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Tennessee legacy recruit ‘likes everything’ about Clemson

Class of 2019 offensive tackle Jackson Lampley has visited Clemson a couple of times this year and been impressed by what the school has to offer.

The four-star from Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., tripped to Clemson for the first time in April and returned in June for the Dabo Swinney Camp.

“I really like everything about it,” Lampley said of Clemson. “It’s a great school, and I also really like the campus. I think that the stadium and new complex are amazing, and I also really like the coaches there.”

Lampley (6-4, 299) has more than a dozen offers, with Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee some of the prominent programs on his list.

Clemson has yet to pull the trigger on an offer, though offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell has conveyed strong interest and begun to build a relationship with him.

“I really like him as a coach and as a person,” Lampley said of Caldwell. “I really like his personality.”

Lampley, the son of former Tennessee offensive lineman Brad Lampley, has been viewed as a foregone conclusion to eventually land at his father’s alma mater since the Volunteers offered first last October.

Jackson, though, called his recruitment “wide open” and insists the fact he’s a Tennessee legacy isn’t as big of a deal as it seems.

“Honestly it really isn’t that big of a factor,” he said. “My dad hasn’t tried to pull me toward playing for UT. He wants what’s best for me, and he has also really been supportive of other schools. He has driven me to Clemson twice already, and that’s a six-hour drive from Nashville.”

Like Jackson, his father is fond of Clemson.

“He thinks the world of Clemson,” Jackson said. “He really likes the coaching staff and the program.”

Along with Clemson and Tennessee, Jackson named Auburn, Duke and LSU as a few of the other schools standing out in his recruitment right now.

Jackson has been to Auburn and Tennessee since camping at Clemson and hopes to return to Clemson for a game in the fall.

 

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