One of the top defensive linemen in the 2019 class, Jacob Lacey, made his first visit to Clemson on Saturday for Junior Day.
The defensive tackle from South Warren High in Bowling Green, Ky., spoke with The Clemson Insider about his experience.
“Absolutely incredible,” Lacey said. “Coach Swinney is amazing. Spent a lot of time with coach Bates, also spent time with coach Venables.
“Facilities are off the chart and truly a family atmosphere.”
Seeing Clemson’s new football operations facility was a highlight of the day for many of the recruits on campus, Lacey included.
“I liked everything about it,” Lacey said. “I did go down the slide but everything. The weight room and the players’ lounge stick out the most. Food was awesome too.”
Lacey, a top-five defensive tackle in his class as rated by 247Sports, lists early offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Penn State and Tennessee among others.
The 6-foot-2, 290-pounder answered in bulk when asked what he likes about Clemson’s coaching staff.
“I love that they shoot you straight. They said they loved my film and they want me, want me to come back and talk with coach Swinney,” Lacey said. “Coach Bates is a motivator and knows D-line. Coach V basically said they want me to get to know them better and then the ball will be in my court.
“You don’t have to guess what they are thinking. Made it very clear their intentions. It was worth coming here (Saturday). All the assistants from the GAs on up knew me and kept saying they loved my film.”
Lacey plans to visit Notre Dame and Vanderbilt later this month, and Louisville and Florida State in April.
He wants to get back to Clemson soon.
“Coach V told me they wanted me back before summer camp,” Lacey said. “I’m not sure, but I will be back ASAP.”
Lacey is rated by 247 as the No. 2 prospect in Kentucky, the No. 4 defensive tackle and the No. 37 overall prospect in the 2019 class.