Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star running back Master Teague received an invitation last month to Clemson’s Junior Day before attending the event on Saturday.
His first time on campus last June lasted a brief couple of hours, so he enjoyed learning more about Clemson and what it has to offer.
“It was great. I enjoyed everything,” Teague told The Clemson Insider. “We learned a lot about the culture at Clemson and got to meet all of the coaching staff.”
Teague’s experience was highlighted by the new facility, particularly the P.A.W. Journey aspect of it dedicated to teaching players life skills in order to be successful after their football careers.
“They have something their called P.A.W. Journey. That is a highlight for me as well as getting to listen to and talk to coaches,” Teague said.
Teague was told prior to the visit that he’s one of four running backs Clemson is looking at to fill its lone available spot at the position in the 2018 class.
His conversations with running backs coach Tony Elliott affirmed that he is on the Tigers’ recruiting board.
“Coach Elliott told me that he thought that I could play in their offense and he wanted to continue to get to know me as a person,” Teague said, “and that he wanted to come see me at my spring practice. He told me that they were only taking one running back and he recruits all his guys with the same intensity.”
Teague carries offers from around 20 schools, and a chunk of those have come over the past couple of months.
Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Virginia and Auburn have all thrown their hats in the ring for Teague since the New Year began, respectively. The 5-foot-11, 205-pounder also owns offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt among a few others.
Teague plans to release a short list of his top schools soon. Will Clemson make the cut?
“I can say that they will make that list of schools who are recruiting me with no offer yet,” he said.
He is planning to make a decision before the start of his senior season, and said the Tigers would still be in the running if they offer over the summer.
“I hope to make a decision before my season starts in the fall,” he said. “What will be important to me is being able to see that the culture of a program can help me to become a better person and man (spiritually) and athlete. It will be important that the coaches and I feel good with each other. I want to be somewhere I grow in all areas.”
The No. 9 running back in the 2018 class and No. 186 overall prospect according to 247Sports will visit Georgia, Auburn and Ohio State this month and Georgia again in April.
“We hope to fit in another trip to Clemson,” Teague said, “or a trip to Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee or Mississippi State.”