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Clemson among favorites of 5-star standout

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Fairfield (Ohio) five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman, one of the top-rated prospects in the class of 2018, holds Clemson in high regard.

Ohio State leads in his recruitment, though Carman said Clemson is among his favorites.

“Top five,” Carman told The Clemson Insider.

Carman touts over 30 offers, highlighted by Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama, Michigan, Notre Dame and Southern Cal among others.

Clemson offered Carman in May, and offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell attended a game of Carman’s in September following the Tigers’ Thursday night win over Georgia Tech.

“It meant a lot,” Carman said of Caldwell’s presence at the game. “It’s not always easy coming from South Carolina to Ohio, so the fact that he came and made a game speaks volumes.”

What did Carman hear from Caldwell?

“Just telling me that I had been looking good and to keep up the good work,” Carman said, “and that I always had a home in Clemson.”

Clemson, Ohio State, Alabama and Southern Cal are currently recruiting him the hardest.

Though location isn’t technically on Clemson’s side with the Ohio standout, boding well for the Tigers is that Carman’s father lives in Charleston.

Carman traveled to South Carolina over the summer, and while he wasn’t able to work out a visit to Clemson, he heard a lot about the Tigers.

“While I was down in South Carolina, everyone was telling me how good of a guy Dabo (Swinney) is, how much of a family Clemson is and that I would really feel at home there,” Carman said during an interview with TCI in July. “I’ve also heard that they’re getting a brand new player facility soon, so that should be interesting.”

Carman has visited Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama this season. He will be at Ohio State again this weekend.

The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder is rated by 247 as the No. 1 prospect in Ohio, the nation’s No. 3 offensive tackle and the nation’s No. 17 prospect overall in the class of 2018.

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