Northview High School in Johns Creek, Ga., played host to the annual Atlanta-area Under Armour All-America Camp on Sunday. Plenty of Clemson targets and future prospects relevant to Clemson competed in the invite-only event.
The Clemson Insider was on hand for the camp. Here are some news and notes from it as it relates to the Tigers:
— A priority Clemson target and a pair of 2019 prospects Clemson is showing interest in received invitations to the Under Armour All-America Game and Future 50 Underclassmen Camp, respectively. Warner Robins (Ga.) Houston County four-star offensive guard Trey Hill was one of the top overall performers at the camp and nabbed an invite to the UA game.
Pinson (Ala.) Pinson Valley 2019 quarterback Bo Nix, who visited Clemson on Monday and gained an offer from the Tigers, showcased his sharp skills en route to a Future 50 invite. He was named quarterback MVP of The Opening Atlanta Regional last Sunday. Nix consistently made strong and accurate throws, such as this one:
Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville 2019 offensive lineman Pierce Quick, who visited Clemson last month for junior day, was also invited to the Future 50 Camp after a standout day. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder impressed with his effort, athleticism and the way he used his size and length to his advantage. Quick is a fast-riser who collected offers from Memphis, Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama and Oregon in February followed by Georgia, LSU and Vanderbilt last month.
— The aforementioned Hill, who visited Clemson for its junior day in January, said Clemson sells itself in recruiting. “I like Clemson. They’re very energetic,” he said. “Their facilities is great, and Clemson is selling for itself. They just won a national championship.”
Georgia is the perceived favorite for Hill, the nation’s No. 2-ranked offensive guard who isn’t in any rush to make a decision. Clemson is one of the Bulldogs’ biggest contender at this juncture.
— Covington (Ga.) Newton defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies visited Clemson three times in March and has quickly risen up the Tigers’ recruiting board. Jefferies told TCI that he will be back on campus again for April 8’s spring game. He has seen his stock soar since the beginning of the calendar year as his offers have piled up. He doesn’t currently have a timetable for when he will narrow his recruitment or make a decision.
— Gaffney (S.C.) wide receiver Dennis Smith is slated to attend the spring game as well. Clemson gave him a long-awaited offer during his junior day visit in March.
— Butler (Ga.) Taylor County running back Lyn-J Dixon, a prime offer candidate, visited Clemson on Friday. It marked his first visit since the Pittsburgh game last November. He discussed his latest trip: “I got to read up on the academics, talk to the academic leader and just talk to coach (Tony) Elliott about basic things,” Dixon said. “He was telling me how he operates, and I feel like he keeps it real and truthful, and that’s what I like about coach Elliott.”
Right now Dixon plans to release his top schools early in his senior season.
— Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian four-star cornerback Kyler McMichael intends to announce his top five schools before the start of his senior season and commit at some point during it. Clemson is a lock to make the list, and McMichael said the Tigers are in his top three.
— Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee 2019 defensive tackle Travon Walker picked up an offer from Clemson in January and plans to visit Clemson as soon as this week. His offer sheet in the early going is comprised of Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and South Carolina.
He talked about what it meant to get the offer from Clemson.”It was big,” he said. “They just had won the national championship. It was big.”
— Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin 2018 defensive tackle Coynis Miller was offered by Clemson in February and said he plans to see Clemson this summer. Alabama and Auburn are high in his recruitment.
— Nashville (Tenn.) East Nashville Magnet 2019 athlete Jashon Watkins said he is getting “a lot” of interest from Clemson and that an offer from the Tigers would “mean the world” to him.
“It would mean the world to me, honestly,” he said. “That’s one of my dream schools, so it would mean the world to me.”
— A 2020 prospect to know in regards to Clemson is Atlanta-Woodward Academy athlete Arik Gilbert. He’s very early in his recruiting process, but the natural athlete projects to be a national recruit. He’s smooth, moves well and showed it at the camp. Clemson is showing interest and he has visited a few times.
TCI will have much more on these recruits and others in the coming days, so stay tuned for the latest Clemson recruiting news.