The Clemson secondary has had some struggles recently, largely due to mounting injuries to players at multiple positions.
Luckily for the Tigers’ defensive, solid recruiting efforts have paid off and allowed young players to step up and gain valuable experience while filling the voids left by those injuries.
Let’s take a look at a 2019 recruit that could eventually be one of those young members of the secondary who could come in and help produce early.
Adonis Otey, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback out of Blackman (Tenn.) High, has taken visits to Alabama and Tennessee so far this season in addition to his visit to Death Valley last month.
Otey said his favorite visit so far has been Louisville, with Clemson not far beyond.
“I would say Louisville cause the fans are always live and I like the ACC,” he said.
“And of course Clemson fans live too,” added Otey.
While taking these visits, Otey has a checklist in his mind for the perfect fit he is looking for.
“A family environment with coaches that care who can develop me, making sure they offer my major, how soon I can hit the field and campus life outside of football,” he said.
Otey told The Clemson Insider Louisville, LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Alabama and Florida State have contacted him about how they love his game and that he plays both side of the ball cause it shows them toughness.
Louisville, LSU, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and N.C. State are showing Otey the most interest in him right now.
As for favorites, all of the schools listed about (except for Alabama) are standing out to Otey, but he still wants to visit Florida State, Clemson and N.C. State to see what they have to offer.
Otey said he will most likely be back on Clemson’s campus for Junior Day next semester, and is hoping to build on his already positive impression of the program.
“Man Death Valley crazy dude…but I loved it and Clemson is a team that’s gonna contend every year,” he said. “I loved the energy of the coaches, they seem to know how to get the players to play.”
Otey said he would like to “take a tour of the school and talk to the coaches little bit more” when he comes back to Death Valley.
While Clemson has not offered Otey, they still have plenty of time to present the junior with an offer as he won’t close out his recruiting process until before the start of his senior season.
Otey said Clemson has the potential to be one of his top schools even though they haven’t offered him yet.
“That’s why I’m keeping them close even though they hadn’t offered,” he said.
All Clemson has to do is show him an offer, and it should be one of Otey’s top schools come decision time.
“Pretty much just show interest in me cause the program and school speaks for itself,” he said.