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Top DT has ‘great interest’ in Clemson

Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren defensive tackle Jacob Lacey has made the rounds this year, visiting Michigan State, Tennessee, Penn State, Clemson, Notre Dame, Florida State and Michigan since late January.

Lacey added an offer from Michigan during his stay in Ann Arbor on Thursday, pushing his offer total into double digits as a sophomore.

He attended Clemson’s junior day on March 4, and defensive line coach Todd Bates checked up on him recently.

“I’m supposed to call him once a week,” Lacey said of what he heard from Bates. “It was great. They want me to come to camp. Not to evaluate me they said but to see if I like them. Clemson is a school of great interest to me.”

Lacey, one of the top defensive tackles in the 2019 class, had praise for Bates when asked what he thinks of him.

“He is a motivator and a teacher. We have a good relationship,” he said. “He speaks to me the way I think a coach should. Like a mentor, teacher, uncle and well coach.”

Head coach Dabo Swinney and defensive coordinator Brent Venables also impressed Lacey when he was on campus last month, as did Clemson’s facilities.

“First you must start with coach Swinney,” Lacey said. “When I was there earlier this year, his speech and story was awesome. Then the facilities are second to none. I met and talked with coach Venables. I love his defense.”

Tennessee and Louisville were first to offer Lacey in April a year ago. Kentucky and Notre Dame followed last May and June, respectively.

Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Purdue and Virginia Tech all offered this year.

Lacey said he might participate in four or five camps this summer. Clemson’s camp in June is the only one he plans to be at “for sure” right now.

“I’ve been blessed to have offers from great schools, so I’m going to start really focusing on what I have after this summer,” he said. “I hope Clemson is on that list.”

Lacey is rated by 247Sports as the No. 7 defensive tackle and No. 124 overall prospect in 2019.

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