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Venables, Clemson make impression on 4-star LB

The first camp visit of the summer for four-star linebacker J.D. Bertrand occurred at Clemson this week.

Bertrand, a stud 2019 prospect from Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity, competed at the first two sessions of the Dabo Swinney Camp on Wednesday.

“It was fun and there was great competition,” Bertrand told The Clemson Insider. “The new facility was crazy nice.”

Bertrand made his first visit to Clemson for a game as a freshman, but this marked his first time meeting defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables.

“I liked him a lot and I learned a lot from him,” Bertrand said. “I also liked that he was intense and very passionate.”

Bertrand (6-1, 210) added offers from Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Tennessee and Wake Forest last month to a list that already included Georgia, Iowa State, LSU and Vanderbilt.

Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford are interested, along with Venables and the Tigers.

“My dad and I talked to him, and he said he liked my film and that I passed his expectations for how he thought I would perform at camp,” Bertrand said.

Bertrand cited Georgia, LSU and North Carolina as the schools recruiting him the hardest right now.

Clemson would certainly be a contender should it offer.

“I really like coach Venables, the new facilities and family feel,” he said. “It’d definitely be a top school, and it’d be awesome to take another visit after that.”

Bertrand is slated to camp at LSU next week before going to Georgia for its camp in July.

Bertrand, a 4.0 GPA student, is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 13 outside linebacker and No. 142 overall prospect in the class of 2019.

 

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