Heavy mutual interest between Clemson, Alabama commit

Heavy mutual interest between Clemson, Alabama commit

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Heavy mutual interest between Clemson, Alabama commit

Clemson among schools still after a 4-star OL committed to the Tide

Class of 2019 offensive tackle Pierce Quick has been committed to Alabama since April, and he remains strong in his pledge to the Crimson Tide. However, that hasn’t stopped other schools from continuing to recruit him hard.

Clemson is among those still pursuing the four-star from Trussville (Ala.) Hewitt-Trussville, and he is hearing a lot from the Tigers — even more than he hears from the Tide.

“A Clemson coach texts me every single day,” Quick told The Clemson Insider. “It’s pretty cool. … I’ve talked to Clemson coaches more than I’ve talked to any other coaches.”

Quick recently shared an edit (see below) on social media that he received from Clemson, and he had a reason for showing it off.

“I put that edit out there just to show them that I am interested honestly,” Quick said. “Because they send me some of those edits every single day, and it’s awesome.”

Area recruiter Todd Bates, offensive line coach Robbie Caldwell and co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott have all been in contact with Quick.

What is the message from the staff?

“Right now basically they’re trying to show they really do want me and they think that I could be a big impact at Clemson, and that I would get some early playing time there,” Quick said. “They said that they need offensive linemen. They like the style that I play and say I fit in pretty good there.”

Bates gave Quick his first scholarship offer when he was the defensive line coach at Jacksonville State, and the two have maintained a great relationship. Quick said his relationship with Caldwell is growing, as well.

“I have a really good relationship with them,” he said. “Me and coach Bates, we go way back. And then me and coach Caldwell have been building a really good relationship recently.”

Clemson extended an offer to Quick in September, joining Auburn, Georgia, LSU, Miami, Michigan and Oregon among others on his offer sheet.

Quick said he is still communicating with Oregon, Georgia and Michigan along with Clemson and Alabama. He has visited Alabama several times this season and intends to visit the other aforementioned schools before he signs in December 2018.

While Quick is solid on his commitment to Alabama, he wants to enjoy the recruiting process and knows it’s smart to keep other options open.

“I am solid,” he said. “I grew up an Alabama fan. I hear it all the time just growing up in the state and all that stuff. But I have another year before signing day, so a lot of stuff could happen.”

When he looks at Clemson as an option, the facilities and people in the program stand out.

“There are such good people there,” Quick said. “The environment is just a great environment, and in my opinion their facilities right now are the best in the country, and that’s definitely something to look at.”

Quick is ranked by the major recruiting services as a top-five offensive tackle and top-50 overall prospect in the 2019 class.

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