A couple of months after he earned a big first offer from the SEC’s Tigers, LSU, the ACC’s Tigers welcomed 2019 running back Travis Tisdale on a visit for Saturday’s Orange & White spring game.
The up-and-coming prospect from Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes tripped to Clemson with his parents.
“I had a blast,” Tisdale told The Clemson Insider. “Especially when I saw their new facility and the tour we got around it, and I enjoyed all the coaches. Also the spring game was great.”
Tisdale (5-11, 180) was an honorable mention all-state performer by the Georgia Sports Writers Association as a sophomore last season, when he rushed for 1,029 yards on 130 carries (7.9 average) and 16 touchdowns. He added over 200 yards receiving to his total.
Also a track star, the speedy Tisdale won the 100 meters in two events and placed in the top three two other times for the Lowndes High track and field team as a freshman.
During the visit, Tisdale got to meet Clemson running backs coach Tony Elliott, who made it known he is intrigued by what the young runner has to offer.
“He was just telling me to keep doing what I’m doing,” Tisdale said. “He said I’m a very smooth running back and that he has his eyes on me.”
LSU offered Tisdale on Feb. 9. Along with Clemson, Ole Miss is showing interest.
The offer from LSU was Tisdale’s first but won’t be his last.
“Very excited,” he said of the LSU offer. “Pretty awesome knowing a big school like that is looking at me, also for Clemson.”
Tisdale and his family are originally from Andrews, S.C. So, Tisdale is familiar with Clemson, which could carry weight in his recruitment if it were to offer.
“It would mean a lot knowing that I’m from South Carolina and that I know the environment and how they make you feel like you’re family,” Tisdale said. “So it would mean a lot to me because of the culture and all the greats that paved the way.”