As the 2018 recruiting class starts to come to form and the 2019 recruiting classes sit on the horizon, there are a select few from the class of 2020 that get consideration from top schools at this point in the game.
It’s sometimes difficult to see how well a high school players knowledge and skills can translate to the next level but that’s why the recruiting process starts so early.
Clemson is already looking down that early road and at several wide receivers that could be a part of that 2020 class.
Providence (N.C.) Day wideout Patrick Rooks is one of those players getting early consideration.
Rooks told The Clemson Insider that he does not have any future visits planned, but he frequently contacts some of the Clemson staff.
“The live period is coming back up so hopefully I can talk to some coaches then,” Rooks said. “I try to talk to Coach [Jeff] Scott as much as I can on the phone.”
According to Rooks, Scott has given him some simple and straight forward advice.
“Really just keep a good head on my shoulders and stay focused,” he said.
Rooks recently took a couple visits to two of Clemson’s rivals who are both on this upcoming season’s schedule.
“Auburn was nice,” he said. “I got to chat with the coaches a good bit and got a feel for the campus. Same with Alabama. I got to watch them scrimmage and to see how physical they are. South Carolina, I saw all of campus and got to chat with some coaches about my future. They were all great visits.”
Unlike a lot of other recruits who don’t really have a perspective on life as a college athlete, his big brother Patrick Rooks, who was on Clemson’s basketball team two years before transferring, gave him some insider information.
“He talks a lot about how anywhere you go, college sports are a grind,” he said. “And that grind doesn’t stop.”
While the 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver already has offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn and Louisville, he said he does not have any leaders.
“No,” he said. “I just want to see over all of my options so I can put myself in the best situation possible.”
That being said, even though he does not have a set decision date, Rooks said he will most likely narrow down and decide within the next year.
“There is not set date or year,” said Rooks. “Just whenever I find that school. If I would guess it would be sometime before my senior season.”