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Tigers ramping up recruitment of Clemson legacy

Class of 2019 offensive guard Jesse Hanson has been a frequent visitor to Clemson over the years, and on Saturday, the Daleville (Va.) Lord Botetourt prospect will return to Tiger Town for Clemson’s top-15 matchup with Auburn in Death Valley.

“I’m extremely excited,” Hanson told The Clemson Insider. “It’s a night game and a huge opponent. It should be packed, and I’ve been talking to the coaches a lot more since September 1st so I feel like my recruitment is starting to pick up. It’s going to be an awesome time.”

Hanson (6-4, 290) is very familiar with Clemson, having competed at the Dabo Swinney Camp six years in a row and made multiple game-day visits to the school, including for the Orange & White spring game in April and the Syracuse game last season.

Oh, and Hanson is a Clemson legacy. Both of parents graduated from Clemson, while his father’s youngest brother and his mother’s brother are both Clemson alumni, too.

Naturally, Hanson grew up a Clemson fan, and his experiences on its campus have only reinforced his affinity for the school.

“I have always been more than impressed with Clemson,” he said. “They have everything you could want. The facilities, the people. They are the elite status. I always tell people, everyone always wants to talk about Alabama but it’s Clemson you should be looking at.”

Clemson is interested in Hanson and giving him a strong look, as well.

Clemson offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and recruiting coordinator Brandon Streeter have both contacted him since the calendar turned to Sept. 1 — the first day that college coaches could actively begin reaching out to junior prospective student-athletes.

“They said they are looking forward to ramping up my recruiting now that they can contact me,” Hanson said. “Also Clemson sent me an edit with my name on the back of the jersey which was pretty awesome.”

Hanson holds scholarship offers from Coastal Carolina, Iowa State, Liberty and Virginia, while he is hearing from Boston College, Notre Dame, Stanford, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others.

He visited Notre Dame last Saturday for its season opener against Temple and hopes to visit schools such as Duke, Virginia and Virginia Tech this season as well.

He is looking forward to getting back to Clemson on Saturday and certainly glad his recruitment with the Tigers is escalating.

“It means a lot,” Hanson said. “It’s something I’ve been working for and hoping for a long time.”

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