Clemson has pulled in some of the top defensive linemen in the country over the past half-decade, and that should continue under defensive coordinator Brent Venables and new defensive line coach Todd Bates.
The Tigers 2018 class is already loaded up with the No. 1 defensive end in the country in Xavier Thomas along with defensive tackle Darnell Jefferies and ESPN 300 recruits Josh Belk and Justin Mascoll. With a possible future commitment in the No. 2 defensive end in K.J. Henry, this could easily shape up to be the best defensive class in the country.
That being said, it is already time to look forward to 2019. There are plenty of high-end recruits already considering Clemson, one of them being Zovon Lindsay.
The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior has taken visits to Wake Forest, N.C. State and North Carolina since camping in Death Valley in June, but said Clemson just had something those other schools did not have.
“I really liked all of the visits but Clemson is just a special place and they have some of the best facilities in the nation. It will always be one of my favorite places to visit,” said Lindsay.
The Trinity (N.C.) Christian star’s recruitment is still young, but Lindsay told The Clemson Insider he wants to get back to Clemson for at least one game this season and see more of what it has to offer.
“I wanna get to the auburn or Florida state games,” he said. “Take a deeper look into the new facilities and just try to keep getting a better feel of coach Bates.”
Other than Clemson, Lindsay said he plans on taking visits to several other ACC schools, including Duke, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and UNC.
According to Lindsay, N.C. State and Virginia Tech are recruiting him the hardest right now, but the Wolfpack is his favorite.
“They treat me and my parents like family every time I go up there and they were the first school to offer me so that means a lot,” he said.
While the Tigers have not offered him yet, they still remain one of Lindsay’s top schools.
“Clemson will always be at the top of my list, but if I get the offer it’ll change things,” he said. “They would definitely become a front runner because I really like Clemson a lot and I always have and it would be a blessing for the opportunity to play for the tigers.”
Patience is the name of the game right now for Lindsay. He is prepared to work hard and wait for a Clemson offer, even if it takes longer than he would like.
“I would like the offer to come in the near future but I’m just being patient and doing what I need to do on and off the field to get it,” he said.
Speaking of preparing and improving his game in order to get that offer, there are several parts of Lindsay’s game he is looking to improve this coming season.
“I’ve been working hard on my footwork, hands, strength, and speed very hard this off season so I look forward to showing off all the hard work I put in during the off season this season,” he said.
As his recruitment progresses one thing is certain, Lindsay feels he would be a great addition to the Clemson defensive line and would be able to function at a high level in their system.
“I think I can fit very well with the defensive scheme, I have the athleticism and size to run it very effectively,” said Lindsay. “I also think I’m very versatile so I can play any position on the defensive line and play it very well, and to play in that scheme you have to be versatile.”
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