Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman’s Master Teague, who committed to Ohio State in mid-June, received an offer from Clemson last weekend.
Clemson assistant coach Tony Elliott reached out to Teague’s father to inform the four-star running back of his offer from the Tigers.
“He spoke with my dad and told him that they wanted to offer me an opportunity to be a Clemson Tiger,” Teague told The Clemson Insider. “He told my dad that he wanted to offer it to me first out of a list of about two other guys I think.
“He knows that I announced where I was going to school a few weeks ago. He wanted to let us know that we have an opportunity there as well if things weren’t going well with OSU, and he definitely wishes me well whatever was decided.”
Teague (5-11, 210) earned an offer from Ohio State after competing at its camp last month and committed to the Buckeyes shortly after, over finalists Auburn, Georgia and Tennessee.
Clemson has closely tracked Teague, a top-10 running back nationally according to 247Sports, for some time. He first visited Clemson last July before returning for Clemson’s junior day in March. Elliott and Clemson coach Jeff Scott then paid him a pair of visits during the spring evaluation period.
Teague has spoken highly of Clemson and called the offer “a great opportunity.”
“It makes me continue to think about God blessing me,” he said. “It makes me know that hard work and patience are good. Clemson has a great program and great coaches. I think about that stuff. I haven’t thought about changing my decision. I am still excited about that.”
Teague began developing a relationship with the Buckeyes following a visit there last fall.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer and running backs coach Tony Alford visited Teague at his school in December, and he communicated regularly with Alford thereafter.
The Buckeyes ratcheted up their recruitment of Teague in the spring and were ready to make a move after watching him at their camp.
“They recruited me hard and wanted to see me work out in person,” Teague said. “By the time I was able to do that they had moved ahead of the other schools, and I was ready to make a decision. So when they offered my parents and I were ready to make a decision to choose OSU.”
Teague is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 8 running back and No. 202 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
As a junior last season, he rushed for 24 touchdowns and over 2,000 yards.
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