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Standout Carolinas DT talks Bates, Swinney Camp

Competing at the full three-day session of the Dabo Swinney Camp this week was Fayetteville (N.C.) Trinity Christian defensive tackle Zovon Lindsay, one of the top prospects from the Carolinas whom Clemson has tracked for considerable time.

Lindsay, a rising junior in the class of 2019, also participated in a full session of the Swinney Camp last summer before visiting for the Louisville and Syracuse games in the fall.

“I really liked it,” Lindsay said of the camp, which spanned Tuesday to Thursday. “I felt like I showed my talent very well.”

Lindsay (6-5, 250) owns offers from N.C. State and Wake Forest and figures to add more as an upperclassman. Along with Clemson, he is drawing substantial interest from Duke, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Lindsay’s time at Clemson this week afforded him the opportunity to meet first-year defensive line coach Todd Bates.

Former defensive tackles coach Dan Brooks served as his primary recruiter prior to his retirement after last season, and the two had built a relationship.

“Coach Bates said he was glad that I came,” Lindsay said. “I think he’s a good coach but I want to talk to him more so we can build a better relationship.”

Lindsay camped at Duke two weeks ago and N.C. State last Saturday. He is competing at Virginia Tech today and plans to visit North Carolina and Wake Forest for their camps in July.

He said the culture at Clemson stands out most to him about the school.

“How the coaches interact with their players. They treat them like their own sons,” he said. “And it’s just a beautiful place.”

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