Porter Rooks, one of the top young prospects in North Carolina, attended Clemson’s junior day last weekend.
The wide receiver from Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day spoke with The Clemson Insider about his experience.
“I had a great trip,” Rooks told The Clemson Insider. “I really liked being able to see the practice. The practice gave me an idea of some of the coaches’ coaching style. Also seeing the tempo and the efficiency of the practice was impressive.”
Rooks was also blown away by the new facility and mentioned one part of it he especially liked.
“Mind-blowing. It’s going to make players never want to go home,” he said laughing. “The best part of that building is definitely the slide. The slide shows the fun side of coach Swinney and not a lot of college football coaches have that side.”
Just a freshman in the class of 2020, Rooks already has offers from East Carolina, Louisville, North Carolina and Wake Forest. Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Maryland, South Carolina and Southern Cal are others showing early interest.
Rooks’ brother, Patrick Rooks, signed with the Clemson basketball program in 2013 and played two years at Clemson before transferring to Chipola College.
So, the younger Rooks is quite familiar with Clemson.
“I’ve been on campus a good amount,” Porter said. “My brother played basketball at Clemson and I was born in the area. I also went to the home game against Louisville.
“The Clemson fan base stands out to me. Clemson football has 100-percent diehard fans and you can tell because of the noise level in Death Valley.”
Porter said he spoke mostly with wide receivers coach Jeff Scott while on campus.
“He was pretty much just telling me to keep in contact with him and he wants me on campus again in the spring and or summer,” Porter said. “Also he said that he’s coming to Charlotte to see me in May.”
In his first season on varsity, Porter caught 35 passes for 531 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 308 yards and two scores.
“Coach Scott said he likes my size and how hardworking I am. Also he said he loves how coachable I am,” Porter said. “The main reason I like coach Scott is because he will always be 100-percent honest. He won’t sugarcoat anything. He’ll tell me the truth regardless of the situation.”
Porter was most recently offered by North Carolina in February. He was named to the MaxPreps 2016 freshman All-American team as well as the N.C. Preps All-State football team in January.