Clemson just recently entered the picture for top Texas prospect DeMarvin Leal, but it is already one of the schools standing out in his recruitment.
The four-star defensive lineman from Judson High in Converse, Texas, named Clemson one of his top five schools on Thursday. Alabama, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M also made the cut for Leal, one of the Lone Star State’s premier D-linemen in the Class of 2019.
Leal (6-6, 280) spoke with The Clemson Insider shortly after releasing his list on social media.
Clemson didn’t extend an offer to Leal until last month, but the timing didn’t keep the Tigers out of his top group.
“The Tigers have a good team, and they’re going to for a long time,” Leal said of why he included Clemson. “Also, just because the defensive line coach (Todd Bates) talks about the culture and what the players and the community means to them.”
Leal said he has kept in contact with Todd Bates since Clemson’s defensive tackles coach delivered a verbal offer to him in December.
“We have just been building a good relationship,” Leal said.
Leal hopes to check out Clemson in person for the first time next season.
“I want to visit in the fall,” he said.
Texas and Texas A&M are the only in-state schools on Leal’s list. How likely is Leal to leave the state of Texas for college?
“Probably a 50-50 chance of me leaving and staying,” Leal estimated. “I haven’t really decided yet.”
In 12 games as a junior this past season, Leal recorded 66 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, 26 quarterback hurries and four pass deflections. He is a unanimous top-five defensive linemen in Texas for the 2019 recruiting class.