A major Clemson target in the class of 2019 cut his recruitment down to six finalists on Monday.
Bowling Green (Ky.) South Warren four-star defensive tackle Jacob Lacey named Clemson, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and Tennessee as his top schools on social media and said he will commit to one of them “soon”.
Shortly after releasing his final group, Lacey told The Clemson Insider he is glad to have narrowed the field.
“I now can just really focus on my upcoming season in high school,” he said. “Narrowing the list down gives me better focus and calm. Sounds crazy, but I feel somewhat relieved even if it’s just for a while.”
Lacey — who received an offer from Clemson while on campus for the first session of the Dabo Swinney Camp in early June — explained why Clemson made his cut.
“The coaching staff and overall culture,” he said. “I loved my three days there during camp, and all the staff were on the same page. The players embraced me, and coach Dabo and coach (Todd) Bates are spiritual men. I can also get a quality education.”
Bates, Clemson’s defensive line coach, and the Tigers are recruiting Lacey as a priority.
“I spoke to coach Bates yesterday evening. He’s just awesome,” Lacey said. “He just wanted to tell my dad and me that I’m a priority, and if I want to come to Clemson they’d love to have me. That’s pretty cool coming from the reigning national champion.”
After camping at Clemson, Lacey went to Vanderbilt, Louisville, Notre Dame and Tennessee last month.
Clemson is working to get him back on campus for another visit, which could potentially occur before the Tigers begin their upcoming season.
“We’re trying to set up a date,” Lacey said. “Coach Bates is going to let us know, but sometime in August.”
Lacey (6-2, 300) also visited Clemson for its junior day in March as well as the Louisville game last fall.
He is ranked by 247Sports as the No. 8 defensive tackle and No. 126 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
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