Ben Boulware, B.J. Goodson, Stephone Anthony…just a short list of successes Clemson has had at linebacker over the last several years. They were all the leaders of the defense, and losing Boulware this coming season, Clemson will find another to lead what looks to be yet again one of the top defenses in the country.
As the Tigers begin to shop around for future linebackers to lead the defense, there are many promising prospects, including 2019 middle linebacker Trevon Salter.
Although he’s only a rising junior, Salter could be the next Tiger from the Grayson (Ga.) pipeline that includes Wayne Gallman, Ryan Carter and incoming freshman Chase Brice.
Salter said his life as a Clemson fan made his visit even more special.
“It was a really great experience. I loved it,” said Salter. “I’ve been a fan of Clemson since I was 9 and experiencing the life of a student athlete at my favorite school was astonishing. I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to go back.”
However, this was not Salter’s first Clemson experience. He has been here multiple times, a good sign for the Tigers during the recruiting process.
“I’ve visited Clemson at least four times,” he said. “I got to experience the team room, I got to experience the ginormous game room and overall I got to experience the lifestyle of a Clemson Tiger.”
The new Allen Reeves Football Facility seems to wow a lot of new recruits that visit, but Salter had one place in particular that stood out to him.
“The highlight had to be the game room. I had so much fun playing the coaches in Madden,” he said. “The game room was really a place just to hang out and enjoy ourselves.”
On his visit, Salter got some valuable pieces of advice from new defensive end coach Todd Bates.
“I got a chance to chat with Coach Bates,” he said. “Coach Bates just told me to be a Clemson athlete, I must stay on top of GPA and make plays on defense. He was also stressing to me about the type of people I hang with and to always do the right thing when no one is looking.”
While Salter currently does not have any offers because of limited playing time, Salter hopes he can cut out some quality playing time for the defending state champs.
“Right now none at the moment. Didn’t really get a lot of film this year,” said Salter. “Playing with the best team in Georgia high school football (Grayson) the coaches never really gave me a chance to show them what I’m made of. Hopefully, by the end of camp season, I will have colleges interested in me.”
Even with lack of experience playing with the varsity squad, Salter believes he can bring a lot to the table if Clemson gives him an offer.
“Right now, I currently play middle linebacker. I’m a very disciplined and coachable player. I will make plays in clutch situations,” said Salter. “I can come downhill and lay the lick on someone. I’m all about finishing the game and being a leader on the field.”