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Top 2019 tackle has Clemson as a favorite

Clemson will most likely load up on offensive line talent in the 2019 recruiting class, and Michael Tarquin could be one of its top-rated additions.

Tarquin, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle out of Belleview (Fla.), already possesses the size and athleticism to come in a make a positive impact wherever he ends up choosing to attend school. He has already visited Florida, Miami and Ohio State this fall, and plans on taking at least three more visits.

“I may go to South Carolina Saturday and I’m gonna get back to Miami for another game and Clemson,” said Tarquin.

So far, Ohio State and Miami have stood out the most during his time on campus.

“I really like the coaches and programs,” Tarquin said.

Tarquin is not sure which game he will come up to Death Valley to watch, but said he is most excited about experiencing “the game day atmosphere.”

The junior told The Clemson Insider he talks with offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell on a frequent basis about how his season is going and how the Tigers are doing.

Caldwell has told Tarquin his athleticism and aggressiveness are two big things that he really likes about the Florida lineman’s game. According to Tarquin, Ohio State, Clemson and Miami are recruiting him the hardest and are his favorite three schools at this point.

He plans on using this falls visits to soak up the “game atmosphere” on the way to making his decision before spring starts.

Tarquin said Clemson will be one of his top favorites come decision time, and that won’t be changing anytime soon.

If Tarquin does end up choosing Clemson, he can envision his skill set complementing the Tigers’ offensive scheme nicely.

“I see it fitting well because of my ability to make blocks in space well and my athleticism,” he said.

It will be tough to pluck a blue-chip offensive lineman from Mark Richt’s new backyard, but if Clemson keeps tallying check marks in the win column this year, Tiger fans might very well see Tarquin wearing orange next spring.

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