Clemson co-defensive backs coach Mike Reed recently reached out to a prospect from the school that produced one of his best former players.
Reed initiated contact with 2018 cornerback D.J. Crossen, a standout at Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley High, the home of former N.C. State All-American corner David Amerson.
“A couple weeks ago I talked with their DBs coach, and he was telling me how I reminded him of David Amerson,” Crossen told The Clemson Insider. “So that’s how that got started, and he said he really liked my film. He’s going to evaluate me more as the season goes by, and I could possibly come up there to camp.”
Clemson rising junior defensive end Chris Register also hails from Dudley.
“He told me it’s a great school and I would have a lot of fun there as well as being an athlete,” Crossen said. “He made it seem like an interesting place to be, a good experience.”
Crossen (6-2, 190) added an offer from Auburn earlier this month to an offer sheet that includes Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
After committing to North Carolina last August, Crossen reopened his recruitment in January.
Clemson is a school he wants to visit this summer before advancing toward a decision, which he intends to make before his senior season or early into it.
“They know how to win,” Crossen said in regards to Clemson. “I know it’s a well-respected program right now and they’re going to do nothing but go higher with the recruits they have. So I know if I go there, I would be getting better, competing with the top players as well.”
Louisville, Kentucky, South Carolina and West Virginia are among other schools Crossen hopes to visit over the summer.
Crossen said an offer from Clemson would shake things up in his recruitment.
“Honestly, it would change the dynamics of my recruitment,” he said. “I’d definitely be interested in going to Clemson.”