A highly recruited 2019 offensive lineman is set to visit Clemson for the first time.
Jonesboro (Ark.) four-star tackle Darius Thomas is expected to compete during the second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp this week.
“I’m going to be there Wednesday and Thursday,” Thomas told The Clemson Insider. “I’m just looking forward to being able to work with some of the top coaches in football and being able to visit the national champions and team that won the ACC conference.”
“I’ve heard it’s a great school,” he added. “Around here, it’s some people’s favorite team, and I’ve always wanted to be there and see how they operate.”
Thomas (6-6, 285) is hoping to show Clemson’s coaches why he has double-digit scholarship offers as a rising junior, including seven from SEC programs.
“I’m hoping to show that I’m a great offensive tackle, and that I know how to play the game,” he said. “I’m a teachable player and I can get out there and hit somebody.”
Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi, Mississippi State and Missouri are among those that have offered Thomas, who is ranked as the No. 23 offense tackle and No. 178 overall prospect in his class by 247Sports.
Thomas didn’t name any leaders and said he is “just along for the ride” in his recruitment, but admitted an offer from the defending national champs would be significant.
“I’m looking for a school with good academics, a nice campus, and if I got an offer from Clemson, that would be great,” Thomas said. “It would be one of my top contenders.”