Lone Star State linebacker checks out Death Valley


Southlake (Texas) Southlake Carroll 2018 linebacker Jacob Doddridge attended a pair of practice sessions of the Dabo Swinney Football Camp at Clemson in June.

Last Saturday, he returned to campus for a visit and saw Clemson’s marquee 42-36 win over Louisville.

Doddridge had wanted to check out a game in Death Valley for a while, and his first one certainly didn’t disappoint.

“I loved the visit,” Doddridge said. “I had so much fun. The highlight was getting to see Clemson win such a good game.”

Doddridge was impressed by Clemson’s raucous crowd.

“It was awesome,” he said. “The stadium was so loud.”

Doddridge has connections to both Clemson and Baylor.

Doddridge’s dad, Jonathan, is a former baseball player at Baylor.

Jonathan also played football against Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables in Kansas during the late 80s and early 90s. Jonathan was a linebacker at Salina Central High School while Venables was a linebacker at Salina South High.

On Saturday, Jacob got to catch up with Venables.

“He said he liked my film,” Jacob said, “and said to wait because they’re going to wait to recruit the ’18 class for a little bit.”

As a sophomore in 2015, Jacob posted 41 tackles with two sacks, five quarterback hurries and a pass deflection.

Jacob said his junior season is going “great so far.”

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has received interest from Clemson, Baylor, Florida State, Kansas State, Northwestern and Texas Tech.

What’s next for Jacob in terms of visits?

“Last weekend we went to the Baylor game (against Oklahoma State),” he said, “and we might do another visit later this season, but I’m not sure where.”

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