Four-star 2019 defensive lineman Travon Walker made his first visit to Clemson in June after receiving an offer from Clemson in January.
The Thomaston (Ga.) Upson-Lee product spent a day on campus during the first session of the Dabo Swinney Camp.
He spoke with Swinney upon his arrival and watched Todd Bates work out the defensive linemen before he and his parents were taken on a tour of the campus and facilities by recruiting operations coordinator Ty Clements.
“I love the way he works with you,” Walker said of Bates. “He doesn’t just throw you to the back of the line. He helps you so that you can become the player the team needs you to be.”
Walker (6-4, 240) said he has kept in contact with Bates and is building a relationship with him.
“I talk to coach Bates when I call him,” he said. “He’s just always told me that I am a big recruit and he always reminds me that a lot of the D-line will be gone when I come in other than the ’18 class.”
Walker’s other offers include Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, South Carolina and Tennessee.
He feels Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are recruiting him the hardest along with Clemson.
Clemson’s efforts haven’t gone unnoticed by Walker.
“I would say the attention that they are showing me right now (stands out),” he said. “They make it seem like I’m already a priority.”
Walker is thinking about making a decision at the end of his upcoming junior season but said that is “not for sure.”
He wants to return to Clemson for a game in the fall.
“The next time I go up there for a game I would just want to see how the coaches coach in a game and see how the fan base is,” he said.
Walker is ranked by 247Sports as a top-50 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
The talented two-sport athlete averaged 10 rebounds and close to 10 points per game last season for Upson-Lee, which went 32-0 and won the 4A state championship.
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