While Clemson hosted a handful of relevant 2018 recruits for its showdown versus Auburn last Saturday, including a couple of priority targets, the Tigers’ recruiting efforts were just as focused on laying the foundation with prospects in the class of 2019.
Due to the limited available spots remaining in Clemson’s 2018 class, the guest list for the Auburn game was comprised largely of 2019 and 2020 prospects as opposed to those in 2018. Around two dozen prospects in the 2019 class with multiple Power Five conference offers made the trip to Death Valley, with many of those coming from Georgia.
Clemson has a firm recruiting footprint in Georgia and plucks talent from the state on an annual basis. That is especially the case with defensive back talent, and the Tigers again have their eyes on a number of top defensive backs from the Peach State in the 2019 class.
Among them is Dacula four-star cornerback Jalen Perry (pictured far left), who was one of several high-profile DBs from Georgia in attendance for the Auburn game. The visit marked Perry’s first to Clemson.
“It was really fun,” he told The Clemson Insider. “I enjoyed the game and all of the people. It was a great atmosphere.”
Perry had a chance to meet Mickey Conn, his area recruiter, while on campus and is a fan of Clemson’s co-defensive backs coach.
“I talked to coach Conn a little, and he was just mostly talking about how big a win it was,” Perry said. “I think he’s a great coach that has a good defensive mind, and has a way of coaching his players that gets the best out of them.”
Perry (6-1, 175) carries offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford and Tennessee among others.
He isn’t claiming any leaders and doesn’t currently have a timetable for his commitment decision.
Clemson made a strong impression during the visit and could become a contender in his recruitment with an offer moving forward.
“This was my first visit, and I was very impressed with the players, the fans and the coaches,” Perry said.
Perry is a consensus top-250 prospect in the 2019 class according to the major recruiting services. Rivals ranks him as the No. 11 cornerback nationally.
As a sophomore last season, Perry posted 40 tackles, 11 pass breakups and five interceptions. He also rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown on 16 attempts while recording 65 yards receiving on six catches.
Above picture (from left to right): Jalen Perry with fellow Georgia prospects D.J. Turner, Steele Chambers and Jalyn Phillips