One of the trips Brent Venables made last week during the ongoing spring evaluation period was a short one.
Clemson’s defensive coordinator drove 10 miles to see Seneca (S.C.) tight end commitment Braden Galloway on Friday afternoon.
“He basically told me to keep working,” Galloway told TCI, “and just ways to gain weight before I get to Clemson so I’ll have a better chance to play my freshman year.”
Galloway, who committed to Clemson on the day of its spring game last month, is expecting a visit from tight ends coach Danny Pearman this Friday, as well.
He has been told the Tigers aren’t planning to take another tight end in the 2018 class, and said the coaches continue to make him feel like a priority.
“Even though I’m already committed, it feels like they’re making me a priority still,” Galloway said. “They still care about school work and things like that, and it just feels great.”
Galloway received an offer from the Tigers during his first unofficial visit to the school on April 5. He visited again for the spring game three days later and plans to return for the second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp from June 13-15.
The 6-foot-5, 218-pounder emerged on Clemson’s radar last year during his first season of high school football, when he caught 50 passes for more than 800 yards and nine touchdowns.
He played wide receiver, though Clemson sees him as a tight end in the mold of Jordan Leggett. He’s looking forward to getting a better feel for the position at the camp this summer.
“It’s exciting because I’ll get to be coached by coach Pearman over the summer before my senior year,” Galloway said, “so I’ll get to know what that feels like, get to know some of the blocking techniques and schemes and things like that. So, it’ll be fun.”
N.C. State was first to offer Galloway in March. Other schools are expressing interest, but the interest isn’t mutual.
“Some schools have contacted me, but I haven’t been responding because I’m with Clemson,” he said.
Galloway said life has been a little different for him over the past few weeks since he’s been committed.
“It feels different, especially when I’m in downtown Clemson,” Galloway said. “Not necessarily on campus, but just going to eat, people ask questions and I’m taking pictures with people. It’s different, but it feels good.”