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Clemson offer could be ‘game-changer’ for elite lineman

Four-star offensive tackle Quinn Carroll is a major target in the next recruiting cycle for many of the nation’s top programs.

The 2019 prospect from Edina Senior High in Minneapolis, Minn., touts offers from more than two dozen programs, with the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Southern Cal, Tennessee and UCLA among the total.

Clemson is showing substantial interest in Carroll (6-6, 290) and attracted him for a visit in the spring.

Offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell had planned to visit Carroll at his school during the spring evaluation period, but travel issues prevented the trip.

Caldwell recently got in touch with Carroll’s brother, former Virginia Tech long snapper Collin Carroll.

“My brother talked to coach Caldwell over the phone,” the younger Carroll told TCI. “He said that he’s still very excited about me, and he was disappointed he couldn’t visit me. He was going to make a special trip just to fly up and see me.”

Carroll took a West Coast swing of visits in late June, making one-day stops at Stanford, Southern Cal and UCLA on consecutive days.

He isn’t planning any more trips until the fall and doesn’t yet know where he will go, but said experiencing a game in Death Valley is a possibility.

“Possibly for a game this fall, but I’m not certain,” Carroll said. “This is all depends on how my game schedule works with theirs.”

Carroll, the son of former Minnesota and NFL tight end Jay Carroll, cited his father’s alma mater as one of the schools recruiting him the hardest.

“I would say that Ohio State and Minnesota have shown the most interest so far,” he said, “but I’d like to give other schools some time to recruit me.”

After visiting Clemson for the first time in March, Carroll told TCI he was “blown away” by what the program has to offer.

A few months later, he remains high on Clemson and said it would be a big deal to get an offer from the Tigers moving forward.

“They are a phenomenal program that contends for national titles every year,” he said. “It would be a game-changer in my recruiting process to receive an offer from Clemson. It would be a blessing and an honor.”

Carroll is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 12 offensive tackle and No. 100 overall prospect in his class.

 

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