It was a nervous time for Clemson fans last week as Brent Venables’ name kept popping up in head coaching rumors.
While Clemson fans held their collective breath in hopes the Tigers would hang on to their defensive coordinator, one member of the Venables household — Clemson linebacker commit Jake Venables — wasn’t too concerned about the possibility of his dad leaving Tiger Town.
“I wasn’t too worried about it,” Jake told The Clemson Insider after the Shrine Bowl practices at Dorman High in Roebuck, S.C., on Monday. “I know his heart’s here in Clemson, and mine is too. So I wasn’t really worried about it.”
All Jake is worried about right now is getting himself ready to play in the 81st-annual Shrine Bowl, which features the top players from South Carolina and North Carolina.
Jake is one of the top prospects in the Palmetto State, and he’s ready to prove it in Saturday’s all-star game.
“I want to represent my school, represent the state,” Jake said. “Just show everybody what I’m about.”
Jake is enjoying the Shrine Bowl experience, both on and off the field.
On Sunday, the Shrine Bowl participants went to the Shriners Hospital in Greenville, S.C., to spend time with children who have a wide range of orthopaedic and neuromuscular conditions.
“It was very unique,” Jake said of the experience. “It was real cool to see all the kids and meet some new people. I had a great time.”
After Saturday’s game, Jake will be just a few days away from signing with Clemson on Dec. 20.
He’s proud to be a part of the Tigers’ historic 2018 recruiting class and looks forward to seeing how the rest of the class shakes out.
“It’s really unbelievable,” Jake said. “I know we’ve got a couple more spots that we’re trying to get, and hopefully we get a couple guys in the next week and a half. But I’m real excited to see what’s going to happen.”