Top-100 prospect Litchfield Ajavon details his interest in Clemson
Alexandria (Va.) Episcopal four-star safety Litchfield Ajavon, one of the most talented safeties in the 2019 class, released a list of his top seven schools last month.
Clemson made the cut for Ajavon, who has nearly 20 offers. Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Georgia and Virginia Tech join the Tigers in his top group.
Ajavon recently spoke with TCI and detailed his interest in Dabo Swinney’s program, adding that he felt something special while at Clemson.
“They have a great coaching staff,” Ajavon said. “The personnel there is on point. Everything just feels good over there.
“Everybody always says there’s something about Clemson, and I think I felt that ‘something’ during both of my visits there. You just can’t tell what it is, but it’s something that I don’t think you can find at most other places.”
Ajavon (6-0, 190) is ranked by Rivals as one of the top 100 players in his class regardless of position.
Before receiving an offer from Clemson in April, Ajavon attended the Tigers’ junior day in March. He later made his first game-day visit to Clemson for The Citadel game in November.
“My first time there, I was able to link up with (recruiting operations coordinator) Ty Clements and Andy (Teasdall), a former punter for Clemson,” Ajavon said. “I linked up with them and started a great relationship. Then when I went back for my second visit for The Citadel game, it felt like we just picked up right where we left off. We started sharing memories from when I was there, how they had been doing, how I had been doing.
“Just the friendly atmosphere around the whole place… It felt like everyone knew me. Not sucking up to me, but just being genuine. It felt good and felt like you were wanted there.”
Ajavon said he talks “quite a bit” with Todd Bates, his primary recruiter for Clemson, and the two have hit it off.
“Todd Bates, that’s my dude,” Ajavon said. “I love coach Bates. He’s a funny dude, down to earth. Every time we speak on the phone, he always has some acronym for me. I remember the first time he came to visit me, he had a spoken-word poem for me. That was something that other schools had never done before. And his personality is awesome. He’s a happy guy, fun-loving.”
Ajavon plans to render his college decision before too long. He said he is unlikely to put out another listing of top schools before he reveals his choice.
“I definitely want to make a commitment decision by springtime, mid-to-late spring,” he said. “Maybe the deadline will be like May 26th. I’m still figuring things out, but I think my deadline might be May 26th, or it could be earlier than that.”
Ajavon said he can picture himself at any of his top seven schools, which is why he included them in the group.
He certainly feels that way when considering Clemson.
“Clemson is a stellar program, ranked No. 1 amongst many,” Ajavon said. “Coach Swinney has started something great down there in Clemson, South Carolina. The atmosphere there is great. I feel welcome every time I’m there. I’ve linked and bonded with the coaching staff, members of the recruiting staff. It’s just a friendly atmosphere, the football is great, and the school is on the come-up academically as well. Everything has changed for the better since coach Swinney has been in charge.”