HOPKINS, S.C. — Heading to Clemson for his final official visit last week, Hopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland shooting guard Clyde Trapp was still contemplating a handful of college choices and unsure about where he would continue his basketball career.
Trapp arrived on campus last Thursday for Clemson’s basketball exhibition against Lander and stayed through Saturday for the football team’s game against Syracuse.
Clemson extended an offer at the end of the visit, and on Monday, Trapp knew for certain where he wanted to go.
“I was still kind of weighing my options, writing down my pros and cons of everything,” Trapp said. “But when I went to Clemson, I had that feeling like this is the place I need to be.”
On Wednesday, he made it official.
Trapp announced his decision to attend Clemson during a ceremony at his high school on Wednesday afternoon and signed his letter of intent on the first day of college basketball’s early signing period.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder chose Clemson over South Carolina, Charlotte and Rice.
The Clemson Insider was on hand and for the event and spoke with Trapp afterward.
“Clemson brought everything to the table — academics, it’s in the ACC — and really it’s where I feel the most comfortable,” Trapp said. “I feel at home there. Not saying I didn’t feel home at anywhere else, but there, I had that feeling and my parents did also.”
In addition to offers from his finalists, Trapp had offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kansas State, La Salle, Missouri, South Florida and VCU among others. Trapp also officially visited South Carolina in mid-October and officially visited Charlotte in late October.
Trapp’s recruiting process intensified following the spring of 2016 after highlights of his play on the AAU circuit began to circulate. After initially hearing from mostly mid-major schools, Trapp started attracting interest from high-major programs.
Clemson was one of the schools that recognized Trapp’s talent and stayed in regular contact.
“They came on, it was after AAU, but we started workouts here, and I was always talking to coach (Steve) Smith,” Trapp said. “He always kept an open line of communication, and then coach (Brad) Brownell came and kind of just hit it off from there.”
Trapp has since built a strong relationship with Clemson’s staff.
“We can pick up the phone any time,” Trapp said. “We have a really good relationship. My mom and my dad actually went and played golf with those guys on my visit.”
The opportunity to play multiple positions and the potential for early playing time resonated with Trapp when considering Clemson.
Clemson envisions Trapp as a combo guard who is capable of making an immediate impact.
As a junior in 2015, Trapp averaged 13 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.6 steals per game.
“Coach recruited me because I can play one through three,” Trapp said. “They said I definitely have a chance to play as a freshman. They’re going to throw me in the fire. They wouldn’t be recruiting me if I couldn’t come in and make a difference right away. So, I’m looking forward to that.”
Trapp’s AAU coach is former Clemson star guard Ed Scott.
Trapp said Scott was a valuable mentor throughout the recruiting process.
“He’s like a second dad,” Trapp said. “He’s always on me. Every day in the gym, it’s no letting up. So, he’s always pushing me and always has my best interests. He never swayed me from a school or to a school, he just gave me positive feedback, negative feedback and let me make the decision for myself. I respect him for that.”
After signing on the dotted line, Trapp became the third member of Clemson’s 2017 recruiting class, joining Malik William and Aamir Simms.
Trapp is relieved to have the recruiting process behind him, and he is looking forward to his journey at Clemson.
“It was the toughest decision of my life,” Trapp said. “It’s easy to say yes, but it’s so hard to say no to the guys you’ve built relationships with over the period. It was just tough, but I feel like I made a good decision, my family feels like we made a good decision and I’m just ready to hoop.
“I love that orange and purple, so looking forward to it.”