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Stud freshman prospect has Clemson's interest

Atlanta (Ga.) Woodward Academy athlete Arik Gilbert is one of the top freshman prospects in the country, and he visited Clemson three times as a recruit last fall.

Clemson welcomed him to its campus again this week for the second session of the Dabo Swinney Camp.

“It was great,” Gilbert told TCI. “I learned from the coaches there, went against good competition and had a good time overall.”

Just a freshman, Gilbert is listed at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, and is on his way to becoming a national recruit. Among his offers already are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State and Tennessee. The Bulldogs were first to offer him at their camp last summer ahead of his freshman year of high school.

Gilbert worked out with the tight ends at Clemson on Wednesday and received attention from tight ends coach Danny Pearman.

“He just taught me things on the go as I went through the camp,” Gilbert said, “and also told me he likes me and all things of that sort. He thinks that I could be a scholarship kid.”

What intrigues Pearman about Gilbert?

“Just my work ethic and also being humble,” Gilbert said. “And of course my size.”

Gilbert, who has also been to Alabama and Georgia this summer, visited Clemson for the N.C. State, Syracuse and South Carolina games last season.

This week he was able to check out Clemson’s completed football operations facility for the first time, and it served as one of the highlights of his day.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “Literally has everything you could think of and more.”

Gilbert said it would be “an honor” to receive an offer from Clemson in the future.

“It would definitely be an honor to know that I have that school as an option in the long run,” he said.

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