Clemson offered one of the nation's top cornerbacks on Tuesday
Clemson secured most of its 2018 recruiting class on Dec. 20, the first day of the early signing period, but the Tigers are still looking to add several key pieces before National Signing Day on the first Wednesday in February.
Defensive back is one of the positions Clemson remains in the market for. On Tuesday, Clemson extended its first scholarship offer of 2018 to a big-time cornerback from the West Coast.
Mission Viejo (Calif.) four-star Olaijah Griffin reported the offer via social media and spoke with The Clemson Insider about it.
“It’s a blessing honestly just like every offer,” Griffin said. “I just appreciate the coaching staff believing in me and giving me a chance to play at a great university.”
Griffin (6-0, 172) is regarded as a top-five cornerback and top-50 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
The son of rapper Warren G was committed to UCLA before reopening his recruitment on Dec. 30. Florida offered him a day later.
Clemson cornerbacks coach Mike Reed reached out to Griffin for the first time on Tuesday night.
“He hit me up last night, wanted to talk,” Griffin said. “He liked my film and thought I could help contribute to the program and offered me.”
Griffin is considering several different programs ahead of signing day. He made an official visit to Tennessee in December and is expected to take more this month.
The Tigers will try to get a visit from Griffin, who said a visit to Clemson is something he’s certainly thinking about.
“Definitely something I’m looking into,” he said.
Tennessee, Southern Cal, Florida, Auburn and Michigan are some of the other schools in the mix.
Griffin has been one of the standout performers through the first few days of practice for the Under Armour All-America Game. Clemson signees K.J. Henry and Mike Jones are also preparing for the UA All-America Game, which will take place on Jan. 4 in Orlando, Fla.
As a senior this season, Griffin recorded 49 tackles, 11 pass deflections, two interceptions and three caused fumbles. He also caught 33 passes for 874 yards and 12 touchdowns on offense.