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Swinney’s ‘Words of Wisdom’ leave impression on 2019 OL

Daleville (Va.) Lord Botetourt 2019 offensive lineman Jesse Hanson has been a regular participant in the Dabo Swinney Camp since he was in grade school.

Earlier this month, he attended the camp for the sixth year in a row.

“One thing that I always love about going to Clemson camp is getting to hear coach Swinney,” Hanson said. “It seems like every single word he says is a one-liner or a quotable moment.

“And this year, one of my favorite things that I hadn’t gotten to do before was my group leader, or Swinney Ball coach, was the center Justin (Falcinelli). I really got to spend some time talking to him and hearing about what they do at Clemson.”

After each camp workout, Swinney shared what he called “Words of Wisdom” with the campers.

Hanson, who competed at the full first session of the camp from June 6-8, said those speeches were a memorable part of his experience.

“It seems like everything that he says stands out, but one thing he talked about is one of their players (Richard Yeargin) who got in a car accident,” Hanson said. “They told his story about how he could have died, but he’s just thankful to be able to walk now. Coach Swinney was really stressing to be thankful for everything.

“You don’t realize how you have to be thankful even to be able to walk and be able to go to bathroom on your own and things like that. So, that really stood out to me, all of things you have to be thankful for.”

Hanson (6-4, 290) holds early offers from Coastal Carolina, Iowa State and Virginia, while schools such as Clemson, Appalachian State, East Carolina, Penn State and Virginia Tech are showing interest.

Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell has watched Hanson improve at the camp over the years, and the two have developed a good relationship.

“He said that I was looking good, that I was improving,” Hanson said of Caldwell. “He said that he was looking forward to September 1st when they can officially start recruiting me. What he likes about me I think is what most people say, is my aggression and will to work.”

Along with Clemson, Hanson has camped at App State, Virginia and Virginia Tech this summer. He plans to camp at Iowa State and Liberty this summer, as well, and visit Kentucky on the way to Iowa State.

Hanson, a 4.0 student, visited Clemson for the Orange & White spring game in April as well.

Hanson’s brother Mitch played at Liberty from 2010-14, where he was a three-year starter, all-conference performer and academic All-American.

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