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Bates drops in on top rising junior DE

Savion Jackson, one of the top prospects in the Carolinas, has seen his recruitment take off this spring.

The rising junior defensive end from Clayton, N.C., earned his first offer from South Carolina in February. Since March, he has collected offers from Boston College, Duke, Florida, North Carolina, N.C. State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Jackson visited Clemson for the first time in March to see a spring practice, and recently during the spring evaluation period, Clemson defensive line coach Todd Bates made a trip to see him at his school.

“It was great,” Jackson said of Bates stopping by. “He’s a very good and cool dude.

“He just talked about some camps they are having and that to just stay on the right path and everything will fall in the right place with Clemson.”

Jackson plans to return to Clemson for the Dabo Swinney Camp next month.

“I’m looking forward to being around the Clemson players and coach (Dabo Swinney), and just being in the Clemson atmosphere,” he said.

Jackson, who is leaning toward making a decision after his junior season, said Clemson’s atmosphere and coaching staff appeal to him.

“Great atmosphere, great coaches, very nice there,” he said. “Football means a lot to them.”

As a sophomore, Jackson had 51 tackles and seven sacks.

He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 1 prospect in North Carolina, No. 3 strong-side defensive end and No. 15 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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