Twelve days after getting a visit from Phenix City (Ala.) Central five-star wide receiver Justyn Ross, Clemson played host to another elite receiver on Sunday.
Houston (Texas) Alief Taylor four-star Brennan Eagles, a consensus top-10 receiver nationally, made his first trip to Clemson with his mother after competing in Sunday’s Rivals Adidas Camp in Atlanta.
“He said he really enjoyed it,” said Brian Randle, Eagles’ head coach. “He said he liked it. From what I can tell, he’s into it.”
Having had the opportunity to meet Eagles in person, the Tigers extended an offer to him on Monday.
Randle said a member of Clemson’s staff made a stop at Alief Taylor last year. However, the Tigers didn’t begin communicating with Eagles until recently.
“A coach came in last year, but they haven’t been like UT or even Ohio State,” Randle said. “Coach Urban Meyer came down here to see this kid, and Tom Herman came here to visit. So, he’s legit.”
Clemson joins Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC among others on Eagles’ offer sheet.
In February, Eagles announced a top 10 of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, LSU, Southern Cal, TCU, Texas and UCLA.
Eagles isn’t in a rush to make a decision and doesn’t plan to do so until signing day.
Much like the situation with Ross, Clemson has entered the race fairly late yet still emerged as a contender with other big-time programs that have recruited him longer.
Randle believes early playing time and his mother’s opinion will be important factors to Eagles when he makes his college choice.
“How much they’re going to throw the ball, because he’ll come in ready to play,” Randle said. “He’s a big kid, and he’s very mature, so he’ll come in ready to play. I can see him playing somewhere as a freshman. I think he’ll want to go where he can compete for a starting job. That, and to be completely honest, he’s a momma’s boy in a good way. Meaning his mom is going to play a big part in where he goes to school.”
As a junior, Eagles tallied 38 receptions for 757 yards and 10 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder is ranked by Rivals as the No. 7 receiver and No. 33 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
“He’s mature beyond his years, and competition brings out the best in Brennan,” Randle said. “Let’s say they have a big-time defensive back that you’re getting ready to face — well, he’s going to work his butt off in order to beat that kid. He’s one of those kids where if the competition’s up, that’s where you get the best out of him. He’s a gamer. He’s not one to crack under pressure. He likes the pressure.”
Eagles also visited Georgia on Monday before traveling home.