A pair of top prospects in the 2019 class from Tennessee made their way to Clemson for Saturday’s game against Wake Forest.
One of the visitors was Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman four-star defensive back Adonis Otey, who experienced the environment in Death Valley for the first time. He made the trip with Murfreesboro-Siegel four-star defensive lineman Joseph Anderson.
“It was great,” Otey told The Clemson Insider. “The atmosphere and the intensity of the coaches (stood out).”
Members of Clemson’s coaching staff expressed interest in Otey, a top-10 cornerback and top-100 overall prospect in his class according to Rivals.
“They were glad to have me,” Otey said, “and they’re going to start evaluating my film.”
Otey (6-1, 170) was committed to Tennessee for two and a half months before withdrawing his pledge to the Volunteers in mid-July. Otey’s stock took off over the summer, and with a number of new programs entering the fold, he decided to take a step back, re-open his recruitment and explore his options.
Several schools in particular are showing a lot of love, according to Otey, who has offers from Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt among others.
“Tennessee, Bama and Houston are showing the most interest,” he said. “LSU is showing a lot of interest. I’m going there next weekend.”
In addition to LSU, Otey plans to visit Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama this season.
Clemson made a strong initial impression on him, and he took notice of the playing time that fellow Tennessee natives and freshmen receivers Tee Higgins and Amari Rodgers received.
“It would mean a lot to get an offer (from Clemson) because it is one of the top schools in the country,” Otey said. “And they got my fellow Tennessee guys in Tee Higgins and Amari, so I know they let the young guys play.”
Class of 2019 receiver Trey Knox, who received an offer from Clemson last month, and former Clemson 2018 running back target Master Teague are two of Otey’s teammates at Blackman.