In late August, Clemson dispensed an offer to Wake Forest (N.C.) Heritage linebacker Drake Thomas.On Saturday, the big-time 2019 linebacker traveled to Clemson for his first visit to the school.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Thomas, who was very impressed by what he saw in Death Valley during the Tigers’ win over Florida State.
“The atmosphere really stood out to me,” he said.
Thomas (6-1, 225) had a chance to take a brief look at the new facility and was amazed by that, as well.
“I kind of just saw a little bit of it,” he said, “but it was incredible just from what I got to see.”
Thomas spent time with area recruiter Robbie Caldwell during the visit.
He also met with defensive coordinator Brent Venables and head coach Dabo Swinney in Swinney’s office before the game.
“They really like the way I play and feel Clemson would be a good fit for me,” Thomas said of what he heard. “Also, they’re losing four linebackers next year, and it would be a good time for me to come in.”
In addition to Clemson, Thomas lists offers from Georgia Tech, Michigan, Michigan State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others.
The Tigers are in a good position with him after Saturday’s visit.
“I don’t really have a spot for anyone at this point,” he said, “but I would rank them high up.”
Thomas has also been to Virginia Tech, N.C. State, North Carolina and Duke this season.
In 12 games as a junior this season, Thomas has totaled 91 tackles, a sack, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and three interceptions.
ESPN ranks Thomas as the No. 4 inside linebacker and No. 283 overall prospect in the 2019 class.
His older brother, Thayer, is a freshman wide receiver at N.C. State.