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Clemson ‘right there at the top’ for 4-star safety target

Clemson was the first school to offer Chattanooga (Tenn.) Baylor School four-star safety Brendon Harris last June following his performance at the Dabo Swinney Camp, and the Tigers continue to recruit him hard.

Harris, who now has around 20 offers, visited Clemson for the Louisville game in October and returned for another visit this past Saturday.

The Clemson Insider spoke with Harris’ head coach, Phil Massey, who said his latest visit went well and Clemson remains among the group of schools he is considering the most.

“They were the first school that offered him, and this is kind of where it all started,” Massey said. “So, I think he thinks a lot of that, and what’s not to like about them? They just won a national championship, so I think those types of things are things that he’ll look at when he ends up making his decision.

“He’s just trying to take his time now and evaluate all the different schools. But I know Clemson is right there at the top of the schools that he’s interested in.”

In addition to Clemson, Harris (6-1, 205) holds offers from Auburn, Florida, Louisville, LSU, Mississippi State, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina and Tennessee among others.

 

Harris told TCI in late March that Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Mississippi State and Tennessee were the schools recruiting him the hardest at the time.

He mentioned Clemson’s homely environment as a main reason he likes the school.

“They’re a good team and then the fan base, they always show support,” Harris said. “Going to Clemson, you feel at home. They’ll treat you like family.”

Harris is in the process of taking visits as he looks to potentially narrow down his recruitment sometime before the beginning of his senior season.

Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and Tennessee are others in the conversation for Harris, who has said he doesn’t plan to make a decision until after his senior season, closer to signing day.

Harris visited Tennessee in April for the second time in less than three months, and the Volunteers are widely viewed as the favorite to land Harris.

Massey, though, doesn’t consider Harris an in-state lock.

“I don’t think kids — unless they’ve just grown up eating and sleeping a particular in-state school — they don’t necessarily have some brand loyalty,” Massey said. “Now, I think, where they personally feel like they fit has a lot more to do with it than just locality and being in-state or out of state.”

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