Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic Class of 2019 four-star wide receiver DeMarcco Hellams picked up an offer from Clemson earlier this month and quickly set up a trip to Tigertown.
Hellams, one of the nation’s top prospects at his position in the sophomore class, will make his first visit to campus on Saturday for Clemson’s Junior Day.
“I’m looking to see how the campus life is, the environment, what more the school has than football,” Hellams told The Clemson Insider. “I definitely want to walk down the hill and touch Howard’s Rock.”
Hellams received his first offer from in-state Maryland in June 2015 when he was just an eighth-grader. His latest offer came courtesy of Penn State last week. In between, he has collected early offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers, Tennessee, Toledo and Virginia Tech.
Clemson pulled the trigger two weeks ago on Feb. 14, and it’s an offer he thinks highly of.
“The offer meant a lot to me,” Hellams said. “Clemson has always been a dream school of mine, so when I got the offer it really meant a lot.”
Hellams said Clemson’s winning tradition and passionate fans stand out to him.
“The school has amazing support for their team. They show up to every game and not many teams in the country have the same fan base as Clemson,” he said. “Clemson is a program with an amazing coaching staff, a winning program, and they compete against the best. They also compete for conference and national titles every year.”
Hellams’ double-digit scholarship offers could easily double by this time next year, and it will be a while before he has to make a decision. But he already has a good grasp of what he’s looking for in his future school of choice.
“When I make the decision to commit to a school, I’m just looking for a program that can take my game to the next level, coaches that are truthful and care about the person not just the player, and a school that offers life after football and a good college life,” he said.
Scout rates the 6-foot-1, 195-pounder as a four-star receiver. He most recently attended Penn State’s Junior Day on Feb. 25.