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4-star DB gives Clemson high praise after visit

After receiving an offer from Clemson in late August, four-star cornerback Jaylin Simpson said it was an offer he had been waiting for.

The class of 2019 standout from Frederica Academy in Saint Simons Island, Ga., didn’t wait long to make his first game-day visit to Clemson. Less than three weeks after getting the offer, Simpson traveled to Death Valley and took in the Tigers’ win over Auburn on Saturday.

“It was a lot of fun,” Simpson told The Clemson Insider. “One of the best environments I’ve been in.”

Simpson was impressed by the effort from Clemson’s defense, which gave up just 117 total yards in the 14-6 victory.

“Big win,” he said. “I thought the defense played lights-out.”

Clemson’s football operations facility drew praise from Simpson, as well.

“The new facilities are the best I’ve seen,” he said.

The visit marked Simpson’s first to Clemson since he was on campus to compete at the Dabo Swinney Camp in June 2016.

He was able to catch up with cornerbacks coach Mike Reed and area recruiter Jeff Scott on Saturday.

“They were just happy I finally came up,” Simpson said.

After getting him back on campus, Clemson left a strong impression on Simpson.

“Great school, great people, great environment,” he said.

Simpson (5-11, 165) boasts an offer sheet that features Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Where do the Tigers stand with him after the visit?

“They are up there for me now,” he said.

Most of the major recruiting services rank Simpson as a top-250 prospect in the 2019 class regardless of position. ESPN ranks him as the No. 10 cornerback and No. 137 overall prospect.

As a sophomore last season, Simpson recorded five interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown, and 41 tackles. He also led his team in receiving yards and touchdowns.

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