During their first day out on the recruiting trail this spring evaluation period, the Tigers extended an offer to Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal sophomore athlete Litchfield Ajavon on Monday.
Ajavon, a top-10 athlete and top-100 overall prospect in the 2019 class, was delighted upon hearing about the offer from the defending national champs.
“He was extremely excited,” said Panos Voulgaris, Ajavon’s head coach. “He’s put a lot of work into getting to this point and is going to continue to work really hard, but I think that’s what separates Litchfield in a lot of ways. This is not a conclusion. This is just the beginning for him. He’s going to work even harder to make sure he merits that type of attention.”
The offer came a month after Ajavon attended Clemson’s junior day in March.
“I think the things that stood out to him were the family-like atmosphere on campus and within the football program,” Voulgaris said, “the togetherness of the group, the passion that the coaches comport themselves with when they’re around their team and around each other. Those are the things that really stand out to Litchfield.”
Georgia was first to offer Ajavon in late January. Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin have followed with offers since.
Last season, the 6-foot, 185-pounder logged 72 tackles.
“Litchfield is a relentless worker,” Voulgaris said. “He’s someone who really cares about things off the field as well as on the field. He does a good job in the classroom, and he’s one of our leaders on the football field and also in our community. So, he’s someone that is very well respected in all facets of his life.”
Ajavon is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 2 prospect in Virginia, No. 8 athlete and No. 99 overall prospect in the 2019 class.