High 4-star says one school is recruiting him hardest


Anderson (S.C.) T.L. Hanna high four-star defensive end Zacch Pickens was among the lengthy list of prospects who visited Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Louisville on Saturday night in Death Valley.

The Clemson Insider recently chatted with Pickens about his experience.

“I really enjoyed my visit,” Pickens said.

What did the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder think about Clemson’s nail-biting 42-36 victory?

“The defense played the best game in their life,” Pickens said, “and the offense stepped up when they needed to.”

Pickens particularly liked the support Clemson’s crowd showed the Tigers.

“Walking out to the field and seeing the people get happy for their team, it’s amazing to see,” Pickens said.

While at Clemson, Pickens was able to talk to defensive ends coach Marion Hobby.

“He was just happy to see me,” Pickens said.

Just a sophomore, Pickens already possesses offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Pickens said one school is recruiting him the hardest.

“Clemson,” he said.

Pickens also visited Clemson for the game against Troy on Sept. 10, when he had the opportunity to meet head coach Dabo Swinney for the first time.

Pickens is rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 player in South Carolina, the nation’s No. 1 strong-side defensive end and the nation’s No. 8 player overall in the 2019 class.

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