjoyed chatting with Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Mike Reed.
“Coach Venables told me that I could come to any Clemson game, and he told me to stay in the books and don’t slack off,” Torrence said. “Coach Reed was telling me that I have to work year-round. I can’t really take days off because there’s a lot of people trying to get it.”
As a defensive player, Torrence liked what he saw from Clemson’s defense in the Tigers’ 30-24 win.
“The defense stepped up,” Torrence said. “I liked how the leaders took the team over when the game got rough.”
Like Clemson, Torrence and Carrollton High have started the season 2-0.
Only a freshman, Torrence is already seeing significant playing time at safety.
“It’s a big change of scenery, but I’m trying to get used to it,” Torrence said. “It’s very loud versus playing on weekends (on junior varsity).”
Torrence attended Miami’s football camp over the summer and recently visited Auburn, as well. He’s not sure what visits he will take the rest of the season, but hopes to make it back to Clemson down the road.
“Right now, I’m not sure,” Torrence said, “but I’m hoping to get back up to Clemson soon.”
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