It may seem a little early, but being early is never a bad thing when it comes to forming relationships with recruits.
That is certainly the case with 2020 wide receiver Porter Rooks.
Clemson already had some knowledge of Rooks because his older brother, Patrick, briefly played basketball for the Tigers back in 2013 before transferring. His mother also earned her Master’s degree from Clemson.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver has not been on any visits recently, but he plans on taking some visits this summer.
“I don’t plan on going to any camps, but I do plan on getting on a few campuses this summer,” he said.
Rooks does not have any schools specifically picked out, but he will probably end up visiting most of the schools that have offered him so far.
The wide receiver already has more than a dozen offers, including ones from Alabama, Auburn and Georgia. He does not currently have an offer from Clemson, but said he does plan on trying to take a visit this summer.
“It just depends on how my schedule plays out with the schools that have already offered me,” he said.
Rooks did tell The Clemson Insider he has frequent contact with offensive coordinator Jeff Scott about visiting this summer and next season.
“I stay in touch with Coach Scott on a bi-weekly basis,” he said. “Mostly summer workouts and this upcoming season.”
Rooks says all of the schools recruiting him right now are all on an even playing field being so early in his recruitment.
“None stick out more than the other,” he said. “They all are really interested in me getting on their campus.”
The Providence (N.C.) standout said Clemson has several attributes that are very compelling to him.
“Mostly the family atmosphere and the intense fan base,” he said.
When looking at schools, Rooks is searching for a home with a “good campus, coach and player vibes.”
That could fare well for Clemson, especially if they offer Rooks soon. If the Tigers do offer him, Rooks said they would be getting “a major competitor.”