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Nation's top guard has eye-opening experience at Clemson

For its Junior Day on Jan. 28, Clemson hosted the nation’s top two offensive guards in the 2018 class in Atlanta (Ga.) Pace Academy five-star Jamaree Salyer and Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County four-star Trey Hill, respectively.

For Salyer, a consensus top-25 prospect regardless of position, the Junior Day visit marked his first to Clemson since March 2016.

“It was crazy,” Salyer told The Clemson Insider. “They really open your eyes to what it means to be a Clemson Tiger.”

Salyer was accompanied by his parents, who saw Clemson for the first time.

“They loved it,” he said.

What stood out to him about the experience personally?

“Just knowing how much the school is centered around the students and football is centered around the players,” he said.

Clemson was the seventh school to offer Salyer in June 2015. The 6-foot-4, 325-pounder now lists nearly 30 offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

He plans to release his top schools at the end of the spring or beginning of the fall.

Clemson will be on the list.

“Definitely will be in my top five list of schools,” Salyer said.

Georgia and Clemson have long been considered the favorites for Salyer, with Ohio State also a top contender.

Salyer said he probably won’t make a decision until signing day.

He is ranked as the nation’s No. 1 guard by all of the major recruiting services and ranked as high as the No. 8 prospect overall by Scout.com.

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