Jalil Irvin’s first trip to Clemson didn’t lack for enjoyment in his mind.
The 2018 four-star offensive guard from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., visited Clemson on Saturday for the Tigers’ game against Syracuse, and he left impressed.
“I loved Clemson,” Irvin told The Clemson Insider. “The environment and facilities there are crazy. Definitely one of the best visits I’ve been on.”
Irvin said several aspects of the experience stood out.
“Talking to (defensive ends) coach (Maron) Hobby, just the atmosphere there and seeing how they play and how they were in the locker room after the game,” Irvin said.
Irvin had a good conversation with Hobby.
“Just glad to see me here,” Irvin said of what he heard from Hobby, “we have to get you back up here to visit campus and for a camp to work with (offensive line) coach (Robbie) Caldwell. And they are going to need offensive linemen next year, and he likes how I finish blocks.”
Irvin lists offers from Auburn, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Tennessee, Tulane, UCF and Virginia Tech.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder de-committed from Michigan in late August after committing in June.
On Oct. 12, Irvin released his top 12 schools on Twitter with Clemson, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Tennessee comprising the list.
What helped Clemson make the list, and what would it mean if the Tigers offered?
“Just because I have been talking to their staff on a consistent basis,” Irvin said, “and it would mean a lot. They would be near the top.”
Irvin said Auburn, Florida, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee are recruiting him the hardest at this time.
Irvin doesn’t know when he will make a decision, but knows what will be important to him when he does.
“Mainly comfort, education and playing time,” Irvin said.
Irvin has also been to Auburn, Florida and Tennessee this season. He plans to get to LSU, Michigan, North Carolina and Florida again, as well.