Top 2019 DL impressed by the Tigers
As expected, Clemson’s game against Florida State on Saturday attracted a slew of top recruits.
Among the headlining visitors in Death Valley was Largo (Fla.) four-star defensive lineman Jaquaze Sorrells, a Florida commit.
Sorrells, who is touted as one of the best D-lineman in the 2019 class, spoke with The Clemson Insider about his experience on campus.
“I enjoyed it,” he said. “The atmosphere and the love that was shown (stood out).”
Clemson took care of Florida State with a 31-14 victory. The Seminoles made it interesting with a couple of touchdowns in the second half, but the Tigers found a way to win, clinching their third straight ACC Atlantic Division title.
“It was impressive,” Sorrells said. “The defense really came to play and so did the offense. They kept each other lifted the whole game even when Florida State snuck in some big plays.”
After receiving an offer from Clemson in June, Sorrells (6-3, 250) made his first visit to the school in July when he met defensive line coach Todd Bates.
Sorrells spent time with Bates again on Saturday as well as assistant Tony Elliott.
“They were just happy that I made it up safe and were happy to see me,” Sorrells said.
Along with Clemson and Florida, Sorrells holds offers from Alabama, Michigan, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee among others.
He feels two schools are recruiting him the hardest right now.
“Clemson and Alabama,” he said.
Sorrells remains publicly committed to the Gators but is exploring other options. Besides Clemson, he has been to Florida State and Alabama this season. He is slated to visit Michigan when the Wolverines play Ohio State on Nov. 25.
Sorrells told TCI heading into the visit that Clemson was “in a good position.”
Where do the Tigers stand after Saturday?
“They haven’t changed,” he said.
Sorrells is ranked by ESPN as the No. 20 prospect in his class regardless of position.
Through nine games as a junior this season, Sorrells had recorded 51 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss, six sacks, nine quarterback hurries, three pass deflections and a fumble recovery.